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  1. Cardinals add Skip Schumaker and Jake Westbrook to roster

    Oct 19, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT

    Skip Schumaker

    As expected, the Cardinals have added utility man Skip Schumaker and right-hander Jake Westbrook to the World Series roster in place of right-hander Kyle McClellan and outfielder Adron Chambers. Schumaker was left off the NLCS roster after injuring his oblique muscle in Game 5 of the NLDS versus Philadelphia, but was the Cardinals’ primary second…

  2. Phiten necklaces and the placebo effect

    Oct 19, 2011, 2:28 PM EDT

    CJ Wilson necklace

    This was more of a 2010 phenomenon, but those Phiten necklaces haven’t gone away. Especially on the Rangers. All of those dudes have ’em, it seems.  Drives me nuts that these dudes think — or that people who buy those necklaces may think — that they help with your body’s energy flow or what have…

  3. Place your bets: Albert Pujols and Nelson Cruz are favorites for World Series MVP

    Oct 19, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

    gambling poster

    Bodog has betting odds on which player will be named World Series MVP and not surprisingly Albert Pujols and Nelson Cruz lead the way: Albert Pujols 5/1 Nelson Cruz 6/1 Adrian Beltre 7/1 Josh Hamilton 7/1 Field 10/1 Ian Kinsler 10/1 Michael Young 10/1 David Freese 11/1 Matt Holliday 11/1 Lance Berkman 14/1 Yadier Molina…

  4. Rangers remove Uehara and Tateyama from roster, add Lowe and Treanor

    Oct 19, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

    Koji Uehara

    Koji Uehara‘s inability to keep the ball in the ballpark since coming to the Rangers in a midseason trade with the Orioles has gotten the previously dominant reliever removed from the World Series roster. Texas also removed fellow reliever Yoshinori Tateyama from the roster, adding right-hander Mark Lowe and catcher Matt Treanor in their place.…

  5. Ron Washington vs. Tony La Russa: not the mismatch everyone’s making it out to be

    Oct 19, 2011, 1:06 PM EDT

    Ron Washington

    One thing that keeps popping up as I talk to fans and radio hosts and stuff this week is the notion that Tony La Russa gives the Cardinals an edge because he’s going to manage circles around Ron Washington.  I get why people say this, but I think it gets the story way wrong, and…

  6. Bold decision to hire Mark McGwire as hitting coach has paid off for Cardinals

    Oct 19, 2011, 12:44 PM EDT


    When the Cardinals hired Mark McGwire as their hitting coach prior to the 2010 season there was lots of talk about his lack of coaching experience and lots of speculation about how his steroids-related baggage would be a distraction. Two years later all of that seems to have been forgotten, as McGwire has mostly flown…

  7. Gibson, Sutter and Wainwright to throw out first pitch

    Oct 19, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Bob Gibson

    This is pretty spiffy:  the ceremonial first pitch — make that “pitches” —  tonight in St. Louis will be thrown by Bob Gibson, Bruce Sutter and Adam Wainwright.  The significance: they threw the final pitches in each of the Cardinals’ last four World Series-clinching games. Gibson in 1964 and 1967, Sutter in 1982 and Wainwright…

  8. Break between series gave Matt Holliday time to get healthy

    Oct 19, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Matt Holliday

    Matt Holliday has been limited by a hand injury throughout the postseason, but the Cardinals left fielder told Matthew Leach of that the time off between the NLCS and World Series has allowed him to get much healthier. “I feel pretty good about where I’m at,” Holliday told Leach. “I think [the off days]…

  9. NBC SportsTalk World Series breakdown

    Oct 19, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    I was on the TV last night. I got a little animated at the outset when Russ baited me into defending the Midwest. But it’s all good.

  10. No decision yet, but Nationals set to stick with Davey Johnson

    Oct 19, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    When the regular season ended every indication was that the Nationals would retain Davey Johnson as their manager for 2012 and despite an ongoing manager “search” and no official announcement yet Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that Johnson is still a near-lock to keep the job. General manager Mike Rizzo has declined to…

  11. Yu Darvish to formally ask to be posted

    Oct 19, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    yu darvish in nippon uniform

    It’s been long suspected that Japan’s best pitcher — Yu Darvish — would be posted by his NPB team this winter, thereby allowing Major League teams to bid on him.  Kyodo News in Japan has now confirmed through several sources that, yes, Darvish will formally ask for this after the postseason. There will obviously be…

  12. No surprise: Rafael Soriano won’t opt out of Yankees contract

    Oct 19, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT


    Rafael Soriano‘s contract with the Yankees allows him to opt out after this season, but coming off a mediocre, injury marred campaign there’s little chance of that happening and Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York talked to a source who confirmed Soriano will be staying put. Soriano followed a poor start with a disabled list…

  13. Video: “My name is Tony La Russa”

    Oct 19, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    I saw this once a few years ago, but man, it doesn’t get old. Via my friend Levi Stahl, who himself caught it this morning over at Viva El Birdos, below is the best game show segment ever. My guess is that the real Tony La Russa told the other two how to fool the…

  14. Arthur Rhodes guaranteed a World Series ring either way

    Oct 19, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v St. Louis Cardinals

    It took Arthur Rhodes two decades in the majors to make it to a World Series and now that the 41-year-old reliever is finally there he’s guaranteed a ring no matter the outcome. Rhodes, like Bengie Molina last season, has been a member of both World Series participants this year and will be getting some…

  15. Comment of the Day: Stop worrying and learn to love corporate sponsorship of baseball

    Oct 19, 2011, 9:55 AM EDT


    A pretty interesting conversation is developing in the thread about the Occupy St. Louis folks showing the World Series without commercials.  One of the earliest comments — from johnfrancis50 — makes me happy in my pragmatic place: I’m not for or against the Occupy movement, but the statement “there isn’t a need for corporate sponsors…

  16. The history of the World Series program

    Oct 19, 2011, 9:10 AM EDT


    Last winter I wrote a guest piece for Baseball Prospectus about a concept I call “metafandom.” In the intro, I described one of my most prized possessions: a poster I’ve had since I was a kid — and which is framed and hanging on the wall 10 feet from where I sit as a write…

  17. The Game 1 forecast looks to be … blah

    Oct 19, 2011, 8:40 AM EDT

    Tarp Cardinals

    Looks like it’s gonna be rather ugly in St. Louis for Game 1 of the World Series. The forecast: temperatures in the upper 40s with a chance of rain and wind. The wind chill will drop things into the 30s. Things look dry for Game 2 tomorrow. A tiny bit warmer, but still windy.  Friday, which…

  18. Occupy St. Louis to show a commercial-free World Series

    Oct 19, 2011, 8:00 AM EDT

    Wall Street Protesters Stage March And Join Union Protest In Manhattan

    The protests have been one thing, but moving on to the rebroadcast and redistribution of the pictures, accounts and descriptions of these games without the express written consent of Major League Baseball shows that the Occupy Wall Street is about nothing but anarchy! Occupy St. Louis invited baseball fans on Tuesday to watch the World Series for…

  19. Vote: Who will win the World Series?

    Oct 19, 2011, 2:12 AM EDT

    World series vote

    By now we’re sure you’ve read Craig’s breakdown on the World Series matchup between the Rangers and Cardinals. You’re caught up on all the news, such as the Cardinals’ roster additions, the possibility of Nelson Cruz moving higher in the batting order, and the Game 2 starters for both teams. Now it’s your turn to…

  20. Red Sox release statement denying allegations pitchers drank beer in dugout

    Oct 18, 2011, 11:59 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Spring Training Workout Session

    The Red Sox released a series of statements late tonight in response to a report from Joe Amorosino of WHDH-7 NBC in Boston earlier this afternoon, which claimed that pitchers Josh Beckett, John Lackey and Jon Lester drank beer in the dugout during games this season. Former Red Sox manager Terry Francona provided a statement,…

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