Heart of Orioles' order produces in loss

Heart of Orioles' order produces in loss

at Jupiter, Fla.
Wednesday, March 24

Orioles at the plate: Nolan Reimold and Brandon Snyder, batting fourth and fifth in the batting order, paced the Orioles' offense by collecting two hits apiece in three at-bats. Reimold, starting in left field as he continues his recovery from offseason surgery to his left Achilles, knocked in a run, while Snyder's performance boosted his spring batting average to .333. Third-base prospect Josh Bell went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts and left four runners on base.

Cardinals at the plate: David Freese went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs, while Yadier Molina and Felipe Lopez also added doubles. Filling in for Molina after he left the game with a strained right oblique, backup catcher Jason LaRue went 2-for-3 with a couple of singles. Albert Pujols went 0-for-3 after missing Monday's game with lower-back tightness.

Orioles on the mound: Brian Matusz, who came in with a 2.51 Grapefruit League ERA, went a spring-high six innings, giving up three runs on nine hits while walking one and striking out one. Facing a Cardinals lineup that featured up to seven projected regulars, Matusz threw 53 of his 83 pitchers for strikes.

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Cardinals on the mound: Competing for the fifth spot in the starting rotation, Rich Hill had a subpar outing against his former team, giving up two runs on four hits and three walks in three innings. Kyle McClellan, also in the running, along with Jaime Garcia, hurled three shutout innings and gave up only two hits to bring his spring ERA to 1.80.

Worth noting: A pregame news conference at Roger Dean Stadium announced that Pujols has been named part of the Milk Mustache "Dream Team" to inspire teens to "Drink Milk for a Change." Pujols joined Utah Jazz point guard Deron Williams and gold medal-winning gymnast Shawn Johnson. On Wednesday, Pujols unveiled a poster-sized advertisement, which depicts him with a milk mustache and resting a bat on his shoulder with a sledgehammer attached to the end. Shooting was done in December, and the photo will be featured in magazines soon. ... Orioles infielder Justin Turner is on the ballot for the NCAA College World Series Legends team. Voting is based on a player's performance at the CWS, and fans can select the winner at www.ncaa.com/cwslegends. Turner played in three CWS with Cal State Fullerton and made the All-Tournament team in 2003 and '06.

Grapefruit League records: Orioles 8-13; Cardinals 9-10

Up next: The Orioles will head back to Sarasota, Fla., for three straight games at home. The first of which will come against the Yankees on Thursday at 1:05 p.m. ET and can be seen on MLB.TV. Getting the start will be Brad Bergesen, who has given up six earned runs in 8 2/3 innings, giving him a 6.23 ERA. He'll be going up against Alfredo Aceves. Also slated to pitch for the O's are left-hander Mark Hendrickson and righties Kam Mickolio and Matt Albers.

The Cardinals will host the Mets on Thursday at 12:05 p.m. CT, in a game that will be broadcast on MLB.TV and ESPN. Taking the mound for St. Louis will be Chris Carpenter, who finished second in National League Cy Young Award voting last year, but has struggled this spring. The 34-year-old right-hander has given up 10 runs in nine Grapefruit League innings, giving him a 10.00 ERA. Taking the mound for the Mets will be John Maine, who has an 11.37 ERA in 6 1/3 frames this spring. Cardinals manager Tony La Russa had all of his relievers listed in the lineup sheet for Wednesday's game, and said he'll likely use his bullpen based on what the game dictates for the rest of Spring Training.

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.