ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals hitting coach Mark McGwire rejoined the team Friday after spending two days away with his wife and newborn triplet daughters.
Stephanie McGwire gave birth Tuesday and the McGwires decided on the names Monet Rose, Marlo Rose and Monroe Rose during the off-day Thursday.
McGwire's three other children -- Matthew, Max and Mason -- all bear the "MM" initials as well.
Lefties force Cards to adjust lineup
ST. LOUIS -- After six straight games against right-handed starters from the Reds and Cubs, the Cardinals saw a much different look from another National League Central rival starting Friday as the Brewers brought three lefty starters into town with them for a three-game series.
Between Randy Wolf, Chris Narveson and Manny Parra, the Brewers will toss out a trio of southpaws to challenge the St. Louis hitters and influence the way Cardinals manager Tony La Russa sets the lineup each day.
Though normal starting second baseman and left-handed hitter Skip Schumaker started the game on the bench Friday, La Russa said he doesn't anticipate too much juggling of the lineup over the entire series.
"Yeah, you are aware of that, we have a mostly right-hand club anyway," La Russa said. "Today Skip isn't playing, but we will get Skip in there this weekend."
Despite a right-handed dominant lineup, St. Louis has posted a .674 OPS against left-handed pitching this season and a .782 OPS when facing righties. Center fielder Colby Rasmus has struggled in particular, hitting .185 with a .241 on-base percentage and a .222 slugging percentage against southpaws.
Rams' Bradford on target with first pitch
ST. LOUIS -- With the 2010 NFL Draft's overall first pick, Sam Bradford of the St. Louis Rams, coming to throw out the ceremonial first pitch Friday night, the former Oklahoma quarterback really only had to accomplish two goals: Give some love to the St. Louis fans and throw a strike over the plate.
Check and check.
"We didn't have a [Major League] baseball team in Oklahoma, so I really didn't follow a specific team, but now that I am in St. Louis, I know the Cards are huge here, and I look forward to following them," Bradford said. "Hopefully [I'll be] coming to more games."
With Oklahoma native Matt Holliday behind the plate, Bradford reared back into a simple windup, and eased a strike over the inside corner. Bradford claimed he was saving his arm for the football season.
"I'm not really going to touch anything out there," Bradford said with a laugh. "I am going to make sure the arm is OK for football next fall."
Greene stays hot at Triple-A
ST. LOUIS -- Tyler Greene stayed torrid, going 4-for-4 with a home run, a triple and a walk, but Triple-A Memphis let a 9-0 lead get away on Thursday, losing to Oklahoma City, 10-9. Greene is 18-for-43 (.419) with six extra-base hits and six walks over his last 10 games. ... Matt Carpenter kept hitting with a 2-for-4 day, but Double-A Springfield went quietly otherwise in an 8-1 loss to Corpus Christi. ... Xavier Scruggs reached base five times, including hitting a grand slam in an 11-run fourth inning, as Class A Palm Beach pummeled Clearwater, 13-0. ... Justin Smith pitched five shutout innings, allowing two hits and a walk, in a 4-2 win for Class A Quad Cities against Great Lakes. ... Scruggs is the player of the day. He homered, singled, walked three times, drove in four runs, and scored a run. For the year, the first baseman is batting .300 with a .380 on-base percentage and a .527 slugging percentage in the typically pitcher-friendly Florida State League. Scruggs, 22, was a 19th-round Draft pick out of Nevada-Las Vegas.
Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said that the team's rotation for its series against the Dodgers, starting Monday, is still up in the air. Chris Carpenter will start one of the games, Adam Wainwright is expected to start another, and P.J. Walters might or might not start, with the order to be determined. ... Though the Cardinals split the season series in 2009 with the Brewers at 9-9, St. Louis went only 2-7 at Busch Stadium vs. Milwaukee. ... Wainwright has dominated the Brewers throughout his career, posting a 2.25 ERA and 1.024 WHIP in 84 innings pitched entering Friday's game.
Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. Michael Bleach is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.