San Francisco (48-32) at St. Louis (43-37)

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  • Game info: 8:10 pm EDT Mon Jun 30, 2003
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The San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals appeared set for a pitching duel.

Instead, a series featuring two division leaders begins with a proven veteran going against a touted rookie as the Giants’ Jason Schmidt faces Dan Haren in the opener of a four-game set at Busch Stadium.

Schmidt was supposed to square off against Cardinals ace Matt Morris, who was 2-0 with a 0.56 ERA in two starts against the Giants last season. But the right-hander was scratched because of a sore shoulder.

Morris, who was 39-17 in the previous two seasons and 8-5 with a 3.85 ERA this year, has tentatively been moved back to a Saturday start against the Chicago Cubs as a precautionary move.

Schmidt is coming off back-to-back complete games against the Los Angeles Dodgers—a 2-0 three-hitter on June 19 and a 2-1 four-hitter Tuesday. The right-hander, who is 4-2 with a 1.44 ERA over his last seven starts, threw 127 pitches in each outing, striking out a combined 17 and walking just two.

“I don’t know what happened there,” Schmidt said after Tuesday’s victory, his fourth complete game of the season. “After so many pitches last game I almost felt stronger, so that was a good thing. I was kind of stiff all week but that’s the way it works out.”

Haren will be promoted from Triple-A Memphis to make his major league debut.

The 22-year-old right-hander was 2-1 with a 4.93 ERA with the Redbirds, striking out 35 and walking eight over 45 2-3 innings.

The Cardinals have won four of five with Sunday’s 13-6 rout of the Kansas City Royals to salvage a split of the season I-70 Series.

Albert Pujols, 1-for-9 in the first two games of this weekend’s set, went 4-for-6 with two homers and three RBIs Sunday, and Jim Edmonds also drove in three runs for the NL Central-leading Cardinals.

The NL West-leading Giants have won four of six despite Sunday’s 5-2 loss to Oakland as the teams split the season Bay Bridge Series.

Ray Durham had two hits, while Francisco Santos homered and Neifi Perez had an RBI single for the Giants.

STANDINGS: Giants - 1st place, NL West. Cardinals - 1st place, NL Central.

GIANTS PROBABLE STARTER: Schmidt (7-3, 2.23 ERA). Schmidt is 6-6 with a 3.55 ERA in 14 career starts against the Cardinals.

CARDINALS PROBABLE STARTER: Haren (no record). A 2001 second-round draft pick out of Pepperdine, Haren began the season with Double-A Tennessee and dominated the Southern League, going 6-0 with a 0.82 ERA. He struck out 49 and walked just six.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Giants - Durham, .321 avg.; Barry Bonds, 22 HRs, 46 RBIs and 54 runs; Bonds and Marquis Grissom, 7 SBs. Cardinals - Pujols, .391 avg., 72 RBIs and 74 runs; Edmonds, 24 HRs; Edgar Renteria, 17 SBs.

2002 SEASON SERIES: Cardinals, 4-2.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Giants - 2B Durham is hitting .417 (10-for-24) over his last six games. … With 459 homers in Giants uniform, OF Bonds is tied with Willie Mays for second on the club’s all-time home run list. Willie McCovey holds franchise record with 469. … The Giants’ 37 errors are the second-fewest in the majors. The Cardinals are fourth-best with 38 miscues. Cardinals - OF Pujols and SS Renteria, who had a combined six hits Sunday, are tied for the NL lead with 36th multihit games. … St. Louis lost OF J.D. Drew and C Joe Girardi during Sunday’s game. Drew collided with Ken Harvey on a play at first base and strained his right hip flexor, while Girardi strained his back. Their status for Monday’s game remains uncertain. … OF Edmonds is batting .464 (13-for-28) with five homers and 14 RBIs over his last five games.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Giants - 23-17 on the road; Cardinals - 25-15 at home.

INJURIES: Giants - SS Rich Aurilia (abdomen), day-to-day; INF J.T. Snow (groin), 15-day DL; OF Marvin Benard (knee), 15-day DL; RHP Kurt Ainsworth (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Robb Nen (shoulder), 15-day DL. Cardinals - OF Drew (hip), day-to-day; C Girardi (back), day-to-day; C Steve Torrealba (elbow), 15-day DL; C Chris Widger (thumb), 15-day DL; INF Miguel Cairo (hand), 15-day DL; 2B Fernando Vina (hamstring), 15-day DL; OF Eli Marrero (ankle), 15-day DL; RHP Kiko Calero (knee), 15-day DL; RHP Russ Springer (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Chris Carpenter (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Gene Stechschulte (shoulder), 60-day DL.

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J. Schmidt LAD vs. D. Haren CHC
17-5 Record 3-7
2.34 ERA 5.08
208 K 43
46 BB 22
0.95 WHIP 1.46