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Carlos Beltran makes over-the-fence catch to rob David Ortiz, leaves game with injury

Mike Oz
Big League Stew

BOSTON — It was almost deja vu in right field during the bottom of the second inning of World Series Game 1. David Ortiz was up with the bases loaded. He launched a deep fly ball to right. This sound familiar?

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Well, this time the results were vastly different: Carlos Beltran did what Torii Hunter didn't — he robbed Big Papi of a grand slam, with a nice over-the-wall catch. But the collateral damage of that play may hurt the Cardinals more than the three runs it saved (David Ross tagged up and scored).

Beltran left the game in the next inning with a right rib contusion. How important are a baseball player's ribs? You might want to ask Hanley Ramirez and the Dodgers that question.

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A nice catch by Beltran — and a call back to the instant-classic ALCS moment — gets much more serious, particularly for the Cardinals. It was bad enough that a sloppy early game led to a 5-0 lead for the Red Sox. It will be much worse for St. Louis if they lose Beltran for any game beyond Wednesday night.

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And it sounds like that's a possibility. Beltran has been taken to a local hospital for X-rays on his ribs. He's been a great postseason player in his career (.337/.449/.724 with 37 RBIs and 16 homers) and he's already proven how valuable he is during this postseason.

For Beltran, personally, this must be extra painful. He's playing in the first World Series of his 16-year career. His arrival on baseball's biggest stage is one of the main storylines of the week. And if his World Series experience were to end two innings after it got started, with a reach over Fenway's right-field wall stopping it, that could be a series-defining moment.

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Mike Oz is an editor for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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