Beltran back in SF for postseason, now with Cards

Associated Press Modified: October 14, 2012 at 8:49 pm •  Published: October 14, 2012
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Carlos Beltran so desperately wanted to help the Giants return to the playoffs last fall during his short time with San Francisco.

The Giants missed out a year after winning the 2010 World Series.

Now, Beltran is in the other dugout with the defending champion St. Louis Cardinals, facing the Giants in the NL championship series.

Booed during pregame introductions and when he came to the plate, Beltran hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning to put St. Louis ahead 6-0 and chase San Francisco starter Madison Bumgarner.

"It was great," Beltran said of playing in San Francisco. "Being able to play for the Giants was a good thing for me. I was looking forward to trying to be in this position. Unfortunately, it didn't happen. But at the same time, just being able to play for these fans, they're very loud, they're good fans. They're really supportive. I got the opportunity to meet a lot of new faces, new teammates, and it was a good time."

Beltran, acquired by the Giants in a trade with the New York Mets in late July last year, batted .323 with seven home runs and 18 RBIs in 44 games while also missing time with injuries.

While the Cardinals had their own remarkable rally from six runs down in Washington on Friday night — Beltran's double started a four-run comeback in the ninth inning of Game 5 — he was proud to see his old team come back from a 2-0 deficit in the NL division series to win three straight against the Reds in Cincinnati.

"That shows right there what type of team they are," Beltran said. "They're a good team, they play together, they've got a good pitching staff, and they've also got a good manager in (Bruce) Bochy."

The All-Star outfielder signed a $26 million, two-year deal with the Cardinals last winter.

The Giants still appreciate Beltran's contributions to their club, too — albeit such a short stint.

"He did a great job," Bochy said before Sunday's Game 1. "Great teammate. We enjoyed him here and he did all he could to help us. We just as a group stopped hitting, but he didn't."

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NIX IN: When Jayson Nix signed a minor league contract with the New York Yankees in the offseason, starting at shortstop in place of Derek Jeter in the postseason was hardly in his mind.

Still, throughout the year he was always prepared for the moment he might have to replace big stars.

"These are the things I have to consider," Nix said before Game 2 of the AL championship series against Detroit on Sunday. "A certain guy goes down, I'm up. If Robbie (Cano) goes down or Derek goes down or Alex (Rodriguez) goes down, I've got to play."

And play he will, for as long as the Yankees remain in this postseason.

He said Jeter, who broke his left ankle in Game 1 and is now out for the postseason, texted him Sunday morning to wish him well.

"He just said good luck. He said he believes in me, and go get 'em," Nix said.

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