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Former Cardinals Arozanera, Mayers sizzled this spring with new teams, while others made chilly first impressions

ST. LOUIS — The coverage and box scores spilling out of the Tampa Bay Rays’ spring training provided confirmation for the most consistent thing I heard year after year about a young, speedy, Cuban outfield scaling his way toward the Cardinals.

“He just hits at every level,” a scout told me.

Randy Arozarena made quite a first impression with his new team. Acquired from the Cardinals along with Jose Martinez in a deal that brought the Cardinals lefty prospect Matthew Liberatore and a young catcher, Arozarena raged through the 12 games he got to play for the Rays.