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Texas Rangers right fielder Nelson Cruz can't come up with a hit by St. Louis Cardinals' Allen Craig during the sixth inning of Game 1 of baseball's World Series Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011, in St. Louis.

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La Russa's moves pay off, Cards win Series opener

Tony La Russa once again looked like a managerial genius, especially when Allen Craig pinch-hit for ace Chris Carpenter and delivered a go-ahead single that sent the Cardinals past the Texas Rangers 3-2 on Wednesday night in the World Series opener.


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