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Recap: Cardinals 3, Mets 2
Line Movements    BT Movements
Game: 1
Venue: Tradition Field
Date: March 21, 2013 1:10 PM EDT
  

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) - David Freese said his back still feels a bit stiff, but he didn't show any signs of lingering issues when he returned to the field for the first time in a week.

Freese led off the fourth inning with a long home run and the St. Louis Cardinals went on to beat the New York Mets 3-2 on Thursday.

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Freese had been out since March 14 with back stiffness stemming from a hard fall he took while chasing a foul ball. The 2011 World Series MVP played five innings at third base.

``It's a little stiff, but I think that was expected,' Freese said. ``It's fine. I'll keep going and get ready.'

Freese's home run came on a fastball from Mets starter Jeremy Hefner, who was starting in place of Shaun Marcum. Marcum received a cortisone shot in his shoulder Tuesday because of what he called tightness, and he said he expects to miss just one turn in the rotation.

Freese said he was a little surprised to get such a solid swing on a pitch so quickly in his return. He said he doesn't feel too far behind.

``I got a good swing on it,' Freese said. ``There were a couple guys smashing them today.'

Mets infielder Justin Turner also got a hit in his return from injury after an ankle sprain Saturday kept him from the lineup. He had a pinch-hit single in the sixth, then showed he was OK by running from first to third on a hit.

``He ran the bases this morning, and he looked great,' Mets manager Terry Collins said. ``Justin is ready to go.'

Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright got off to a smooth start, allowing just two runners through the first three innings. He made some adjustments after surrendering a two-run triple to Matt den Dekker in the fourth.

Wainwright gave up two runs on three hits with three walks and three strikeouts in 4 2-3 innings. He said he was experimenting a little in his next-to-last start before opening day.

``I'm right where I need to be,' Wainwright said. ``I had only walked two guys all spring training, and I think I walked more today than I had all spring, but today I wanted to work on a lot of things - my changeup.'

NOTES: Cardinals C Yadier Molina and OF Carlos Beltran received an extra day off to rest from what manager Mike Matheny called ``a strenuous travel schedule' while playing in the World Baseball Classic. They are expected to work out Friday and return to the lineup Saturday.

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 CLOSING LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 STL  -140   +104    
 NYM  +120   -126   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 STL  -140       
 NYM  +120      
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
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 STL  n/a   n/a   n/a 
 NYM  n/a   n/a   n/a 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Mar 18, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 NYM 3 Cover: +115 
 STL 2 Over: 5 
 Tools:   Recaps
 Mar 10, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 NYM 3 Cover: +115 
 STL 0 Over: 3 
 Tools:   Recaps
 Feb 27, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 STL 12 Cover: +100 
 NYM 4 Over: 16 
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 MLB RECAPS
 Thursday, Mar 21
 
    Blue Jays at Rays
1:05 PM EDT
    Cardinals at Mets
1:10 PM EDT
    Brewers at White Sox
4:05 PM EDT
    Athletics at Reds
4:05 PM EDT
    Indians at Diamondbacks
4:10 PM EDT
    Astros at Tigers
6:05 PM EDT
    Nationals at Braves
6:05 PM EDT
    Pirates at Orioles
7:05 PM EDT
    Phillies at Red Sox
7:05 PM EDT
    Twins at Yankees
7:05 PM EDT
    Angels at Rangers
9:05 PM EDT
    Rockies at Giants
10:05 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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