Carpenter would go on 3 days' rest in Game 4

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Chris Carpenter will start on three days' rest if the St. Louis Cardinals make it to Game 4 of their division series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

St. Louis manager Tony La Russa said on Saturday before Game 3 that he also considered Kyle Lohse and John Smoltz, both of whom have been in the bullpen during losses in the first two games.

Carpenter struggled in the series opener, allowing four runs and walking four in five innings. La Russa said the 17-game winner played catch and felt good enough to pitch on Sunday. La Russa has never started Carpenter on three days' rest.

Carpenter's 2.24 ERA led the National League and he was the NL comeback player of the year after missing virtually all of the previous two seasons due to injuries.

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