Thursday, March 7, 2013

Rookie Oscar Taveras Impressive for Cardinals; Alex Gordon's Grand Slam Leads 11-0 Kansas City

Players of the Day for Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Grapefruit League

St. Louis improved to .500 (5-5) in Grapefruit League play, bashing five home runs off Miami hurlers in a 7-2 romp.

ROb Johnson, Ronny Cedeno, Oscar Taveras, Matt Adams and Matt Holliday each belted long balls for the Cardinals. For the two Matts and Taveras, the dingers were their seconds of the season. Taveras also doubled and drove in two runs in three at-bats.

Taveras, a highly-ranked prospect who's been with the Cardinal organization since 2009, led the Texas League (AA) in home runs (23) and doubles (37) and was second, with 94 RBI, in 2012. The Cardinals are giving the 21-year-old from the Dominican Republic an extended look in right field.

Batting .333 with a pair of homers and eight RBI, Taveras is making a solid impression this Spring.

Gordon: GS, 4 RBI
Cactus League

Alex Gordon continued his hot spate of hitting with a 3-for-4 effort Wednesday, smashing a fifth-inning grand slam to go with a single and double in Kansas City's 8-1 rout of Arizona, their 11th straight win without a loss in the Cactus League.

Batting out of the leadoff spot, Gordon has been having a whale of a time at the plate, even though he insists he hasn't found his groove just yet, batting .524 (11-for-21) with a pair of homers, seven runs and five RBI.

The Royals banged out 15 hits and got three scoreless innings from starter James Shields, who won his first game in a Royals uniform.

KC's hot start has them 1 1/2 ahead of Seattle in the standings. The Mariners are 10-2 after losing a 7-6 squeaker to Milwaukee.

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