• The Cardinals are slated to face starters Mat Latos (1-0, 2.16 ERA), Bronson Arroyo (2-2, 4.24 ERA) and Homer Bailey (1-2, 2.81 ERA), in that order, during their upcoming series against the Reds.
• Shane Robinson earned the start in center field over Jon Jay on Sunday because the Pirates started lefty Jeff Locke. In the first two games of the series, Jay reached base five times.
• David Freese, who turned 30 on Sunday, returned to the lineup after being given the day off on Saturday. Asked why he chose to pinch-hit recent callup Jermaine Curtis over Freese in the ninth inning of a three-run game on Saturday, Matheny explained that he was saving Freese for later in the inning in case the pitcher's spot came up in an RBI situation. Due to an earlier double-switch, the pitcher was hitting in the six-hole.
• Carlos Beltran exited Sunday's game after six innings due to illness, Matheny announced after the team's 9-0 loss. Beltran has been battling a stomach virus since Thursday, but until Sunday he had been able to play through it. Beltran was 0-for-3 against Jeff Locke before Jon Jay replaced him in the lineup.
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