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• Right-hander Chris Carpenter remains on schedule to throw another simulated game on Saturday. This would be Carpenter's fourth simulated game, and he is expected to extend himself to about 90 pitches. If all goes well on Saturday, it will likely be Carpenter's last step before pitching in a regular-season game.

• The Cardinals are one of only four organizations that has not yet announced a short-season affiliation assignment for the 2013 season. St. Louis has not renewed its contract with Batavia (N.Y). Should the Cardinals look for a new short-season team, look for State College to make a hard push to work out an agreement with the organization. State College has most recently served as an affiliate of the Pirates.

• Double-A Springfield faced Frisco (Texas) on Friday night in Game 3 of the best-of-five Texas League championship. Springfield won the first two games (both at home) of the series. Left-hander Kevin Siegrist started Friday for Springfield.

• With his game-winning hit on Thursday, Allen Craig improved his average with runners in scoring position to .390. Only five Cardinals have ever finished a season with a better average in those run-producing spots. Dane Iorg's .441 average with runners in scoring position in 1981 remains the organization's top mark.

• Right-hander Chris Carpenter remains on schedule to throw another simulated game on Saturday. This would be Carpenter's fourth simulated game, and he is expected to extend himself to about 90 pitches. If all goes well on Saturday, it will likely be Carpenter's last step before pitching in a regular-season game.

• The Cardinals are one of only four organizations that has not yet announced a short-season affiliation assignment for the 2013 season. St. Louis has not renewed its contract with Batavia (N.Y). Should the Cardinals look for a new short-season team, look for State College to make a hard push to work out an agreement with the organization. State College has most recently served as an affiliate of the Pirates.

• Double-A Springfield faced Frisco (Texas) on Friday night in Game 3 of the best-of-five Texas League championship. Springfield won the first two games (both at home) of the series. Left-hander Kevin Siegrist started Friday for Springfield.

• With his game-winning hit on Thursday, Allen Craig improved his average with runners in scoring position to .390. Only five Cardinals have ever finished a season with a better average in those run-producing spots. Dane Iorg's .441 average with runners in scoring position in 1981 remains the organization's top mark.