St. Louis Cardinals

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It wasn’t the big­gest home run

Matt Car­pen­ter had hit in the ma­jor leagues, but it was spe­cial.

Car­pen­ter’s two-run shot in the fifth in­ning on Aug. 29 gave the Cardinals a 9-1 lead. Be­fore the game, the Galve­ston, Texas, na­tive had pledged to do­nate $10,000 for each home run he hits the rest of the sea­son to the Hur­ri­cane Har­vey re­lief fund.

Pitcher Adam Wain­wright and the Cardinals or­ga­ni­za­tion had of­fered match­ing pledges, which meant the homer was worth a $30,000 do­na­tion.

“I was kind of ner­vous about the ex­pec­ta­tions,” Car­pen­ter said. “To be able to do it the first night, get one out of the way and see that money go for a good cause, I’m glad I was able to do that.”

The Cardinals got salary re­lief by trad­ing right-han­der Mike Leake to the Seat­tle Mariners on Aug. 30, in­clud­ing $17.5 mil­lion to cover part of the $55.6 mil­lion he is guar­an­teed dur­ing the re­main­der of a fiveyear, $80 mil­lion con­tract through 2020. Jack Fla­herty came up from Class AAA Mem­phis to take Leake’s spot. The 21-year-old had a rough de­but, giv­ing up five runs in four in­nings of a no-de­ci­sion Sept. 1 at San Fran­cisco.

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