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Published: Wednesday, May 16 2012 6:07 p.m. MDT

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This was supposed to be a hang-over summer for the world champs, who had every reason to take the year off. They lost Pujols, their legendary manager, Tony La Russa, and the equally irreplaceable pitching coach, Dave Duncan.

There was only one place to go in the NL Central and that was down. But thanks to Beltran, the Cardinals are in first place and leading the league in runs, slugging percentage and OPS.

Beltran, in particular, is enjoying a mini-renaissance, leading the NL in home runs (13) and second in RBI (32). GM John Mozeliak gave Beltran a wide berth in spring training, saying, "no one player could replace Pujols." So far that's been a surprising white lie.
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