Carlos Beltran returns to St. Louis Cardinals' lineup in NLCS Game 5

Carlos Beltran talks to reporters during batting practice Carlos Beltran talks to reporters during batting practice before Game 5 of the NLCS against the San Francisco Giants. (Oct. 19, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

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ST. LOUIS -- Carlos Beltran has returned to the starting lineup for the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 of the NL championship series.

Beltran was set to play right field Friday night against San Francisco. The Cardinals hold a 3-1 lead in the series.

The All-Star outfielder did not play Thursday night, a day after he left after one inning because of a strained left knee.

The 35-year-old Beltran is hitting .400 with three home runs, five doubles and six RBIs in 30 at-bats this postseason.

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