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Carpenter makes start in final Florida road game

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Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter warms up as pitching coach Dave Duncan looks on before Friday's game between the Marlins and Cardinals. By Lakisha Jackson Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter warms up as pitching coach Dave Duncan looks on before Friday's game between the Marlins and Cardinals. By Lakisha Jackson

PORT ST. LUCIE (KMOV) - Chris Carpenter makes his last start of spring training today against the New York Mets in what is the Cardinals' final road game of the spring in the state of Florida.

Carpenter hopes to build on his last Grapefruit League outing, a six inning, two hit, victory against the Mets in which he gave up only one run and struck out seven. That start comes one day after Cardinals manager Tony La Russa announced Carpenter will start Opening Day, his first such start since 2007.

Albert Pujols, Colby Rasmus, and Skip Schumaker are the most notable players missing from today's Red Bird lineup. Allen Craig will start at first base and do-it-all man Felipe Lopez will play at second. Joe Mather will make that start in center field.

The Lineups:

St. Louis Cardinals (13-11)

1. Felipe Lopez, 2B

2. Brendan Ryan, SS

3. Ryan Ludwick, RF

4. Matt Holliday, LF

5. Allen Craig, 1B

6. David Freese, 3B

7. Joe Mather, CF

8. Jason La Rue, C

9. Chris Carpenter, RHP

New York Mets (13-12)

1. Alex Cora, SS

2. Luis Castillo, 2B

3. David Wright, 3B

4. Jason Bay, LF

5. Daniel Murphy, 1B

6. Jeff Francoeur, RF

7. Gary Matthews, Jr., CF

8. Rod Barajas, C

9. Oliver Perez, LHP

 

 

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