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April 2, 2013

Wright makes appearance in Mets win over Cards


Buck was thrown out rounding third, but Collin Cowgill, pinch hitting for Harvey, extended the Mets lead to 4-0 with a two-run homer to left field.

"I think I pitched fairly well, but they took advantage of a couple mistakes," Westbrook said. "I left a couple of balls over the plate, and I was not able to execute all my pitches, so in that way it wasn't my best day."

Mets starter Matt Harvey finished his spring on a high note, giving up three hits and no runs in four innings. He walked two batters but struck out four. The right-hander pitches in Game 2 on Wednesday.

"I couldn't be happier with the spring, how it went and how my body feels going into the season and we're all looking forward to heading up north," Harvey said. "There were some down times, but there were some really good stuff. My curveball is right where I want it. I was able to fine-tune some pitches today, and getting back out there is something I'm definitely looking forward to Wednesday."

NOTES: Cowgill is 20 for 63 (.317) in 25 games this spring with five homers and 10 RBIs. .Daniel Murphy, who played his second spring training game Friday, went 2 for 4 with a run scored. LaTroy Hawkins gave up his first runs of the spring in the fifth inning, allowing two runs on two hits with a walk. Mets closer Bobby Parnell struck out the side in the ninth. . Jon Jay went 2 for 2 with a double to lead the Cardinals. ... The Cardinals placed closer Jason Motte (strained right elbow) on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 22, and optioned pitcher Maikel Cleto and outfielder Adron Chambers to Triple-A Memphis. Non-roster C Rob Johnson, INF Greg Garcia and OF Oscar Taveras were re-assigned to minor league camp. ... The Mets made some cuts Friday: Non-roster pitcher Scott Rice beat out Robert Carson as the second left-hander in the bullpen to make his first major league roster in his 15th professional season. Omar Quintanilla was sent to Triple-A, meaning there will be no bona fide backup at shortstop. Anthony Recker beat out Landon Powell as the backup catcher, and Jeurys Familia and Greg Burke both made the team in the bullpen. A handful of non-roster invitees who had already made the team — Rice, Marlon Byrd, LaTroy Hawkins and Scott Atchison — were added to the 40-man roster. ... The lone decision to be made is whether Justin Turner (calf) lands on the DL to start the season, meaning Zach Lutz and Kirk Nieuwenhuis are still in limbo — only one would make the team if Turner is able to play.

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