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FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2016, file photo, St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny leans over the dugout rail as he looks on in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies in Denver. It was one thing for many people to predict St. Louis would finish behind the Chicago Cubs in the National League’s Central division prior to last season. It’s another matter entirely for the Cardinals heading into this spring training, knowing they are indeed the team doing the chasing of the defending World Series champions. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

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FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2015, file photo, St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn (31) warms up before a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh. The Cardinals starting rotation is expected to receive a boost in the return of Lynn. The right hander missed all of last season following elbow surgery, and the Cardinals are counting on his return to help a pitching staff that saw its team ERA rise from an NL-best 2.94 in 2015 to 4.08 a year ago. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

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FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2016, file photo, St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Alex Reyes throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in St. Louis. After a watching its team ERA balloon from a National-League best 2.94 in 2015 to 4.08 last season, St. Louis knows its starting rotation must improve this year if they hope to catch the Chicago Cubs. The Cardinals believe they have the arms to do that, thanks to the return of a healthy Lance Lynn, a rejuvenated Michael Wacha and a full season from promising rookie Alex Reyes. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

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FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2016, file photo, St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in St. Louis. After a watching its team ERA balloon from a National-League best 2.94 in 2015 to 4.08 last season, St. Louis knows its starting rotation must improve this year if they hope to catch the Chicago Cubs. The Cardinals believe they have the arms to do that, thanks to the return of a healthy Lance Lynn, a rejuvenated Michael Wacha and a full season from promising rookie Alex Reyes. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

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FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2015, file photo, St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn (31) warms up before the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh. After a watching its team ERA balloon from a National-League best 2.94 in 2015 to 4.08 last season, St. Louis knows its starting rotation must improve this year if they hope to catch the Chicago Cubs. The Cardinals believe they have the arms to do that, thanks to the return of a healthy Lance Lynn, a rejuvenated Michael Wacha and a full season from promising rookie Alex Reyes. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

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FILE - In this April 3, 2016, file photo, St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny (22) is introduced before a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny, whose team missed the playoffs in 2016 for the first time in his five-year tenure, has agreed to a three-year contract extension. The Cardinals announced the new contract Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, a day after the rival Chicago Cubs won the World Series. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

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Washington Nationals third base coach Bob Henley, left, congratulates Ryan Zimmerman as he rounds third base after hitting a solo home run during the fourth inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Saturday, March 26, 2016, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

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St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina, left, is congratulated by teammate Jon Jay after scoring on a single by Xavier Scruggs during the second inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs Sunday, June 28, 2015, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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Miami Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton (27) breaks his bat on an out during the second inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, in Miami, Thursday, June 25, 2015. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

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The doors of the St. Louis Cardinals clubhouse are closed before a scheduled baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, Tuesday, June 16, 2015, in St. Louis. Major League Baseball says it is cooperating with a federal investigation into an illegal breach of the Astros' internal operations database, amid a report that the Cardinals were responsible for the hack. The New York Times, citing unnamed law enforcement officials, reported Tuesday, June 16, 2015 , that the FBI and Justice Department are investigating whether Cardinals' front-office officials are responsible for the effort to steal information about player personnel. The The teams were rivals in the National League Central until Houston moved to the American League in 2012. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)

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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer delivers a pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals during the first inning of a baseball game, Thursday, April 23, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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St. Louis Cardinals' Kolten Wong (16) celebrates his two-run home run with Yadier Molina (4) during the second inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Wednesday, April 22, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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After being called up by the St. Louis Cardinals to join their bullpen for this week's series at Nationals Park, pitcher Mitch Harris is trying to become the first Naval Academy graduate to pitch in the Major Leagues since 1921. (Navy Athletics)

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St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Carpenter (13) rounds third as he heads home on a home run as Washington Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar (5) watches during the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, April 22, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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Portable toilets are seen being delivered to Wrigley Field in Chicago, Tuesday, April 7, 2015, before a Chicago Cubs game against the St. Louis Cardinals. (AP Photo/Chicago Tribune, Zbigniew Bzdak)

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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer works in the first inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Wednesday, March 25, 2015, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) **FILE**

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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Taylor Jordan (38) pauses in the dugout before a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park Thursday, April 17, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Eric Fornataro throws during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Wednesday, April 30, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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A baseball card showing St. Louis Cardinals' Oscar Taveras is attached to a hat as part of a makeshift memorial outside Busch Stadium Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, in St. Louis. Taveras, the Cardinals' outfielder regarded as one of the majors' top prospects, died Sunday in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic. He was 22. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)