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  1. What did Ron Washington say to Derek Holland last night?

    Oct 24, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    World Series Cardinals Rangers Baseball

    Ron Washington and Derek Holland provided two of my favorite moments from last night’s game. The first came when Washington took Holland by the shoulders and gave him a dugout pep talk moments before taking the mound in the first inning, trying to motivate the young left-hander who’d struggled in his previous two starts. Holland…

  2. Last night’s game beat the NFL in the ratings

    Oct 24, 2011, 10:36 AM EDT

    old TV

    There is much surprise and discussion among the commetariat that Game 4 of the World Series topped Sunday Night Football last night. Preliminary results have baseball drawing a 10.1 in the ratings, the Saints-Colts an 8.2.* But before we get lost in jocularity, let me just say that if the ratings didn’t matter when baseball…

  3. Ryan Franklin began season as Cardinals closer, but now leaning toward retirement

    Oct 24, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    ryan franklin posing

    It seems like a decade ago, but Ryan Franklin actually began this season as the Cardinals’ closer. He blew four of his first five save chances to quickly lose the job and then spent two months pitching sparingly in a mop-up role before the Cardinals released the 38-year-old veteran in late June. Franklin never latched…

  4. How might we measure how great a series is?

    Oct 24, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    JONES

    I said last night that this World Series is shaping up to be a classic. But how do I know? In my case, my gut. At some point while watching Derek Holland make the Cardinals look more foolish than he does with his mustache, it just struck me that I’ve been watching something special.  But…

  5. The most inevitable thing in the history of things

    Oct 24, 2011, 9:43 AM EDT

    Obvious

    I wasn’t online tweeting last night, so you’re just going to have to take my word for it that I called this headline by the fifth inning. This one is from the Daily News, but I’ll bet it was used in a good dozen papers this morning: (photo taken by Ted Berg; a man who…

  6. So who pitches Game 7?

    Oct 24, 2011, 9:20 AM EDT

    Kyle Lohse

    Game 3 on Saturday night will always be remembered for Albert Pujols‘ ridiculous performance, but in the short term, it may be more significant for what it meant for the starting pitchers — Kyle Lohse and Matt Harrison — each of whom was terrible. It’s significant because this series has all of the hallmarks of a…

  7. There will be no word on Theo-compensation for a few days

    Oct 24, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Theo Epstein

    Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports that the Red Sox and Cubs will not discuss compensation for Theo Epstein until at least after Tuesday.  That’s the day each team will hold a press conference, the Cubs to introduce Epstein and Jed Hoyer, the Red Sox to announce the promotion of Ben Cherington to the GM chair.…

  8. A reporter’s suggestion of umpire bias was way out of line

    Oct 24, 2011, 8:20 AM EDT

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

    We finally have a situation in which I feel that an umpire and Joe Torre are worthy of being defended after an on-field screwup and in which I found myself nodding my head in agreement with Joe Buck and Tim McCarver. First base umpire Ron Kulpa screwed up on Saturday night. There’s no mistaking that. Rangers…

  9. We have a classic on our hands

    Oct 23, 2011, 11:25 PM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 4 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    When do you know that a classic World Series is afoot? We certainly know it when it’s over. But at what point as it’s happening can one safely say that, yes, we’re seeing something special? The kind of series that only comes along once or twice a decade? Something memorable? I’m prepared to say that…

  10. World Series Game 4 Live Blog: Cardinals vs. Rangers

    Oct 23, 2011, 11:14 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals - Game 4

    11:14: Feliz gets Holliday swinging to end it. The Rangers top the Cardinals 4-0 and tie the series at two games apiece. C.J. Wilson will take on Chris Carpenter in Game 5 tomorrow night. We have one heckuva World Series on our hands here, people. 11:11: Pujols skies one to Craig Gentry in center field for…

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

    Oct 23, 2011, 4:21 PM EDT

    blank lineup card

    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,…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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,…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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.…

  20. 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.

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