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How the former Cardinals are faring

Former Cardinals all-star Jim Edmonds hit a two-run homer Friday in the Brewers' 12-3 drubbing of the Cubs -- another of his former teams.

Edmonds, who is trying to make the Milwaukee club as an extra outfielder, was 2-for-3 in the game and raised his spring batting average to .429.

Jeff Suppan, Edmonds' teammate with the Cardinals and again with Milwaukee, isn't faring quite so well.

Signed in 2007 to the biggest contract in Brewers history, Suppan is now fighting for the fifth spot in Milwaukee's rotation. He's started twice and has a 5.40 ERA.

Of course, Suppan is better off than Braden Looper. A Brewer last season, Looper's option wasn't picked up by Milwaukee and he remains on the free agent market. The Dodgers supposedly have an offer on the table, but it isn't lucrative enough to convince Looper to sign on the dotted line.

Joel Pineiro, a former Cardinals hurler who is with the Angels now, was scratched from his last start due to a bagel-related injury.

According to the LA Times, Pineiro bit down on said bagel and jarred a molar loose. He had problems with the tooth a couple of months ago and had to have a root canal. Pineiro has a 4.50 ERA with three hits allowed in two innings in his only spring training start up to this point.

Another former Cardinals pitcher -- Royals outfielder Rick Ankiel-- is apparently fitting in well in Kansas City. A story on the Royals Web site said he is a leader on the team's young roster. Ankiel is batting .214 with a homer so far this spring.

Chris Duncanis in camp with the Nationals and had an 0-for-5 day in his first appearance against his old team last week. He is batting .235 with a .133 slugging percentage. He's struck out five times in 15 at bats. But Duncan told that he doesn't hold any bitterness toward the Cardinals for the way they handled his eventual exit from St. Louis... which was refreshing after his father, Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan, lashed out about it publicly. Hopefully the younger Duncan's perspective will help the elder Duncan settle back in with the Birds.

Two-time former Cardinals second baseman Adam Kennedy is also with the Nationals where he's hitting .308 with two doubles.