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Cards' Westbrook, Beltran sidelined by injuries

3:35 PM, Feb 28, 2013   |    comments
  • Feb 23, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Oscar Taveras (87) puts the ball in play against the Miami Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium. The Marlins defeated the Cardinals 8-3. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports
  • Feb 18, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jake Westbrook (35) and Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright (50) chat during Spring Training workouts at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports
    
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Jupiter, FL (Sports Network) - Oscar Taveras clubbed a grand slam to highlight a six-run first inning that the St. Louis Cardinals rode to an 8-2 win over the Miami Marlins in Grapefruit League action.

Matt Carpenter walked twice and scored two runs for the Cardinals, while starter Jake Westbrook gave up one run on four hits in his lone inning on the mound.

Miami starter Jacob Turner failed to make it out of the opening frame, recording just one out. He allowed four hits and walked three.

Giancarlo Stanton collected three hits, falling a home run shy of a cycle, and scored both Miami runs.

Westbrook and Carlos Beltran have left the St. Louis Cardinals' game against the Miami Marlins with injuries.

Westbrook was hit on a leg by a grounder hit by Casey Kotchman leading off the second inning Thursday. The right-hander consulted with a trainer and flexed his left leg before walking to the dugout.

Beltran was hit by a pitch on a foot in the first and left the game after the inning. He and Westbrook walked to the clubhouse moments apart for evaluation.

Westbrook was making his first start of spring training. He went 13-11 last year but didn't pitch after Sept. 8 because of a strained right oblique.

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