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  1. 89 percent of televisions in St. Louis tuned into Game 7

    Oct 29, 2011, 7:51 PM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 7 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    St. Louis’ whole “best fans in baseball” thing can get a little tired. But there are times when the city truly backs it up. Like… well… last night. Via MLB’s public relations department, 80 percent of the televisions in St. Louis were tuned into the FOX broadcast throughout Friday’s World Series Game 7, and 89…

  2. Jason Giambi, Rockies agree to exercise 2012 mutual option

    Oct 29, 2011, 6:34 PM EDT

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    From beat writer Troy Renck of the Denver Post comes word that the Rockies and Jason Giambi have agreed to exercise the backup first baseman’s $1 million mutual option for 2012. Giambi might have been able to fetch a slightly more fruitful salary on the open market after slugging 13 home runs and tallying 32…

  3. David Freese plays the hero again as Cards force Game 7

    Oct 28, 2011, 1:44 AM EDT

    Cardinals' David Freese steps on home plate surrounded by his teammates after hitting the game winning home run against the Rangers in Game 6 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis

    The fairytale continues for a certain St. Louisan. Cardinals third baseman David Freese, a child of the Gateway City’s western suburbs, played the hero two different times in Thursday night’s thrilling 10-9 Game 6 victory over the Rangers, continuing to build on his magical 2011 postseason run. In the bottom of the ninth inning, with…

  4. Nelson Cruz suffers groin strain late in Game 6

    Oct 28, 2011, 1:07 AM EDT

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    Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday wasn’t the only big-name slugger to make an early exit from Thursday’s wild World Series Game 6. According to beat writer Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Rangers right fielder Nelson Cruz has been diagnosed with a groin strain, suffered in his final at-bat of the night. Esteban German took…

  5. World Series Game 6 Live Chat: Rangers vs. Cardinals

    Oct 27, 2011, 7:45 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals - Game 1

    For the Rangers, this one’s for the all the marbles. They’re just one victory away from the first World Series title in the 51-year history of the franchise. For the Cardinals, a win means survival. It means a Game 7 on Friday night in downtown St. Louis. Chat with us from the evening’s first pitch…

  6. Red Sox, Yankees could make bids on Carlos Beltran

    Oct 27, 2011, 6:13 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v San Francisco Giants

    The Giants have already made it known that they want to bring outfielder Carlos Beltran back for the 2012 season. But they’re going to have some stiff competition for the 34-year-old impending free agent. Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York heard from sources on Thursday morning that the Yankees are planning to pursue Beltran this…

  7. Blue Jays may look to sign David Ortiz this offseason

    Oct 26, 2011, 10:39 PM EDT

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    Impending free agent David Ortiz told ESPN’s Collen Dominguez earlier this month that he would be open to signing with the Yankees this offseason. While the Bombers aren’t likely to have interest, another American League East foe just might. According to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, the Blue Jays “will not rule out” making…

  8. Padres officially name Josh Byrnes as general manager, Hoyer and McLeod head to Cubs

    Oct 26, 2011, 9:26 PM EDT

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    None of this will come as a surprise to the HBT readership because it has been public knowledge for weeks, but the Cubs and Padres finally announced in a joint press release Wednesday night that Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod are headed to Chicago and that Josh Byrnes has officially been promoted to the position…

  9. Holland in bullpen for Game 6, Harrison starts Game 7

    Oct 26, 2011, 8:51 PM EDT

    washington and holland reuters

    There’s been some speculation that the Rangers might take advantage of the extra day of rest provided by Wednesday night’s rainout and start young lefty Derek Holland in a potential Game 7 Friday night at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. But those rumors can now be put to rest. Via beat writer Drew Davison of…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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,…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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,…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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.…

  21. 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.

  22. Angels to interview Omar Minaya for general manager job

    Oct 22, 2011, 7:38 PM EDT

    omar minaya getty

    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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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