Originally created 03/17/04

Tigers take fight to Cardinals



LAKELAND, Fla. -- St. Louis right-hander Jason Marquis has a sore elbow and didn't make his scheduled start Tuesday in the Cardinals' 11-6 loss to the Detroit Tigers.

"His elbow was barking a little and our team doctor said, 'Let's not push it this early,"' Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. "He should be ready for his next turn."

Detroit starter Mike Maroth gave up two runs and four hits in three innings. He was scheduled to pitch four innings but left after a rain delay.

"They wanted me to throw 60 pitches. I threw 49," he said. "For 11 pitches, they didn't want me to sit that long then come back."

Greg Norton hit a three-run double in a seven-run third. With a steady rain falling that led to a 28-minute delay, the Tigers sent 12 men to the plate in the third against Jason Ryan and Ray King.

Rondell White drove in one run with his second double of the game, and Craig Monroe followed with a two-run double.

Notes: Cardinals RF Mark Quinn left in the third with a right groin strain that he sustained running to first on a groundout. ... Brent Butler was released and 1B Steve Cox elected free agency Tuesday, one day after both were designated for assignment by the Cardinals. ... Detroit SS Omar Infante will be held out of games for the rest of the week because an upper back strain. He has six errors in the six games this spring.