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St. Louis Cardinals Swept By Toronto Blue Jays In Interleague Matchup

The St. Louis Cardinals were swept by the Toronto Blue Jays Sunday night, losing their third game in the interleague matchup after Kyle McClellan joined Jaime Garcia in allowing one big inning. McClellan's four-run sixth ended his night, but it was Ricky Romero's dominance of the Cardinals offense that gave him the loss; Romero shut out the Cardinals on four hits while striking out five and walking two. 

Two of the Cardinals' baserunners won't be joining the team for Tuesday's trip to Camden Yards and the Baltimore Orioles—rookies Andrew Brown, who doubled, and Pete Kozma, who walked in his only plate appearance, were sent back to AAA Memphis following the game to make room for the return of injured infielders David Freese and Nick Punto, the Cardinals' first veteran reinforcements in what seems like forever.

Fellow Memphis callup Raul Valdes, the 34-year-old Cuban defector, made his Cardinals debut Sunday, striking out two in an inning of work. With Trever Miller and Brian Tallet in prolonged slumps Valdes could extend his stay in the majors beyond Brown and Kozma's if he can continue to retire anybody at all.