St. Louis Cardinals defeat Los Angeles Angels, 9-5

Billed as the return of former Cardinal starter Joel Piñeiro to Busch Stadium, the lasting significance of Friday's interleague game will be the departure of Brad Penny.

Penny, the Cardinals' righthanded starter, hit the first grand slam of his career in the third inning but couldn't muster a pitch in the fourth and had to leave with an injury. Penny strained a muscle on his right side that runs down the torso to the back. The severity of the injury wasn't clear from th...

Under no circumstances would having starting pitcher Brad Penny leaving a game early with an injury be a good situation, but having it happen in a weekend the Cards' bullpen was operating a man down made it even worse.

The bullpen made the best of a bad situation. Mitchell Boggs came into what had become a wild game and settled matters down, allowing the Los Angeles Angels just one run in two innings, and then three other members of the bullpen added four more scoreless...