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• Jaime Garcia was scheduled to return to St. Louis late Wednesday afternoon after flying to Birmingham, Ala., to meet with Dr. James Andrews regarding his ailing left shoulder. Garcia is expected to need surgery to address a rotator cuff strain and inflammation, but he asked for the chance to first receive another opinion.

• Now nine games into the Cardinals' postseason run, Matheny has still employed only one lineup. He stuck with the same starting eight again for Game 3 of the National League Championship Series on Wednesday, even though Matt Carpenter has had notable success against Cain.

While the sample size is small, Carpenter has a hit in all four of his career at-bats against Cain. But fitting Carpenter into the lineup would have forced Matheny to remove one of his corner infielders or corner outfielders, a move that the rookie manager did not see as advantageous.

• The Cardinals entered Game 3 with recent history on their side. In each of the last eight seasons, the home team has won Game 3 of the NLCS. Since 1985, 16 of the 21 teams to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven NLCS have gone on to advance to the World Series.

• Jaime Garcia was scheduled to return to St. Louis late Wednesday afternoon after flying to Birmingham, Ala., to meet with Dr. James Andrews regarding his ailing left shoulder. Garcia is expected to need surgery to address a rotator cuff strain and inflammation, but he asked for the chance to first receive another opinion.

• Now nine games into the Cardinals' postseason run, Matheny has still employed only one lineup. He stuck with the same starting eight again for Game 3 of the National League Championship Series on Wednesday, even though Matt Carpenter has had notable success against Cain.

While the sample size is small, Carpenter has a hit in all four of his career at-bats against Cain. But fitting Carpenter into the lineup would have forced Matheny to remove one of his corner infielders or corner outfielders, a move that the rookie manager did not see as advantageous.

• The Cardinals entered Game 3 with recent history on their side. In each of the last eight seasons, the home team has won Game 3 of the NLCS. Since 1985, 16 of the 21 teams to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven NLCS have gone on to advance to the World Series.