Albert Pujols will play first base for the Cardinals for the first time since Game 7 of the 2011 World Series when he appears there Sunday for the finale of a four-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Paul Goldschmidt is getting his first scheduled day off of the season even though he eight for 19 against Arizona starter Zach Davis. Pujols, who is one for 15 against right-handed pitching this season, also is nothing for six in his career against Davies. He has been the designated hitter in all of his starts this year.
With Goldschmidt out, Harrison Bader will hit second for the first time this season. Corey Dickerson will be the designated hitter and Paul DeJong is back at shortstop behind Jordan Hicks, who is making his third start of the season. Hicks had to leave his previous start in the third inning on Tuesday when he was struck in the right wrist by a smash up the middle.
The Cardinals have lost five of seven games after starting the season 9-4.
Of note, Bader took over the National League stolen base lead with his sixth on Saturday. The Cardinals have swiped 22 of 23 for the season.
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The Cardinals’ rescheduled game with Kansas City Monday has been rescheduled again. Because of bad weather forecast for later in the afternoon, the starting time has been moved from 3:15 pm to 12:15 pm
Fans who already had purchased tickets for the game, originally slated for April 13, and/or for Monday’s rescheduled game, will be sent a digital voucher for free tickets for a game later this season. Tickets for the April 13 game will remain valid for Monday’s game.
The two teams then will play Tuesday and Wednesday in Kansas City.
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