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St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny looks on against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 8, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny looks on against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 8, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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By: Brian Feldman, BaseballStL

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (BaseballStL) -- The shocking news from the NY Times that the FBI and Justice Department is investigating the St. Louis Cardinals for allegedly illegally hacking into the Houston Astros' database has repercussions all over the city.

The team was doing damage control all morning long before its game against the Minnesota Twins with several high ranking officials meeting upstairs and away from the media.  Only a statement was given from the team saying it's cooperating with the investigation but will have no further comment.

Manager Mike Matheny was made available for his daily pregame chat and took the opportunity to say he first found out about this shortly before everyone else.  He said he was in the weight room this morning and was pulled out so he could be prepared for the story to come.

This is something that could go up to the top of the organizational ladder, however, which leaves him as manager in charge of keeping his first place team focused.  This, he says, is another chance to not pay attention to anything keeping them from baseball.  

"We have opportunities for distractions every single day.  That's part of what we do," Matheny said. "What makes (Major League Baseball) different than any other level is there's more chances of having distractions that get in the way.  It's just how we limit them and how we handle them.  We divide them into the controllables and the uncontrollables and this is an uncontrollable for us.

"We'll wait until we get more information until we make more of a statement because we don't have a clue what's going on here.  We'll just focus on what we do and that's play baseball," Matheny said.

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