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first_imgST. LOUIS — Adam Wainwright had a nice view from his seat in the dugout. The kids had it under control.Allen Craig and Matt Adams each had two RBIs and the St. Louis Cardinals got effective work from rookie pitchers subbing for their ace in a 6-2 victory over the New York Mets on June 16.Nick Greenwood won his major league debut, with his fiancee, mother, agent and a close friend watching. “You couldn’t ask for a better outing,” Greenwood said. “It’s awesome. Words can’t describe.”Carlos Martinez allowed an unearned run in four innings in his second career start and Greenwood (1-0) allowed a run and two hits in 3 1-3 innings for St. Louis, which has won seven of eight.“I don’t know that you could ask any more,” Manager Mike Matheny said. “Today could have been a really tough day on our bullpen.”Wainwright is skipping a turn to allow for tendinitis in the back of his elbow to subside. He is expected to return Saturday against the Phillies.Matt Holliday had two hits, including a single for his 1,000th career RBI in a four-run fifth that put the Cardinals up 6-1. He tipped his helmet to the crowd, and then scored standing up on Craig’s double.“He’s pretty stoic most of the time,” Matheny said. “But I mentioned something to him and he had a big smile.”Mets Manager Terry Collins batted the pitcher eighth for the first time in franchise history but the novel lineup with rookie Jacob deGrom in the eighth slot ahead of Eric Young Jr. mustered just five hits. New York has lost 10 of 13, scoring two or fewer runs six times.“We scored a run, it was fine, it worked out all right,” Collins said. But he wouldn’t say whether he’d try the ploy again June 17, saying “I have no idea.”Adams homered in his first three games coming off the 15-day disabled list from a strained left calf. One of his RBIs came on his third triple, tied for the team lead, and he stung the ball all four at-bats. “He runs well, he runs deceptively well,” Matheny said. “I’d much rather watch him trot.”DeGrom (0-4) gave up six runs and 12 hits in 4 1-3 innings in his seventh career start, all three numbers statistical low points. “I just look at how many balls were really hit hard,” he said. “Three or four were hit hard, the rest just kind of found holes and went through.”The 25-year-old deGrom has allowed 13 runs and 26 hits in 15 innings over his last three starts.He handled the bat fine, with a sacrifice in the third and a broken-bat liner to second with the base loaded in the fourth after Ruben Tejada was intentionally walked.Young, activated from the 15-day disabled list before the game, had an infield hit to help manufacture a run in the third. But Martinez struck him out to end the fourth.“I haven’t seen one of those sliders like that in a couple weeks,” Young said. “It’s just a timing thing. But he made his pitch when he needed to and you tip your cap.”The 22-year-old Martinez is one of the Cardinals’ top rotation prospects with a fastball that registered triple digits in the first inning. He’s been a setup man most of the year with a previous long outing of 2 2-3 innings and needed just 14 pitches to retire the Mets in order the first two innings.The Cardinals selected the 26-year-old Greenwood’s contract from Triple-A Memphis on June 15 to provide support behind Martinez. Greenwood grew up a Yankees fan and walked the first batter he faced, former Yankee Curtis Granderson.“You can’t really prepare yourself for something like that,” Greenwood said. “After that the emotions, you’ve got to put them away and go after them.”Seth Maness retired the last four hitters in order for his first save in his first chance of the season.(R.B. FALLSTROM, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgIndian captain Virat Kohli is currently having some time away from cricket after a draining Indian Premier League (IPL) season. His IPL campaign finished a week before the finals after RCB’s league stage exit but some experts expressed concern around his workload as player and captain – as to whether he can retain peak physical and mental fitness at the upcoming World Cup.Former New Zealand cricketer and commentator Danny Morrison wanted captain Kohli to take a backseat during IPL and let batsman Kohli wield his magic. “I would have liked to have Virat relax his captaincy in IPL, just focus on his batting, have a breather, have some downtime. When you are captaining everything, it has to impact you. I think am not alone and other former players who have seen the IPL closely, am saying what some colleagues of mine have said that Virat should have rested in IPL,” he tells India Today.In the contrary, a number of Indian cricketers, including Kohli and vice-captain Rohit Sharma, said IPL provided them with much needed match practise ahead of the World CupBesides, the stakes are high when it comes to big ticket Indian cricketer’s participation in IPL. But Morrison insists with the pressures Indian captaincy throws up, giving away the captaincy in IPL would have helped.”By his own admission Virat wants to break some of Tendulkar’s records and he has the kind of focus and drive one should have. He is all about that not only as a cricketer but as a person.advertisementAnd I know in terms of stardom, Virat is powerful. Turn every corner and there is Virat, on every billboard, TV commercial but you want to last, you want to survive,” he said.Morrison hopes having MS Dhoni by his side will make things easier for Kohli.”There is a lot of importance being played on Virat the leader of India in the World Cup in England, the home of cricket. Lot of spotlight on him as has been on any Indian captain of the 21st century.Having someone like MS Dhoni there as his predecessor. I love the way they can chat and react. They obviously have a great rapport also with coach Ravi Shastri in the picture. I think he has a great ally in MS Dhoni because we know what he used to produce as a captain in tough situations. That’s why I think India is tough to beat,” he says.Also Read | Virat Kohli setting standards that we thought could never be achieved: Rahul Dravidlast_img read more