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  1. John Lackey is the last pitcher to win a World Series Game 7

    Oct 28, 2011, 2:52 PM EST

    LACKEY

    Tonight will be the first time since 2002 that there’s been a Game 7 in the World Series. And hard as it may be to believe considering his current predicament John Lackey was the winning pitcher that night, tossing five innings of one-run ball as the Angels defeated Livan Hernandez and the Giants on October…

  2. HBT Extra: Game 7? I’m still catching my breath from Game 6!

    Oct 28, 2011, 2:20 PM EST

    World Series Rangers Cardinals Baseball

    Tiffany and I talk about the sights and sounds from the amazing Game 6 and look ahead to baseball’s last game of the season.

  3. Last night’s Win Probability graph is hilarious

    Oct 28, 2011, 2:14 PM EST

    win probability chart

    Fan Graphs has real-time Win Probability graphs for every game, which track each team’s chances of winning based on the historical odds of the specific game situation at the time. Last night’s Win Probability graph is pretty amazing. It looks more like an EKG for … well, a Cardinals or Rangers fan watching the game:

  4. Cardinals remove injured Matt Holliday from roster, Allen Craig to start Game 7

    Oct 28, 2011, 1:50 PM EST

    2011 World Series Game 6 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    Matt Holliday left last night’s game with a sprained right wrist and X-rays were negative, but the Cardinals have removed the injured left fielder from the World Series roster for Game 7. Holliday, who suffered the injury diving back into third base on a play in which Mike Napoli and Adrian Beltre picked him off,…

  5. The Orioles are going back to the cartoon bird

    Oct 28, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    Orioles cap

    News you can use: Roch Kubatko of MASN tweeted that the Baltimore Orioles are going to change their caps next year, returning the cartoon bird of the 70s and 80s. No word yet if it will be like the one shown here or if it will have the white field like it did in the…

  6. Dodgers set to hire MLB’s first female physical trainer

    Oct 28, 2011, 1:18 PM EST

    sue falsone dodgers

    Stephania Bell of ESPN.com reports that the Dodgers will soon make Sue Falsone the first female head physical trainer in MLB history when they announce her hiring next week. Not only that, according to Bell she’ll be the first head physical trainer in any of the four major sports. Falsone has served as a consultant…

  7. Reggie Jackson accuses Billy Martin of being a racist and anti-semite

    Oct 28, 2011, 12:46 PM EST

    Billy Martin

    Reggie Jackson spoke with Bob Costas for a documentary that will air on the MLB Network on Monday and during that conversation he spoke of his former manager Billy Martin. He didn’t speak well of him: “I did not accept the way he managed me. I did not accept the way he managed Ken Holtzman.…

  8. Tony LaCava “very likely” to be Orioles’ new general manager

    Oct 28, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

    tony lacava

    Shortly after news of the Angels deciding on Jerry Dipoto as their new general manager Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that current Blue Jays assistant general manager Tony LaCava is “very likely” to be named the Orioles’ next GM. Dipoto and LaCava both interviewed with Baltimore and Heyman speculates that Dipoto talking to the Orioles…

  9. Report: Jerry Dipoto to be named Angels GM

    Oct 28, 2011, 12:02 PM EST

    Jerry DiPoto

    Ken Rosenthal just tweeted that, according to his sources, the Angels are going to name Jerry Dipoto as their new general manager. Dipoto is currently Arizona’s senior vice president of scouting and player development. He previously served as the Diamondbacks’ interim GM. While filling that role he traded Dan Haren to the Angels, so part of…

  10. X-rays were negative, so Mike Napoli expects to play

    Oct 28, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    2011 World Series Game 6 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    In the moment it seemed impossible that Mike Napoli would stay in the game to run the bases, let alone catch the final six (or as it turned out eight) innings, but his ugly looking ankle injury turned out to be less severe than it appeared. X-rays taken immediately after the game were negative and…

  11. The Rockies are going to try to get Wandy Rodriguez from the Astros again

    Oct 28, 2011, 11:34 AM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Houston Astros

    The Rockies claimed Astros starter Wandy Rodriguez on waivers (off waivers? Hurm) in August and tried hard to make a deal for him but it fell though. Now Troy Renck of the Denver Post says they’ll make a second run at Rodriguez this winter. Rodriguez makes a goodly bit of money — $36 million over…

  12. Tigers exercise $9 million option on closer Jose Valverde

    Oct 28, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Jose Valverde

    UPDATE: It’s official. ========== Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the Tigers are expected to exercise their $9 million option on closer Jose Valverde, which is no surprise after he went 49-for-49 converting saves in the regular season. Valverde didn’t pitch quite as well as the perfect save  percentage would suggest, posting the lowest strikeout…

  13. Both teams were preparing for a Rangers win late last night

    Oct 28, 2011, 11:04 AM EST

    champagne pic

    I’m sure this stuff happens in every close elimination game, but it’s still the kind of thing that causes your brain to bend a bit and to reflect at just how unpredictable a crazy baseball game can be. From the Post-Dispatch: La Russa at one point phoned the bullpen to remind his relievers they were…

  14. Tony La Russa expected back with Cardinals in 2012

    Oct 28, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    St. Louis Cardinals v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Regardless of what happens in Game 7 tonight Tony La Russa is expected to return as Cardinals manager next season, according to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Officially both La Russa and the Cardinals must decide on their respective half of his mutual option within two weeks after the World Series ends,…

  15. Can the Rangers bounce back after last night’s game?

    Oct 28, 2011, 9:26 AM EST

    World Series Rangers Cardinals Baseball

    Exhausting. Thrilling. Harrowing. Spectacular. One of the reasons I’m having such a hard time writing about Game 6 today is because the adjectives we’ve developed over the thousands of years of human speech are rather insufficient. I’m still reeling myself. But one question some people have asked me today is how on Earth, after coming…

  16. God told Josh Hamilton he was going to hit a home run

    Oct 28, 2011, 7:36 AM EST

    God

    Josh Hamilton hit a huge homer to put the Rangers up by two in the 10th inning of last night’s thriller.  After the game, he said this: “I would tell y’all something, but y’all wouldn’t believe me … The Lord told me it was going to happen before it happened. You hadn’t hit a home run…

  17. Mike Napoli, Adrian Beltre turn in the Rangers’ play of the game

    Oct 28, 2011, 2:12 AM EST

    Mike Napoli

    It’s only fitting, as the two have been the Rangers’ best players in the World Series. With the bases loaded, one out and the tying run having already touched home plate in the sixth, Mike Napoli and Adrian Beltre pulled off the perfect pickoff Thursday, retiring Matt Holliday at third in the Game 6 that…

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

    Oct 28, 2011, 1:44 AM EST

    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…

  19. Nelson Cruz suffers groin strain late in Game 6

    Oct 28, 2011, 1:07 AM EST

    cruz getty

    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…

  20. Comedy of errors turns thriller as Cardinals win in 11 innings

    Oct 28, 2011, 12:46 AM EST

    2011 World Series Game 6 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    Five errors. Two wild pitches. The most obviously foreshadowed bunt into a double play in big-league history. The Cardinals scored in the ninth, 10th and 11th innings to beat the Rangers 10-9 and send the World Series to a Game 7, but it wasn’t exactly a classic. Sure, there were classic moments in Game 6, no doubt. David Freese‘s…

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