Game 3 under way, Craig goes deep for Cardinals

October 25, 2011 - 12:23 PM
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St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols gestures before Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the Texas Rangers Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Dirk Nowitzki from the stretch for the ceremonial first pitch. He's all arms and legs, even in that No. 41 Texas Rangers jersey.

Pitch appeared low, dug out by Michael Young.

We're under way in Game 3 — with a bang.

Allen Craig, the second batter of the night, homered to left field off Matt Harrison to give the Cardinals a 1-0 lead. What a World Series already for Craig, who is really making a national name for himself.

He came through as a pinch-hitter twice in St. Louis, putting the Cardinals ahead with a clutch single in each game. Craig got the start in right field tonight, with Lance Berkman serving as the DH in the American League ballpark.

It didn't take long for Craig to show off his power. He is really a good-looking hitter, and now 3 for 3 with three RBIs in the Series.

The Cardinals have scored first in 10 consecutive postseason games, the longest streak in big league history.

St. Louis starter Kyle Lohse struck out his first two batters in a 1-2-3 first inning.

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Maybe the bats will break loose in Texas.

After a couple of low-scoring games, the World Series shifts to Rangers Ballpark tonight for Game 3. Temperatures are expected in the 70s, much warmer than the first two games in St. Louis. But there's a possibility of an isolated shower or thunderstorm.

Just about everyone anticipated a few slugfests in this Series. Most of the big sluggers, however, were been held in check during the first two games: Albert Pujols (0 for 6), Josh Hamilton (0 for 7), Matt Holliday (1 for 6), Nelson Cruz (1 for 6).

With the designated hitter in effect under AL rules, each manager made a change to his lineup. Ryan Theriot is starting at second base for St. Louis instead of Nick Punto. Berkman is the DH, as expected, with Craig in right field. Craig is batting second, with Jon Jay dropped to eighth.

Yorvit Torrealba is behind the plate for the Rangers, batting ninth. Mike Napoli moves to first base and Michael Young is the DH. Josh Hamilton is in center field and David Murphy in left.

Kyle Lohse is set to start for St. Louis against Harrison.

First pitch coming up in a little less than an hour.