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Cardinals' Lohse Fighting for Postseason Roster Spot
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Kyle Lohse, who's struggled to recover from a forearm injury, gets three starts to dial everything in beginning Monday night in Houston.

Lohse, a 15-game winner last season, is 5-8 with a 4.83 ERA and has had trouble regaining a familiar feel. The Cardinals are trying to decide what to do with the right-hander, who could lose his spot in the postseason rotation to John Smoltz if he's not able to make strides the rest of the season.

Lohse said his only concern is facing the Astros and left-hander Wandy Rodriguez in a ballpark with a short porch in left field, not about showing the team he's ready.

"I just know I've got a job to do," he said. "They've got a good lineup and I've got to bear down every pitch."

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