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Garcia returns with 2 scoreless innings, Cardinals beat Red Sox 15-4

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    St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jaime Garcia throws to Boston Red Sox's Jackie Bradley during the first inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/David Goldman) (The Associated Press)

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    Boston Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster throws to St. Louis Cardinals' Adron Chambers in the first inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/David Goldman) (The Associated Press)

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    St. Louis Cardinals' Tony Cruz hits a double to drive in three runs in the third inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/David Goldman) (The Associated Press)

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    Boston Red Sox's Jon Diaz chases a ball hit by St. Louis Cardinals' Oscar Taveras in the second inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, in Fort Myers, Fla. The play was ruled a fielding error by Diaz allowing Taveras to reach first base. (AP Photo/David Goldman) (The Associated Press)

Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia returned to the mound for the first time since injuring his shoulder in the playoffs, getting through two scoreless innings Tuesday as St. Louis beat the Boston Red Sox 15-4.

Garcia was pulled early in the NL division series against Washington with a strained rotator cuff and inflammation.

Garcia kept the Red Sox scoreless, working around three hits and a walk. He threw 43 pitches, 30 for strikes, and struck out two.

Ryan Dempster, who joined the Red Sox as a free agent during the offseason, pitched two hitless innings. He threw 33 pitches, 24 for strikes, and fanned two.

Matt Adams, who had been slowed by tendinitis in his knee, had a two-run, pinch-hit homer for the Cardinals. He later drew a bases-loaded walk.

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