Matt Carpenter puts the Cardinals up 1-0 in NLCS Game 2 with a home run


Matt Carpenter gave the Cardinals an early lead in Game 2 of the NLCS, slugging a solo home run to right field off of Giants starter Jake Peavy. Carpenter had struck out against Peavy in his first at-bat to lead off the game.

Carpenter, who got a curtain call to a cheering St. Louis crowd, now has four home runs in six post-season games this year. Carpenter is batting .364 (8-for-22) with seven extra-base hits. According to ESPN’s Jayson Stark, Carpenter has become the third lead-off hitter to hit at least four home runs in a single post-season, joining Lenny Dykstra (five in 1993) and Davey Lopes (four in 1978).

Cardinals starter Lance Lynn has shut the Giants out on a pair of hits through three innings thus far.

Angels release Matt Harvey

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Among several transactions made on Sunday, the Angels announced that pitcher Matt Harvey has been released. The right-hander was designated for assignment on Friday.

Harvey, 30, was hoping to bounce back with the Angels after signing a one-year, $11 million contract in December. It didn’t work out. In 12 starts spanning 59 2/3 innings, Harvey allowed 47 earned runs on 63 hits and 29 walks with 39 strikeouts. Harvey missed time between May 24 and July 12 with an upper back injury.

Since his 2015 campaign with the Mets, after recovering from Tommy John surgery, Harvey has a 5.65 ERA in exactly 400 innings. Given his age, he could still find an opportunity with another team short on pitching depth, but he is running out of leash, as they say.