Chris Carpenter wasn't supposed to pitch at all this season. Wednesday, he can help the St. Louis Cardinals move one step closer to the National League Championship Series.
Carpenter, who has pitched only 17 innings all year, will be on the mound for Game 3 of the N.L. division series, facing Washington's Edwin Jackson. The best-of-five series is tied at 1.
The 37-year-old Carpenter had surgery in July for a nerve problem that left his throwing arm and much of the right side of his body numb. He came back on Sept. 21, and is 0-2 with a 3.71 ERA in three starts.
"Everybody knows that it wasn't supposed to happen," Carpenter said about the prospect of pitching at all in 2012. "I put a lot of work into it, to hopefully have this opportunity. I didn't know if I was going to have this opportunity or not -- and fortunately, I do."
He is 9-2 with a 3.05 ERA in the postseason for his career.
That includes going 4-0 with a 3.25 ERA last year while helping St. Louis win the World Series; he beat the Texas Rangers in Game 7 for the title.
Orioles: The team rode the bus
The Orioles arrived at 9 a.m. about three hours after the Yankees returned -- also by bus. Both teams began their journeys shortly after 1 a.m.
Yankees: Manager Joe Girardi has not ruled out moving struggling third baseman Alex Rodriguez down in the lineup from the No. 3 spot for Game 3 of the ALDS, Rodriguez is 1 for 9 in the series. "We know that we're in a three-game series, and whether you need to pinch hit for someone, you need to make a pitching change, you need to change the lineup a little bit, our guys understand," Girardi said.
Rangers: Manager Ron Washington questioned his use of his everyday players during the season, saying if he had given them more rest the team might still be playing.
Texas lost 10 of its last 14 overall, including a sweep at Oakland to end the regular season before losing Friday to Baltimore in the first win-or-go-home A.L. wild-card card. Not counting the postseason game, Texas had seven players who appeared in at least 147 games.
"Maybe I played them into the ground," Washington said.
Rockies: The contract of Colorado hitting instructor Carney Lansford was not renewed. Lansford, the former A's third baseman, served two seasons and the Rockies batted .274 this season, tops in the N.L., but they hit just .241 on the road as they finished 64-98, worst in franchise history.