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Laird, Punto Injured

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St. Louis Cardinals catcher Gerald Laird lays on the ground in pain after scoring on a Corey Patterson double in the second inning against the Houston Astros at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on July 28, 2011.  Laird left the game.   UPI/Bill Greenblatt

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Gerald Laird lays on the ground in pain after scoring on a Corey Patterson double in the second inning against the Houston Astros at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on July 28, 2011. Laird left the game. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Cardinals catcher Gerald Laird and second baseman Nick Punto have left a game against Houston with injuries.

Laird came out in the second inning Thursday night after hurting his hand sliding into home plate. He has a mild strain of his left ring finger.

Laird appeared to hook his hand on the foot of Astros catcher Carlos Corporan. Laird, who started a two-run rally in the second with a single, was replaced by Tony Cruz. Regular catcher Yadier Molina was rested.

Punto was removed after three innings and is day-to-day with a strained muscle on his left side. He appeared to get hurt while grounding back to the pitcher in the third.

Daniel Descalso replaced Punto in the St. Louis lineup.

Copyright Associated Press

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