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Cardinals Vs. Reds Lineups: Lance Berkman Sits With Hurting Hand

The St. Louis Cardinals (3-1) take on the Cincinnati Reds (2-1) on Monday afternoon, sending SP Jake Westbrook to the mound. The team will be without their top slugger, however, as 36-year-old Lance Berkman sits for the second game in a row with a "sore hand," according to

Here is a peak at the lineups for today:

  1. Rafael Furcal, SS
  2. Jon Jay, CF
  3. Matt Holliday, LF
  4. Carlos Beltran, RF
  5. David Freese, 3B
  6. Yadier Molina, C
  7. Matt Carpenter, 1B
  8. Daniel Descalso, 2B
  9. Jake Westbrook, P

The 26-year-old Carpenter gets the start at first on Monday in lieu of the ailing Berkman. Carpenter has excelled the last two seasons in the minor leagues, hitting a weighted on base average of .413 and .396 in 2010 and 2011 respectively.

Here is lineup for Reds, courtesy of

  1. Brandon Phillips, 2B
  2. Zack Cozart, SS
  3. Joey Votto, 1B
  4. Scott Rolen, 3B
  5. Jay Bruce, RF
  6. Chris Heisey, LF
  7. Drew Stubbs, CF
  8. Ryan Hanigan, C
  9. Homer Bailey, P

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