Sunday, May 20, 2018
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Cardinals' Beltran hurt, leaves World Series Game 1

BOSTON — Carlos Beltran's first World Series appearance lasted two innings.

The Cardinals rightfielder left Game 1 Wednesday night with bruised ribs after he banged into the bullpen fence to rob Red Sox DH David Ortiz of a grand slam in the second inning.

X-rays were negative, and Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Beltran is day to day. "Going to see how he feels (today), and it will probably be a gametime decision," Matheny said.

Beltran ran to the low wall, which measures nearly 5½ feet, and caught Ortiz's drive with the bases loaded for the second out in the second inning. David Ross scored on the sacrifice fly to make it 5-0.

Beltran, 36, was holding his side and pressing his chest in the outfield before the inning ended and went into the clubhouse when he came off the field. Jon Jay went to centerfield in the third, and Jesuit High and Florida State product Shane Robinson shifted from center to right.

One of the game's greatest playoff performers, Beltran is in the World Series for the first time in his 16-year career. The eight-time All-Star entered hitting .337 with 16 homers and 37 RBIs in 45 career postseason games.

BUCHHOLZ ON TRACK: With rumors swirling about the health of Clay Buchholz, Red Sox manager John Farrell said that his right-hander was ready to go and will start either Game 3 or 4.

Buchholz, 29, was an All-Star this season and posted a 1.74 ERA but was limited to 16 starts because of shoulder issues. He returned in time for the postseason but has been mediocre in three outings, and some media outlets reported that he was dealing with "physical issues."

"He's ready to start this weekend," Farrell told Boston radio station WEEI. "If he wasn't healthy and it was to the point of a detriment … we wouldn't even hesitate."

AT EASE: Cardinals RHP Michael Wacha will make his 19th big-league appearance tonight in Game 2, and he's showing no rookie jitters.

"I want the ball in big situations. There's none bigger than the World Series," Wacha said. "And so I'm excited about getting it and I think every guy on our team wants the ball in these kinds of situations."

When he found out he would be pitching at Fenway Park for the first time, he had a bunch of new things to be excited, and worried, about.

"This is kind of a tricky little ballpark with the dimensions and that kind of stuff. One pitch can really kind of change a game," he said. "You try not to think too much about it, just try to approach it just like any other game, any other stadium."

BISHOPS' BET: At least one cardinal is rooting for the Red Sox in the Series. The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Boston, Cardinal Sean O'Malley, is wagering that Boston will beat the Cardinals. If the Red Sox win, St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson will donate $100 to Boston Catholic Charities. Should the Cardinals win, O'Malley will donate $100 to the St. Louis archdiocese's charity fund.

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