Duncan to stay with La Russa

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, Last Updated: 6:27 PM ET

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals and pitching coach Dave Duncan have agreed to a two-year deal on Monday with a mutual option for 2013.

In addition to Duncan, who has been the pitching coach with the Cardinals since coming to the club with manager Tony La Russa in 1996, hitting coach Mark McGwire, first base coach Dave McKay, third base coach Jose Oquendo and bench coach Joe Pettini agreed to terms on one-year deal.

The deal comes just days after La Russa agreed to return to the team for a 16th season with an option for 2012.

Duncan has been the pitching coach under La Russa for the White Sox, Athletics and Cardinals since 1983. This past season, St. Louis finished fourth in the National League in team earned run average while finishing second in walks and home runs allowed. He has been a pitching coach for a Major League record 32 straight seasons.

McGwire just completed his first season as batting coach for St. Louis as the team finished second in the National League in fewest strikeouts while Albert Pujols and Matt Holliday finished in the top-10 in batting average in the NL. St. Louis' .263 batting average was second in the NL.

McKay has been with La Russa since 1986, Oquendo's tenure with the Cardinals began in 1999 while Pettini has been the bench coach since 2002.


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