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The runs were the first allowed by Blackburn in an official game this spring.
"I'm ready for spring to wind down," Blackburn said. "It was just nice to face a lineup that's pretty much one through nine what you're going to see during the season. I'm looking forward to getting out there and actually playing for something that has some meaning."
Lance Berkman's RBI single in the sixth gave the Cardinals a lead they wouldn't relinquish. Shane Robinson and Jon Jay added late inning home runs.
Rain twice delayed the game for a total of 57 minutes.
NOTES: Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire announced that Josh Willingham would be the Twins regular left fielder once the season starts. Willingham, signed with Minnesota during the off-season after spending last year with Oakland, had been projected as a right fielder. ...With Willingham grabbing the left field spot, Ben Revere will now battle Chris Parmalee and Trevor Plouffe for the right field job. Denard Span is locked into center. ..The Cardinals released non-roster invitees Alex Cora and Koyie Hill on Sunday. ...Allen Craig could make his first appearance on the main stadium field in the coming days. "I think he's pretty close to being able to hit out here," St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. "He just has to pass the test of being able to run the bases." Craig, who can play multiple positions for the Cardinals, is rehabbing from offseason surgery to repair a fractured knee cap
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