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Giants coach and former Yankee Roberto Kelly sidelined by concussion

San Francisco Giants first base coach Roberto Kelly

San Francisco Giants first base coach Roberto Kelly is helped off the field after getting hit with a ball during a team practice before the NLCS. (Oct. 13, 2012) Credit: AP

SAN FRANCISCO -- Before the National League Championship Series began, the Giants were dealing with a loss through a freakish injury. First- base coach Roberto Kelly was not on the field for Game 1 Sunday night and is expected to miss Game 2 Monday night because of a concussion he suffered during the club's workout Saturday.

Kelly, a former Yankee, was hit in the head by a ball off the bat of National League batting champion Buster Posey. He was helped off the field. "He's at home, he's resting well," manager Bruce Bochy said before Game 1. "I don't see him being out there at least these two games, if not longer."

Posey told reporters on Saturday, "I saw him on the ground like everybody else. I didn't see it hit him. Any time somebody gets hit in the head, you're worried for them."

Joe Lefebvre, another former Yankee, was the first-base coach Sunday night, getting the nod over yet another Yankees alumnus, hitting coach Hensley Meulens.

Carpenter holds corks

Chris Carpenter will be the Cardinals' Game 2 starter, having been the official starter of the club's postgame celebration after a stunning Game 5 win in Washington Friday night. Specifically, Carpenter, the acknowledged clubhouse leader, would not let the champagne corks pop until two ninth-inning heroes, Daniel Descalso and Pete Kozma, came in from the field after postgame TV interviews.

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