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Arroyo was one of the NL's best pitchers in the second half of last season. The right-hander was bothered by a flare-up of carpal tunnel syndrome early in the season. From July 10 on, he had a 2.07 ERA that was the best in the majors.
The wrist hasn't been a problem this year -- he gave up playing guitar and writing with his right hand to ease the strain. Arroyo breezed through a Cardinals lineup that had scored 17 runs in the first two games -- Holliday's homer was only the Cardinals' third hit of the game.
The lanky right-hander took Colby Rasmus' comeback grounder off his left shin in the second inning and limped around the infield for a couple of minutes. He threw a few practice pitches and continued without a problem.
NOTES: The Cardinals were trying for their first three-game series sweep in Cincinnati since 2005. ... Arroyo didn't drive in a run last season, going 7 for 62 (.113). His best season at the plate was 2008, when he batted .197 and drove in six runs. ... Arroyo fanned Albert Pujols in the fourth for his 1,000th career strikeout.
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