Stanton taken out for pinch hitter



ST. LOUIS (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins returned to the Miami Marlins lineup after missing four games with a right knee injury but lasted just two innings.

Scott Cousins struck out as a pinch hitter with two outs and a man on to end the third inning Saturday against the St. Louis Cardinals, then replaced Stanton in center field in the bottom half.

Stanton singled to start the second and scored on Justin Ruggiano’s two-run homer. There was no immediate word why Stanton was taken out.

Stanton had been hoping to be a participant at the All-Star game as the Marlins’ lone representative, and to compete in the home run hitting contest.