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  1. La Russa presses the right buttons again, Cardinals defeat Rangers in World Series Game 1

    Oct 19, 2011, 11:58 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa greets Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington during introductions ahead of Game 1 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis

    Locked in a 2-2 tie with the Rangers in the bottom of the sixth inning Wednesday night at Busch Stadium, Cardinals manager Tony La Russa stuck by the script he’s been authoring since his club snuck into the playoffs on the final day of the regular season. Game 1 starter Chris Carpenter was cruising, fresh…

  2. World Series Game 1 Live Chat: Rangers vs. Cardinals

    Oct 19, 2011, 8:05 PM EDT

    Fans are shown as they enter Busch Stadium before the start of play between the Texas Rangers and the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis

    Game 1 of the World Series between the Rangers and Cardinals is set to get underway this evening just after 8:00 p.m. ET in St. Louis. Busch Stadium should be rocking, despite the cold and rain. We’ll be chatting it up here at HardballTalk from the player introductions through the final pitch. Stop by, hang…

  3. Skip Schumaker merely a fourth outfielder in World Series

    Oct 19, 2011, 7:31 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v St. Louis Cardinals

    Skip Schumaker started two games at second base in the Cardinals’ NLDS defeat of the Phillies, going 6-for-10 in that five-game series. But Schumaker missed the NLCS due to an oblique strain and is on the bench for Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday night in St. Louis. According to beat writer Joe…

  4. Jeremy Affeldt making steady recovery from sliced hand

    Oct 19, 2011, 6:29 PM EDT

    affeldt getty

    Giants setup man Jeremy Affeldt was shut down in early September after slicing open his right (non-throwing) hand while trying to separate frozen hamburger patties in his home kitchen. The cut was deep — coming within a millimeter of a major artery — so the left-hander has been treated with care over the last month-plus.…

  5. Hmmm. Maybe Bud Selig is retiring next year after all

    Oct 19, 2011, 5:33 PM EDT

    Bud Selig

    Bud Selig has said he plans to retire after the 2012 season. Most people don’t believe he will. They believe that some emergency or some groundswell of support from the owners or the simple fact that there isn’t an obvious successor will cause him to extend his time in a job that (a) he truly…

  6. Yankees decline 2012 option on reliever Damaso Marte

    Oct 19, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Damaso Marte throwing

    Damaso Marte missed all of this season following shoulder surgery last October and today the Yankees officially declined his $4 million option for 2012, buying the left-handed reliever out for $250,000 instead. Marte was consistently one of the best southpaw setup men in baseball prior to joining the Yankees in a mid-2008 trade with the…

  7. What should be THE LAST word on the beer and fried chicken thing

    Oct 19, 2011, 5:04 PM EDT

    Fried chicken

    Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe writes what — if the universe is reasonable and just — should be the final word on the Red Sox’ beer and friend chicken scandal.  The upshot: this is no scandal and everyone should get a grip. What makes it so persuasive is how he lays out what goes…

  8. World Series Game 1 lineups: Rangers vs. Cardinals

    Oct 19, 2011, 4:49 PM EDT

    blank lineup card

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

  9. MLB changes mind, invites Dirk Nowitzki to throw first pitch

    Oct 19, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

    dirk nowitzki rangers

    UPDATE: MLB apparently changed its mind–or had its mind changed–and has now invited Nowitzki to throw out the first pitch at an as-yet-undecided game in Texas. ========== Dirk Nowitzki threw out of the ceremonial first pitch at a Rangers game back in June and they wanted the Mavericks star to do so again when the…

  10. HBT Extra: Even more World Series previewage-a-palooza!

    Oct 19, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    In the future, everyone will preview the World Series for 15 minutes. Or in my case, at least 15 times. Tiffany’s here, though, so you may want to listen to me do it again.

  11. Ralph Branca knows his minor league ERA from 1945

    Oct 19, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Ralph Branca

    There’s a whole lot of other stuff in this interview that our friend Bill from The Platoon Advantage did with Dodgers legend Ralph Branca.  Stuff about Jackie Robinson, Branch Rickey and the Shot Heard ‘Round the World. All of it interesting and historic and cool. But I gotta tell ya, the thing that sticks out…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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.…

  16. 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…

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

    Oct 19, 2011, 12:44 PM EDT

    mcgwire-101020

    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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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 MLB.com 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]…

  20. 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.

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