It's official: Cards' Wainwright to start Opening Day

It's official: Cards' Wainwright to start Opening Day

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St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright says hello to fan Joanne Smith at the St. Louis Cardinals annual Winter Warm up in St. Louis on January 19, 2013. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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by B.J. Rains / BaseballSTL

KMOV.com

Posted on March 15, 2013 at 9:18 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 9 at 6:13 PM

JUPITER, Fla. - Cardinals manager Mike Matheny confirmed the obvious Friday: Adam Wainwright will start Opening Day.

The move appeared likely for several weeks with Wainwright serving as the longest-tenured St. Louis starter. The right-hander is set to make his fourth spring start Friday afternoon against the Washington Nationals. 
 
"I think it's pretty apparent thats the way we're going," Matheny said. "It's something he certainly deserves. He's the leader on our pitching staff."
 
Wainwright returned from Tommy John surgery last year to go 14-13 with a 3.94 ERA in 32 starts.

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