Will tempers invade Cards-Crew finale?

The Cardinals and Brewers are back at it this afternoon, seemingly a few hours after the most heated game of the season, an 8-7 Cardinals win that included a couple of notable plunkings, one wild ejection and then a pair of well-placed Cardinals hits. And don’t forget that the day began with the Cardinals essentially accusing the Brewers of being cheaters, for toying with the ribbon boards that circle Miller Park.

Which brings us to Wednesday, a key game for both teams. The series is on the line, for one, and so is a two-game swing in the National League Central. If the Brewers win, their lead in the division is 3 1/2 games. If they lose, it’s only 1 1/2 games.

Do you think there will be carryover from last night, when the Cardinals exacted revenge for the pitch that struck Albert Pujols in the left hand by plunking Ryan Braun in the back? No Cardinals lineup as of 10:20 a.m. CT, so I don’t know yet whether he’ll play.

But here is the Brewers lineup:

Corey Hart RF
Nyjer Morgan CF
Ryan Braun LF
Prince Fielder 1B
Casey McGehee 3B
Yuniesky Betancourt SS
Felips Lopez 2B
George Kottaras C
Randy Wolf LHP

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