St. Louis Cardinals defeat Chicago White Sox, 6-2

WASHINGTON - The Cardinals have Brian Barden and Joe Thurston, two "rookies" forming an effective third-base platoon.

The Washington Nationals have veteran relievers Kip Wells and Julian Tavarez, names from the Cardinals' recent past now part of a shockingly horrid, amorphous bullpen. The Cardinals are coming off the best April, by percentage, in manager Tony La Russa's 14 seasons in St. Louis.

The Nationals are coming off a 5-16 April that may be manager Manny Acta'...