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February 12, 2013

Back to business on the diamond

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NORMAN —

“He fit in very well here before and I see that being the same case,” Melvin said. “He knows most of these guys and they all liked him very much and got along with them all and actually was a nice little resource for our younger starters. So, I don’t see any problems there.”

As his teammates reported to Cardinals camp in Jupiter, Fla., Chris Carpenter told media in St. Louis he he’s not ruling out pitching again — even this season.

Last week, the Cardinals said the 37-year-old former ace almost certainly won’t pitch in 2013 and that his career is probably over after a recurrence of a nerve injury that cost him most of last season.

“Maybe I don’t ever want it to end,” said Carpenter, the 2005 NL Cy Young Award winner. “I don’t think I’ll ever retire, to be honest with you. I’ll never say that word. There might always be hope. Maybe like when I’m 48 I can come back and pitch some more.”

In Scottsdale, Ariz., Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson greeted his team with a new determination — one that could be mimicked all around the league.

“I’m just determined,” he said. “I can just say that 81-81 (last season) does not sound good to me at all, and then I took it very personally, and I take responsibility for it.”

Added Gibson: “In 2011, we overachieved. In 2012, we underachieved. We want to overachieve again.”

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