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  1. Tony La Russa expected back with Cardinals in 2012

    Oct 28, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    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,…

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

    Oct 28, 2011, 9:26 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Oct 28, 2011, 7:36 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Oct 28, 2011, 2:12 AM EDT

    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…

  5. 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…

  6. Nelson Cruz suffers groin strain late in Game 6

    Oct 28, 2011, 1:07 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Oct 28, 2011, 12:46 AM EDT

    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…

  8. Matt Holliday exits Game 6 with bruised finger

    Oct 27, 2011, 10:54 PM EDT

    Matt Holliday, Adrian Beltre

    Matt Holliday left Thursday’s Game 6 against the Rangers with a finger injury sustained diving back into third base on a pickoff in the sixth. Holliday jammed his right hand into Adrian Beltre‘s foot on the play and was called out. X-rays were negative on his pinkie finger, with the Cardinals calling the injury a…

  9. 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…

  10. Stop bashing the Dodgers for “blaming” Bryan Stow for his injuries

    Oct 27, 2011, 6:51 PM EDT

    lawsuit gavel

    There has been a minor uproar today since it was reported that the Dodgers, in the context of the civil suit arising out of the Bryan Stow beating, will ask the jury to assign percentages of the blame to the assailants, the Dodgers … and to Bryan Stow himself.  The tenor of the uproar:  “Oh…

  11. 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…

  12. World Series Game 6 lineups: Rangers vs. Cardinals

    Oct 27, 2011, 4:36 PM EDT

    blank lineup card

    Here are the lineups for Game 6 of the Rangers-Cardinals series tonight: TEXAS RANGERS ST. LOUIS CARDINALS 1. Ian Kinsler, 2B 1. Rafael Furcal, SS 2. Elvis Andrus, SS 2. Skip Schumaker, CF 3. Josh Hamilton, LF 3. Albert Pujols, 1B 4. Michael Young, 1B 4. Lance Berkman, RF 5. Adrian Beltre, 3B 5. Matt…

  13. Padres prospect lied about age, identity for $1 million bonus

    Oct 27, 2011, 4:02 PM EDT

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    Three years ago 16-year-old Dominican middle infielder Alvaro Aristy signed with the Padres for $1 million as one of the top international prospects available that season. Since then he’s hit .169 while failing to advance beyond rookie-ball and now Ben Badler of Baseball America reports that Aristy’s real name is Jorge Leandro Guzman and his…

  14. Why not Derek Holland in Game 7?

    Oct 27, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT

    Derek Holland

    Thursday’s rainout put manager Ron Washington in a tough spot for his Game 7 starter: should he go with the guy he lined up for the outing, Matt Harrison, or the pitcher who looked far better in his one go against the Cardinals so far, Derek Holland? Holland’s inconsistency is well noted. He finished tied…

  15. Hong-Chih Kuo has no plans to retire despite fifth surgery

    Oct 27, 2011, 2:19 PM EDT

    kuo small

    Hong-Chih Kuo‘s agent told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that the injured left-hander has no plans to retire despite battling anxiety issues during the season and needing a fifth elbow surgery. Kuo is scheduled to go under the knife tomorrow, but the surgery is a relatively minor removal of “loose bodies” from his…

  16. 2011 Projection Review: Third basemen

    Oct 27, 2011, 1:51 PM EDT

    jose bautista points getty

    What follows is a review of some of my 2011 projections for Rotoworld.com. I’m highlighting my preseason top five for each position and some other notables. Catchers First basemen Second basemen Third Basemen Preseason Top 5 Alex Rodriguez – Yankees – $33 – #1 Projection: .284/.383/.541, 37 HR, 101 R, 114 RBI, 10 SB in…

  17. Picture of the Day: Portrait of the GM as a young man

    Oct 27, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    ben cherington kid

    Kevin Gray of the New Hampshire Union Leader wrote a good article about new Red Sox general manager (and New Hampshire native) Ben Cherington, including this picture of the GM attending his first game at Fenway Park as a 5-year-old in 1979:

  18. After the rain: Lewis and Garcia set for Game 6 pitchers’ duel

    Oct 27, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Tarp covers the infield at Bush Stadium after Major League Baseball cancelled Game 6 in St. Louis

    Last night’s rainout in St. Louis could dramatically change the pitching plans for Game 7, but the Cardinals will have to get there first by winning tonight’s Colby Lewis-Jaime Garcia matchup. They faced off in Game 2, combining for 13.2 innings of one-run ball. Garcia exited after seven shutout innings with a 1-0 lead, but…

  19. McCourt, MLB talking settlement, sale of team

    Oct 27, 2011, 12:03 PM EDT

    File photo of Frank McCourt leaving Stanley Mosk Courthouse after testifying during his divorce trial in Los Angeles

    Yesterday we learned that the Dodgers trial set for Monday has been postponed for a month. Today Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times reports why that is: The Dodgers’ bankruptcy trial has been postponed for one month so Dodgers owner Frank McCourt and Major League Baseball can explore a possible settlement under which McCourt would agree to sell the team,…

  20. Brian Cashman’s new deal with Yankees “just about” done

    Oct 27, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    There was never much doubt about general manager Brian Cashman agreeing to a new contract with the Yankees and it sounds like the two sides could reach an agreement very soon. Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News reports that negotiations for a new deal are “just about” complete and Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com…

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