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Baseball: Cardinal opens season behind ace Appel

The No. 2 Cardinal faces its highest expectations in a decade, with a trio of junior preseason All-Americans set to lead the Pac-12-favorite squad on another deep postseason run. Projected first-overall MLB-draft pick Mark Appel will start on Friday nights for the second straight year, while third baseman Stephen Piscotty and shortstop Kenny Diekroeger headline a lineup that returns seven of eight positions players.