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Robinson making most of spring chances

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JUPITER, Fla. -- Cardinals outfielder Shane Robinson entered Spring Training anticipating more playing time, with Carlos Beltran competing for Team Puerto Rico at the World Baseball Classic.

Robinson has made the most of his opportunities while splitting looks with Adron Chambers as well as non-roster invitees Oscar Taveras and Justin Christian.

In 14 games before Sunday, the 28-year-old was 16-for-35 (.457) with five doubles, three home runs, 11 RBIs and 11 runs. He has struck out and walked four times each. His batting average ranks first among St. Louis players.

"It's good to get out there and get some consistent playing time," said Robinson, who hit second in Sunday afternoon's lineup. "It definitely helps continuing to keep my approach and getting comfortable hitting and just being out there in game situations."

With 11 games remaining, Robinson is nine at-bats shy of his career high during Grapefruit League action. Last year in his third big league season, Robinson's numbers jumped from nine to 102 games played, filling in for guys on the disabled list. He finished with a .253 average, three homers and 16 RBIs.

"I'm making things a lot simpler and sticking with a consistent game plan every time," Robinson said. "I've just felt really good this spring. Everything's been coming together benefiting from the majority of playing time I've been getting."

Christina De Nicola is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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