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Taveras' grand slam helps Cardinals to another big lead

While it would make a huge amount of sense for the Cardinals to send Oscar Tavares to Class AAA Memphis at least for a few weeks, it is becoming apparent that he doesn't want to go.

The slugging outfield prospect hit a line drive grand slam over the right field wall in the first inning Thursday against the Miami Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium to help the Redbirds to another offensive outburst.

The Cardinals led 6-1 after the first and had maintained that advntage until the fourth inning despite being out-hit 6-5.

Yadier Molia, playing first base with Allen Craig and his sore shoulder in the designated hitter spot in the order, drive in one of the other St. Louis runs. His understudy behind the plate, Tony Cruz, had the other RBI.

Jake Westbrook started the game and could only make it through one inning with four hits and a run allowed. Trevor Rosenthal came into the game in relief and pitched a scoreless, hitless frame with one strikeout.

 While it is tempting to bring up Taveras at the start of the season, the Cardinals could maintain an extra year of control over him before free agency if he doesn't come up until May ala Anaheim's Mike Trout last season.