ST. LOUIS (AP) — Matt Carpenter hit a two-run homer after subbing for an injured Carlos Beltran and the St. Louis Cardinals beat San Francisco 3-1 to take a 2 games to 1 lead in the best-of-seven NL Championship Series. The Cards chased Giants starter Matt Cain before a 3½ hour rain delay in the seventh inning. Kyle Lohse worked around a season-worst five walks in 5 2-3 innings and four Cardinals relievers hurled scoreless ball with closer Jason Motte earning the two-inning save.




ST. LOUIS (AP) — Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran left last night’s Game 3 of the NL championship series with a strained left knee. The Cardinals say he’s day to day. St. Louis has taken a 2-1 lead over the San Francisco Giants in the National League Championship Series. Game 4 is 7 o’clock tonight.




DETROIT (AP) — After last night’s rainout, the Detroit Tigers once again try to sweep the New York Yankees out of the AL Championship Series. The Tigers hold a 3-0 series lead and will send Max Scherzer to the mound against Yankee ace CC Sabathia in today’s 4:07 p.m. (Eastern Time) game at Comerica Park.




KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli tells The Associated Press he is not concerned about his job status despite a 1-5 start by the team in his fourth season in charge. Pioli says the mistakes encompass all facets of his job: player personnel, fan relationships and a failure to fully understand the role of the GM in Kansas City.




KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Rain on Wednesday delayed and cut short NASCAR’s first full testing session at Kansas Speedway since the track was repaved. The drivers were limited to half of the planned 4-hour session. The testing passed uneventfully after the 2 1/2-hour delay.