JUPITER, Fla. • After Jeremy Hazelbaker entered Monday's game off the bench then hit a two-run homer on a full-count pitch with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Randal Grichuk praised the spring surprise's ability to make an impact as a non-starter.
On Wednesday the two will share the outfield together. From the first inning.
The outfielder Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak called "more than a nice story" will start in right field and bat seventh for the Cardinals in Wednesday's Grapefruit League exhibition against the Miami Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium.
"He's shown all of us that he's legit as a hitter," manager Make Matheny said before the game. "But, you never get an opportunity to really see the defense, the kind of game sense. He has a real nice idea of how to play the game. Runs the bases well. And doesn't look out of place in center field, which gives him value. Overall, it's been a great camp for him."
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Matt Holliday is back at first base.
Second baseman Kolten Wong, a candidate for the leadoff spot, will hit second.
Shortstop Ruben Tejada will make his second start as a Cardinal. He bats eighth.
Carlos Martinez is on the mound. He will bat ninth, as the club has started shifting away from using the DH to prepare its pitchers for hitting in games.
Matheny is back with the team after traveling to West Virginia to attend his grandmother's funeral.
- He vaults past Babe Ruth into second place all-time with 2,216 RBIs, behind only Aaron’s 2,297. The homer is the 370th on the road, tying Aaron for the second-most in MLB history.
- The solo home run gave him his 64th RBI season and the 2,214th of his 22-year career, tying him with Hall of Famer Babe Ruth for second all-time in RBIs.
- His fourth inning blast tied the game, while also extending his record for most pitchers homered off of to 456, adding former Cardinal Johan Oviedo to his list of victims.
- Albert's two deep blasts put him into a class with only Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, and Babe Ruth.
- Three innings after he thanked the Dodger Stadium crowd for helping him "bring back the joy" he had has a boy for the game baseball, Albert Pujols brought the game to the brink of one of the rarest celebrations.
- The sixth-inning shot is the third consecutive home run Pujols has hit that either gave the Cardinals the lead or tied the game.
- Pujols jumps on the third pitch he saw from Pirates closer Chase De Jong and sends it to the deepest part of the ballpark, giving the Cardinals a 3-2 lead.
- "The Machine" takes a first pitch slider from Pirates starter JT Brubaker and deposits it in the left field stands 418 feet away.
- As an eighth-inning pinch hitter he smacks a 2-run homer to give the Cardinals a 2-0 victory over the Cubs.
- St. Louis native Ross Detwiler becomes the 450th player Pujols has homered against, breaking the mark held by Barry Bonds.
- Pujols homers off the 449th pitcher he's faced in his career, tying Barry Bonds for the most all-time.
- Pujols, at 42, becomes the oldest player in major-league history to have four hits including two homers in a game.
- With the four total bases from the homer, Pujols hurdles Stan Musial’s 6,134 career total bases and into second place
- His 16th grand slam, 13 of them in St. Louis, ties Henry Aaron, Babe Ruth and ... Dave Kingman for 10th on the career charts.
1. Matt Carpenter, 3B
2. Kolten Wong, 2B
3. Matt Holliday, 1B
4. Randal Grichuk, CF
5. Brandon Moss, LF
6. Yadier Molina, C
7. Jeremy Hazelbaker, RF
8. Ruben Tejada, SS
9. Carlos Martinez, RHP