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Bobby Abreu returns to an MLB lineup

Bobby Abreu #53 of the New York Mets

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Just a few notes from another windy day here at Citi Field.

1. Welcome Bobby Ball

It’s Throwback Thursday on Twitter, and apparently, the same goes at Citi Field. Bobby Abreu, 40, will start his first big league game since July 25, 2012. Despite a swirling wind similar to Wednesday night, manager Terry Collins is going with Abreu.

“He’s 40 years old,” Collins said. “He probably...

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Matt Adams gets robbed by fan

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams falls

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Fan interference is as much a human part of the game as missed calls by umpires before the latest replay rules came into effect -- just ask St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams.

With runners on first and second in the bottom of the third inning, the Cincinnati Reds' Chris Heisey popped a ball down the first base line in foul territory. Adams leaned over the tarp and into the stands...

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Should teams be wary of Carlos Beltran?

Carlos Beltran of the St. Louis Cardinals rounds

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There are other players in this free agent class who will get more money and more years – but few appear more coveted than Carlos Beltran.

The Cardinals outfielder could return to St. Louis. But he’s also been linked to the Yankees, Red Sox, Tigers and nearly every other market with designs on contention in 2014.

And Beltran has done plenty to create the buzz that currently exists around...

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Managers are maddening in this World Series

St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny looks on

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There’s an episode of “South Park” where the kids, at the end of a long little league baseball season, decide to stop trying so they can lose and finally go home. Only problem is their competition decides to do the same thing and the two sides engage in a battle to avoid winning.

Sometimes it feels like this World Series is following the same script.

To be clear, no one is accusing any...

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Adam Wainwright's bad omen

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright wipes

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Adam Wainwright walked Jacoby Ellsbury on a 3-2 pitch to lead off the bottom of the first inning of Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday night and right then and there you could have turned off your TV set, confident in what was about to follow.

The very act of Wainwright walking the first batter he faces (as a starter) is so rare -- and such a portent of things to come -- that perhaps...

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Boston Red Sox vs. St. Louis Cardinals World Series primer

Boston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester smiles during

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Before the World Series kicks off Wednesday, we go inside the hitting and pitching numbers the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox have posted this postseason to give you the inside info on how these two powers match up:


The Red Sox have the edge here, but there’s not as big a gap as may appear at first.

The Sawx have batted .236 with a .315 on-base percentage and .365...

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Video: Will Ferrell introduces the Los Angeles Dodgers

Actor Will Ferrell laughs before the start of

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Actor Will Ferrell did the pre-game introductions for the Dodgers on Wednesday night before Game 5 of the National League Championship Series in Los Angeles.

We know what you're wondering and, yes, he did manage to work in a chupacabra joke.

Though not shown in the video below, Ferrell introduced starting pitcher Zack Greinke as "today's winning pitcher." Granted, Greinke was...

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To pitch or not to pitch to Carlos Beltran

Carlos Beltran of the St. Louis Cardinals hits

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PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates have two shots at the one victory they need to win their first postseason series since capturing the World Series in 1979. Considering Carlos Beltran's October theatrics, it would be safe to assume that the Cardinals slugger won't be given a chance to sway the proceedings.

Yet, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle insists his decision isn't quite so clear-cut.


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St. Louis Cardinals involved in RISPy behavior

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina reacts in

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What’s happened to the Cardinals? That incredible collection of clutch that was unstoppable during the regular season is now on the brink of elimination in the playoffs.

Let this be a lesson in assigning too much predictive power to the fickle trait of hitting with runners in scoring position.

The Cardinals led all of MLB with a .330 RISP average during the regular season – and we mean...

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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals postseason primer

Pittsburgh Pirates' A.J. Burnett throws during practice at

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The Cardinals and Pirates begin their portion of the National League Division Series on Thursday at 5 p.m. Here’s everything you need to know going into the game:


The Pirates and Cardinals play in the NL Central, which means we have a decent sample size of play – 19 games. Pittsburgh took the season series, just barely, 10-9. The Cardinals, however, actually outscored the...

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