Saturday Cards – D’Backs lineups and tidbits

Greetings from a cloudy but cool Busch Stadium. It’s a fall like 70 degrees as I write this at 4:15 p.m. central time. As you probably know, Mark DeRosa has been activated and is in the Cardinals lineup tonight. You can find my full story on that here.  The rest of the lineups and a few notes:

Arizona

Felipe Lopez 2B
Stephen Drew SS
Justin Upton RF
Mark Reynolds 3B
Miguel Montero C
Gerardo Parra CF
Josh Whitesell 1B
Alex Romero LF
Dan Haren P

Cardinals

Skip Schumaker 2B
Mark DeRosa 3B
Albert Pujols 1B
Ryan Ludwick RF
Yadier Molina C
Colby Rasmus CF
Nick Stavinoha LF
Adam Wainwright P
Brendan Ryan SS

*Cardinals manager Tony La Russa was asked if the team stayed at 13 pitches when DeRosa was activated because of their current stretch of 17 consecutive games.

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“It has everything to do with it, seventeen days in a row. If they all pitch eight innings
like carp did then we have too many pitchers. But it would be nice to get
through this period and have our relievers as fresh as possible for the last
couple of months.”

*La Russa on why Stavinoha is playing over Duncan or Ankiel: “

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Both of the other guys are struggling a little bit and its not a good guy
to go against when your struggling.” La Russa was talking about having to go against Arizona starter Dan Haren, who is having arguably the best year in the National League.

* Troy Glaus is expected to report to Memphis on Monday but La Russa didn’t know anything about how long he might be there. Hopefully we will have a better idea of that tomorrow.

That’s all for now. As always, feel free to email me (bjrains33@gmail.com) or twitter me with your comments, suggestions or questions. Thanks for reading.

-B.J. Rains


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