Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cardinals Pitch in, Cage Blue Jays 3-1

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cardinals Pitch in, Cage Blue Jays 3-1

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Grapefruit League games are not supposed to be especially significant, but the Cardinals' 3-1 victory Sunday over the World Series champion Toronto Blue Jays was a relief, if nothing else.

"That was a good one," manager Joe Torre said. "I was pleased with that game. That's the way you'd like it to work."

The blueprint read like this: The Cardinals' relentless offense got three early runs against one of the game's top pitchers, Juan Guzman.

The club got unwavering starting pitching from its top man, Bob Tewksbury. It got flawless relief from two lefthanders and a righthander to finish the job.

"In a perfect world, I would have gone nine innings and won 3-1," said Tewksbury, who is intent on completing more starts this year. "But this was the next-best thing."

Recently, only the University of Wisconsin basketball team has been scored on more often than the Cards.

Their staggered staff had allowed seven or more runs in seven of its last eight exhibitions. But the only Blue Jay to touch down Sunday did so via a bases-loaded walk, oddly enough, by Tewksbury.

The major leagues' most renowned control freak has only slightly more walks (40) to his credit than games won (33) over the last two years. But Tewksbury has a new attitude about walks this season.

He wants to entice opponents to swing at more balls and the fifth-inning walk to Joe Carter was an example. He pitched carefully to last year's World Series hero and, though Carter wouldn't bite, Tewksbury still didn't give in. A 3-2 pitch went wide and forced in a run.

"I fell behind him and then I just missed with a couple of pitches," Tewksbury said. "But I'd rather walk him there than give in to him and have him hit one off the wall or something. There are times when you have to look at it that way.

"If you give up a sacrifice fly there, everybody says you did a good job. But if you walk the guy, then you gave a run away. …

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