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Wainwright eyeing 'smooth' transition to rotation

Despite having a successful October run as the Cardinals' closer last year, Adam Wainwright's role in 2007 will be as a starting pitcher.

Originally Published: February 23, 2007
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine

JUPITER, Fla. -- Adam Wainwright lives in a small town called St. Simons Island, Ga. Everyone knows him there.

"All winter,'' he said, "people would come up to me and not just tell me that they saw me get the final out of the World Series, they would tell me where they were and what they were doing when I got the final out. They were all so proud and so excited.''

Wainwright smiled like a champion. "There's nothing like getting those last three outs," he said.

Those days appear ...

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