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Carlos Beltran finally Series-bound

After a career full of October heroics, Cardinals outfielder is going to Fall Classic

Updated: October 19, 2013, 11:36 AM ET
By Michael Knisley | ESPN.com

ST. LOUIS – There was 2004, his seventh major league season, his first playoffs. Carlos Beltran was with the Astros, and they reached Game 7 of the NLCS. Roger Clemens started for Houston, and if anybody was going to pitch a winner-take-all game for the right to play in the World Series ... well, this was Roger Clemens on the mound. The Astros lost 5-2. The winners? The Cardinals, whose starting catcher was Mike Matheny.

The wait continued.

"It wasn't meant to be," Beltran ...

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