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Wainwright will get the start tonight

The Cardinals have decided to start Adam Wainwright tonight against the Marlins instead of using their Thursday off to give starters and extra day off by using Jeff Suppan in what would have been his regular turn.

The move not only give the Cardinals a chance to use one of their best pitchers in the opener -- which could be important since first place Cincinnati already won today -- but allows the team to set up its best three starters to face the Reds next week.

The Cardinals have several days off this month, so they'll have an opportunity later to get their starters some extra rest.