JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- Even after hitting two home runs and a hard
double on Monday, Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols was in no rush to
end spring training.
"My body is not ready for the season, and my swing is not
ready," he said after leading St. Louis to a 6-1 victory over the
Los Angeles Dodgers.
"That's why we have six weeks of spring training to get
ready," he said. "When April 5th comes, I'll be ready."
In eight at-bats this spring, Pujols has three homers and two
"I'm doing the same this year as I do every spring," Pujols
said. "Why change anything when you have success?"
Pujols was quick to point out that although he appears to be
hitting the ball hard, pitchers are still working on getting into
regular-season form, too. Jeff Weaver served up the home-run
pitches on Monday.
"The first one, I thought was a pretty good pitch but he
carried it," Weaver said. "On the second one, I tried to come in
off the plate, but it carried out over the third of the plate, and
he crushed it."
Weaver was satisfied with his performance, though he gave up
four runs on six hits in three innings.
"I'm not really concerned about results; I'm just trying to
throw my pitches where I want them," he said.
St. Louis' Jason Marquis pitched three innings, giving up two
hits -- including a home run to Jason Repko. Second baseman Mark
Grudzielanek went 2-for-2, his first hits with the Cardinals. Roger
Cedeno went 2-for-3 to improve to 5-for-10 during the spring.