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La Russa: Top 4 starters rank with the best

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JUPITER, Fla. (KWWL) - St. Louis manager Tony La Russa will stack up his top four starters against those of any team in the major leagues. And he's not too worried about the Cardinals' fifth spot.

Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright finished 2-3 in last year's National League Cy Young voting. Kyle Lohse is one year removed from a 15-win season and healthy again, and Brad Penny apparently is back on his game.

For the fifth spot, the Cardinals have three viable candidates.

Left-hander Rich Hill is coming off shoulder surgery but was an 11-game winner with the Cubs in 2007. Fellow lefty Jaime Garcia is considered one of the franchise's top pitching prospects, although he's also coming off surgery. And right-hander Kyle McClellan has been an effective setup man the last two seasons.

Online News Director Nate Leding

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