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Associated Press, Published March 25 2013

Miller earns rotation spot, helps Cardinals top Twins

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Shelby Miller pitched into the fifth inning, then found out he’d won the fifth spot in the St. Louis rotation as the Cardinals beat the Minnesota Twins 4-3 Monday.

Twins starter Mike Pelfrey struck out four, walked one and gave up one run and five hits in five innings. He has a 5.52 ERA after five spring starts.

Joe Mauer had two hits and a walk for the Twins, raising his spring batting average to .435.

St. Louis Minnesota

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Dscls ss-2b 4 1 2 0 Mstrinni cf 3 0 0 1

S.Rbinsn cf 5 2 2 0 Hicks ph 1 0 1 0

Crpntr 2b-3b 5 0 1 0 J.Crroll 2b 1 1 0 0

Ma.Adms 1b 5 1 2 3 J.Chrstn ss 1 0 0 0

Taveras rf 5 0 4 0 Mauer c 3 0 2 0

Wggnon 3b 3 0 1 0 Lhmnn pr-c 1 0 0 0

J.Kelly p 0 0 0 0 Wllnghm lf 3 0 1 0

J.Curtis ph 1 0 0 0 W.Rmirz lf 1 0 0 0

Rsenthal p 0 0 0 0 Mrneau 1b 3 0 0 0

A.Mlker ph 1 0 1 0 D.Rhlfng 1b 0 0 0 0

Boggs p 0 0 0 0 Doumit dh 3 0 1 0

Chmbers lf 3 0 0 1 Flmn ph-dh 0 0 0 0

T.Cruz c 3 0 1 0 Parmelee rf 3 0 1 0

C.Tilson pr 0 0 0 0 E.Bigley rf 1 0 0 0

Ro.Jhnsn c 1 0 0 0 Plouffe 3b 3 0 1 0

S.Miller p 1 0 0 0 Hnsn pr-3b 1 1 0 0

Mujica p 0 0 0 0 Escbr ss-2b 4 1 3 0

G.Garcia ss 1 0 0 0

Kozma ph 1 0 0 0

I.Vargas ss 0 0 0 0

Totals 39 4 14 4 Totals 32 3 10 1

St. Louis 100 000 003— 4

Minnesota 100 000 200— 3

DP—Minnesota 3. LOB—St. Louis 13, Minnesota 9. 2B—Ma.Adams (4), E.Escobar 2 (3). SB—Taveras (2). S—S.Miller. SF—Chambers, Mastroianni.

IP H R ER BB SO

St. Louis

S.Miller 4Zc 6 1 1 2 2

Mujica Xc 0 0 0 1 0

J.Kelly 2 2 2 2 1 0

Rosenthal W,1-1 1 0 0 0 2 1

Boggs S,2-2 1 2 0 0 0 0

Minnesota

Pelfrey 5 5 1 1 1 4

R.Pressly 1Xc 2 0 0 1 1

T.Robertson 1Zc 2 0 0 1 2

Lane L,0-1 BS,1-1 1 5 3 3 0 0

WP—S.Miller, J.Kelly, T.Robertson.

T—3:25. A—8,161 (8,100).