Former Cardinals pitcher turned outfielder Rick Ankiel has been limited to pinch hitting duties lately for the Royals thanks to a strained quad. He struck out both Saturday and Sunday in that role and has seen his batting average drop to .210 with three homers and nine RBIs. Ankiel has 13 hits -- and 22 strikeouts -- in 62 at bats this season.
Joel Pineiro allowed 10 hits and nine earned runs in 3 1/3 innings in his last start against Detroit to see his record drop to 2-3 with a 5.76 ERA. It was his second loss in a row. In his previous game, Pineiro was pounded by the Yankees with an 11-hit, six-run attack in six innings pitched.
Former Cardinals third baseman Scott Rolen is hitting .263 with five homers in the cleanup spot of the Reds batting order. He was 3-for-10 in his recently completed series against St. Louis. But he didn't score a run and had only one RBI. Of Rolen's homers, three of the five came in the cozy dimensions of Cincinnati's home park while the other two came in the same game on the road against the Marlins. It seems like the Cardinals were unimpressed with Rolen's remaining power after several shoulder injuries that ultimately led to his departure from St. Louis. The Birds seemed to pitch around Reds slugger Joey Votto all weekend to pitch to Rolen instead.
Ex Redbird Dan Haren is 3-1 with a 4.50 ERA in six starts this season. The most recent one was a no decision against the Cubs at Wrigley field in which he was tagged for 10 hits in six innings pitched. Haren allowed only three runs, despite all the baserunners. Haren has struck out 41 hitters so far this season while issuing only 10 walks.
Jim Edmonds in hitting .298 for the Brewers with a homer and five RBIs in 57 at bats. But he hasn't played in Milwaukee's last four games because of a strained back. Edmonds was 2-for-13 in his last five games before the injury. Edmonds' Brew Crew teammate Jeff Suppan isn't faring as well. Suppan, who started the season on the disabled list, is 0-1 with an 8.16 ERA this season. He was allowed only two starts before being demoted to the Milwaukee bullpen. In his latest appearance, April 29 against the Padres, Suppan pitched four innings of relief and allowed five hits and three runs. There is good news, however. That performance actually made Suppan's ERA go down. Fortunately, it took place on the road. At home, Suppan has been hearing the boos loud and often.
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