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Cardinals get Clark from O's as fill-in for McGwire
BALTIMORE (AP) -- The St. Louis Cardinals, eager to get a left-handed bat and a fill-in for the injured Mark McGwire, obtained first baseman Will Clark from the Baltimore Orioles on Monday for third baseman Jose Leon.
McGwire went on the disabled list July 6 with pain in his right knee and hasn't played since, missing the All-Star game. Before Monday, the Cardinals were 7-13 without him.
Clark was hitting .301 with nine homers and 28 RBIs in 79 games with Baltimore. Since June 13, he hit .323 with eight homers and 20 RBIs in 36 games.
Clark, 36, started his major league career in 1986 with San Francisco. He was in his second season with the Orioles and in the final year of a two-year contract.
The Orioles also sent cash to the Cardinals as part of the trade.
Leon, 23, hit .269 in 90 games for Class AA Arkansas. He will be assigned to the Orioles' Class AA team in Bowie.