JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Cuban shortstop Aledmys Diaz went 2 for 2 in his spring training debut for the St. Louis Cardinals, and Adam Wainwright allowed three hits over eight innings Friday in a 2-0 victory over the Washington Nationals.
Diaz lined a single to left field in the second inning and grounded a single to center int he fourth. The Cuban defector agreed March 9 to an $8 million, four-year contract and could not play in a big league exhibition game until obtaining a U.S. work visa. He is expected to be sent to minor league camp soon and begin the season at Double-A Springfield.
Wainwright, preparing for a March 31 opener at Cincinnati, dominated a Washington lineup devoid of most regulars. He struck out seven and walked none, throwing 81 pitches.