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Matheny confirms Wainwright will start Friday

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JUPITER, Fla. • For the first time since he clinched his 20th win of the 2010 season with a September victory, Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright will be facing batters wearing a different jersey Friday in Fort Myers, Fla.

Wainwright will throw at least two innings in the Cardinals' exhibition game against the Minnesota Twins, manager Mike Matheny confirmed this morning. The likely start had been reported this morning in pages of The Post-Dispatch.

Matheny also announced the starters for the week's remaining games:

Monday vs. Miami: Kyle Lohse, with Brandon Dickson coming in behind him.

Tuesday at NY Mets: Jake Westbrook, with Maikel Cleto set to come in behind the sinkerballer. Kyle McClellan is also set to appear in this game.

Wednesday at Washington: Shelby Miller starts.

Thursday vs. Boston: Jaime Garcia starts.

Friday at Minnesota: Adam Wainwright.

The start for prospect Shelby Miller will be a first in Grapefruit League play. Back in 2010, then pitching coach Dave Duncan attempted to find a spare game for the young Miller to start, but rain foiled that plan and the Cardinals had to instead sub Jaime Garcia into that game to get him a start as he competed for the rotation. Miller did not last long in major-league camp last spring because Duncan wanted him on a minor-league throwing schedule sooner rather than later.

This spring, Miller has been tailored for a start since arriving in camp. Matheny said the goal is to prep Miller for his spot in the Class AAA rotation, but the opportunity to give him a start was one the club wanted to take advantage of.

The Cardinals will play an intrasquad game Sunday on the back fields at Roger Dean Stadium.


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