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Beltran Injured After Unreal Catch

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    St. Louis Cardinals' Carlos Beltran makes a catch by Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz during the second inning of Game 1 of baseball's World Series Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    Remember just last week when David Ortiz rocket shot with the bases loaded tied an ALCS game in the eighth inning after Detroit Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter went tumbling into the Red Sox bullpen trying to catch the ball and save the day?

    Well, Ortiz looked like he'd done it again in Wednesday's World Series opener when he sent a line drive to right-center field, to the exact same spot in the Red Sox bullpen. This time, however, Cardinals right fielder Carlos Beltran was there to make the play. He didn't go tumbling over the wall like Hunter did, but it stopped just short of it.

    Beltran also suffered a rib contusion on the play and had to leave the game for Mass General Hospital to get X-Rays, which came back negative.

    It was a cruel twist of fate for Beltran, who was tied with Hunter for the active players to go the without ever playing in a World Series. Now, that distinction belongs solely to Hunter, but Beltran is just hoping his World Series stint wasn't stopped at just two innings.

    The Cardinals have said Beltran is listed as "day-to-day" after the X-Rays came back negative.