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St. Louis Cardinals
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ST. LOUIS – When Matt Carpenter trotted to right field at the start of the second inning on Wednesday, replacing Carlos Beltran, it was definitely a cause for concern for the St. Louis Cardinals. Beltran, even after grounding into a double play in the bottom of the first, still had a .400 average this postseason and a .375 average in his postseason career, among the highest in baseball history. Carpenter made certain, however, that he did more than just occupy Beltran’s defensive position and spot in the batting order – he delivered like Beltran as well. His two-run homer in the third inning sent the Cardinals on to a 3-1 win over the San Francisco Giants in the rain-delayed Game 3 of the NL Championship Series. The win gave the Cardinals a 2-1 series lead and raised their record to 9-1 in postseason games following a loss the last two seasons. After Matt Cain retired the first two batters in the third, Jon Jay blooped a single to left and moved to second on Cain’s wild pick...
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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 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 is one of the best postseason hitters around, and the St. Louis Cardinals lost him for Game Three. The outfielder had to leave the game in the second inning because of a left knee strain. He suffered the injury while trying to beat out a ground ball in the first inning.
According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Beltran is listed as day-to-day...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...