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They knew of each other while playing for Houston-area high schools. They played against each other in college. And, teammates for the first time as Cardinals, their paths from college to All-Star had parallels. They each faced doubts from scouts entering the draft a decade ago.
ARLINGTON, TEXAS — One of the reasons why using a reliever as “opener” has been a non-starter for manager Mike Shildt and the Cardinals has nothing to do with engineering a favorable matchup and everything to do with the message.
Lefthanded batters had a .388 average and 1.205 OPS this season against the Cardinals' first-year starter, so the first eight in the Texas lineup Saturday were lefty swingers. Prepped by pitching coach Mike Maddux, Hudson handled six innings and piloted the Cards to an 8-2 win.