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Published: Sunday, 10/22/2006

Pujols, Cardinals top Tigers in Game 1 of Series

ASSOCIATED PRESS

DETROIT - Rest can be overrated. The St. Louis Cardinals managed just fine in Game 1 of the World Series without much. And maybe those hard-throwing Detroit Tigers, who had a week off, aren't so tough after all.

Rookie Anthony Reyes pitched brilliantly into the ninth inning, Albert Pujols made Detroit pay for pitching to him, and Scott Rolen also homered to help St. Louis cruise past the ragged Tigers 7-2 in the World Series opener Saturday night.

"Nobody expected us to win here," Pujols said. "They have a great team out there. The last thing we want to do is just show up and just embarrass ourselves."

The Cardinals have already put up more of a fight than their previous World Series, when Pujols and Rolen came up empty as Boston swept them two years ago.

Read more in later editions of The Blade and toledoblade.com.



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