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Posted October 23. 2013 1:15PM

Chris Carpenter again embraces role as cheerleader

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St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter celebrates with his son Sam after the Cardinals won last year's World Series. (Reuters)

The 2005 NL Cy Young Award winner, who grew up in New Hampshire rooting for Boston, understands this could be the end of his career. For now, though, he's waved off retirement talk and suited up as if he's about to head to the mound to prowl, growl and intimidate - instead of serving as a de facto coach.