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Cardinals relievers Salas, Rzepczynski and Boggs fighting for return to MLB

The Cardinals' three deposed relievers appeared consecutively last night for the Memphis Redbirds in the Class AAA Pacific Coast League.

The results were mixed.

Lefty Marc Rzepczynski hurled an inning and gave up two hits -- but he also struck out two batters without allowing any runs.

Rzepczynski was followed by Mitchell Boggs who also allowed two hits in an inning -- as well as two runs, one of them earned -- en route to blowing a save opportunity.

Fernando Salas, fresh off the disabled list, pitched two innings with three strikeouts and no hits allowed.

Rzepczynski, who has an 0-2 record with a 2.73 ERA, has given up 13 hits and eight runs over his last five appearances which include 8 1/3 innings of work. He's walked five batters and struck out nine over that span.

Boggs is 0-2 with a 5.79 ERA. He's given up five runs in an appearance twice in the last two weeks and gave up nine runs in those combined three innings of work. He seems closer to the exit than a return to the major leagues at this point.

Salas seemes to be making the hardest push for a return to St. Louis. He hasn't allowed a run in five appearances in Memphis since coming off the DL June 19. He's given up four hits over six innings and has struck out eight while walking none.