JUPITER, Fla. (AP) - Albert Pujols returned to the St. Louis lineup Wednesday, but the Cardinals lost All-Star catcher Yadier Molina to injury during a 4-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.
Molina left the game in the second inning with a strained right oblique and will be reevaluated on Thursday. Molina injured his oblique while sliding into second on a double. He advanced to third on David Freese's single to center but did not try to score. He left the game immediately thereafter, walking off the infield holding his right side.
Pujols was 0 for 3 with a walk, while Freese went 3 for 4 and drove in three runs for the Cardinals. Rich Hill allowed two earned runs on four hits while walking three in three innings.