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Matt Holliday hit his first home run of the spring and is batting .500 in exhibition play.
St. Louis first baseman Lance Berkman returned to action for the first time since Sunday and doubled. He'd been out with a sore left knee.
NOTES: Marlins RF Giancarlo Stanton said an MRI exam revealed swelling on his left knee. He said he wasn't sure what caused the problem. Stanton hopes to return to action next week. He hasn't played since March 11 when he left the game after being hit on the left wrist with a pitch. ... Cardinals bullpen coach Dyer Miller has left the team to be with family after his brother was killed in an accident. Cal Eldred will be fill in as bullpen coach. ... Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter has thrown off a mound for the first time in nearly two weeks. He had been limited in workouts since March 3 because of a stiff neck. "It was a little better than I had hoped," he said. "I felt good. I felt strong. I'm just happy." Carpenter threw 30 fastballs at about 75 percent of his usual strength after reporting no neck trouble following consecutive days of throwing on flat ground. If he feels well Saturday, he could try to throw off the mound again Sunday or Monday, and pitch batting practice. The Cardinals think they might have a better idea next week of when Carpenter would be ready for exhibition games.
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