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Hazelbaker's 'great camp' earns start against Marlins

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Jeremy Hazelbaker, Ozzie Albies

St. Louis Cardinals' baserunner Jeremy Hazelbaker, right, safely steals second base, beating out the tag by Atlanta Braves' shortstop Ozzie Albies, left, during the fourth inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game, Friday, March 11, 2016, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

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."

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.

Cardinals Lineup

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

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