Cardinals manager Mike Matheny: “I think a lot of times we get this ‘choir boy’ stuff on us”

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NLDS Game 2 at Dodger Stadium on Saturday night was free of screaming and shoving, unlike Friday’s Game 1, but heated emotions are still simmering as the best-of-five shifts to Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

“I don’t want these guys backing down,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny told Derrick Goold of the Post-Dispatch when asked about Friday’s benches-clearing fracas. “I think a lot of times we get this ‘choir boy’ stuff on us because we talk about doing things the right way. Part of doing things the right way and doing the right things is sticking up for yourself and for people around you.”

Yadier Molina and Adrian Gonzalez had to be separated in Game 1 after Gonzalez took issue with Adam Wainwright plunking Yasiel Puig (which came after an up-and-in pitch to Hanley Ramirez). The video:

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Hanley suffered a broken rib in last year’s NLCS when he got hit by a Joe Kelly fastball and we might see more stormy (maybe even physical) exchanges if any batters get struck in St. Louis. The series is tied 1-1.

Max Scherzer (hamstring) leaves start vs. Mets after just 1 inning

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WASHINGTON — Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer left his start for the Nationals against the New York Mets after just 27 pitches Wednesday night due to a hamstring injury.

He was replaced in the top of the second by Erick Fedde.

Scherzer was not as sharp as usual at the outset Wednesday, going 2-0 counts against each of New York’s initial two batters, walking one and giving up a single to the other.

The Mets eventually went ahead in the first on Dominic Smith‘s sacrifice fly.

Scherzer entered the game with an 0-1 record and 2.84 ERA this season.