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Cardinals beat Marlins in Spring Training; Beltran, Westbrook hurt

9:51 PM, Feb 28, 2013   |    comments
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St. Louis Cardinals assistant trainer Adam Olsen examines Cardinals pitcher Jake Westbrook (35) after taking a ground ball off of his knee by Miami Marlins first baseman Casey Kotchman (not pictured) at Roger Dean Stadium. Westbrook was taken out of the game after the play. The Cardinals defeated the Marlins 8-2. (Courtesy Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports)

STEVEN WINE AP Sports Writer

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) - Carlos Beltran and Jake Westbrook limped to the St. Louis Cardinals' clubhouse moments apart Thursday.

Beltran bruised the little toe on his right foot when he was hit by a pitch in the first inning of the Cardinals' 8-2 victory over the Miami Marlins. Westbrook bruised his left leg below the knee on a grounder hit by Casey Kotchman in the second inning.

Beltran's X-rays were negative, but he said the injury was painful, and he was unsure whether it would affect his plans to play for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic. Westbrook didn't undergo X-rays

Westbrook faced six batters and allowed four hits, including an RBI triple by Giancarlo Stanton.

Cardinals non-roster invitee Oscar Taveras hit a grand slam off Marlins starter Justin Turner.

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