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Diaz 2 for 2 in spring debut; Cards top Nats 2-0

By CHUCK KING
Associated Press
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JUPITER, Fla. (AP) Cuban shortstop Aledmys Diaz went 2 for 2 in his spring training debut for the St. Louis Cardinals and Adam Wainwright allowed three hits over eight innings Friday in a 2-0 victory over the Washington Nationals.

Diaz lined a single to left field in the second inning and grounded a single to center int he fourth. The Cuban defector agreed March 9 to an $8 million, four-year contract and could not play in a big league exhibition game until obtaining a U.S. work visa. He is expected to be sent to minor league camp soon and begin the season at Double-A Springfield.

''We need to get him exposed to this, and we are running out of time before he needs to go back and get work,'' Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said.

Wainwright, preparing for a March 31 opener at Cincinnati, dominated a Washington lineup devoid of regulars. He struck out seven and walked none, throwing 81 pitches.

''Today was exactly what I wanted to do - just incorporate everything and kind of go out and pitch like I would in a regular season game,'' Wainwright said.

Wainwright became the first major league pitcher to throw eight innings in a spring training game since the Cardinals' Jaime Garcia against the Nationals last year.

Scheduled to throw 90 pitches, Wainwright retired Chris Snyder on a groundout that ended the eighth, walked to the dugout and joked to manager Mike Matheny that he was ready to pitch a complete game.

''The guy has got to get his work in,'' Matheny said. ''It just happened to take eight innings to do it. We're not going to tell him to be less efficient to try and save some innings.''

Matheny said Wainwright likely would have a shorter spring training finale.

''I don't really need to do a whole lot different than I did today, just kind of sharpen everything a little bit more and go from there,'' Wainwright said.

Yadier Molina hit an RBI groundout in the first, then walked leading off the third, advanced on Matt Holliday's double off the top of the left-field wall and scored on Allen Craig's sacrifice fly.

STARTING TIME

St. Louis: Matheny would have liked to have been behind the plate for Wainwight.

''It would have been fun to catch,'' the manager said. ''He had everything working. He was working the sinker on both sides. I thought he used his fastball extremely well.''

Washington: Washington starter Gio Gonzalez allowed two runs - one earned - and four hits and three walks in 4 2-3 innings.

TRAINER'S ROOM

St. Louis second baseman Mark Ellis, who hasn't appeared in a game since March 13 because of a sore knee, could plat Saturday.

Washington pitcher Doug Fister, who has been dealing with elbow inflammation, is scheduled to make his second spring training start Saturday against Miami.

ZIMM ON FIRST

Washington manager Matt Williams said Ryan Zimmerman took fielding practice at first base on Friday at the Nationals' camp in Viera. Williams is hoping to give Zimmerman some work there in a spring training game as a potential backup to Adam LaRoche.

''He looks good,'' Williams said. ''It's foreign for him because it's the opposite way, but he's getting the hang of it.''

MORE THAN ARMS

The Cardinals have asked their pitchers to be a little more disciplined at the plate, and Matheny likes what he is seeing.

''We're not looking for them to hit homers. We're looking for them to put together tough at bats and fight,'' he said.

 
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Players of the Game
St. Louis

A. Wainwright
IP 8.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 0
K 7
Washington

S. Hairston
AB 3
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jeff Kobernus, CF4000021 .233
Danny Espinosa, SS3000000 .184
   Sean Nicol, 2B1000000 .000
Scott Hairston, LF3010020 .212
Tyler Moore, 1B3000001 .273
Jose Lobaton, C3000011 .125
   Sandy Leon, C0000000 .176
Jamey Carroll, 2B-SS3010010 .250
Jose Lozada, 3B3000001 .000
Caleb Ramsey, RF2010010 .500
   Craig Stammen, P0000000 .000
   Tyler Clippard, P0000000 .000
   a-Chris Snyder, PH1000000 .294
   Blake Treinen, P0000000 .000
   Xavier Cedeno, P0000000 .000
Gio Gonzalez, P1000001 .000
   Will Piwnica-Worms, RF1000000 .000
   b-Isaac Ballou, PH1000010 .000
Totals2903008  
a-grounded out for Clippard in the 8th
b-struck out for Piwnica-Worms in the 9th
Batting
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Caleb Ramsey 1
DP - Ramsey-Lozada
E - Jeff Kobernus (1, Dropped fly)
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Gio Gonzalez (L,1-2) 4.2421300 2.70
Craig Stammen 1.1000000 4.32
Tyler Clippard 1000000 1.29
Blake Treinen 0.2000010 4.66
Xavier Cedeno 0.1000000 3.86
Pitches-Strikes - Gio Gonzalez 31-18, Craig Stammen 4-4, Tyler Clippard 3-3, Blake Treinen 4-4, Xavier Cedeno 1-1
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gio Gonzalez 6-8, Craig Stammen 2-2, Tyler Clippard 2-1, Blake Treinen 1-0, Xavier Cedeno 1-0
Batters Faced - Gio Gonzalez 21, Craig Stammen 4, Tyler Clippard 3, Blake Treinen 2, Xavier Cedeno 1
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Shane Robinson, CF4100000 .250
Yadier Molina, C3101100 .265
Matt Holliday, LF2010100 .323
   Randal Grichuk, LF1000010 .281
Allen Craig, RF2001001 .297
   Stephen Piscotty, RF1000000 .345
Matt Adams, 1B3000001 .282
   Xavier Scruggs, 1B0000000 .240
Kolten Wong, 2B3010000 .375
Pete Kozma, 3B-SS2000100 .207
Aledmys Diaz, SS20200001.000
   Daniel Descalso, 3B1000000 .355
Adam Wainwright, P3000003 .000
   Trevor Rosenthal, P0000000 .000
Totals2724231  
Batting
2B - Matt Holliday (4, G. Gonzalez), Kolten Wong (5, G. Gonzalez)
SF - Allen Craig (1)
RBI - Yadier Molina (2), Allen Craig (5)
SB - Shane Robinson (3, 3rd base off G. Gonzalez/Lobaton)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Kozma-Wong-Scruggs
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Adam Wainwright (W,1-0) 8300070 2.04
Trevor Rosenthal (S,1) 1000010 1.50
Pitches-Strikes - Adam Wainwright 40-40, Trevor Rosenthal 5-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Wainwright 12-4, Trevor Rosenthal 2-0
Batters Faced - Adam Wainwright 26, Trevor Rosenthal 3
Game Information
Attendance - 7571
Game Time - 2:10
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Mike Estabrook, First Base - Angel Hernandez, Second Base - Bruce Dreckman, Third Base - Gabe Morales