10/21/2013 | Following Yadi: Cards have best of best behind plate
Regardless whether national recognition follows, Yadier Molina has emerged as the face of a Cardinals franchise now seeking its third World Series championship since the catcher made his Major League debut.
10/21/2013 | Leyland's resignation complicates managerial search
With Jim Leyland announcing his resignation Monday, there is now another team looking for a new manager besides the Cubs, who have talked to Dave Martinez, Rick Renteria, A.J. Hinch and Manny Acta.
10/21/2013 | Expect a new trend for this crop of managerial hires
In an offseason in which we enter the latter stage of October with no fewer than five managerial vacancies, there are three particularly plum positions waiting to be filled.
10/21/2013 | Trembley admires how Leyland treats people, game
When Astros third-base coach Dave Trembley was going through a tough time while managing for Double-A Harrisburg in the Pittsburgh organization in 1987, Jim Leyland, who was managing the Pirates at the time, called and told him not to worry.
10/21/2013 | Leyland's impact in Pittsburgh proves lasting
Jim Leyland's managerial career may be best remembered for taking a five-year-old franchise, the 1997 Florida Marlins, to a World Series title and for the classy, dignified way it ended on Monday. But it began in Western Pennsylvania.
10/21/2013 | Yankees huddle to plot offseason strategy
The Yankees have no shortage of issues to attend to this offseason, and club brass began tackling that busy to-do list on Monday when they began their organizational meetings.
10/21/2013 | Leyland's sense of moment a unique quality
Jim Leyland always has known when it was time to leave. He has never wanted to hang around so long that the owners and fans get tired of him.
10/21/2013 | Blige to perform national anthem at Game 1 in Fenway
Nine-time Grammy Award-winning entertainer Mary J. Blige will get the 109th Fall Classic started by performing the national anthem before Game 1 between the Cardinals and Red Sox on Wednesday night at Fenway Park.
10/21/2013 | Dodgers reach deal with Cuban infielder Guerrero
The Dodgers have agreed to a four-year, $28 million deal with Cuban middle-infield prospect Alexander Guerrero, according to industry sources.
10/21/2013 | Myers named Sporting News' AL Rookie of the Year
Rays outfielder Wil Myers has been named the American League Rookie of the Year by the Sporting News. Tampa Bay right-hander Chris Archer finished third in the vote.
10/21/2013 | Leyland the embodiment of player's manager
If you ask a dozen general managers to describe their prototype of what a Major League manager ought to be, there's a good chance they'll mention one name.
10/21/2013 | After opening year as Crew closer, Axford in Fall Classic
This was a sight for only the most iron-stomached of Brewers fans. John Axford, a face of Milwaukee's famously fun 2011 team that was bounced by the Cardinals in the National League Championship Series, spraying champagne and dancing around the Cardinals' clubhouse.
10/21/2013 | Leyland steps down after eight years with Tigers
Jim Leyland stepped down as manager of the Tigers on Monday, revealing his decision at a Comerica Park news conference. The decision ends Leyland's eight-year tenure leading the team he grew up with, first as a Minor League catcher and then as a manager in its farm system. This season was his 50th in professional baseball.
10/21/2013 | Winter League roundup: Odor powers Magallanes
Magallanes second baseman Rougned Odor, the Rangers' No. 3 prospect, picked up both of his hits in the club's eight-run third inning, leading off with a single before punctuating the rally with a three-run homer in a 12-10 victory over Aragua in Venezuela.
10/20/2013 | Walk sets up Scherzer's exit, Tigers' unraveling
Max Scherzer and Alex Avila thought they had strike three on Red Sox rookie Xander Bogaerts in the seventh inning. Instead, Bogaerts walked, ending Scherzer's night and helping to extend Boston's game-winning rally.
10/20/2013 | Tigers begin to evaluate how best to achieve goal
Starting next week, the Tigers, who fell short of a second straight trip to the World Series, have some decisions to make on how much they can keep together, and how much they need or want to change.
10/20/2013 | Red Sox agree to deal with Cuban pitcher Hinojosa
The Red Sox and Cuban right-handed pitcher Dalier Hinojosa have agreed to terms on a Minor League deal worth $4.25 million, according to industry sources.
10/20/2013 | Baseball's top two clubs evenly matched in Series
The Red Sox, searching for their eighth title and third in the last 10 years, bring baseball's most productive offense and a slew of battle-tested veterans. The Cardinals, looking for the franchise's 12th championship and third in the last eight years, boast a young, lights-out pitching staff and probably the best situational-hitting team in the Majors.
10/20/2013 | Sox ownership, front office relishing latest Series run
In the next couple of days, leading up to the first pitch of the 2013 World Series, it will be hard for Red Sox ownership and front office not to appreciate how rewarding this season's product has been. It started with the entire organization trying to erase the bitter taste of the worst baseball summer Boston had seen in over 40 years.
10/20/2013 | Book delves into history of baseball in DC
Students of the game know that the Senators won the World Series in 1924, featuring a roster headlined by fearsome right-hander Walter (Big Train) Johnson and managed by boy wonder Bucky Harris. Frederic J. Frommer ably covers all this -- and much, much more -- in the definitive "You Gotta Have Heart: A History of Washington Baseball from 1859 to the 2012 National League East Champions."
10/20/2013 | Cards to start Wainwright in World Series opener
The Cardinals had Adam Wainwright on standby, ready to pitch the elimination game if the National League Championship Series had extended a day longer. Now, they'll deploy him to kick off the World Series.
10/20/2013 | Miller gets much-needed work in during live BP
Shelby Miller, along with reserve pitcher Tyler Lyons, simulated two game "innings" during the session. It was welcome work for Miller, who has thrown only once since making his final regular-season start on Sept. 25. The Cardinals have been keeping him available for a multiple-innings relief stint in the bullpen.
10/20/2013 | Cards likely to keep pitcher/position player breakdown
The Cardinals have not finalized their roster breakdown for the World Series, but general manager John Mozeliak suggested that it will remain as it was for the first two rounds of the postseason. If that's the case, the Cards will carry 13 position players and 12 pitchers.
10/20/2013 | Craig excited to rejoin Cards for World Series
Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak will not submit his final 25-man roster for the World Series until Wednesday's 9 a.m. CT deadline. All indications, however, are that Allen Craig's name will be listed on it this time.
10/20/2013 | Matheny: '04 Series loss to Sox very tough moment
Though most of the faces have changed, the 2004 World Series still rings fresh for Cardinals skipper Mike Matheny and the handful that are still in uniform -- Chris Carpenter, Yadier Molina, John Mabry and Jose Oquendo.
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