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Cardinals open camp absent old friends

The defending champions start the spring with Mike Matheny calling the shots

Originally Published: February 19, 2012
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

JUPITER, Fla. -- It was 112 days after Game 7. That's all. Just 112 days since the confetti floated through an October sky, and a remarkable baseball season ended with only the St. Louis Cardinals still standing.

You wouldn't think much could change in 112 days. Right?

Wrong. Don't try to sell that to this team. Don't try to sell that to the 2012 Cardinals -- not on the day they finally headed back to the ballpark to begin defending their astonishing title.

The manager ...

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