Carpenter paves way for Cards in Series finale

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Children from the Joplin South Little League were recognized prior to the first pitch between Texas and St. Louis. MLB encouraged fans to visit MLBCommunity.org, where they can contribute to the Heart to Heart Organization and Habitat for Humanity.

“We are a social institution, and it’s not that we should be doing these things, we’re privileged to be doing them,” MLB Commissioner Bud Selig said.

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TAKE THE MIC: Chris Daughtry, the four-time Grammy Award nominee, was scheduled to perform the national anthem before the deciding game of the World Series on Friday night.

Daughtry is the second alum of the Fox television show “American Idol” to sing the anthem _ Scotty McCreery performed it before Game 1. The World Series is televised by Fox.

Country music artist David Nail was to sing “God Bless America.” The Missouri native headlined a disaster relief concert in May following the tornados that ravaged much of the Midwest.

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RAMS CELEBRATING: The St. Louis Rams are offering $23 tickets to fans who come to the Edward Jones Dome box office before their game against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

The tickets honor the jersey number of Cardinals third baseman David Freese, who hit the winning homer in the 11th inning Thursday night to force Game 7.

The Rams are 30th in the NFL with average home attendance of 56,374 this season. That’s 86.3 percent of capacity, which ranks 28th among the 32 franchises.

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AP Sports Writer Dave Skretta contributed to this report.

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