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New York at St. Louis

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    N.Y. Mets «6
    St. Louis3

    Mets 6, Cardinals 3

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    JUPITER, Fla. (AP) - David Wright got his delayed exhibition season off to a quick start.

    After missing the first three weeks of spring training games because of strained left abdominal muscle, the New York Mets' star went 1 for 2 and made a couple of nice plays at third base during Monday's 6-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.

    "I'm happy with how I feel," Wright said after playing four innings. "I just have to get back into the swing of things now."

    Wright singled to left on a full-count pitch from Jake Westbrook in the first inning, then grounded out to shortstop in the fourth.

    "I just got a good pitch to hit in a good count and found a hole," Wright said. "I don't think that's an indication of my timing. I'm going to need more work on that."

    He dived to his right in the second inning to snag Rafael Furcal's one hopper behind the bag, popped up and threw to first for the out. He also ranged to his left to snag a bouncing ball by Matt Holliday.

    "It was an action-filled day over there," Wright said. "I got a chance to dive around a little bit and run the bases a little bit, so that's a good thing."

    Mets manager Terry Collins plans to hold Wright out of Tuesday's game against Atlanta in Port St. Lucie.

    "We're going to give him tomorrow just to catch his breath, and then he's going to go probably two-or three in a row," Collins said. "One of those might be a minor league assignment, where he goes down and gets some at bats."

    New York hopes to get Wright about 30 at-bats before its season opener on April 5.

    "I'm sure I'll be a little sore, but it will be that good sore, like it's the first game I've played in spring training," he said.

    A five-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove winner, Wright missed two months last season because of a stress fracture in his back. He hit a career-low.254 with 14 homers and 61 RBIs in 102 games.

    New York holds a $16 million option for 2013 with a $1 million buyout. If he is traded, the option is voided. Wright's contract does not include no-trade protection.

    In his next-to-last start before the opener, former Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana needed 29 pitches to retire the Cardinals in the first. The left-hander walked three of his first four batters, and two of them scored. Coming in, Santana had only walked four batters in 13 1-3 innings during spring training as he prepares to return from shoulder surgery that caused him to miss 2011.

    "It was just one of those days where things take a little longer," Santana said. "I made some adjustments and was able to hit the inside corner and I was better after that.

    Santana threw 88 pitches in five innings during his fifth start, allowing two runs and four hits. He struck out five, did not have a walk after the first inning, but he did hit a batter.

    Holliday extended his hitting streak to 13 games with an RBI single. Tyler Greene's sacrifice fly drove in the second run.

    NOTES: The Mets said they will honor Gary Carter before their opener. The Hall of Famer, who helped them win the 1986 World Series, died Feb. 16. Wife Sandy, son D.J. and daughters Kimmy and Christy, and their families will be on the field during a moment of silence and for the ceremonial first pitch. ... The Mets agreed to a minor league contract with RHP Chris Young, who is recovering from shoulder surgery last May. ... RHP Chris Carpenter returned to Cardinals' camp for the first time since four days worth of tests to determine the source of the nerve damage that is causing weakness in his pitching shoulder. ... St. Louis reassigned OF Adron Chambers to its minor league camp.

     
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    New York Mets
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Ruben Tejada, SS4012000 .308
       a- Adam Loewen, PH-LF1010000 .263
    Daniel Murphy, 2B5120003 .273
    David Wright, 3B2010000 .500
        Ronny Cedeno, 3B-SS1100110 .258
    Lucas Duda, RF4000013 .281
    Justin Turner, 1B4221000 .152
    Mike Baxter, LF2000000 .333
       b- Vinny Rottino, PH-LF^3B2121000 .311
    Josh Thole, C3111100 .258
        Rob Johnson, C0000000 .227
    Matt den Dekker, CF4000014 .111
    Johan Santana, P1000000 .000
       c- Mike Nickeas, PH1000000 .217
        Ramon Ramirez, P0000000 .000
       d- Cory Vaughn, PH0000100 .000
        Miguel Batista, P0000000 .000
       e- Sean Kazmar, PH1000000 .000
        Manny Acosta, P0000000 .000
    Totals35610533  
    a-singled for Tejada in the 9th
    b-singled for Baxter in the 7th
    c-grounded out for Santana in the 6th
    d-walked for Ramirez in the 7th
    e-flied out for Batista in the 9th
    Batting
    2B - Justin Turner (1, Westbrook)
    RBI - Ruben Tejada 2 (3), Justin Turner (4), Vinny Rottino (3), Josh Thole (4)
    2-OUT RBI - Ruben Tejada 2 (2), Josh Thole (2)
    CS - Daniel Murphy (1, 2nd base by Westbrook/Cruz)
    Team LOB - 5
    New York Mets
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Johan Santana 5422350 3.44
    Ramon Ramirez (W,1-1) 1000000 7.50
    Miguel Batista (H,1) 2200010 5.59
    Manny Acosta 1111100 2.25
    HBP - Robinson (by Johan Santana)
    Pitches-Strikes - Johan Santana 42-29, Ramon Ramirez 3-3, Miguel Batista 10-10, Manny Acosta 8-4
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Johan Santana 5-5, Miguel Batista 3-2, Manny Acosta 1-2
    Batters Faced - Johan Santana 23, Ramon Ramirez 3, Miguel Batista 8, Manny Acosta 5
    St. Louis Cardinals
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Rafael Furcal, SS3100100 .195
        Erik Komatsu, LF1001000 .279
    Carlos Beltran, CF3120110 .342
        Eugenio Velez, PR-RF1000001 .105
    Matt Holliday, LF4011012 .444
        Scott Linebrink, P0000000 .000
        Victor Marte, P0000000 .000
       a- Greg Garcia, PH1000001 .000
    David Freese, 3B3010100 .229
        Steve Hill, 1B0000000 .222
    Matt Carpenter, 1B-3B4020015 .364
    Tyler Greene, 2B3001002 .255
    Shane Robinson, RF-CF3000013 .270
    Tony Cruz, C3000012 .333
        Marc Rzepczynski, P0000000 .000
        Kyle McClellan, P0000000 .000
        Daniel Descalso, SS0100100 .326
    Jake Westbrook, P2000012 .000
        Bryan Anderson, C2010000 .476
    Totals3337346  
    a-flied out for Marte in the 9th
    Batting
    2B - Matt Carpenter 2 (8, Santana, Batista), Bryan Anderson (5, Acosta)
    SF - Tyler Greene (1)
    RBI - Erik Komatsu (8), Matt Holliday (10), Tyler Greene (4)
    Team LOB - 9
    Fielding
    DP - M. Carpenter-T. Greene-Hill
    E - Matt Carpenter (1, Throwing)
    St. Louis Cardinals
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Jake Westbrook (L,1-1) 6.1433120 1.47
    Marc Rzepczynski (BS,1) 0.1122200 3.00
    Kyle McClellan 0.1100000 2.16
    Scott Linebrink 1311010 0.93
    Victor Marte 1100000 1.13
    WP - Marc Rzepczynski (1)
    Pitches-Strikes - Jake Westbrook 31-26, Marc Rzepczynski 10-2, Kyle McClellan 2-2, Scott Linebrink 8-8, Victor Marte 3-3
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Westbrook 8-8, Kyle McClellan 1-0, Scott Linebrink 1-1, Victor Marte 1-1
    Batters Faced - Jake Westbrook 23, Marc Rzepczynski 4, Kyle McClellan 2, Scott Linebrink 6, Victor Marte 3
    Game Information
    Attendance - 6303
    Game Time - 2:41
    Temperature - 76
    Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - Angel Hernandez, Second Base - D.J. Reyburn, Third Base - Chris Conroy