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Carp too good to be true?

Chris Carpenter has proved he has still got it... Now if he can only keep it together.

The Cardinals ace threw four shutout innings Thursday against the Red Sox. That brings him to eight total innings pitched so far this spring without an earned run denting the plate. His ERA and setback count mercifully match at 0.00.

While Carp is coming along nicely, the only thing more crowded than the Cardinals outfield is the trainers room.

Colby Rasmus has a sore hammy.

Chris Duncan has a sore groin.

Ryan Ludwick has been nursing sore ribs since he decided to take 300 extra swings in hitting practice a week ago.