Carlos Beltran (knee) day to day

Updated: October 18, 2012, 10:30 AM ET
Associated Press

ST. LOUIS -- Carlos Beltran's availability for Game 4 of the NL Championship Series was uncertain after the St. Louis Cardinals slugger left Wednesday's game with a strained left knee.

Subbing for Beltran in right field, Matt Carpenter hit a two-run homer in his first at-bat to help the Cardinals beat the San Francisco Giants 3-1 for a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Still, the prospect of losing Beltran for even a game or two is troubling for St. Louis given his postseason ...

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