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Holliday hits 2 doubles as Cardinals beat Mets

By CHUCK KING
Associated Press
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JUPITER, Fla. (AP) Matt Holliday doubled in both at-bats and drove in two runs Sunday for the St. Louis Cardinals in a 7-1 win over the New York Mets.

Holliday didn't play in the Cardinals' spring training opener on Friday. He singled and walked in two plate appearances as the designated hitter Saturday.

''I feel good,'' said Holliday, who played left field for the first time this spring. ''It's two days into spring training, so I don't put too much into it, but having good at-bats is always a positive. You just try to roll it into the next day.''

Holliday's first double came off starter Daisuke Matsuzaka, who's competing for the fifth spot in the Mets' rotation.

''I gave up a run in the first inning today, but I think all my pitches are very good at this point of the year except for my slider. I think that needs a little bit more work,'' Matsuzaka said through a translator.

A 30-pitch first inning that included two walks kept Cardinals starter Michael Wacha from getting out of the second. He reached his pitch cap after retiring the first two batters of the second without allowing a run.

''I was happy with it,'' Wacha said. ''Arm felt great. Body felt great. Command wasn't where I wanted it to be. Hopefully that will come along.''

STARTING TIME

New York: Manager Terry Collins liked what he saw out of Matsuzaka's first spring start. Collins said the chase for the fifth spot in the starting rotation will likely come down to Matsuzaka or John Lannan.

Matsuzaka began last season in the Cleveland minor league system before being granted his release. He sidestepped a question about his willingness to play in the minors again, saying, ''I'll think about that if that happens.''

Cardinals: Wacha has impressed manager Mike Matheny with the way he's handled expectations.

''I think he's got a maturity to him, especially as young as he is, to handle that distraction. Because that can be a distraction,'' Matheny said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mets: Shortstop Ruben Tejada was scratched from the lineup after he experienced a tight left hamstring during pregame workouts. Collins said Tejada was held out as a precaution. Tejada will not play in Monday's game against Atlanta, either.

Cardinals: Arm soreness slowed reliever Kevin Siegrist for a couple of days earlier this spring. The left-hander made his first Grapefruit League appearance on Sunday, allowing one hit in a scoreless ninth.

MR. MATCHUP

Randy Choate is the Cardinals' lefty specialist out of the bullpen, but early in spring he's facing both right-handed and left-handed hitters. Matheny said frequent lineup changes early in the spring make it difficult to play for matchups, so he would rather see Choate get his work regardless of the opposing hitter.

When minor league play begins, Choate may play in some of those games to get the desired lefty-lefty matchups, with Choate entering major league games later in the spring in situations that would mimic the regular season.

SPEED DEMON

Matheny said he's looking for offseason acquisition Peter Bourjos to be an offensive ''menace.'' He wants Bourjos to grind out his at-bats and get on base, noting that the speedy Bourjos is in scoring position as soon as he gets on base. The Cardinals got him in the offseason trade that sent David Freese to the Angels.

 
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St. Louis

M. Holliday
AB 2
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
New York

C. Granderson
AB 2
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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New York Mets
Juan Lagares , CF2000110.400.500.600
Anthony Seratelli , SS3000011.000.000.000
Curtis Granderson , RF2010110.250.400.500
  Cesar Puello , PR-RF1000002.333.500.667
Ike Davis , 1B3000023.167.167.667
Josh Satin , 1B1000110.333.500.333
  Eric Campbell , 3B2010000.250.250.250
Brandon Allen , 1B3000003.000.000.000
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a-Grounded out for B Allen in the 9th.
BATTING
2B - C Granderson (1)
RBI - D Muno (1)
New York Mets
Daisuke Matsuzaka (L,0-1) 2.02110004.50
Jose Valverde 1.01111009.00
Steven Matz 1.01000200.00
Logan Verrett 1.02110009.00
Jack Leathersich 0.234410054.00
Joel Carreno 1.11000200.00
Carlos Torres 1.02000100.00
St. Louis Cardinals
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Peter Bourjos , CF3210002.400.400.600
Matt Holliday , LF20220001.0001.0001.000
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Yadier Molina , C3010011.500.500.500
  Cody Stanley , PR-DH1100010.000.000.000
Matt Adams , 1B2010000.500.500.500
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Mark Ellis , 2B2000001.250.250.250
Tony Cruz , C3110011.167.167.167
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Pete Kozma , SS2012100.333.429.500
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Scott Moore , 3B3000003.333.3331.000
Stephen Piscotty , RF2000003.167.143.167
Kolten Wong , 2B2000012.000.000.000
Randal Grichuk , CF1010100.333.429.833
Ed Easley , C1000000.000.000.000
James Ramsey , LF1000012.000.333.000
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BATTING
2B - M Carpenter (1); P Bourjos (1); M Holliday 2 (2); P Kozma (1); R Grichuk (1)
RBI - M Holliday 2 (2); S Robinson 3 (3); P Kozma 2 (2)
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Michael Wacha (W,1-0) 1.21002100.00
Keith Butler 1.10000200.00
Tim Cooney 2.00000400.00
Zach Petrick 2.00001100.00
Eric Fornataro 1.02111009.00
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