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    FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - Kyle McClellan passed his latest test for the Cardinals, handling an imposing lineup without his 'A' game.

    The right-hander won a matchup of No. 5 starters Sunday, pitching five shutout innings in a 10-3 win over a Red Sox team that started most of its projected opening-day lineup.

    "I thought his stuff was good, his location was off," St. Louis manager Tony La Russa said. "For this place, the wind goes the other direction, they took advantage of it a couple of times. But he still made a ton of pitches and got the ball on the ground a lot."

    McClellan (3-0) gave up three hits and three walks with two strikeouts against a lineup that included what are expected be most of Boston's regulars. The exception was catcher Jason Varitek, who is expected to back up Jarrod Saltalamacchia this season.

    "We knew (McClellan) was a quality pitcher, known for a couple years," La Russa said. "But it was a good test."

    McClellan has never started a big league game in the regular season, but enjoyed facing the Red Sox, who are projected to have one of baseball's top offenses.

    "I like competing against that type of lineup, for sure," McClellan said.

    McClellan said he didn't have his curveball, but relied on his other three pitches.

    "It was a grind," he said. "I didn't have my good stuff. But that's the benefit of having two off-speed pitches. I can go to the other one and I threw my slider pretty good."

    He was not happy with the number of walks he issued, though, calling it "inexcusable."

    Daisuke Matsuzaka (0-2) took the loss, going 5 2-3 innings, giving up two runs on three hits and two walks with four strikeouts.

    "I thought he had good tempo," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "Threw strikes. That's two (starts) in a row now. Looks like he's starting to get geared up. Probably could have gone maybe a hitter or two longer. Wanted to see Andrew (Miller) face a lefty. It kind of fell apart from there. But no, I thought (Matsuzaka) pitched pretty good."

    The Cardinals sent 14 batters to the plate in the sixth inning and scored 10 runs, all with two outs. Albert Pujols delivered the big blow, a three-run double off Scott Atchison.

    Matsuzaka started the inning, getting two quick outs before giving up a walk to Pujols and a run-scoring double to Matt Holliday.

    Left-hander Miller, vying for a spot in Boston's bullpen, came on in relief. He faced six batters without getting an out, allowing six runs on four hits and two walks.

    "(He) walked the first hitter," Francona said. "That's kind of a reminder, of coming in out of the bullpen how important it is to attack the strike zone because, (he) had an infield single and a bloop, but things fell apart from there."

    Holliday went 2 for 3 with two doubles and two RBIs. David Freese went 2 for 3 with an RBI.

    Marco Scutaro went 2 for 2 with a walk for the Red Sox.

     
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    St. Louis Cardinals
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Jon Jay, RF4122000 .254
       a- Nick Stavinoha, PH-LF1000112 .222
    Allen Craig, DH5100134 .320
    Albert Pujols, 1B3213100 .256
        Mark Hamilton, 1B1010000 .227
    Matt Holliday, LF3122100 .375
        Shane Robinson, PR-LF^CF1000001 .333
    Colby Rasmus, CF3100102 .292
        Antonio Dejesus, RF1000011 .000
    David Freese, 3B3121011 .367
        Matt Carpenter, 3B1000010 .347
        Donovan Solano, 3B1000000 .000
    Yadier Molina, C4111002 .238
        Tony Cruz, C1010000 .167
    Daniel Descalso, 2B4120001 .341
        Luis Mateo, 2B0000000 .000
    Tyler Greene, SS3111111 .227
        Ryan Jackson, SS1000012 .500
    Totals4010131069  
    a-struck out for Jay in the 7th
    Batting
    2B - Albert Pujols (3, Atchison), Mark Hamilton (1, Reyes), Matt Holliday 2 (6, Matsuzaka, Atchison), Tony Cruz (2, Hill)
    RBI - Jon Jay 2 (14), Albert Pujols 3 (10), Matt Holliday 2 (8), David Freese (9), Yadier Molina (4), Tyler Greene (3)
    2-OUT RBI - Jon Jay 2 (8), Albert Pujols 3 (8), Matt Holliday 2 (5), David Freese (3), Yadier Molina (2), Tyler Greene (3)
    Team LOB - 10
    Fielding
    DP - Pujols-T. Greene-McClellan, T. Greene-Descalso-Pujols, T. Greene-Descalso-Hamilton, Kelly-Jackson-Hamilton
    St. Louis Cardinals
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Kyle McClellan (W,3-0) 5300320 0.53
    Trever Miller (H,5) 1000000 0.00
    Joe Kelly (H,3) 2533200 9.00
    Bryan Augenstein 1100020 1.13
    Pitches-Strikes - Kyle McClellan 32-20, Trever Miller 3-3, Joe Kelly 17-9, Bryan Augenstein 8-8
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle McClellan 4-7, Trever Miller 2-1, Joe Kelly 3-1, Bryan Augenstein 1-0
    Batters Faced - Kyle McClellan 19, Trever Miller 3, Joe Kelly 11, Bryan Augenstein 4
    Boston Red Sox
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Jacoby Ellsbury, CF3010012 .421
        Darnell McDonald, CF2110011 .250
    Dustin Pedroia, 2B3000001 .308
        Nate Spears, 2B-RF1112000 .295
    Carl Crawford, LF3010000 .216
        Matt Sheely, LF0000100 .000
    Adrian Gonzalez, 1B3000001 .167
        Drew Sutton, 1B0000100 .341
    Kevin Youkilis, 3B2010100 .211
        Jorge Jimenez, 3B00010001.000
    David Ortiz, DH2000102 .263
        Christian Vazquez, PR-DH1000001 .000
    J.D. Drew, RF3010001 .219
        Jonathan Hee, PR-2B10100001.000
    Jason Varitek, C2000011 .174
        Paul Hoover, C2000012 .167
    Marco Scutaro, SS2020100 .303
        Derrik Gibson, PR-SS1100001 .000
    Totals3139354  
    Batting
    2B - Darnell McDonald (3, Kelly), Nate Spears (1, Kelly)
    SF - Jorge Jimenez (1)
    RBI - Nate Spears 2 (7), Jorge Jimenez (2)
    Team LOB - 7
    Boston Red Sox
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Daisuke Matsuzaka (L,0-2) 5.2322240 6.05
    Andrew Miller0466200 10.57
    Scott Atchison 1.1422120 6.48
    Dennys Reyes 1100020 1.29
    Rich Hill 1100110 0.00
    HBP - Mateo (by Rich Hill)
    Pitches-Strikes - Daisuke Matsuzaka 36-28, Andrew Miller 12-4, Scott Atchison 16-12, Dennys Reyes 8-8, Rich Hill 12-6
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Daisuke Matsuzaka 2-11, Scott Atchison 1-1, Dennys Reyes 1-0, Rich Hill 1-1
    Batters Faced - Daisuke Matsuzaka 22, Andrew Miller 6, Scott Atchison 9, Dennys Reyes 4, Rich Hill 6
    Game Information
    Attendance - 7876
    Game Time - 2:53
    Temperature - 81
    Umpires - Home - Chad Fairchild, First Base - Tim Tschida, Second Base - Brian O'Nora, Third Base - Field Culbreth