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Cards' Carpenter tames
Tigers in 5-0 shutout
Wednesday, October 25, 2006 - 1A
Former Michigan football coach
Bo Schembechler was released from
the University Hospital yesterday
afternoon in good condition and
outfitted with a small device in his
chest that regulates his heartbeat.
The operation to install the aid was
performed Monday. He was admit-
ted to the hospital Friday afternoon
after falling ill during a taping of a
football preview show.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Chris Carpen-
ter was well on his way to a World
Series win when, all of a sudden, peo-
ple swarmed the mound to examine
No smudge, no scuffs. Just a
cramp, and it wasn't about to blemish
ace as he threw the Detroit Tigers a
curve, pitching St. Louis to a 5-Ovic-
tory lastcnightcfor a 2-1Series edge.
"I came out tonight and had my
good stuff," Carpenter said.
He used big breaking balls
to spin three-hit ball for eight
innings. And with Jim Edmonds
hitting a key double and St. Louis
taking advantage of a poor throw,
the Cardinals returned their focus
squarelyto the field.
Gone were any reminders of the
squabbling Kenny Rogers caused
with his smudged left hand in Game
Oh, Rogers heard plenty from the
sellout crowd at Busch Stadium dur-
ing pregame introductions, as chants
of"Cheat-er!" echoedthroughout the
ballpark. But that was about the only
noise the Tigers caused inthisgame.
Looking fierce with his three-day
beard, Carpenter showed why he
won the NL Cy Young Award last
year and is a top contender this sea-
son. He struck out six, walked none
and kept the Tigers' trio of Placido
Polanco, Ivan Rodriguez and Curtis
Grandersonhitless in the Series.
Carpenter's lone problem came in
the seventh inning. As Polanco led
off by lining outto good friend Albert
Pujols, Carpenter hopped off the
mound and looked at his hand.
Cardinals manager Tony La
Russa, a trainer and the entire St.
Louis infield converged on the
mound, peering at Carpenter's bare
right hand. Plate umpire Wally Bell
also went out to check as reliever
Josh Kinney began warming up in a
All in all, it certainly was a lot
more attention than Rogers attracted
on the field after a yellowish-brown
mark was spotted on his hand - he
said itwas a mix of dirt,spit and resin,
while others claimed it was illegal
A moment later, Carpenter was
deemed to be OK. He proved it, too,
by continuingto set downthe Tigers
to constant cheers.
"He showed everything he could
do," La Russa said. "He's got a lot of
Carpenter drew his biggest roar
when he got a standing ovation as he
came to bat in the eighth. The bottom
of the eighth took a while, though,
and Braden Looper relieved in the
ninth and finished the combined
"We need to swingthe bats better,
obviously," Tigers manager Jim Ley-
Game 4 will be Wednesday
night, provided a forecast of
steady rain holds off. If it does,
NL championship series MVP
Jeff Suppan will start against
The Tigers had homered in all 10
postseason games before Carpenter
stopped them. And a Detroit team
that averaged 5 1/2 runs per game
throughout the AL playoffs has
scored a total of five in the World
It was somewhat of a surprise,
too. Carpenter gave up a season-high
seven runs at Detroit in June, and the
Tigers' starting lineup was hitting
"No. 1, you have to credit Chris
Carpenter," Leyland said. "No. 2, we
have a few guys who aren't swinging
the bat too well."
Carpenter had waited a long time
for this opportunity. He was injured
and missed the entire 2004 postsea-
son, including the Cardinals' match-
up withBoston inthe World Series, a
Red Sox sweep.
He allowed only one runner past
first base. Brandon Inge singled and
made it to third in the third on a two-
out wild pitch, then catcher Yadier
Molina blocked a curve that bounced
to keep a run from scoring. Grander-
son grounded out to end the inning.
Edmonds hit a two-run double
in the fourth. A throwing error by
Tigers reliever Joel Zumaya and a
wild pitch by Zach Miner gave St.
Louis its other runs.
Working on 13 days' rest, Tigers
lefty Nate Robertson opened with
three hitless innings. That's about
normal forthe Cardinals -they were
a weak 23-34 against left-handed
starters this season.
Yet it was the lefty-swinging
Edmonds who gotthe key hitagainst
Robertson, who was pulled after five
innings. After that, Robertson bided
his time onthe bench talking to Rog-
ers, perhaps picking up some secrets
Edmonds delivered the big hit the
Cardinals missed the last time they
held the World Series under the Arch
- in 2004, St. Louis scored a total of
one run intwo losses to Boston.
But that was at the old Busch
Stadium, now a mere hole in the
ground adjacent to the new ball-
park. In this new place, Edmonds
doubled that run total with one
swing in the fourth inning.
Preston Wilson, hitting high in
the order because he was 5-for-5
lifetime against Robertson, led off
with a sharp single for the Cardi-
nals' first hit. Pujols showed his
strength and skill when, despite
being a bit off-balance, lined a
double down the right-field line
that hopped into the stands.
When Robertson went to a 2-0
count on Scott Rolen, Leyland went
to the mound. Two pitches later,
Rolen walked to load the bases with
The crowd in the lower deck was
standing, hoping for action. And after
aforceout at the plate,Edmonds came
through. He pulled a hard grounder
downthe line that hobbled first base-
and St. Louis led 2-0.
In the seventh, Zumaya made a
poor choice on Pujols' comebacker
with runners on first and second and
no outs. Zumaya tried to go to third
base and threw it wide pastInge, and
both runners scored.
"He just made a bad fundamental
Miner's wild pitch gave St. Louis
another run in the eighth.
Kevin Dore placed in the top 30during the 49er Classic intConcord, N.C.
still1 needs work
By MATT JOHNSON
For the Daily
For the past two weeks, the
Michigan men's golf team was
largely a one-man team. Junior
Tim Schaetzel carried the Wol-
verines with top-10 individual
finishes in the last two meets. But
minimal help from his teammates
led to a couple of very poor show-
ings for Michigan. That changed
Yesterday, the Wolverines took
fourth out of 15 teams at the 49er
Classic in Concord, N.C., heed-
ing the words of Coach Andrew
Sapp to provide some support for
"I just challenged the guys to
step it up since it had been a one-
man show the last few weeks,
and Tim needed some help," Sapp
said. "We had four good scores in
the second round, and the team
answered the callbetter thisweek
than they had in a long time."
Senior Kevin Dore and sopho-
mores Bill Rankin and Nick Pum-
ford all placed in the top 30 as
Schaetzel continued his strong
play. A 2-under par second round
(70) pushed him into a tie for first
place, but he dropped into a tie
for 12th after a final round 84.
Sapp credited better tee shots
as the biggest factor in the team's
improvement. Recently, Michi-
gan has struggled in that depart-
"What stood out the most this
week was that we were driving
the ball a lot better and staying
out of trouble," Sapp said. "Keep-
ing the ball in play cutdown on
our double and triple bogeys. Our
good tee shots led to par and even
The Wolverines also had to
deal with some had weather on
Monday and Tuesday, includ-
ing high winds and a frost delay
during the final round. Perhaps
because of their experience with
the recent cold weather in Ann
Arbor, the Wolverines fought
Although the fourth-place fin-
ish is a step forward for Michigan,
there is still room for improve-
ment. The team dropped to fourth
after beingtied for second afterthe
second round, showingthat it must
learn how to play with a lead.
"I saw a lot of good things and
bad things," Sapp said. "Our fin-
ish here shows that we can com-
pete. This should help us in the
fall in our next tournament and
even into the spring."
The Wolverines will look to
continue improving at the Aloha
Purdue Collegiate Invitational in
Hawaii on Nov. 22.
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one who can sit Arrington down, look into his eyes
and try to determine what happened on the morn-
ing of Oct. 13.
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