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    JUPITER, Fla. -- For Adam Wainwright, spring training is off to a nice start.

    The World Series closer, bidding for a place in the St. Louis Cardinals' rebuilt rotation, pitched three hitless innings Wednesday to help beat the Florida Marlins 6-3 in the exhibition opener for both teams.

    Wainwright, who earned the win, walked one and fell behind several other batters. But he still needed only 30 pitches -- 15 strikes -- to get through the first three innings, facing 10 batters.

    "I did some things well to get some first-pitch outs, but I did a lot of things I'll need to improve on," he said. "All in all it was a good first time."

    Former Cardinals pitcher Rick Ankiel, bidding for a spot on the roster as an outfielder, went 2-for-2 with a two-run single but was thrown out at the plate twice.

    Wainwright will likely be a starter this season, unless closer Jason Isringhausen suffers a setback in his rehabilitation from hip surgery. Wainwright filled in for an injured Isringhausen last October, allowed no earned run in 9 2/3 postseason innings and saved the clinching games against the New York Mets in the NL Championship Series and the Detroit Tigers in the World Series.

    "It feels like three days away," Wainwright said. "No offseason -- I spent a lot of time with these guys. But at the same time, my thinking was it was a million years away. I'm really trying to forget about that.

    "I feel I haven't proved anything yet. I have to prove myself all over again as a starter. Hopefully I can persuade some of these guys I'm going to do all right."

    Florida starter Scott Olsen took the loss, allowing one run and four hits in 1 2/3 innings. Ricky Nolasco pitched two scoreless innings for the Marlins.

     
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    Florida Marlins
    Alfredo Amezaga, 2B3010000
        Joe Dillon, 2B1010000
    Robert Andino, SS3001000
        Zach Sorensen, SS1000001
    Aaron Boone, 3B3000001
        Scott Seabol, 3B1110000
    Mike Jacobs, 1B3000011
        Jason Stokes, 1B1111000
    Jeremy Hermida, DH2000100
       a- Chris Ashby, PH-DH1000011
    John Gall, LF3000011
        Joe Borchard, LF1010000
    Alejandro De Aza, RF3010001
        Brett Carroll, RF1011000
    Matt Treanor, C2000001
        Paul Hoover, C2000012
    Eric Reed, CF2110000
        Alex Sanchez, CF2000002
    Totals3538314  
    a-struck out for Hermida in the 9th
    Batting
    2B - Jason Stokes (, Flores), Brett Carroll (, Flores)
    RBI - Robert Andino (), Jason Stokes (), Brett Carroll ()
    Team LOB - 6
    Fielding
    Outfield Assists - Joe Borchard 1
    DP - Amezaga-Andino-Jacobs, Dillon-Sorensen-Stokes
    E - Joe Dillon (, Misplayed grounder)
    Florida Marlins
    Scott Olsen (L,-) 1.2411110
    Scott Tyler 0.1000010
    Ricky Nolasco 2100010
    Kevin Gregg 1211100
    Harvey Garcia 1200010
    Mike Koplove 1243300
    Felix Rodriguez 1000200
    HBP - Rolen (by Ricky Nolasco)
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Olsen 3-0, Ricky Nolasco 1-4, Kevin Gregg 2-1, Harvey Garcia 1-1, Mike Koplove 2-1, Felix Rodriguez 2-0
    Batters Faced - Scott Olsen 9, Scott Tyler 1, Ricky Nolasco 8, Kevin Gregg 6, Harvey Garcia 5, Mike Koplove 8, Felix Rodriguez 4
    St. Louis Cardinals
    David Eckstein, SS2110011
       a- Jolbert Cabrera, PH-SS3010001
    Chris Duncan, LF3120010
        Miguel Negron, LF1000112
    Albert Pujols, 1B3000001
        Travis Hanson, 3B1100101
    Scott Rolen, 3B0000100
        Scott Spiezio, 3B-1B0100200
       b- Colby Rasmus, PH-CF0000100
    Preston Wilson, RF2010001
        Skip Schumaker, RF-CF1011000
       c- Tagg Bozied, PH-1B1000001
    John Rodriguez, DH3110104
    Yadier Molina, C2010000
       d- Eli Marrero, PH-C2101000
    So Taguchi, CF2000001
        Rick Ankiel, RF2022000
    Aaron Miles, 2B3010012
       e- Brendan Ryan, PH-2B0001000
    Totals31611574  
    a-grounded out for Eckstein in the 5th
    b-walked for Spiezio in the 8th
    c-grounded out for Schumaker in the 8th
    d-fouled out for Molina in the 6th
    e-hit a sacrifice fly for Miles in the 7th
    Batting
    2B - Aaron Miles (, H. Garcia)
    SF - Brendan Ryan ()
    SH - Skip Schumaker ()
    RBI - Skip Schumaker (), Eli Marrero (), Rick Ankiel 2 (), Brendan Ryan ()
    2-OUT RBI - Skip Schumaker ()
    Team LOB - 11
    St. Louis Cardinals
    Adam Wainwright (W,-) 3000110
    Mike Smith 2100010
    Josh Hancock (H,) 1211000
    Brian Falkenborg (H,) 1000000
    Mike Sillman 1100000
    Randy Flores 1422020
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Wainwright 4-4, Mike Smith 2-3, Josh Hancock 1-2, Brian Falkenborg 3-0, Mike Sillman 1-2, Randy Flores 1-0
    Batters Faced - Adam Wainwright 10, Mike Smith 7, Josh Hancock 5, Brian Falkenborg 3, Mike Sillman 4, Randy Flores 7
    Game Information
    Attendance - 4164
    Game Time - 2:48
    Temperature - 79
    Umpires - Home - Mike Estabrook, First Base - Angel Hernandez, Second Base - James Hoye, Third Base - Adrian Johnson