ST. LOUIS (AP) - Hard-throwing Mitchell Boggs is 3 for 3 in save
chances since the St. Louis Cardinals demoted Ryan Franklin last
week. Heading into a six-game trip that begins Tuesday at Houston,
manager Tony La Russa insists nothing has changed in the pecking
The official line from the top: Franklin's responsibilities are
still being reduced to help get him back on track.
La Russa is obviously saving Boggs for the last three outs but
refuses to anoint the right-hander, who has eight consecutive
scoreless appearances since allowing two runs on opening day.
Boggs can be intimidating with a mid-90s fastball and has 15
strikeouts in 12 1/3 innings, better fitting the typical closer
mold than the 38-year-old Franklin.