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LIFELONG FAN: St. Louis Rams wide receiver Mark Clayton grew up in Dallas just a short bicycle ride away from Rangers Ballpark, and as a youngster took in his share of Texas games.

Clayton was at Busch Stadium for Game 1 of the World Series and there was no question which team he was rooting for. The team that played “literally right around the corner.”

“I like the Rangers, I do,” Clayton said. “I’ve always enjoyed going to the ballpark, it’s just what I grew up knowing.”

On the other hand, he’s become pals with a couple of Cardinals.

“So, you know, my heart is torn right now,” Clayton said.

During the Cardinals‘ postseason run, Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo has often prefaced post-practice comments with a shout-out to the city’s baseball team, and had a telephone chat with manager Tony La Russa on Wednesday morning.

“Go Cardinals, right?” Spagnuolo said. “I wish Tony and his team a lot of luck. It’s awesome what they’re doing, great for the city. Our guys are feeling it, they’re into it. I think it’s great.”

Rams rookie tight end Lance Kendricks, a Wisconsin product, wore a Brewers cap to practice last week during the NLCS. The Rams, coincidentally, visit the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, right across from where Game 4 of the Series will be played.

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AP Sports Writers Ben Walker, Mike Fitzpatrick and Dave Skretta contributed.