Extra bases

• Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta, who was bothered this spring by tightness in his right shoulder, said he had no pain one day after his first start of the season. Arrieta went 5 1/3 innings against the Cardinals on Saturday.

"Today is better than expected," he said.

• Rookie Brian Schlitter picked up his first Major League win in relief of Arrieta. The right-hander was in the right place at the right time -- he entered in the sixth with a runner at first and no score, and retired the two batters he faced. He was the pitcher of record when the Cubs tallied in their half of the sixth.

The Cubs' clubhouse crew made sure Schlitter had a few baseballs from Saturday's game as souvenirs. He also received the traditional beer shower. How was it?

"Cold," he said.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.