Originally written on Fox Sports Midwest  |  By STAN McNEAL  |  Last updated 9/4/13
ST. LOUIS -- Seth Maness' grin says it all. Try as he will to explain the thrill of being a key rookie reliever in a pennant race, words just don't measure up to the gleam in his eyes. "Oh, it's cool," Maness said recently, standing in front of his locker. "But when it comes game time, it's strictly business. You're not thinking about any of that." Such an ability to focus on the job at hand undoubtedly has helped Maness emerge as one of the Cardinals' most pleasant surprises this season. Besides the rise of Matt Carpenter into an All-Star leadoff hitter, no Cardinals player has provided a more unexpected lift than the 24-year-old North Carolinian. Fellow rookie lefty Kevin Siegrist is close, but by his arrival Maness had been in St. Louis for more than a month. Maness, 24, and Carlos Martinez were the first rookies called on to bolster a pitching staff sagging under the struggles of Mitchell Boggs and Marc Rzepczynski. That was late April. While most of the rookie pitchers spe...
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