Notes: Rolen out with illness

Notes: Rolen out with illness

SAN FRANCISCO -- Food poisoning has never been known to be contagious, but a couple of Cardinals starters are building a case to prove otherwise.

Third baseman Scott Rolen was missing from Wednesday's starting lineup with suspected food poisoning. Filling in for Rolen at third was Scott Spiezio, who was out with food poisoning last week.

Rolen started feeling sick Tuesday night, after arriving in San Francisco and going out to get something to eat.

"He called in sick last night. Right now he's getting checked and we're waiting to see," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said before Wednesday's game.

La Russa said he doesn't yet know when Rolen will be back in the lineup.

In the meantime, La Russa is comfortable with Spiezio at third. Last year, in addition to playing the outfield, Spiezio logged time at third, short, second and first for the Redbirds. With Spiezio at third, Skip Schumaker got the start in right.

Molina reunion: Yadier Molina saw his brother, Giants catcher Bengie Molina, for the first time in more than two years Wednesday, but an emotional reunion didn't stop Yadier Molina from getting down to business.

"I told him that I was going to go on him," Molina said laughing.

Wednesday's game was the first time the two brothers have met in the Major Leagues. While it's unlikely that either Molina will actually try to steal a base during the series, it's guaranteed that both will be fully concentrated on winning.

"I'm going to do my 120 percent to try to win the game," Bengie Molina said, "but at the end of the game, he's blood."

Asked if he was going to hit the town with Bengie later, Yadier Molina said he would decide after the game.

"I don't know. It depends. If we lose, I'm probably going straight to my room," Molina said.

The last time the Cardinals saw brothers on opposite teams was in 2002 when starter Andy Benes faced brother Alan, who played for the Chicago Cubs.

All-Star rumors: Although La Russa has managed an All-Star team before, he said as a baseball fan it's always exciting to see the best gathered together. La Russa would not confirm or comment on a Tuesday article in the San Francisco Chronicle that said Giants manager Bruce Bochy has accepted an invitation from La Russa to be a coach at the 2007 All-Star Game in San Francisco.

A minor report: In Tuesday's Triple-A game, former Cardinal Fernando Tatis contributed a two-run homer and Ricky Ledee went 2-for-3 with an RBI double, but it wasn't enough as Memphis fell, 6-5, to New Orleans.

On deck: The Cardinals will finish their two-game series at San Francisco with right-hander Kip Wells on the mound opposite Giants lefty Noah Lowry at 2:35 p.m. CT on Thursday.

Becky Regan is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.