Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cards Get Asterisk-Whipping Red Sox Win B-Game That Doesn't Count

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cards Get Asterisk-Whipping Red Sox Win B-Game That Doesn't Count

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The Cardinals lost Tony La Russa's first game as manager, 10-8, to the Boston Red Sox Friday but it was almost as if it didn't happen.

Since no admission was charged for this game, which was added to the schedule, it was considered a "B" game, which does not count in the Grapefruit League standings. Therefore, La Russa still is 0-0 as a National League manager.

"I'll take that `no-counter,' " La Russa said.

Besides, the Red Sox didn't play fair. Because they had a sold-out game against Boston College here Friday night, they didn't use any of their regulars in the day game. Instead such names as Jose Malava, Trot Nixon and Scott Hatteberg appeared.

Todd Stottlemyre, a longtime American League pitcher, didn't know many of these players. After fanning the side in the first inning, he was whacked for six runs in the second inning, including a two-run homer by Nixon.

On the other hand, Stottlemyre the batsman walked, broke up a potential double play at second base and then scored the Cardinals' first run on Royce Clayton's double in the third.

"I felt like a baseball player today," said Stottlemyre, dirt covering his pantlegs.

As for his day job . . .

"I pitched two innings physically and one mentally," said Stottlemyre, who allowed all six of his hits in the second inning. One was a misjudged fly ball for a double by Miguel Mejia.

"I told (pitching coach Dave) Duncan after the first inning that I wanted to stay away from using my slider the next inning and I got completely out of my game," Stottlemyre said.

"Physically, it was good work but mentally I got a little lazy and couldn't get it turned back on again. I got the ball up and I got beat around. That's what spring training is all about - getting ready physically and mentally.

"There's really no excuse for a mental letdown. This is spring training, but don't get me wrong. There is such a thing as practicing winning, too."

Stottlemyre said he would replay his performance often enough "that I'll be kicking myself in the butt to try to make sure that it doesn't happen the next time. …

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