8:41: Eighth place hitter Mike Napoli. That sounds about right.
8:38: Good play by Ian Kinsler to catch up to a ground ball off the bat of Yadier Molina for the final out of the inning. At first it looked like Kinsler was going to eat it, but then he realized a Molina was running.
8:37: Holland goes to the insider corner again to get David Freese looking for the second out. Freese isn?t pleased with home plate umpire Ron Kulpa.
8:34: Lance Berkman goes the opposite way for a double, the first hit of the evening for the Cardinals.
8:32:?Matt Holliday rung up on a fastball on the inside corner for the first out.
8:28: So much for that. Murphy put a charge in one, but Matt Holliday tracked it down near the warning track in left for the final out of the bottom of the first. It?s 1-0 Rangers as we move to the top of the second in Arlington.
8:27: Jackson walks Nelson Cruz to load the bases for David Murphy, who was moved up to seventh in the order tonight.
8:23: Adrian Beltre goes down swinging after being fooled badly on a slider. Runners on first and second with two away for Nelson Cruz.
8:21: Michael Young walks on four straight pitches. Just look at that classy stroll down to first base.
8:19: The Rangers strike first courtesy of an RBI double by Josh Hamilton. He turned around on a changeup from Edwin Jackson and yanked it into the right field corner. Andrus scampered home from first base.
8:17: Elvis Andrus singles to left for the first hit of the ballgame. Here comes the ailing Josh Hamilton.
8:15: Ian Kinsler breaks his bat on a groundout to begin the bottom of the first.
8:11: And Pujols is retired on a grounder to Elvis Andrus. It?s a 1-2-3 inning for Derek Holland to get us started.
8:10: Holland gets Allen Craig swinging for the second out. Oh boy, here comes Mr. Pujols.
8:08: Adrian Beltre snags a screaming liner off the bat of Furcal, robbing him of what was likely a leadoff double. One away.
8:07: And we?re off. Rafael Furcal fouls off the first pitch from Derek Holland.
8:03: Are we sure Zooey Deschanel can?t hang around and sing a few more tunes? Or just stand there for a while? Sigh. Anyway, first pitch is a minute or so away, so hang tight.
7:55 p.m. ET: The Cardinals hold a 2-1 advantage over the Rangers in the World Series going into Game 4 tonight in Arlington. We?ll have all the action covered in a live blog, beginning right around first-pitch at 8:05 p.m. ET.
Here are tonight?s lineups and starting pitchers, as mentioned by Drew earlier this afternoon:
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS TEXAS RANGERS 1. Rafael Furcal, SS 1. Ian Kinsler, 2B 2. Allen Craig, RF 2. Elvis Andrus, SS 3. Albert Pujols, 1B 3. Josh Hamilton, CF 4. Matt Holliday, LF 4. Michael Young, DH 5. Lance Berkman, DH 5. Adrian Beltre, 3B 6. David Freese, 3B 6. Nelson Cruz, RF 7. Yadier Molina, C 7. David Murphy, LF 8. Jon Jay, CF 8. Mike Napoli, C 9. Nick Punto, 2B 9. Mitch Moreland, 1B SP Edwin Jackson, RHP SP Derek Holland, LHP
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