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Rested aces to face off in Game 1

There was little surprise Monday when the opposing teams announced their starters for Game 1 of the World Series.

The Cardinals, as expected, will go with RHP Chris Carpenter on Wednesday. The Rangers will counter with LHP C.J. Wilson.

Carpenter, St. Louis' regular-season ace, pitched a three-hit shutout in Game 5 of the NL Division Series against the Phillies. He last pitched Wednesday in Game 3 of the NL Championship Series, allowing three runs in five innings of a 4-3 win over the Brewers.

Wilson has struggled in the postseason, posting an 8.04 ERA in three starts, including a loss to the Rays in Game 1 of the ALDS. He last pitched Thursday in Game 5 of the ALCS, allowing six runs in six innings of a 7-5 loss to the Tigers.

GOING WITH 12: With manager Tony La Russa's aggressive use of his eight-man bullpen a big success during the NLCS, the Cardinals are likely to stick with 12 pitchers on their World Series roster, general manager John Mozeliak told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "I'd be surprised if we didn't have 12," he said.

TV RATINGS: The NLCS on TBS averaged a 2.9 rating. That was down 43 percent from the 2010 ALCS on the cable channel, when the six-game Rangers-Yankees series averaged a 5.1.

The ALCS on Fox averaged a 4.4 over six games, down 20 percent from the 5.5 for the six-game Giants-Phillies NLCS on the network last season.

FIRST FANS: Michelle Obama and Jill Biden are scheduled to attend the World Series opener in St. Louis on Wednesday night to honor military veterans.

Divorcees settle

Frank and Jamie McCourt have reached a settlement in a costly and nasty feud over control of the Dodgers, paving the way for a showdown in bankruptcy court between the embattled owner and Major League Baseball.

The deal was struck between the two, but terms will not be released, according to a joint statement. The Los Angeles Times reported that Jamie McCourt will receive about $130 million and withdraw her opposition to the proposed sale of the Dodgers' media rights.

Rested aces to face off in Game 1 10/17/11 [Last modified: Monday, October 17, 2011 7:52pm]
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