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Sports Open Line: First Spring Training, Shelby Miller, Kyle McClellan & Frank Haith

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Newly signed St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Shelby Miller watches batting practice from the dugout after talking with reporters before a game with the Houston Astros at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on August 25, 2009.  UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Newly signed St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Shelby Miller watches batting practice from the dugout after talking with reporters before a game with the Houston Astros at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on August 25, 2009. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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Ending his second week from St. Louis Cardinals spring training in Jupiter, FL., Kevin Wheeler has plenty of baseball coverage, but hits plenty of other sports including bounty trouble from the NFL, and kicks off the show with “Three Strikes”.

The #7 Missouri Tigers are looking to improve their NCAA Tournament seeding by finishing off the regular season against the Texas Tech Red Raiders on Saturday, plus advancing and hopefully winning their last ever Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City beginning next week. Tigers head coach Frank Haith, a top candidate for coach of the year, joins the show.

What a difference a year makes for someone like Redbirds pitcher Kyle McClellan. The St. Louis native was suddenly training to become the fifth man in the Cardinals’ rotation when Adam Wainwright went down in 2011. Now a veteran with the club entering his fifth big league season, Kyle catches up with Kevin.

Shelby Miller, widely considered the Cardinals’ top prospect, joins Kevin to discuss how spring training is going down in Florida. With it being a more quiet spring session this season for the Redbirds so far, Miller’s development is one of the bigger stories.

Every player, coach, and front-office member each have their own story about the first time they were officially involved with a ball club at spring training. Kevin Wheeler lists the 10 best stories from those around Cardinals camp.

Get to know the Cardinals’ newest relief pitcher in right-handed veteran Scott Linebrink. Formerly with the San Francisco Giants, Houston Astros, San Diego Padres, Milwaukee Brewers, Chicago White Sox and Atlanta Braves, Linebrink enters his thirteenth season in the big leagues. He talks with Kevin about now working with the Cardinals.

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