Jack Flaherty named Cardinals opening day starter

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St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jack Flaherty throws during the fifth inning of the team’s baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) – Jack Flaherty is getting the ball on opening day for the St. Louis Cardinals.

St. Louis manager Mike Shildt says the 24-year-old Flaherty will start the season opener March 26 at Cincinnati.

It will be the right-hander’s first opening day start and comes after he finished fourth in NL Cy Young Award voting with a closing surge last season.

Flaherty pitched the home opener for the Cardinals last year.

Shildt gave Flaherty the news on Friday, not a surprise after Flaherty went 11-8 with a 2.75 ERA last season.

Seven of those wins came after the All-Star break when he posted a 0.91 ERA

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