Two-time MVP Gonzalez gets 2 hits, RBI as Cards beat Mets 7-0
JUPITER, Fla. (AP)—Juan Gonzalez, trying to make the St. Louis roster as a reserve, got two hits and drove in a run Thursday as the Cardinals opened their exhibition season with a 7-0 win over the New York Mets.
At 38, Gonzalez is a two-time AL MVP with 434 career home runs. He sat out the last two years—in 2005, he tore a hamstring in his only at-bat while with Cleveland.
Gonzalez is hoping to hook on with the Cardinals as a backup outfielder and pinch-hitter. He was the designated hitter against the Mets.
Anthony Reyes pitched three scoreless innings, limiting the Mets to a pair of singles. He did not walk a batter.
“I’m going out there to throw strikes. That’s what I’ve always done, that’s what I’m used to doing,” said Reyes, 2-14 last season. “I got away from it the last few years.”
“That might have changed the game,” St. Louis manager Tony La Russa said. “He’s got quickness. He concentrates well. He gets a great jump. He has a cannon.”
LHP Johan Santana will make his Mets debut Friday against St. Louis. “It will be fun for everybody,” he said. … Cardinals RHP Joel Pineiro was scratched from his scheduled start Sunday.He reported stiffness in his throwing shoulder on Wednesday.