By John Solomon
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Adam Wainwright looked like an ace again and some of the St. Louis Cardinals' top hitters rediscovered their strokes.
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.
The sight of Marco Scutaro on the ground in pain after getting flattened by Matt Holliday's hard takeout was just the spark the San Francisco Giants needed.
A late-night phone call summoned the playoff barber.
In the corner of the press box stood a familiar face. It was the face of a man brought to the brink of tears in June 2011 as he said his farewell to the Washington Nationals. The face of a man who'd helped steward the Washington Nationals through a turbulent time — from Jim Riggleman to Davey Johnson — in one wild weekend in Chicago.
Carlos Beltran was honest: Sometimes he misses New York _ and sometimes he doesn't.
Previewing the National League.
Wind gusts blowing out around 18 mph greeted Jordan Zimmermann as he climbed the mound Wednesday for his first start of spring training. One hundred ninety-one days had passed since the Washington Nationals right-hander pitched in a game situation, as an innings limit left him in a spectator's role for the last month of the 2011 season.
The Houston Astros hired Jeff Luhnow as their new general manager Wednesday night, hoping he can help rebuild a team that finished with the worst record in the major leagues.
David Freese homered in the 11th inning to give the Cardinals a 10-9 victory over Texas in Game 6 of the World Series, capping one of the wildest, most exciting finishes in baseball history.
Adrian Beltre and Nelson Cruz hit consecutive home runs off Lance Lynn to start the seventh inning, giving Texas the lead. Ian Kinsler added an RBI single to make it 7-4.
That early lead didn't last long for Texas.
Allen Craig homers off Derek Holland with one out in the eighth inning and St. Louis trims its deficit to 7-5. The Rangers are four outs from their first World Series championship.
Mike Adams retires Rafael Furcal with the bases loaded to end the eighth. Leading 7-5, the Texas Rangers are three outs from their first World Series championship.
What a performance by Derek Holland!
"I was a little jacked up," he admitted. "I struck out the side and the fans are going nuts, I just wanted to try to get the crowd into it more than what they were and try to get the momentum on our side."
"Strasburg did a great job of holding us down," said Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay, twice a strikeout victim in three at-bats against Strasburg.