Carlos Beltran leaves Game 3 with knee injury

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Carlos Beltran grounded into a double play in his first at-bat and then left Game 3 of the NLCS with what the Cardinals have announced as a strained left knee.

Matt Carpenter replaced Beltran in right field to begin the second inning.

Beltran has been dealing with a hand injury, but it didn’t stop him from hitting .400 with three homers, five doubles, and a 1.353 OPS through nine playoff games.

He would be a huge loss for the Cardinals, as Beltran owns the highest batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, and OPS in postseason history, ahead of a couple guys named Ruth and Gehrig.

UPDATE: Carpenter homered in his first at-bat after replacing Beltran, naturally.

Giants sign Austin Jackson to two-year, $6 million contract

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The Giants announced on Monday night the signing of outfielder Austin Jackson. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, it’s a two-year, $6 million deal with performance incentives that allow Jackson to earn up to an additional $2.5 million for a total of $8.5 million.

Jackson, who soon turns 31 years old, spent last season with the Indians. In 318 plate appearances, he hit .318/.387/.482 with seven home runs, 35 RBI, and 46 runs scored.

The Giants have been on the hunt for a center fielder and Jackson addresses that need relatively cheaply. Jackson will join Hunter Pence and newcomer Andrew McCutchen in the outfield.