ST. LOUIS -- The Rangers saw two key contributors suffer injuries in Game 6, and their availability for Game 7 will be determined after a night's rest.
Catcher Mike Napoli remained in the game after spraining his left ankle in the fourth inning, and right fielder Nelson Cruz had to leave with a strained right groin after batting in the 11th inning.
X-rays on Napoli's ankle were negative. Both said they will be able to play Friday.
The Napoli injury looked gruesome, and he went down in a heap after his ankle buckled as he reached for second base while trying to beat a throw for a force out. The throw was errant, but Napoli was unable to advance.
Cruz's injury came as a surprise to the assembled media and came to light when Esteban German was inserted into left field and David Murphy moved to right. Cruz didn't appear to be limping afterward, and he answered, "Yeah," when asked if he would be a player in the final game of the season.
Said David Murphy when asked about the likelihood they would play: "It's Game 7 of the World Series."
The Cardinals, meanwhile, could be without All-Star left fielder Matt Holliday. He suffered a badly bruised right pinky finger when Adrian Beltre stepped on it while Holliday was diving back into third base in the sixth inning on a play in which he was picked off by Napoli.
Holliday left the game, and his replacement, Allen Craig, hit a solo homer in the eighth to turn trim the Rangers' lead to 7-5.
-- Jeff Wilson