Miami (60-51) at St. Louis (58-53)

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  • Game info: 8:10 pm EDT Tue Aug 5, 2003
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The St. Louis Cardinals hope to have All-Star center fielder Jim Edmonds back in the lineup as they open a three-game series with the Florida Marlins at Busch Stadium.

Edmonds has missed nine straight starts with right shoulder inflammation, but hopes to be back in game shape by Tuesday.

“I felt a little awkward, a little nervous. I swung at probably 50 to 70 percent,” Edmonds told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch after taking batting practice prior to Sunday’s 13-5 loss to the Mets in New York.

“I’ve got to see if I can let it go before they activate me. Otherwise, it messes up everything they’ve been trying to do. I don’t want to put the team in jeopardy.”

Though St. Louis would certainly welcome Edmonds’ return, his absence isn’t hurting the production of slugger Albert Pujols.

Pujols extended his hitting streak to a career-high 18 games in Sunday’s loss, and is batting .408 (29-for-71) during the run.

The All-Star outfielder needs one more RBI to join Jose Canseco as the only players to have 30 homers and 100 RBIs in their first three full seasons.

After going 7-2 in their recently completed nine-game homestand, the Marlins are hoping to continue that success as they open a six-game road trip.

Florida dropped a 3-1 decision to Houston on Sunday, giving them two defeats in three games against the Astros.

But the resurgent Marlins remain confident that sweeps over the wild card-leading Philadelphia Phillies and Arizona Diamondbacks in the first six games of the homestand can carry them for awhile.

“We took three from Philadelphia and three from Arizona,” All-Star third baseman Mike Lowell said. “That put us right in the thick of things because we made some huge strides in the standings.

The Marlins are just two games behind the Phillies in the wild card race.

STANDINGS: Marlins - 3rd place, 13 GB, NL East. Cardinals - 2nd place, 2 GB, NL Central.

MARLINS PROBABLE STARTER: Brad Penny (9-8, 4.28 ERA). The right-hander went seven strong innings in his last outing, allowing just one run and four hits in Wednesday’s 2-1 win over Arizona. Penny will shoot for his first career win against the Cardinals. He is 0-1 with a 4.81 ERA in four career starts against St. Louis.

CARDINALS PROBABLE STARTER: Woody Williams (14-4, 3.46 ERA). Williams is seeking his 15th win of the season, which would tie him with Atlanta’s Russ Ortiz for the NL lead. He allowed three runs and six hits over six innings in a 3-2 loss at Montreal on Thursday. Williams has pitched seven or more innings in four of his last six starts. He is 2-2 with a 4.21 ERA against the Marlins in seven career starts.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Marlins - Luis Castillo, .319 avg. and 72 runs; Lowell, 30 HRs and 90 RBIs; Juan Pierre, 53 SBs. Cardinals - Pujols, .372 avg., 30 HRs, 99 RBIs and 99 runs; Edgar Renteria, 25 SBs.

SEASON SERIES: Cardinals, 2-1.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Marlins - 2B Castillo is 5-for-11 (.455) lifetime against RHP Williams. … OF Juan Encarnacion is 4-for-33 (.121) in his last nine games. … OF Pierre is 9-for-14 (.643) with a triple in his career against RHP Williams. Cardinals - OF J.D. Drew is 3-for-12 (.250) in his career against RHP Penny. … RHP Williams is 10-2 with a 3.06 ERA in 12 home starts this season. … 1B Tino Martinez is 3-for-7 (.429) lifetime against RHP Penny.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Marlins - 25-28 on the road; Cardinals - 31-22 at home.

INJURIES: Marlins - RHP Kevin Olsen (concussion), 15-day DL; RHP Tim Spooneybarger (arm), 15-day DL; RHP Toby Borland (appendicitis), 60-day DL; RHP A.J. Burnett (elbow), 60-day DL. Cardinals - OF Edmonds (shoulder), day-to-day; C Joe Girardi (back), 15-day DL; C Steve Torrealba (elbow), 15-day DL; 2B Fernando Vina (hamstring), 15-day DL; OF Eli Marrero (ankle), 15-day DL; RHP Matt Morris (hand), 15-day DL; LHP Lance Painter (calf), 15-day DL; RHP Russ Springer (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Kiko Calero (foot), 60-day DL; RHP Chris Carpenter (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Gene Stechschulte (shoulder), 60-day DL.

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