BOSTON – Carlos Beltran waited 16 seasons and 2,109 games to finally play in the World Series then didn't make it past the second inning on Wednesday night in Game 1.
The St. Louis Cardinals right fielder was pulled from the game at the start of the third inning with a right rib contusion. Beltran suffered the injury while crashing into the short right-field fence in front of the visiting bullpen at Fenway Park in the bottom of the second to rob Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz of a grand slam.
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The catch limited Ortiz to a sacrifice fly and kept the game from getting completely out of hand as the Red Sox led 5-0. Mike Napoli hit a three-run double in the first inning and Dustin Pedroia singled in a run in the second before Ortiz's scoring fly ball.
Beltran was playing in his 46th postseason game. No other player had ever appeared in more before making his World Series debut.
Jon Jay came in to play center and Shane Robinson, who started in center, moved to right field.
Cardinals spokesman confirmed Beltran was taken to a local hospital, but did not say which one. Beltran had x-rays and a CT scan and they were negative. He is being classified as "day-to-day."
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