Sanity finally returns to postseason

Little things matter as Cardinals win a more conventional, low-scoring Game 1

Updated: October 20, 2011, 3:40 AM ET
By Gene Wojciechowski | ESPN.com

ST. LOUIS -- This is a Budweiser town, but thankfully Wednesday night's World Series opener wasn't a beer league game. No big innings. No big blowout.

Sanity at last returned to the postseason, courtesy of starting pitchers who actually lasted longer than the pregame warm-ups, the continued dugout genius of Tony La Russa and weather conditions perfect for keeping shrimp cocktails chilled.

In other words, St. Louis Cardinals 3, Texas Rangers 2.

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