FENTON, Mo. (AP) — Prosecutors say a white St. Louis-area man was driven by racism when he allegedly punched former Cardinals outfielder Curt Ford.

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A look at what’s happening around spring training in Florida and Arizona Thursday: — TOUGH JAW Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is set to start against the White Sox at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona. READY TO GO Adam Wainwright will make his second spring start when St. Louis hosts Henderson Alvarez and the Marlins in Jupiter, Florida. Wainwright was sidelined for about a month with an abdominal strain, but he is still on track to get the ball on opening night April 5 for the Cardinals at the Chicago Cubs.

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JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Max Scherzer looked amply ready to start on opening day for Washington, striking out nine in six shutout innings during the Nationals' 1-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday.

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Allen Craig bolstered his bid for more playing time in Boston’s crowded outfield, hitting a three-run double in helping the Red Sox build a lead the Miami Marlins would overcome with an eight-run eighth inning for a 9-4 victory Tuesday. Playing in the spring training park he once called home with the St. Louis Cardinals, Craig’s double off Tom Koehler capped a four-run third inning for the Red Sox. Locked in a six-player battle for one of the five roster spots the Red Sox intend to use for outfielders, Craig is hitting .278 with seven RBI in Grapefruit League play.

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FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The spring training game between St. Louis and the Boston Red Sox was rained out with the Cardinals leading in the middle of the fifth inning.

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SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — John Lackey worked into the fifth inning in his second spring start, allowing four runs as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-6 on Sunday.

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The bizarre world that is MLB spring training featured another wildly absurd play on Saturday afternoon.  Atlanta Braves first baseman Joey Terdoslavich recorded an unassisted double play, which by itself is not unusual. However, the fact it occurred on the opposite side of the infield isn’t only unusual, it’s downright wacky.   It happened in the seventh inning of Atlanta’s 1-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals had runners at first and third with nobody out when Kolten Wong hit a soft chopper that brought Terdoslavich charging down the first base line.  At that point, Terdoslavich could have — and under usual circumstances probably should have — tagged Wong for easy first out, but instead turned his focus Yadier Molina. That decision paid off better than even he likely imagined during that split second. Terdoslavich chased the slow-footed Molina back to the bag, applying the tag just before he could dive back in. A half-second later, Dean Anna, who started the play on first base, slid in as well, and Terdoslavich lunged to tag him out as well.  Because 2 outs are better than 1. #BravesST pic.twitter.com/GnSkPjG1CO — Atlanta Braves (@Braves) March 21, 2015 Get out those spring training scorebooks, folks. On Friday night we had a 4-6 putout aided by the catwalk at the Alamodome , as well as four triples in one inning by the Los Angeles Angels. Here, we have a 3-unassisted double play that will require an asterisk and a lengthy explanation.  [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today! ] It was a nice hustle play by the 26-year-old Terdoslavich, who’s hoping to make the team in a backup role this season. He’s an outfielder by trade, but is spending time at first base in an effort to expand his versatility. Plays like this will certainly open eyes, though the idea wasn’t without risk. If that lead runner isn’t Yadier Molina and he manages to gets back safely, it’s bases loaded and nobody out, setting up a potentially big inning.  Perhaps it’s a risk Terdoslavich wouldn’t have taken with another runner. In that case, hat tip to him for staying alert and aware of the situation. Either way, it was a risky play. But with risk comes reward, and in this case, he  struck gold.  BLS H/N: Deadspin More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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Adam Wainwright pitched four innings of four-hit ball in his spring training debut, and the St. Louis Cardinals scored in the bottom of the ninth to beat an Atlanta Braves’ split squad 1-0 Saturday. Wainwright allowed four hits, walked one and struck out three in a spring debut that had been delayed because he suffered a mild abdominal strain early in camp. On a high chopper hit toward him, Wainwright took a quick step before he heard manager Mike Matheny from the dugout. Matheny admitted he yelled at Wainwright to stop, but added: Of course, that’s like harnessing the wind.” Wainwright said he will be ready to start April 5, opening night at Wrigley Field.

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Fans of the Los Angeles Dodgers weren’t the only ones to experience a pitching scare on Friday . After Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon announced left-hander Jon Lester will be scratched from his scheduled Saturday start as he works through a “dead arm period,” we’re sure more than a few hearts skipped a beat or two in Chicago. But until the Cubs show concern beyond giving Lester a few days extra rest, Cubs fans should be able to breathe easy, or as easy as fans subjected to over 100 years of disappointment can breathe we should say.     The phrase “dead arm” or “tired arm” is commonly heard throughout spring training. As pitchers prepare for the regular season workload that lies ahead, they often go through periods where the arm doesn’t feel right. The most common cause is fatigue, hence the term tired arm, and that’s what the Cubs anticipate is the issue with Lester.  “A lot of times, when you talk to a pitcher and you ask how they’re feeling, when a guy smiles easily and talks easily and is upbeat about it, it’s a pretty good indication [everything's good], and he was all of that,” Maddon said. “I really feel well or strongly that he’s going to be OK.” After signing a six-year, $155 million deal in December, Lester is expected to give the Cubs a true ace and a foundation of which their starting rotation can be built on. To Cubs fans, his addition signifies hope that the rebuilding project is ready to graduate to the next phase. It’s with that in mind that we understand why some will have a difficult time relaxing until Lester is back on the mound. But again, there’s little reason to worry.  [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today! ] In fact, it’s expected that Lester will return for his next scheduled start on Thursday. Assuming he does, he’ll remain in line to start their season opener against the St. Louis Cardinals on April 5.  “It’s just a lot of guys go through that moment where the arm just doesn’t feel right, partly he came out of the chute very strong and probably went after it too hard, too early,” Maddon said. “He possibly was trying to impress everybody. But our guys feel very good about it. I checked with him this morning. He felt great. We just want to back off a bit right now.”  If that’s not enough reassurance, consider that Lester has been remarkably durable during his nine-year career, pitching at least 191.2 innings every season dating back to 2008. There’s no troubling history to look back on, and there’s no information to indicate this will be anything more than a minor blip on the radar three weeks or three months down the road. Now close your eyes, Cubs fans, and get some rest, there’s a long, fun season ahead.  More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Michael Cuddyer hit his fourth home run of spring training, his second in two days, helping the New York Mets beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-4 Friday.

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