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  1. Aroldis Chapman to make first start in AFL on Monday

    Oct 26, 2011, 7:54 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Word is already out that the Reds are planning to convert hard-throwing left-hander Aroldis Chapman from a setup man to a starter this winter. Just under four weeks from the conclusion of the 2011 regular season, that transition is already in full swing. According to beat writer John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Chapman is…

  2. Skip Schumaker will start in center field in Game 6

    Oct 26, 2011, 6:33 PM EDT

    Skip Schumaker

    Cardinals utilityman Skip Schumaker drew the start in center field Monday night in Game 5 of the World Series, spelling a badly-slumping Jon Jay. In Game 6, it will happen again. According to B.J. Rains of FOX Sports Midwest, Cardinals manager Tony La Russa informed the media Wednesday afternoon at Busch Stadium that Schumaker will…

  3. World Series Game 4 lineups: Cardinals vs. Rangers

    Oct 23, 2011, 4:21 PM EDT

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    Here are the lineups for Game 4 of the World Series between the Cardinals and Rangers, set to get underway at 8:05 p.m. ET in Arlington, Texas: ST. LOUIS CARDINALS TEXAS RANGERS 1. Rafael Furcal, SS 1. Ian Kinsler, 2B 2. Allen Craig, RF 2. Elvis Andrus, SS 3. Albert Pujols, 1B 3. Josh Hamilton,…

  4. Fish unlikely to trade for Big Z, might try James Shields

    Oct 23, 2011, 3:19 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v Chicago Cubs

    There’s been quite a bit of talk about the Marlins having interest in bringing aboard troubled Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano. One report even stated that new Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen had contacted Big Z directly about a potential trade. But it doesn’t sound like it’s going to happen. According to Buster Olney of ESPN.com, the…

  5. Rangers’ bullpen suddenly looking fatigued, punchless

    Oct 23, 2011, 2:35 PM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 3 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    The Rangers’ talented bullpen corps helped guide the team to convincing series wins in the ALDS against the Rays and the ALCS versus Detroit, but it’s now showing serious signs of fatigue three games into this 2011 Fall Classic. And it might only get worse. Alexi Ogando, who yielded just four hits and one earned…

  6. Jamie Moyer still planning on making comeback in 2012

    Oct 23, 2011, 1:08 PM EDT

    moyer getty

    Jamie Moyer still has his eyes on the prize. According to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, the veteran left-hander is continuing to make steady progress in his ongoing recovery from Tommy John elbow surgery and remains focused on returning to the major leagues for the 2012 season. Moyer, who turns 49 years old in November, plans…

  7. Elvis Andrus: “If Pujols doesn’t chase, give him first base”

    Oct 23, 2011, 11:53 AM EDT

    pujols smile getty

    Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus has a revolutionary idea for the Texas pitching staff: whenever Albert Pujols steps to the plate for the remainder of the World Series, either keep all pitches out of the strike zone or simply give him a free, intentional pass. Via Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News: “We cannot take…

  8. Theo Epstein thanks Boston with full-page newspaper ad

    Oct 23, 2011, 10:36 AM EDT

    epstein reuters

    Theo Epstein officially resigned from his post as Red Sox general manager on Friday to become the Cubs’ new president of baseball operations. Compensation still has to be worked out between the Red Sox and Cubs, but the deal is basically done. And Theo is now saying his goodbyes. According to Carolyn Manno of CSNNE.com,…

  9. What they’re saying about Albert Pujols’ historic night

    Oct 23, 2011, 9:52 AM EDT

    pujols homer reuters

    Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols tallied a World Series record 14 total bases in Saturday night’s 16-7 Game 3 defeat of the Rangers. He went 5-for-6 with six RBI and four runs scored, homering three times to join the proverbial Mount Rushmore of postseason performers. Only Babe Ruth and Reggie Jackson had homered three times in…

  10. Camden Yards gets statue of “Mr. Oriole,” Brooks Robinson

    Oct 23, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    Brooks Robinson Statue

    Brooks Robinson won 16 straight Gold Glove awards for the Orioles between 1960 and 1975. Many who had the pleasure of seeing him play consider him to be the greatest defensive third baseman of all time. He was named to 15 All-Star games, averaged 15 home runs and 76 RBI per season over the course…

  11. Albert Pujols tallies a record 14 total bases, Cardinals win 16-7 in World Series Game 3

    Oct 23, 2011, 12:53 AM EDT

    pujols reuters

    Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols drew heavy amounts of criticism for leaving the Busch Stadium clubhouse before talking to the media following Thursday’s Game 2 loss. A few national baseball writers even questioned his leadership, given that younger players like Jason Motte, Jon Jay and Allen Craig were left to handle all of the heat.…

  12. Live Blog: Cardinals out-slug Rangers in wild Game 3

    Oct 22, 2011, 8:29 PM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 3 -Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    Follow along as we provide inning-by-inning updates on Game 3 of the World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers.

  13. Angels to interview Omar Minaya for general manager job

    Oct 22, 2011, 7:38 PM EDT

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    This bit of news will draw a grin from Mets fans. Via Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times, the Angels have added former Expos and Mets GM Omar Minaya to the list of candidates set to interview for the club’s opening at general manager. The job was made vacant at the end of the…

  14. Josh Hamilton might be playing with a sports hernia

    Oct 22, 2011, 6:51 PM EDT

    josh hamilton getty

    From beat writer Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram comes word that the Rangers believe outfielder Josh Hamilton might be playing through a sports hernia. Not just a tweaked a groin muscle. Hamilton has registered an underwhelming .250/.264/.354 batting line this postseason, though he does have eight RBI in 12 games. No tests have…

  15. Yu Darvish says he hasn’t decided on move to MLB

    Oct 21, 2011, 2:13 PM EDT

    darvish getty japan

    Most signs point to Japanese ace Yu Darvish making the jump from Nippon Professional Baseball to Major League Baseball at some point this winter. But to hear the right-hander tell it, on a personal blog no less, he has not completely made up his mind. And probably won’t for a couple more weeks. From Patrick…

  16. Cardinals’ bullpen finally cracks, Rangers stage comeback to even World Series

    Oct 20, 2011, 11:51 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers left fielder Hamilton celebrates with teammates Cruz and Chavez after the Rangers defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 2 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis

    Two games in, this World Series has the look of an instant classic. Wednesday’s thrilling Game 1 saw late-inning heroics that sent a 3-2 victory St. Louis’ way. In Game 2 on Thursday, it was the Rangers who benefited from a dose of last-minute magic. Facing a 1-0 deficit in the top of the ninth…

  17. World Series Game 2 Live Chat: Rangers vs. Cardinals

    Oct 20, 2011, 8:05 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals - Game 2

    Game 2 of the World Series between the Rangers and Cardinals is set to get underway just after 8:00 p.m. ET Thursday at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Hang with us from the first pitch to the last as we dissect the players, the broadcast, and all of the evening’s controversial managerial moves. OK, “dissect”…

  18. Arthur Rhodes wants to pitch one more season

    Oct 20, 2011, 7:21 PM EDT

    arthur rhodes reuters

    Veteran left-hander Arthur Rhodes told the media before Game 2 of the World Series Thursday at Busch Stadium that he is hoping to continue his major league career for one more season. This according to ESPN’s Buster Olney. Rhodes posted an underwhelming 4.64 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 51 regular-season appearances this year between the…

  19. Mets cut ties with Japanese righty Ryota Igarashi

    Oct 20, 2011, 6:27 PM EDT

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    From beat writer Adam Rubin of ESPN New York comes word that the Mets have released right-hander Ryota Igarashi, a native of Chiba, Japan. Igarashi proved to be a bust soon after signing a two-year, $3 million major league contract with the Mets in the winter of 2009. Over 69 total big league innings —…

  20. Josh Hamilton, clearly in pain, goes 0-for-4 with a K

    Oct 20, 2011, 1:43 AM EDT

    World Series Rangers Cardinals Baseball

    Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton told reporters this past weekend, after Texas had secured a World Series berth by taking care of the Detroit Tigers, that he has been operating at about 50 percent health this postseason due to a lingering groin injury. After checking out Game 1 of the World Series, we’re thinking he’s hurting…

  21. La Russa presses the right buttons again, Cardinals defeat Rangers in World Series Game 1

    Oct 19, 2011, 11:58 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa greets Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington during introductions ahead of Game 1 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis

    Locked in a 2-2 tie with the Rangers in the bottom of the sixth inning Wednesday night at Busch Stadium, Cardinals manager Tony La Russa stuck by the script he’s been authoring since his club snuck into the playoffs on the final day of the regular season. Game 1 starter Chris Carpenter was cruising, fresh…

  22. World Series Game 1 Live Chat: Rangers vs. Cardinals

    Oct 19, 2011, 8:05 PM EDT

    Fans are shown as they enter Busch Stadium before the start of play between the Texas Rangers and the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis

    Game 1 of the World Series between the Rangers and Cardinals is set to get underway this evening just after 8:00 p.m. ET in St. Louis. Busch Stadium should be rocking, despite the cold and rain. We’ll be chatting it up here at HardballTalk from the player introductions through the final pitch. Stop by, hang…

  23. Skip Schumaker merely a fourth outfielder in World Series

    Oct 19, 2011, 7:31 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v St. Louis Cardinals

    Skip Schumaker started two games at second base in the Cardinals’ NLDS defeat of the Phillies, going 6-for-10 in that five-game series. But Schumaker missed the NLCS due to an oblique strain and is on the bench for Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday night in St. Louis. According to beat writer Joe…

  24. Jeremy Affeldt making steady recovery from sliced hand

    Oct 19, 2011, 6:29 PM EDT

    affeldt getty

    Giants setup man Jeremy Affeldt was shut down in early September after slicing open his right (non-throwing) hand while trying to separate frozen hamburger patties in his home kitchen. The cut was deep — coming within a millimeter of a major artery — so the left-hander has been treated with care over the last month-plus.…

  25. NLCS Game 6 lineups: Cardinals vs. Brewers

    Oct 16, 2011, 4:35 PM EDT

    blank lineup card

    Below are the starting lineups for Game 6 of the NLCS between the Cardinals and Brewers, set to get underway at 8:05 p.m. ET in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The roof will be closed and the crowd will be rocking at Miller Park: ST. LOUIS CARDINALS MILWAUKEE BREWERS 1. Rafael Furcal, SS 1. Corey Hart, RF 2.…

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