Notes: Cardinals do most damage after Mortensen exits

Notes: Cardinals do most damage after Mortensen exits
February 26, 2013, 7:00 pm
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FORT MYERS, Fla. – Clayton Mortensen took the tough-luck loss Tuesday as the Cardinals walloped the Red Sox, 15-4.
 
The right-hander gave up three runs on two hits and two walks with two strikeouts in two innings. The Cardinals did all their damage off Mortensen with two outs in the third, his first inning of work. Adron Chambers walked then stole second, taking third when Daniel Descalso singled off Mortensen’s foot. Matt Carpenter walked to load the bases, with Tony Cruz’s double off the left-center field wall clearing the bases, putting the Cardinals ahead, 3-0.
 
“I thought he threw the ball better than the line shows,” manager John Farrell said. “He throws the ball in the bottom of the strike zone. Good slider, decent changeup. The ball off his foot kind of extends the one inning and then a wallop and then they start to tack on a couple runs. But still he’s in command of the strike zone and the ability to throw multiple pitches for strikes, as he did again today.”
 
By the time the Cardinals were done, they had roughed up a few more Sox pitchers, scoring a combined 12 runs in the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings off Jose De La Torre, who was responsible for five runs, Pedro Beato, who gave up four runs on one-third inning, and Anthony Carter, three runs.

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Farrell was pleased with Buchholz’s two-inning, 40-pitch simulated game Tuesday morning.
 
“Good stuff,” Farrell said. "He got his work in. Talking with clay afterwards, it’s a challenge for him mentally to execute from pitch to pitch when you’re throwing to hitters and there’s no infielders, there’s no real read on certain plays that might not be made. But he came out of it healthy and he’s on schedule to pitch here on Saturday.”
 
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Mike Napoli will run the bases again in drills on Wednesday, and remains on track to make his Grapefruit League debut Friday night against the Pirates.
 
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Farrell said Ortiz continues to make progress, as the Sox bring ime along slowly from the right Achilles strain that derailed his 2012 season. But, there is no timetable for getting the designated hitter into a game.
 
“The straight-ahead running continues to increase,” Farrell said. “I think the one thing that we’ve got to monitor with David is as he gets hot in the mornings, it’s that getting hot and then cooling off to make sure that he still loosens up and then doesn’t feel any tightness or soreness going forward.”