• Asked about Carlos Beltran's health status prior to Game 3, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said, "Everything is good." Beltran was able to use Friday's off-day for extra rest and treatment, two days after he suffered a right rib contusion running into the outfield wall. The Cards are not concerned about him missing additional time this postseason.
• Matheny turned back to Pete Kozma to start at short in Game 3 after starting Daniel Descalso at the position on Thursday. Kozma has started in all of Joe Kelly's starts this postseason, a set up that is not a coincidence. Kelly's propensity to induce ground balls has prompted the Cardinals to prioritize defense behind the right-hander.
• As they have for every Saturday home game this season, the Cardinals wore their alternate uniforms -- which feature "St. Louis" in place of "Cardinals" across the front -- for Game 3. It marked the first time since 1931 that the Cards have worn a jersey with "St. Louis" script in the World Series.