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ST. LOUIS (AP) Matt Carpenter always tries to stay ready, keeping an assortment of gloves nearby. That's his job.
The St. Louis Cardinals' utilityman took on a new role in Game 3 of the NL championship series: game-changer.
Carpenter hit a two-run homer after subbing for Carlos Beltran and the Cardinals chased Matt Cain before a 3 12-hour rain delay in the seventh inning of a 3-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night for a 2-1 series lead.
"It was definitely a surprise," Carpenter said. "I didn't even realize Carlos had hurt himself, there was really no thought process.
"I was in the game before I had time to think about it," he said.
Beltran strained his left knee running out a double-play ball in the first inning and the Cardinals said he was day to day. He's had issues off and on with the knee throughout the season, but played in 151 games and had 619 at-bats, his most since 2008.
Kyle Lohse worked around a season-...
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Carlos Beltran has returned to the starting lineup for the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 of the NL championship series.
Beltran was set to play right field Friday night against San Francisco. The Cardinals hold a 3-1 lead in the series.
The All-Star outfielder did not play Thursday night, a day after he left after one inning because of a strained left knee.
The 35-year-old Beltran...
Carlos Beltran, who had to leave Wednesday's game after the first inning, did not play last night as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the San Francisco Giants. The Cardinals managed to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the National League Division series without arguably their best hitter.
Beltran said before the game he felt better but was still sore. According to Derrick Goold...
Carlos Beltran returned to the St. Louis Cardinals' starting lineup Friday night for Game 5 of the NL championship series.
Beltran said his strained left knee felt good enough to play. The All-Star right fielder underwent 2 1/2 hours of treatment during the day, plus acupuncture to increase blood flow to the knee.
Beltran was set to bat second against San Francisco. The Cardinals...
Cardinals star Carlos Beltran left Game 3 of the NL championship series with a strained left knee, and there was an immediate impact: Replacement right fielder Matt Carpenter hit a two-run homer in his first at-bat.
Beltran exited after grounding into a double play in the first inning and Carpenter took his place in the second. St. Louis says Beltran is day to day.
Carlos Beltran is not in the St. Louis Cardinals' starting lineup for Game 4 of the NL championship series against the San Francisco Giants, a day after injuring his left knee while running on a double-play grounder.Matt Carpenter batted second in place of Beltran and played first base, with cleanup man Allen Craig moving to right field for Thursday night's game against the...
The St. Louis Cardinals began Game 4 of the National League Championship Series without one of the best players in recent postseason history. Right fielder Carlos Beltran didn't start Thursday against the San Francisco Giants due to a sore left knee. Beltran left Game 3 on Wednesday after hurting the knee while running out a double-play grounder. According to the St. Louis...
Carlos Beltran was not in the St. Louis Cardinals' starting lineup for Game 4 of the NL championship series against the San Francisco Giants on Thursday night, a day after injuring his left knee while running on a double-play grounder.
Rookie Matt Carpenter batted second in place of Beltran and played first base, with cleanup man Allen Craig moving to right field. Both players...
Carlos Beltran limped to the trainer's room, taking the St. Louis Cardinals' biggest clutch October bat with him.
Turns out they had the perfect substitute.
Matt Carpenter hit a two-run homer after subbing for Beltran and the Cardinals chased Matt Cain before a 3 1/2-hour rain delay in the seventh inning of a 3-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night...
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Matt Carpenter hit a two-run homer after subbing for an injured Carlos Beltran and the St. Louis Cardinals chased Matt Cain before a 3-hour rain delay in the seventh inning of a 3-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night for a 2-1 NL championship series lead.
Kyle Lohse worked around a season-worst five walks in 5 2-3 innings. Mitchell Boggs struck...
Carlos Beltran's return to the St. Louis Cardinals lineup was not a triumphant one. The Cardinals, who won both games in which Beltran missed time, could not muster up a win with Beltran back in the lineup. Beltran felt a pinch in his knee during the first inning of Game Three and had to leave. He missed Game Four. However, he was feeling well enough to return for last...
Game 3 of the NL championship series is being delayed because of rain in the seventh inning with the St. Louis Cardinals leading San Francisco 3-1.
The game at Busch Stadium was stopped with two outs in the bottom of the seventh. An announcement was posted on the scoreboard saying a severe weather warning had been issued by the National Weather Service.
The Cardinals and Giants...
The Giants with runners in scoring position last night were abysmal. The Giants put a bunch of guys on base and then decided that it would be rude to their hosts to drive them in.
For those that want to take a stroll through the nightmare I am going to go through each at bats the Giants had taking a detailed look at each one.
Top of the 2nd:
Brandon Belt walks, Gregor Blanco...
ST. LOUIS Rap music blared in a loose clubhouse, confidence oozed among players after turning the San Francisco Giants into a crater, and a franchise that has made October shock in vogue earned an unfamiliar role: A favorite charged with snuffing out the remaining light from this National League Championship Series.
"Obviously, that's a great club over there," said...
Game 4? Hardly.
It was a night to be savored. One of the rare post season wins where the outcome is long been determined before the final out has been recorded. Where the normal high pressure at bats morph back into the lazy metronomic beats of the summer that has just passed us by.
The Cardinals dispatched the Giants 8-3 in would...