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Cards closing the spring on a sour note.

It's more than a little bit disturbing that the Cardinals starting rotation has been getting pounded lately as the Grapefruit League games wind to a close.

On Sunday it was Chris Carpenter who was roughed up, taking a licking from the Twins across Florida in Ft. Meyers. The Cardinals ace was chased after 4 2/3 innings following four runs surrendered on seven hits and took the loss in a 5-3 setback to the Twins.

While Carpenter struggled with his location, he had good stuff. He walked two and struck out seven. The runs were his first earned runs Carpenter gave up this spring and, despite the lousy start, his spring ERA stands at an impressive 1.52.

Rick Ankiel, who I still wish the Cardinals would try to lock up for a longer term deal before the season starts, hit his third homer of the spring. 

Chris Duncan and Joe Mather, both fighting for a roster spot, were each 2-for-4 on the day.