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RAIN, RAIN, GO AWAY: The weather Tuesday afternoon at Busch Stadium was unseasonably warm _ about 80 degrees with the sun shining, though there was a brisk wind.

It sure won’t be like that for Game 6 on Wednesday night.

The forecast is for temperatures in the 40s, with a 50 percent chance of showers. That’s actually an improvement over initial forecasts that called for an 80 percent chance of rain.

“We want to make sure conditions are correct, and if we have to wait a day, we’ll wait a day,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said. “But if it’s possible to play, I want to play.”

Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia said he wasn’t aware that there’s a chance for rain, and wouldn’t even entertain the thought of Game 6 getting pushed back entirely by a day.

“I didn’t even know that,” Garcia said, “and even if I did, I don’t really care.”

Cardinals manager Tony La Russa certainly cares.

Besides having family coming into town for the game, he’s also trying to figure out the best way to prepare his team for potential delays. When asked whether postponing Game 6 would allow ace Chris Carpenter to pitch a deciding Game 7 on three days’ rest, if necessary, La Russa just smiled.

“There isn’t any part of me that doesn’t want to have a Game 7,” La Russa said, “but every other part of me says let’s think about Game 6 first.”


EIGHT IS GREAT: Rangers catcher Mike Napoli is putting up the kind of numbers that manager Ron Washington would love to get from his cleanup hitters.

He’ll take it from the eighth spot in the lineup just the same.

Napoli delivered a tiebreaking two-run double that gave Texas a 4-2 win over the Cardinals on Monday night, and a 3-2 edge in the World Series. The career .264 hitter is batting .308 against St. Louis, with two homers and nine RBIS _ one fewer than the rest of the team combined.

“It’s a team thing. Whatever Wash wants me to do, I’m going to do,” Napoli said of his spot in the batting order. “We’ve got a deep lineup, and like I said, we all do it together.”

Yankees great Mickey Mantle, in 1960, is the only player besides Napoli to have four multi-RBI games in a World Series. Napoli drove in seven runs during the three games at Texas.

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