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St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter looks up after diving to tag first base to get Elvis Andrus of the Texas Rangers out during the first inning in Game 1 of the World Series Wednesday in St. Louis. Associated Press.

Cards take Game 1

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By Ben Walker

AP Baseball Writer

ST. LOUIS -- Nobody plays a hunch like Tony La Russa. Not this October, anyway.

The St. Louis manager once again looked like a 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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