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Franklin's Starting Experience Could Pay Off

Franklin's Starting Experience Could Pay Off

Ryan Franklin, 33, started 94 games from 2003-05 in Seattle before the Philadelphia Phillies turned him into a set up man last season. That starting experience could be enough to pave the way for him to break into the rotation this season for St. Louis.

Franklin said he was told there's "plenty of opportunity" when he signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the St. Louis Cardinals in January. "There wasn't any guarantees besides Carpenter," Franklin said. "I just look that as a great opportunity coming here and getting back to starting." Last season, the Phillies moved the reluctant Franklin into the bullpen much to his displeasure: "The...

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