ARLINGTON -- Allen Craig will be in the Cardinals' lineup on Saturday night, but not as the designated hitter. Instead, Craig will play right field for the Cardinals against left-hander Matt Harrison, with Lance Berkman moving from the outfield to serve as the Cards' DH.
It's likely that Craig will play in all three World Series games at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, a possibility created by the use of the DH in the American League park. But it's also possible that he won't actually be the DH in any of those games. He could spell Berkman three times, or play left field or first base to give Matt Holliday or Albert Pujols a break.
"It really comes down to just respecting Lance," manager Tony La Russa said on Friday. "He's a pivot on that, and talking to him, I think tomorrow we'll play Allen in right field and Lance will DH and go day to day with it."
Pair of Cardinals up for Players Choice honors
ARLINGTON -- Two Cardinals were named as finalists for Players Choice Awards, the Major League Baseball Players Association announced on Friday.
Lance Berkman is a candidate to win a second National League Comeback Player of the Year award, joining the one he received from MLB. Adam Wainwright is one of three finalists for the Marvin Miller Man of the Year award, an MLB-wide award presented "to the player who inspires others to higher levels of achievement by his on-field performances and contributions to his community."
Berkman, who played 122 games in 2010 and had his least effective full season since his brief Major League debut campaign, bounced back with one of his best seasons in 2011. He hit .301 with a .412 on-base percentage and a .547 slugging percentage, amassing 31 homers and 94 RBIs in 145 games. The Mets' Jose Reyes and the Giants' Ryan Vogelsong are the other contenders for the award.
Wainwright didn't pitch in 2011, making his nomination for the award even more impressive. The other challengers for the Miller award are Paul Konerko of the White Sox and Michael Young of the Rangers.
Players' Choice Award winners will be announced on Nov. 3.
Redbirds' streak of 'Happy Flights' ends
ARLINGTON -- The plane took off all the same, but something was different for the Cardinals when they departed St. Louis on Friday. It may well have been a happy flight, but for the first time since early August, it wasn't a "Happy Flight."
Thursday night's loss in Game 2 of the World Series ended a remarkable streak for the Cardinals. Each of the previous 17 times they flew from one city to another, they did so having won their most recent game. The last time before Friday that they traveled following a defeat was Aug. 3, when they fell to the Brewers in Milwaukee.
If the true odds of winning each game are 50-50, then the chances of winning 17 straight games are 1 in 131,072.
David Freese leads all players with 19 hits and 14 RBIs this postseason.
This is the 13th time the Cardinals have been in a 1-1 tie in the World Series. They won 10 of the 12 previous occurrences.
Game 2 on Thursday night was the Cardinals' 106th World Series game in franchise history. That's the second highest total in history behind the Yankees, breaking a tie with the Dodgers and Giants.
Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Obviously, You're Not a Golfer and follow him on Twitter at @MatthewHLeach. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.