BOSTON (AP) — Adam Wainwright helped the St. Louis Cardinals win the 2006 World Series, perhaps making their most important pitch of the season.
In Game 7 of the NL championship series, he got Carlos Beltran to look at a curveball for strike three with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning, closing the Cardinals' 3-1 win over the New York Mets.
Now, Beltran is in the World Series for the first time. And Wainwright, his teammate, is set to start Game 1 for the Cardinals on Wednesday night against Boston.
That pitch from the past? It's history.
"We don't joke about it. I don't even bring that up," Wainwright said Tuesday.
"But one thing that was really cool after we won the other day in St. Louis, Carlos' wife came up to me and said, 'Can I take a picture of you and Carlos?' And I said, yes," he said. "And she said, 'Back then it wasn't in the Lord's plan and now it is.' I'm getting chill bumps sharing that with you."
ROSTERS SET: The Cardinals made one switch in their postseason roster for the World Series, adding Allen Craig and dropping outfielder Adron Chambers. The Red Sox will stay with the same 25 they used in the AL championship series.
Craig hasn't played since Sept. 4 because of a sprained left foot, but has been working his way back. The first baseman was the Cardinals' cleanup man for most of the season and hit a major league-leading .454 with runners in scoring position before getting hurt.
Craig is set to be the Cardinals' designated hitter in Game 1 Wednesday night against Jon Lester and in Game 2 against John Lackey.
"Allen ended up passing his last test today," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "He went out and ran the bases and has hit live. We're anxious to have him back."
"Right now we feel comfortable with Allen as a DH. Once we get back to St. Louis we'll reevaluate, but we anticipate him being able to pinch-hit. But if he continues to progress and things look differently, we could make that change. But right now we're pretty happy with Matt Adams at first base," he said.
THEN AND NOW: Jon Lester starts Game 1, six years after his win finished off Boston's sweep of the Colorado Rockies. That signature win at Coors Field came less than a year after doctors pronounced him cancer-free from anaplastic large cell lymphoma.
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