Veteran reliever gets minor league contract

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ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Reliever Scott Linebrink agreed to terms on a minor league contract with the St. Louis Cardinals, and will be among the non-roster invitees to spring training.

The 35-year-old Linebrink was 4-4 with a 3.64 ERA in 64 games with the Atlanta Braves last season. He struck out 42 in 54 1-3 innings and held batters to a .235 batting average.

In 607 career games, Linebrink has a 3.51 ERA -- fourth-best among active pitchers with at least 600 appearances, trailing Mariano Rivera (2.21), Francisco Cordero (3.17) and Brian Fuentes (3.44). He has also pitched for San Francisco, Houston, San Diego, Milwaukee and the Chicago White Sox.