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Marco Scutaro named NLCS MVP

Giants Scutaro holds the MVP trophy after being named most valuable player after his team defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS during Game 7 in their MLB NLCS playoff baseball series in San Francisco

San Francisco Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro (19) holds the MVP trophy after being named most valuable player after his team defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS during Game 7 in their MLB NLCS playoff baseball series in San Francisco, California October 22, 2012. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

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Who else were you expecting?

The Giants defeated the Cardinals 9-0 in Game 7 of the NLCS tonight and the MVP of the series was a pretty easy call.

Marco Scutaro, who managed to stay in the lineup after Matt Holliday’s takeout slide in Game 2, was named the MVP after hitting a scorching .500 (14-for-28) with three doubles, two RBI, two walks and five runs scored during the series. His 14 hits tie him with Hideki Matsui (2004), Albert Pujols (2004) and Kevin Youkilis (2007) for the LCS record.

Scutaro went 3-for-4 with a walk and a run scored in Game 7 tonight. Catching the final out of the ballgame -- a pop-up off the bat of Holliday, appropriately enough -- on a soaking wet infield at AT&T Park was just icing on the cake.

Referred to as “The Blockbuster” by his Giants’ teammates for his excellent play since coming over from the Rockies in July, Scutaro has a 10-game hitting streak during the postseason.