Many current and former players have ties to both teams

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By Nora Farrell

(The Cardinal Nation Show) -- In the grand scheme of things Major League Baseball is a relatively small community. Someone on one team is bound to have a connection to the opposing team whether it be directly or a couple degrees of separation. With the Indians coming to town this weekend, we decided to look at some of those inevitable connections between the Cardinals and Indians.

Tonight's starter Jake Westbrook was drafted by the Colorado Rockies and made his major league debut with the Yankees, but he spent the most time as a member of the Cleveland Indians. Westbrook played for the Indians from 2001-2010 and appeared in the 2004 All-Star Game. He came to the Cardinals in a July 31, 2010 3-team trade with the Cardinals, Indians, and San Diego Padres.

Chris Perez currently leads the American League with 19 saves. The Cardinals selected the right-hander in the 1st round with the 42nd overall pick in the 2006 MLB Draft. Perez was used primarily as a closer in the minors, but when called up to the majors, the Cardinals primarily used him as a middle reliever.

On June 27, 2009, Perez was sent to the Indians along with Jess Todd in exchange for Mark DeRosa. With Motte and other strong relievers in the minors, the Cardinals were injury plagued at third base and tied for first in the National League Central. DeRosa went on to struggle to stay healthy, while Perez flourished as the Indians permanent closer beginning in the second half of the 2010 season. Perez was named an All-Star in 2011 and finished fourth in the majors for total saves with 36.

Cardinals fans know the last name Duncan. Dave Duncan, currently on a leave of absence, has been the Cardinals pitching coach since 1996. He had been Tony LaRussa's right-hand man for over 25 years and the two won three World Series titles together, including two with the Cardinals. The Duncan name is also familiar in St. Louis because of Duncan's son, Chris. Chris played for the Cardinals from 2005-2009 and is currently a co-host of The Fast Lane on WXOS in the afternoon.

This weekend the Duncan last name will reappear in Busch Stadium. This Duncan, Shelley, has very close ties to the Cardinals too. Although never playing for St. Louis, he is the older brother of Chris Duncan and son of Dave.

The Cleveland Indians pitching coach is Scott Radinsky. If the name sounds familiar it is because he played for the Cardinals in the twilight of his career from 1999-2000. He too will be making his return to St. Louis this weekend.

Although this weekend may be like a homecoming of sorts, both sides are looking to come away with a win first and foremost.

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