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  1. It’s official: Angels announce Jerry Dipoto as general manager

    Oct 29, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Jerry DiPoto

    Confirming what was reported by Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com yesterday, the Angels just announced that they have hired Jerry Dipoto as general manager. He’ll receive a five-year contract to replace Tony Reagins, who resigned from his post as GM at the end of September. Here’s Dipoto, as quoted in a release from the team: “What…

  2. Don’t forget, the Cardinals will get Adam Wainwright back next season

    Oct 29, 2011, 10:35 AM EDT

    Adam Wainwright

    There’s naturally a lot of focus on Albert Pujols‘ impending free agency this winter, but let’s not forget that Adam Wainwright is on track to return to the Cardinals’ starting rotation next season. Wainwright, 30, missed the entire 2011 season following Tommy John surgery in February. He was recently shut down for a week due…

  3. Josh Hamilton to see doctor about possible sports hernia

    Oct 29, 2011, 9:59 AM EDT

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

    Josh Hamilton has played through a possible sports hernia for about two months now. And now that the season is over, he can finally get it checked out. According to Jeff Caplan of ESPN Dallas, Hamilton will take about a week off before being examined by Dr. William Myers in Philadelphia. Myers previously performed surgery…

  4. The Cardinals to hold victory parade Sunday

    Oct 29, 2011, 9:19 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals players celebrate wth the World Series trophy after they defeated the Texas Rangers in Game 7 to win MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis

    Winning a World Series title is never complete without all the trappings of the victory parade. According to Adam Berry of MLB.com, the Cardinals plan to hold theirs on Sunday afternoon through downtown St. Louis. The parade will begin at 4 p.m. CT with the Budweiser Clydesdales leading the procession and end with a special…

  5. What they’re saying about the Cardinals winning the World Series

    Oct 29, 2011, 8:48 AM EDT

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

    The Cardinals defeated the Rangers 6-2 last night to win Game 7 of the World Series and their 11th World Championship. Here’s some reaction from around the baseball world: Albert Pujols: “We had a 5 percent chance (to reach the playoffs) with 35 games left in the season. We knew we had to play great. The…

  6. Ryan Franklin is getting a World Series ring

    Oct 29, 2011, 2:14 AM EDT

    Ryan Franklin

    The Cardinals used 46 players on their way to a World Series victory, and given recent precedent, every single one of them will be getting some bling. Of course, some will deserve it more than others. Here’s a glimpse at a few of the lesser lights on the 2011 Cardinals… Ryan Franklin: An effective, if underpowered, closer…

  7. Albert Pujols doesn’t talk free agency after World Series win

    Oct 29, 2011, 1:49 AM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    As one would expect, Albert Pujols didn’t immediately have much to say about whether Friday’s Game 7 victory was his last game as a Cardinal: You know what? I’m not even thinking about that. I’m thinking about, you know, we’re the world champions and I’m going to celebrate and whenever that time comes, you know,…

  8. Yeah, Rangers pitchers definitely choked a bit

    Oct 29, 2011, 12:27 AM EDT

    C.J. Wilson

    In winning the ALCS against the Tigers, Rangers pitchers issued 22 walks in six games. None of those batters who walked came around to score. In losing the World Series to the Cardinals, Rangers pitchers walked 41 batters in seven games. 11 of those hitters came around to score. As did two of the batters…

  9. David Freese named World Series MVP

    Oct 29, 2011, 12:12 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals' Freese watches his game winning home run with Texas Rangers relief pitcher Lowe during the 11th inning in Game 6 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis

    Could it really be anyone else? Completing an improbable title run for the Cardinals, hometown boy David Freese was just announced as the World Series MVP. The 28-year-old third baseman batted .348 (8-for-22) during the series to go along with one home run, one triple, two doubles, seven RBI and five walks. After hitting the…

  10. Rangers will be strong contenders again in 2012

    Oct 29, 2011, 12:03 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers starting pitcher C.J. Wilson faces the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1st inning of Game 1 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis

    It won’t make them feel much better tonight and replacing the team’s ace for a second straight offseason would be a tall order, but Rangers fans should take some solace in the fact that C.J. Wilson is their only significant free agent. Wilson, who earned $7 million in his final year of arbitration, figures to…

  11. With ninth postseason win, Chris Carpenter makes a Hall of Fame case

    Oct 28, 2011, 11:52 PM EDT

    Chris Carpenter

    144 regular-season wins wouldn’t typically get a starting pitcher within shouting distance of Cooperstown. With two stellar postseason performances for World Series-winning teams, though, 36-year-old Chris Carpenter is starting to build a case for eventual enshrinement in the Hall of Fame. Carpenter’s win on three days’ rest in Friday’s Game 7 against the Rangers improved…

  12. David Freese takes over as all-time single-postseason RBI leader

    Oct 28, 2011, 11:34 PM EDT

    David Freese

    David Freese didn’t stop with a huge Game 6. His two-run double in the Friday’s Game 7 victory gave him the all-time record for RBI in a single postseason: 1. David Freese (StL): 21 (2011) 2. Sandy Alomar Jr. (Cle): 19 (1997) 2. Scott Spiezio (Ana): 19 (2002) 2. David Ortiz (Bos): 19 (2004) 5.…

  13. Cardinals win 11th World Series behind Chris Carpenter

    Oct 28, 2011, 11:22 PM EDT

    Cardinals championship

    It looked bleak early. Chris Carpenter, who had never started on three days’ rest before getting roughed up by the Phillies to start the NLDS nearly four weeks ago, managed to give up two first-inning runs despite a boneheaded move by Ian Kinsler, who got picked off first base after a leadoff single. Seemingly without…

  14. World Series Game 7 Live Chat: Rangers vs. Cardinals

    Oct 28, 2011, 7:47 PM EDT

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

    It all comes down to this. After a dramatic Game 6 which ran the gamut from ugly to resplendent, the Rangers and Cardinals will play a decisive Game 7 this evening in St. Louis. Game 7. The best two words in sports. How will the Rangers respond after letting Game 6 slip through their fingers?…

  15. C.J. Wilson and Jake Westbrook likely the first arms out of the bullpen tonight

    Oct 28, 2011, 7:07 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers starting pitcher C.J. Wilson faces the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1st inning of Game 1 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis

    The Rangers and Cardinals are hoping their starting pitchers can rise to the occasion tonight, but it will be all hands on deck if either gets into early trouble. According to Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas, C.J. Wilson will likely be the first arm out of the bullpen if Matt Harrison needs relief. Wilson has…

  16. Report: Yankees, CC Sabathia to discuss contract this weekend

    Oct 28, 2011, 6:04 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 6

    Many have considered it a foregone conclusion that CC Sabathia will use the opt-out clause in his contract and hit free agency next week, but the Yankees are doing their best to make sure that doesn’t happen. Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York reports that the Yankees “will be talking extensively” with the agent for…

  17. World Series Game 7 lineups: Rangers vs. Cardinals

    Oct 28, 2011, 5:11 PM EDT

    blank lineup card

    Here are the lineups for Game 7 of the Rangers-Cardinals series tonight: TEXAS RANGERS ST. LOUIS CARDINALS 1. Ian Kinsler, 2B 1. Ryan Theriot, 2B 2. Elvis Andrus, SS 2. Allen Craig, LF 3. Josh Hamilton, CF 3. Albert Pujols, 1B 4. Michael Young, 1B 4. Lance Berkman, RF 5. Adrian Beltre, 3B 5. David…

  18. Yankees will announce new contract with general manager Brian Cashman after World Series

    Oct 28, 2011, 4:33 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    Brian Cashman and the Yankees have made it very clear that finalizing his new contract was merely a formality, with the general manager saying something would get done by Halloween. Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the two sides have agreed to a deal and will make things official after the World Series, following Bud…

  19. Chris Carpenter is starting Game 7 on short rest

    Oct 28, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter celebrates after getting Texas Rangers' Mike Napoli to fly out and end the 6th inning of Game 5 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in Arlington

    UPDATE: It’s official, Carpenter is starting on short rest. Here’s Tony La Russa’s rather simple explanation, via R.B. Fallstrom of the Associated Press: “He’s the guy our club wants to have out there, and he’s ready to take it. Plain and simple. He’s our guy.” ========== Tony La Russa might wait until the last possible moment…

  20. Nelson Cruz and Mike Napoli are both in the Rangers’ lineup

    Oct 28, 2011, 3:48 PM EDT

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

    Barring a last-minute change Nelson Cruz and Mike Napoli will start Game 7 tonight despite suffering what appeared to be pretty significant injuries last night. Napoli rolled his ankle running the bases, but stayed in to catch the final eight innings and X-rays taken afterward were negative. Speed has never been part of Napoli’s game…

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