Competition is on for Cardinals starting rotation spot

FILE – In this Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020 file photo, St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Carlos Martinez throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals in Kansas City, Mo. One year later, there’s a better understanding of what it takes to play a baseball season amid a pandemic. Pitchers and catchers reported to spring training Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021.