Arch madness, day one
With the famous arch looming beyond the outfield, the scene is impressive in St. Louis as the first-place Rays prepare to face off with the Cardinals.
SS Jason Bartlett is back with the team and in the lineup after missing Thursday's game to attend to his wife, who went into premature labor but is now resting comfortably in St. Petersburg.
Manager Joe Maddon reiterated that Cliff Floyd will be used only as a pinch-hitter for these three games without the DH, since it is too soon after his right knee surgery to risk putting him in the field.
Expect Ben Zobrist to get perhaps daily duty as a super utility man.
The Cardinals, meanwhile, put struggling closer Jason Isringhausen on the DL and called up Bradenton native and Tampa resident Chris Perez.