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Matt Adams Strong In St. Louis Cardinals Debut

The St. Louis Cardinals could have lost Lance Berkman for a while, but Matt Adams, their top prospect at first base, made a strong debut Sunday, going 2-4 and scoring a run in their loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Neither single was quite of the booming, this-is-why-he's-a-top-prospect variety, but they showed Adams's surprisingly free-swinging style as a hitter at its best and worst.

We've already run a get-to-know-Matt-Adams piece, in case you missed it, but you're likely to see plenty more of his work as the Cardinals continue to find a way to weather the potentially permanent loss of Lance Berkman and the temporary loss of Allen Craig. Matt Carpenter, who could also see some time in relief of a slumping David Freese, could be the Cardinals' choice-by-default against the left-handed Clayton Richard for their series opener against the San Diego Padres on Monday, but Adams is likely to start against familiar right-handers Edinson Volquez and Jeff Suppan over the next two days.

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