Lynn to mound as Cardinals try to complete sweep against Marlins

News-DemocratJuly 7, 2013 

— Lance Lynn will go for his 11th victory of the season Sunday as the St. Louis Cardinals look for a sweep in their three-game series against the Miami Marlins at Busch Stadium.

First pitch is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. Lynn (10-3, 3.75 ERA), who is 2-2 with a 6.16 ERA in his last five starts, will be opposed by 20-year-old Jose Fernandez (5-4, 2.72 ERA).

Tony Cruz is back in the starting lineup at catcher as Yadier Molina continues his recovery from right-knee inflammation. An MRI exam taken on Molina's knee Saturday revealed no structural damage, and he is expected to return Tuesday against Houston.

The Cardinals will get their second look this season at Fernandez, who beat them 4-3 on June 14 in Miami when he matched a season-high with 10 strikeouts in seven innings.

Right fielder Carlos Beltran is in the lineup Sunday despite dealing with discomfort in his right oblique.

"We listen to what he's saying and how he's feeling," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "He's pretty good about telling us when he doesn't feel like he should be out there. So we've been kind of monitoring that. We'll keep watching him."

Shortstop Pete Kozma, meanwhile, returns to action for the first time since Wednesday. Kozma had yielded the position to Daniel Descalso the last three games.

"He took some great steps," Matheny said of Kozma's time off to tweak his hitting approach. "I think we gave him a good amount (of time). He got some good work in and made some great adjustments."

Here are the lineups:

CARDINALS (52-34)

Matt Carpenter, 2B

Carlos Beltran, RF

Matt Holliday, LF

Allen Craig, 1B

David Freese, 3B

Jon Jay, CF

Tony Cruz, C

Pete Kozma, SS

Lance Lynn, P

MARLINS (32-54)

Juan Pierre, LF

Ed Lucas, 3B

Giancarlo Stanton, RF

Logan Morrison, 1B

Marcell Ozuna, CF

Derek Dietrich, 2B

Adeiny Hechavarria, SS

Jeff Mathis, C

Jose Fernandez, P

Contact reporter David Wilhelm at dwilhelm@bnd.com or 239-2665. Follow him on Twitter: @DavidMWilhelm.

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