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    Classic requires drama, not biggest, best teams

    Baseball once again proved that it is far more than the Red Sox and the Yankees, and that a classic World Series doesn't necessarily require that the best team win. More >

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    Rangers bit by record number of walks issued

    While falling in seven games to St. Louis, the Texas pitching staff issued 41 free passes, setting a new World Series record. Four walked Cardinals come around to score in Games 6 and 7. More >

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    Craig makes his mark on Cardinals' title run

    Allen Craig not only left his mark on this World Series, but he's taking a precious piece of it back with him to his southern California home. More >

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    Relentless Cards have Rangers' respect

    In the aftermath of the 2011 World Series' conclusion, the Texas Rangers considered the St. Louis Cardinals difficult to defeat and easy to respect. More >

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    St. Louis swan song? If so, Pujols closes on top

    It most certainly does not have to end here. But if this does turn out to be it, the final night Albert Pujols wears a Cardinals uniform, the final images will be indelible. More >

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    After brilliant ALCS, Rangers' bullpen implodes

    It was the bullpen Rangers general manager Jon Daniels put a particular emphasis on during the stretch run of the regular season. More >

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    Performer of the Game: Cardinals' Carpenter

    If not for Chris Carpenter's strong efforts in Games 1 and 5 of the World Series against the Rangers, the Cardinals might not have ever advanced to Game 7 on Friday night. And if not for his standout performance in Game 7, on short rest, the Cardinals might not be celebrating deep into the morning. More >

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    La Russa may have done finest work in 2011

    He lost his Opening Day starter before the first pitch of Grapefruit League play was thrown. His best player held a massive news conference on the first day of camp to discuss the fact that he had not agreed to a new contract. A franchise icon announced he was returning to the team, then aborted that comeback. A member of the team's ownership passed away. More >

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    Despite loss, Rangers' heroics will live on

    As impossible as it might be right now to forget how the Rangers' 2011 story concluded, it would be just as inconceivable to ignore the rest of the pages of the compelling book that was written this October, a dramatic portrayal of talent, unity and resiliency. More >

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    Fans mourn Texas' season-ending defeat

    Rangers fans left Busch Stadium following Friday's 6-2 loss to the Cardinals in Game 7 of the World Series quietly, reluctantly, and above all else, proudly. More >

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    Rangers not far off from winning it all

    Maybe these first two World Series have included growing pains, but what the Rangers need to take the final step is a true postseason ace at the top of the rotation and a supporting cast of pitchers who can hold their best form in the white-hot spotlight of the World Series. More >

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    Whirlwind title run is credit to Cards' brass

    The inclement weather has been a constant during this postseason just as it has been for a Cardinals comeback in so many different sets of circumstances. More >

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    Eleventh heaven: Cardinals are Series champs

    It was so improbable, so unthinkable, that it had to happen. Despite massive deficits in August and September, despite playing four elimination games in the postseason, despite twice being down to their last strike the night before, the St. Louis Cardinals are the World Series champions for 2011 after winning Game 7, 6-2, over the Texas Rangers on Friday. More >

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    Freese caps stellar playoffs with Series MVP

    David Freese was named the 2011 World Series Most Valuable Player presented by Chevrolet on Friday night following the Cards' 6-2 Series-clinching win over the Rangers, accepting the hardware in front of the hometown crowd at Busch Stadium. More >

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    Credit Cards bullpen for title resting in St. Louis

    We saw in Game 6 how difficult it is to get the final outs of a World Series title. So there's no understating the work done by the Cardinals' relievers in Game 7. More >

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    Harrison over Holland could prompt questions

    Rangers manager Ron Washington stuck to his decision to start Matt Harrison in Friday night's decisive Game 7 over Derek Holland, who pitched 8 1/3 shutout innings in Game 4. The move did not necessarily backfire, but questions remain after Harrison took the losing decision. More >

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    Cardinals veterans get long-elusive ring

    With the Cardinals winning the World Series, veteran players like Lance Berkman, Rafael Furcal, Arthur Rhodes and Octavio Dotel earned their first championship rings. More >

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    Though derailed, Texas set up to return

    The next step for the Rangers following their disappointing World Series defeat will be the beginning of the offseason, a period in which they'll begin the process of putting together another championship-caliber team. More >

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    Cruz's bid for home run record robbed at wall

    Nelson Cruz's bid to break the record for home runs in a single postseason was robbed at the wall by Cardinals left fielder Allen Craig in the sixth inning of Game 7 of the World Series on Friday night. More >

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    Thank you, Cards: St. Louis fans finally exhale

    The Cardinals' improbable run to an 11th World Series title culminated in a 6-2 Game 7 victory over the Rangers on Friday night, and St. Louis fans were finally able to exhale. More >