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Cards extend Westbrook's contract through 2013

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ST. LOUIS (KMOV) -- The St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to a contract extension with pitcher Jake Westbrook that carries through the 2013 season, the team announced Tuesday.

The deal also includes a mutual option for 2014.

Westbrook, acquired by the Cardinals in a trade from Cleveland in 2010, has gone 28-22 with a 4.01 ERA in two years with the team.

“Jake continues to be a steady and sturdy part of our pitching staff and we are pleased to announce his extension,” said Cardinals Manager John Mozeliak.  “His veteran presence is important to the makeup of our team.  Jake has demonstrated his leadership with his commitment and hard work, resulting in both a terrific 2012 season and career.”

Westbrook, 34, is 12-9 this season with a 3.50 ERA. That puts him just three wins shy of 100 for his career. 

Considered one of the game's better groundball pitchers, Westbrook this season is leading the National League with 22 double plays induced and a 73.3 groundball percentage. 

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