Kozma and Descalso homer, Cardinals beat Yankees

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March 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Pete Kozma and Daniel Descalso each homered and the St. Louis Cardinals, set to play the whole season without All-Star shortstop Rafael Furcal, beat the New York Yankees 7-6 Thursday. Hours earlier, the Cardinals said Furcal will undergo ligament replacement surgery in his right elbow and expects to miss the year. Kozma, Furcal’s likely replacement, hit a solo home run in the fifth inning and also singled. Descalso, who could also see time at short, hit a two-run homer in the seventh. The Cardinals were without outfielder Matt Holliday, who had a stomach virus. Yankees starter Ivan Nova allowed one run in three innings. St. Louis scored three times in the ninth. Kolton Wong hit a tying, two-run homer and a pair of errors set up Adron Chambers’ winning single.