* Yadier Molina is back in the lineup, but he has instructions to play "under control." TLR points out that given how Carpenter holds runners on, not many guys are likely to try to run against him anyway.
* Edmonds is playing for a third straight day, batting fifth rather than second.
* With the possible exception of one spot, today’s lineup looks more like Opening Day than any other lineup thus far this spring. Eight of the nine spots are all but certain to be exactly like they’ll look in five days: Eckstein SS, Duncan LF, Pujols 1B, Rolen 3B, Edmonds CF, Wilson RF, Molina C, Kennedy 2B, Carpenter P. The only one of those I could see different on Sunday is RF, where Spiezio is probably a little more likely than Wilson to start but not guaranteed.
* Lou Holtz is here, adding to the parade of coaches coming through. He’ll address the club this afternoon.
* TLR said he was unsure about the decision on Isringhausen’s availability today. The guess is that he doesn’t pitch, and will instead go tomorrow.
(currently playing on the iPod: Jeff Buckley, Grace)