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• Carlos Beltran returned to the lineup on Sunday after sitting on Saturday due to lower back tightness. With his first-inning single, Beltran has hit safely in three straight games for the first time since Aug. 9-12.

• The Astros, who open a three-game series at Busch Stadium on Tuesday, will start the following pitchers against the Cardinals: Fernando Abad (0-4, 5.08 ERA), Lucas Harrell (10-9, 3.86 ERA) and Bud Norris (5-12, 4.93 ERA). The Cardinals, who still have six games remaining against Houston this season, lead the season series, 6-3.

• The Cardinals' Double-A affiliate in Springfield captured the Texas League championship with a 2-1 win over Frisco on Saturday. The organization has not captured a sole league championship at the Double-A level since 1989. In 2004, the Cardinals' Double-A club shared the title after weather forced the season to end without a championship series.

• Carlos Beltran returned to the lineup on Sunday after sitting on Saturday due to lower back tightness. With his first-inning single, Beltran has hit safely in three straight games for the first time since Aug. 9-12.

• The Astros, who open a three-game series at Busch Stadium on Tuesday, will start the following pitchers against the Cardinals: Fernando Abad (0-4, 5.08 ERA), Lucas Harrell (10-9, 3.86 ERA) and Bud Norris (5-12, 4.93 ERA). The Cardinals, who still have six games remaining against Houston this season, lead the season series, 6-3.

• The Cardinals' Double-A affiliate in Springfield captured the Texas League championship with a 2-1 win over Frisco on Saturday. The organization has not captured a sole league championship at the Double-A level since 1989. In 2004, the Cardinals' Double-A club shared the title after weather forced the season to end without a championship series.