Kyle Lohse to start opener for Cards

Updated: September 30, 2011, 3:07 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

ST. LOUIS -- Kyle Lohse was set to start a one-game playoff on Thursday had the St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves tied for the National League wild card.

Instaed, he'll start in the Division Series opener against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Lohse (14-8, 3.39 ERA) endured alterations to the Cardinals' rotation that had him starting on long rest a handful of times after the All-Star break, and was at his best in the final month, going 3-1 with a 1.37 ERA.

He was ...

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