Kline, King forming dynamic tandem
Steve Kline and Ray King give Tony LaRussa a luxury that few managers have: Two dependable relievers from the left side.
Ray King was born in Chicago, where he spent the first 14 years of his life surrounded by asphalt and concrete. His athletic exploits were limited primarily to the local rec league. Then the family moved to Tennessee, and King discovered baseball, football, basketball, cross country and fresh air -- not necessarily in that order.
The two pitchers, now teammates and bullpen buddies in St. Louis, are different in many ways. King is black. Kline is white. King is urban. Kline is rural. King, while amply proportioned at 6-1 and 242 pounds, looks GQ-worthy when he's all dressed up for a road trip. Kline matriculates at the John Deere School of Fashion.
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