- The Washington Times - Friday, March 13, 2009

JUPITER, FLA. (AP) - Joe Thurston started both ends of a two-city, day-night doubleheader. He made the most of a very long day.

The St. Louis Cardinals’ prospect was 3-for-5 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in a 6-5 split-squad game against the Orioles, then had an RBI and made a nice defensive play at third base while playing the first five innings in a 3-1 victory Friday night over Baltimore in another split-squad contest.

Thurston was called upon to start both games after Brendan Ryan became ill earlier in the day.

Joel Pineiro scattered five hits in four scoreless innings for the Cardinals with three strikeouts and no walks. The Cardinals’ fifth starter hasn’t allowed an earned run in 10 innings over three spring outings.

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