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Cain holds key to rest of NLCS

The direction of the Giants-Cards series depends on S.F.'s Game 3 starter

Updated: October 16, 2012, 6:24 PM ET
By Molly Knight | ESPN The Magazine

Two games, 18 runs, 32 hits, and a takeout slide heard 'round the world, and we haven't even seen the best player of the NLCS yet.

The rest of the series hinges on what he does.

When Matt Cain takes the mound for the San Francisco Giants in Game 3 in St. Louis on Wednesday night, he'll bring with him San Francisco's best chance to seize control of this seven-game series. A win would steal home-field advantage back from the Cardinals. A loss would put the Giants down 2-1 on the ...

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