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Posted: Friday, February 22, 2013 3:45 pm

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Lance Lynn never stepped on a scale and never talked about losing weight during an offseason spent reshaping his body.

But when the Cardinals right-hander took his physical last week, the proof was in the three digits that appeared on the scale: 239.

“Where’s your other half?” pitcher Adam Wainwright joked.

Lynn dropped 40 pounds during an offseason nutrition and conditioning program in which he restructured his diet while working out six days a week.

“Lance Lynn did himself a huge favor,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. “He took a huge step in his maturity, in taking control of his career and realizing, ‘I’m going to do everything I can (to become better).”

Lynn, 25, was not happy with the way his season ended. He had replaced an injured Chris Carpenter in the rotation and was 18-7 with a 3.78 ERA in his first full season in the big leagues. His hot start landed him a spot on the NL All-Star team.

But those numbers could have been even more impressive. After an 11-4 record and 3.41 ERA before the break, Lynn’s ERA ballooned to 6.66 in August and he was demoted to the bullpen.

Lynn was asked what motivated him to start the health program.

“To be better than last year,” he said. “I think I left some things on the table last year and I didn’t want to do it again this year.”

Lynn, who is 6-foot-5, was about 280 pounds by the end of the season.

Before spring training, Matheny told Lynn he should take the approach that he has to earn a spot in the rotation and not believe one is waiting for him even after Carpenter was lost for the season because of an ongoing nerve issue in his right shoulder.

“I know it made Lance a little frustrated,” said Matheny, adding that he anticipates Lynn taking advantage of the situation.

Lynn has a different outlook.

“The way I approach it is it’s my spot to lose,” Lynn said about one of the two openings behind Adam Wainwright, Jaime Garcia and Jake Westbrook. “I was an 18-game winner last year with an All-Star appearance. I got to do a lot of things to lose the spot, in my opinion.”

The offseason transformation began soon after the Cardinals lost Game 7 of the NLCS to the Giants.

“I learned how to eat,” he said. “As a kid you eat whatever you can get your hands on. Now I have to opportunity to know what I’m putting in my body and know what’s good and what’s bad. There was no target weight loss, not even talk of weight loss. It was all about getting healthier and being stronger. I wasn’t paying attention to the weight I was losing until I came in here and they showed me where I was at.”

The Cardinals will be looking at some of their prospects and young pitchers when spring training games begin this weekend. But by the start of the regular season, Lynn is expected to be slotted into that fourth spot.

The difference this season is he’s expected to remain there.

“It’s great to see,” general manager John Mozeliak said about Lynn’s weight loss. “Where he was to end the season last year this is ultimately going to help him as far as endurance and being able to go the long haul.”

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Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North

Normandy

Carnahan

Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter

Pacific

Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1

CBC

Soldan

Washington

Pool 2

Borgia

North Tech

Union

Monday, Nov. 24

CBC 77, Washington 52

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Cardinal Ritter vs. Rockwood Summit, PPD

Washington 63, Soldan 62

Borgia 83, Union 50

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Carnahan 71, Normandy 46

Pacific 64, Rockwood Summit 22

North Tech 67, Union 37

Thursday, Nov. 27

McCluer North 95 Carnahan 68

CBC 82, Soldan 55

Borgia 50, North Tech 45

Friday, Nov. 28

McCluer North 93, Normandy 39

Pacific 70, Cardinal Ritter 57

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation — Rockwood Summit 47, Normandy 38

Gold Consolation — Soldan 78, Union 59

Gold Third Place — North Tech 63, Washington 57

Blue Third Place — Cardinal Ritter 71, Carnahan 46

Blue Championship — McCluer North 64, Pacific 58 (OT)

Gold Championship — CBC 67, Borgia 66

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Monday, Dec. 8

Lutheran S 64, St. Clair 48

Borgia 61, Carnahan 51

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Lafayette 44, Washington 35

Friday, Dec. 12

Potosi 72, St. Clair 45

*Washington 69, Ft. Zumwalt North 65

Montgomery Co 62, New Haven 61

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Bourbon 75, Union 74

Glendale 63, Pacific 46

Saturday, Dec. 13

New Haven 46, Barat 40

Nixa 56, Pacific 46

Tuesday, Dec. 16

*Pacific 70, New Haven 35

*Hermann 67, St. Clair 49

*Ft. Zumwalt South 61, Washington 50

*Union 81, St. James 74

Friday, Dec. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    4 p.m.

Washington vs. Parkway Central, GAC/Suburban Shootout, St. Charles Family Arena, 5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

%Washington vs. TBA    4 p.m.

%Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff    5:30 p.m.

%St. Clair vs. TBA    TBA

%Sullivan Shootout

Girls Basketball

Saturday, Dec. 6

Cor Jesu 63, Borgia 60

New Haven 46, Moberly 39

Monday, Dec. 8

Pacific 73, Rolla 40

St. Clair 68, Dixon 37

Washington 54, New Haven 15

Tuesday, Dec. 9

*Borgia 59, Rosati-Kain 38

Union 53, Northwest 44

Thursday, Dec. 11

*Borgia 60, Notre Dame 53

Union 81, Bourbon 53

Friday, Dec. 12

New Haven 45, Principia 30

*Washington 59, Ft. Zumwalt North 32

Saturday, Dec. 13

West Plains 76, Pacific 37

Monday, Dec. 15

*Pacific 46, New Haven 28

*St. Clair 59, Hermann 50

*St. James 64, Union 37

Sullivan Tournament

Cuba 48, Principia 27

Borgia 68, Patriettes 29

Sullivan 56, Pattonville 43

Owensville 78, Farmington 54

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Sullivan Tournament

Farmington 61, Pattonville 39

Sullivan 68, Owensville 64

Principia 55, St. Louis Patriettes 42

Borgia 56, Cuba 38

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Francis Howell    7 p.m.

Sullivan Tournament

Seventh Place — Pattonville vs. St. Louis Patriettes, 4 p.m.

Consolation — Farmington vs. Principia, 5:30 p.m.

Third Place — Owensville vs. Cuba, 7 p.m.

Championship — Borgia vs. Sullivan, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.

Wrestling

Monday, Dec. 8

Maplewood 48, Borgia 30

Brentwood 47, Borgia 36

Winfield 48, St. Clair 36

St. Clair 42, St. James 40

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Pacific 55, North County 10

Jackson 63, Washington 12

Farmington 63, Washington 6

Wednesday, Dec. 10

Borgia 36, Lutheran St. Charles 34

Winfield 54, Borgia 30

Thursday, Dec. 11

Union 72, Ft. Zumwalt East 9

Union 52, Principia 30

Union 54, Winfield 27

Saturday, Dec. 13

Union Tournament    9 a.m.

Borgia at McCluer S-Berkeley Tny    9 a.m.

Pacific at Farmington Tny    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Owensville 61, St. Clair 16

Union 48, Owensville 27

Union 65, St. Clair 18

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Girls Swimming

Monday, Dec. 8

Washington at Eureka    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Washington at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

LSC/OFC 134, Borgia 101, St. Dominic 83

Monday, Dec. 15

Borgia at Notre Dame (Forest Park)    4 p.m.

Kennedy 88, Washington 84

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Lindbergh 128, Washington 48

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