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Maholm had a team-high nine wins last year, the lowest total for a Pirates staff leader since 1981, and moved one slot ahead of '08 opening day starter Ian Snell and two slots ahead of Zach Duke ('07) in the rotation.
Notes: Cardinals Hall of Famers Stan Musial, 88, and Red Schoendienst, 86, tag-teamed the first pitch. Musial rode a cart to the mound and flipped the ball to Schoendienst, who walked halfway to the plate and made an underhand throw. ... There was a moment of silence before the game for longtime instructors George Kissell and Dave Ricketts, and former scouting director Fred McAlister, all of whom died in the past year. ... The Pirates opened on the road for the fourth straight season. ... Greene entered the season with 15 career at-bats as the cleanup hitter, all in 2007 with the Padres. He batted .408 with 17 RBIs in spring training.
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