Cardinals' Adam Wainwright back on mound

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St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright pitched two scoreless innings on Friday. He missed all of last season after having surgery on his elbow.  CHARLES KRUPA/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright pitched two scoreless innings on Friday. He missed all of last season after having surgery on his elbow.

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Adam Wainwright pitched two scoreless innings in his first start in more than a year, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Twins on Friday.

Wainwright missed all of last season after having elbow ligament replacement surgery and hadn’t pitched since Sept. 24, 2010.

Wainwright’s return for the Cardinals was balanced with some potentially troubling news: ace Chris Carpenter left Friday’s practice session with a sore neck. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Carpenter as day to day.

GIANTS: San Francisco agreed to terms on 2012 contracts with catcher Buster Posey, former Augusta GreenJackets left-hander Madison Bumgarner and 17 others.

Bobby Evans, Giants vice president of baseball operations, said the players agreed on one-year, non-guaranteed major league contracts.

Others in the group with zero to three years’ service time are reliever Dan Runzler, shortstop Brandon Crawford, catchers Hector Sanchez and Chris Stewart, pitcher Eric Surkamp, and first basemen Brandon Belt and Brett Pill.

The other players agreeing Friday were: pitchers Hector Correa, Steve Edlefsen and Danny Otero; infielders Ehire Adrianza, Charlie Culberson, Conor Gillaspie and Angel Villalona; and outfielders Tyler Graham, Roger Kieschnick and Francisco Peguero.

Runzler, Sanchez, Surkamp, Correa, Otero, Adrianza, Culberson, Graham, Villalona and Peguero are all former GreenJackets.

PHILLIES: Roy Halladay gave up two homers to non-roster invitee Eric Patterson and allowed three runs overall in three innings in Philadelphia’s 7-5 win over Detroit.

DIAMONDBACKS: Closer J.J. Putz made his spring training debut, allowing a solo home run in an inning during Arizona’s 8-5 win over the Seattle Mariners.

OBITUARY: Longtime umpire Harry Wendelstedt, who worked five World Series and made a call involving Don Drysdale that became one of baseball’s most disputed plays in the late 1960s, died Friday. He was 73.

Wendelstedt died at Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Fla., near the umpiring school he ran for more than three decades in Ormond Beach. He had been diagnosed several years ago with a brain tumor.

Wendelstedt called seven NL championship series and four All-Star games, and was behind the plate for five no-hitters.


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