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Hackman to Start for Cardinals

July 7, 2002

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ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Reliever Luther Hackman was scheduled to start in place of the struggling Bud Smith as the St. Louis Cardinals concluded a four-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday.

Smith, 0-5 with a 7.18 ERA, hasn’t pitched more than 5 1-3 innings in any of his eight starts.

Hackman will be making his first major league start since 1999 and first start of any kind since the 2000 season with Triple-A Memphis, when he made 21 starts.

Hackman made three starts for the Colorado Rockies in ’99.

This season, Hackman has been used in short relief, totaling 34 1-3 innings in 23 appearances before Sunday. He was 1-3 with a 3.41 ERA.

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