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JUPITER, Fla. -- Right-hander Mitchell Boggs pitched a scoreless seventh inning Sunday in his first outing with the Cardinals since March 2.

After retiring the first two batters -- Miami's Kevin Kouzmanoff and Nick Green -- on a groundout to short and flyout to center, respectively, Boggs walked pinch-hitter Bryan Petersen on a full count. He struck out Christian Yelich swinging to end the frame.

Of Boggs' 20 pitches, 11 were for strikes. His fastball reached 94 mph, while his sinker got two right-handed hitters out.

"I felt good," Boggs said. "Usually when you miss a little bit of time or you don't pitch as much, you get a little rusty. My command was good, split was very good and my breaking ball was really good."

Boggs returned to camp Saturday after Team USA lost to Puerto Rico on Friday night in the World Baseball Classic. The 29-year-old saw limited action during the two rounds, pitching 1 1/3 scoreless innings over three outings, allowing just one hit and one walk.

In order to get work in, Boggs threw on flat ground every day, treating it as if he were trying to get guys out in a game. He also tossed bullpen sessions.

Prior to departing for the World Baseball Classic, Boggs accumulated three scoreless innings with two hits, two strikeouts and two walks.

"My hand was hurting just watching Audry [Perez] catch him," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "They looked like cannon balls -- heavy sink in the strike zone and straight to the hard split to get some swinging misses. It was nice to see him back."

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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