Nick Punto's Cards head to World Series

Delmon Young? Sorry, yesterday's story. The ex-Twin to stalk this week is Nick Punto, who in a reserve role finds himself on the World Series-bound St. Louis Cardinals.
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Delmon Young? Sorry, yesterday's story. The ex-Twin to stalk this week is Nick Punto, who in a reserve role finds himself on the World Series-bound St. Louis Cardinals.

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