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Beltran says he decided to bunt, stands by move

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By Scott Bierman By Scott Bierman

(Baseball StL) -- In the closing chapter of the much-talked-about bunting incident from Monday night's game, Carlos Beltran cleared up questions before Tuesday night's contest. 

In the locker room before warm-ups, the Cardinals slugger explained it was his idea to bunt with men on first and second and no one out Monday when the Birds were down two runs. 

"I think I did the right thing," he said. " I was thinking about what was right for the team." Fans were upset with the call following the one-run loss, despite the fact the sacrifice moved runners and ultimately resulted in a run. 

Confusion followed when Mike Matheny would not clarify whether the dugout or Beltran made the decision to bunt in his post game conference. 

Tuesday, Matheny- always a player's coach- expressed support for the decision. 

"Once you start taking instincts away from guys, you're asking for trouble," he said.

The Cardinals continue what has been a rocky stretch against the red-hot Dodgers and ERA leader Clayton Kershaw Tuesday at Busch. 

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