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|Hoffpauir a regular in Card lineup|
Jarrett Hoffpauir has become a regular for the St. Louis Cardinals during the preseason.
The Vidalia native would love to do the same when the real season starts.
"It's going good," Hoffpauir said. "I'm excited about it. I certainly wanted to play this much and I have been in about every game. I'm getting some at-bats and I can't ask for more than that."
Hoffpauir has played in six of St. Louis' seven preseason games to date. The Cardinals' spring training site is in Jupiter, Fla.
Hoffpauir walked and in two at-bats and scored a run in the Cardinals' 15-4 win over the New York Mets on Tuesday.
Hoffpauir is hitting .300 with one double.
Hoffpauir has been up to the plate 12 times for the Cardinals and only struck out once. He has not made an error and made the final assist to home plate in the Cardinals' opening preseason game against Florida, where he also picked up his first hit.
"I've had some conversations with Tony and he told me to keep doing what I'm doing," Hoffpauir said. "And that's all I can do. I think I'm making it tough to send me back to Memphis."
Skip Schumaker, who hit .302 last year for the Cardinals, played center field, but was moved to the infield after the Cardinals cut Adam Kennedy before preseason began.
Schumaker played the infield at California-Santa Barbara.
"Obviously, Schumacher is getting the top chance," Hoffpauir said. "It's just a matter if he feels comfortable every day as a second baseman. He hasn't played infield since college seven or eight years ago. I just have to take advantage of my opportunities."
Hoffpauir's first hit was a line drive to center field.
"The first one is always the hardest one to get," Hoffpauir said. "In this type of atmosphere there's a lot of nerves. Once you get that first one to fall, it's a big relief."
Hoffpauir, who finished up at Memphis with the Cardinals' triple-A minor league team last year before being placed on the 40-man roster, said he is in the best shape he has been in since finishing up at Southern Mississippi.
"I'm feeling comfortable out there," he said. "I think one of the things I've improved on is my fielding. I've worked really hard on my quickness and my footwork. I'm getting to the ball pretty easily."I'm making contact. It's a confidence thing. I'm relaxed up there. This is something I've done my whole life. I just have to take it one day and one game at a time."
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