ST. LOUIS -- Rookie reliever Jason Motte botched his first chance as the St. Louis Cardinals' closer. Because he threw so many pitches, it was likely he'd have to wait at least a day before getting another shot at making a better impression.
Motte won a three-man competition for the job in spring training. But he allowed four runs in the ninth inning of the Pittsburgh Pirates' 6-4 Opening Day victory Monday. Plus, he threw 29 pitches.
So before the second game of a four-game series Tuesday, manager Tony La Russa planned to give the hard-throwing right-hander a day off.