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St. Louis Cardinals Notes, Quotes 2009-05-15


St. Louis Cardinals Notes, Quotes 2009-05-15
--The Cardinals remained in a tie for first place with Milwaukee, Friday night's opponent, in the National League Central, by winning the last game of the Pittsburgh series. They also won the last game at Cincinnati.

"Getting the last one in both places makes the trip look a lot different," manager Tony La Russa said. The Cardinals begin a nine-game homestand against the Brewers, to be followed by the Cubs and Royals.

--RHP Mitchell Boggs broke his major league hitless streak at 15 at-bats over two years with a double to left, and he then scored in the fifth inning. "It's nice to finally get on the board," Boggs said. Cardinals pitchers have 11 hits in 35 games.

--Manager Tony La Russa held a meeting shortly after the players arrived Wednesday. The theme was, basically, play with what you have and don't worry about what you don't have. "This is the lineup we've got," La Russa said. "And we can win with this lineup. What you do is take care of your own business. You can stop and think that our chance to compete has been lessened. We've got some key guys who aren't in there, but we can still compete. And that's the message."

--RHP Todd Wellemeyer had given up only two homers in his first 40 innings, but he served home runs in the fifth inning Tuesday to Pirates 1B Adam LaRoche and RF Brandon Moss.

BY THE NUMBERS: 4 -- Cardinals rookies who have hit their first major league homers -- OF Colby Rasmus and INFs Joe Thurston, Brian Barden and Tyler Greene.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I'm lucky to be walking today." -- CF Rick Ankiel, after losing his balance and taking on the left-center-field wall at Busch Stadium.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: May 15, 2009

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