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3.21.2007

Spring Fever

Cardinals 13, Dodgers 0

Anthony Reyes pitched six innings and lowered his ERA to 0.56 Tuesday night in the St. Louis Cardinals' 13-0 whoopin' over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Reyes, who beat Detroit's Justin Verlander in last year's World Series-opening matchup of rookie starters, allowed four hits, striking out one with one walk. Most impressively, he needed just five pitches in the sixth inning.

The Cards held the Dodgers to just six hits, and Chris Duncan hit his third longball in three games against Los Angeles. Preston Wilson doubled three times.

Dodgers starter Mark Hendrickson, who is vying for the fifth rotation spot, allowed four runs and five hits in five innings, striking out one and giving up a home run to Yadier Molina with two outs and a runner on base.

The Dodgers have been outscored 27-1 in three straight losses, now.

Rangers 4, Giants 3


Eric Gagne, pitching his first game this year, went one inning and gave up a home run to Kevin Frandsen in the Texas Rangers' 4-3 win over the San Francisco Giants. Since signing a $6 million, one-year contract with Texas, Gagne is attempting a comeback from elbow and back operations after being limited to 15.1 innings over the last two seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Frandsen, who had three hits, homered on Gagne's fourth pitch of the fifth inning, lining a 70 mph curveball into the left-field bullpen. Barry Bonds returned after a three-day hiatus and went 1-for-3 with a 375-foot drive in the sixth off Akinori Otsuka that put the Giants ahead 2-1.

Russ Ortiz, working on becoming the Giants' #5 starter, gave up two runs and four hits in six innings with six strikeouts and one walk. Nelson Cruz hit his first two homers of the spring for Texas in consecutive two-hit, two-RBI games after a 2-for-16 slump.

Texas starter Robinson Tejeda gave up six hits in four scoreless innings.

Diamondbacks 8, Mariners 1

Jeff Weaver gave up consecutive homers to Chris Young and Stephen Drew after an RBI-double by Scott Hairston in a five-run first inning during the Seattle Mariners 8-1 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Weaver allowed six runs, seven hits and two walks over four innings and has an 8.31 ERA with 12 runs and 18 hits allowed in 13 spring innings.

Arizona starter Edgar Gonzalez allowed one run and four hits in five innings, striking out four and walking none. He has given up six earned runs in 13 innings while competing for a slot in the Diamondbacks' rotation.

Minor leaguer Tony Torcato homered in Seattle's only run in the fifth inning.

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