Chris Carpenter to make his season debut on Friday

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Chris Carpenter threw a 95-pitch simulated game on Saturday. It went well and now he’s slated to return. The Cardinals announced that he’ll make the start on Friday against the Cubs.

He’ll make two regular season starts if everyone stays on schedule.  And because he was on the DL on September 1, he can be eligible for the playoffs.

Brandon Belt, Jaime Barrios set new modern record with 21-pitch at-bat

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Angels starter Jaime Barrios and Giants first baseman Brandon Belt set a new modern record with a 21-pitch at-bat in the first inning of Sunday afternoon’s game in Anaheim. Belt fell behind 1-2 and mostly kept fouling pitches off. The count ran full on the ninth pitch and Belt would foul off 11 more pitches before finally lining out to right field.

As Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle notes, the previous record was set on June 26, 1998 when the Indians’ Bartolo Colon and the Astros’ Ricky Gutierrez battled for 20 pitches. Gutierrez eventually struck out.