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A St. Louis Cardinals fan holds up a sign during Game Seven of the MLB World Series against the Texas Rangers at Busch Stadium. (Oct. 28, 2011)

Cardinals win World Series in seven games

The Cardinals beat the Rangers 6-2 in Game 7 to win the 2011 World Series.

St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols holds up a
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St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols holds up a newspaper after Game 7 of baseball's World Series against the Texas Rangers Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, in St. Louis. The Cardinals won 6-2 to win the series. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

The St. Louis Cardinals celebrate after Texas Rangers'
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The St. Louis Cardinals celebrate after Texas Rangers' David Murphy flew out to end Game 7 of baseball's World Series. (Oct. 28, 2011)

The St. Louis Cardinals celebrate after Texas Rangers'
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The St. Louis Cardinals celebrate after Texas Rangers' David Murphy flies out to end Game 7 of baseball's World Series Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, in St. Louis. The Cardinals won 6-2 to win the series. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

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St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols reacts after Game 7 of baseball's World Series against the Texas Rangers. (Oct. 28, 2011)

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (4) leaps
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St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (4) leaps in the arms of relief pitcher Jason Motte after Texas Rangers' David Murphy flew out to end Game 7 of baseball's World Series. (Oct. 28, 2011)

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 28: Albert Pujols
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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 28: Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals scores on a two-run double by David Freese #23 in the first inning during Game Seven of the MLB World Series against the Texas Rangers at Busch Stadium on October 28, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter (29)
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St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter (29) hands manager Tony La Russa the ball as he is taken out of the game during the seventh inning of Game 7 of baseball's World Series against the Texas Rangers Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 28: Yadier Molina
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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 28: Yadier Molina #4 of the St. Louis Cardinals reacts after a strike call with the bases loaded in the fifth inning during Game Seven of the MLB World Series against the Texas Rangers at Busch Stadium on October 28, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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A St. Louis Cardinals fan holds up a sign during Game Seven of the MLB World Series against the Texas Rangers at Busch Stadium. (Oct. 28, 2011)

Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers bats in
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Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers bats in the fifth inning during Game 7 of the World Series. (Oct. 28, 2011)

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 28: David Freese
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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 28: David Freese #23 of the St. Louis Cardinals hits a two-run double in the first inning off of Matt Harrison #54 of the Texas Rangers during Game Seven of the MLB World Series at Busch Stadium on October 28, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***

Chris Carpenter #29 of the St. Louis Cardinals
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Chris Carpenter #29 of the St. Louis Cardinals reacts after striking out Michael Young #10 of the Texas Rangers to end the top of the fifth inning during Game Seven of the MLB World Series at Busch Stadium. (Oct. 28, 2011)

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 28: Chris Carpenter
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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 28: Chris Carpenter #29 of the St. Louis Cardinals reacts after striking out Michael Young #10 of the Texas Rangers to end the top of the fifth inning during Game Seven of the MLB World Series at Busch Stadium on October 28, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 28: Nelson Cruz
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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 28: Nelson Cruz #17 of the Texas Rangers looks on during Game Seven of the MLB World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on October 28, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Rafael Furcal is hit by a pitch with
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Rafael Furcal is hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. (Oct. 28, 2011)

Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington puts his head
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Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington puts his head down in the dugout during the seventh inning of Game 7 of the 2011 World Series. (Oct. 28, 2011)

St. Louis Cardinals' Lance Berkman is safe at
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St. Louis Cardinals' Lance Berkman is safe at first as Texas Rangers' Michael Young catches the ball during the seventh inning of Game 7 of baseball's World Series Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 28: Scott Feldman
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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 28: Scott Feldman #39 of the Texas Rangers walks off the mound in the fifth inning after being removed by manager Ron Washington during Game Seven of the MLB World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on October 28, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 28: C.J. Wilson
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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 28: C.J. Wilson #36 of the Texas Rangers stands on the mound in the sixth inning during Game Seven of the MLB World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on October 28, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

St. Louis Cardinals' Lance Berkman singles off a
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St. Louis Cardinals' Lance Berkman singles off a pitch from Texas Rangers' Mike Adams during the seventh inning of Game 7 of baseball's World Series Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Texas Rangers' Elvis Andrus makes a play on
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Texas Rangers' Elvis Andrus makes a play on a ball hit by St. Louis Cardinals' Lance Berkman during the seventh inning of Game 7 of baseball's World Series Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, in St. Louis. Berkman beat the throw. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 28: Allen Craig
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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 28: Allen Craig #21 of the St. Louis Cardinals makes a leaping catch at the wall on a ball hit by Nelson Cruz #17 of the Texas Rangers in the sixth inning during Game Seven of the MLB World Series at Busch Stadium on October 28, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Teammates celebrate with St. Louis Cardinals' David Freese
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Teammates celebrate with St. Louis Cardinals' David Freese after Freese hit a walk-off home run during the 11th inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series against the Texas Rangers. (Oct. 27, 2011)

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St. Louis Cardinals' David Freese hits a solo
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St. Louis Cardinals' David Freese hits a solo home run off a pitch by Texas Rangers' Mark Lowe in the 11th inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011, in St. Louis. The Cardinals won 10-9. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Fans cheer after the 11th inning of Game
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Fans cheer after the 11th inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers. (Oct. 27, 2011)

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 27: Josh Hamilton
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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 27: Josh Hamilton #32 of the Texas Rangers rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run in the 10th inning off of Jason Motte #30 of the St. Louis Cardinals during Game Six of the MLB World Series at Busch Stadium on October 27, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 27: Yadier Molina
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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 27: Yadier Molina #4 of the St. Louis Cardinals reacts after grounding out to end the ninth inning during Game Six of the MLB World Series against the Texas Rangers at Busch Stadium on October 27, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Texas Rangers relief pitcher Scott Feldman reacts after
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Texas Rangers relief pitcher Scott Feldman reacts after St. Louis Cardinals' Lance Berkman hit a run-scoring hit during the 10th inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series. (Oct. 27, 2011)

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Neftali Feliz pitches in the ninth inning during
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Neftali Feliz pitches in the ninth inning during Game Six of the World Series. (Oct. 27, 2011)

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 27: Albert Pujols
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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 27: Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals hits a double in the ninth inning during Game Six of the MLB World Series against the Texas Rangers at Busch Stadium on October 27, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 27: Lance Berkman
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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 27: Lance Berkman #12 of the St. Louis Cardinals hits a game-tying RBI single to score Jon Jay #19 in the 10th inning during Game Six of the MLB World Series against the Texas Rangers at Busch Stadium on October 27, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The St. Louis Cardinals bench celebrate after Lance
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The St. Louis Cardinals bench celebrate after Lance Berkman #12 hits a game-tying RBI single in the 10th inning during Game Six of the MLB World Series against the Texas Rangers at Busch Stadium. (Oct. 27, 2011)

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 27: Mike Napoli
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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 27: Mike Napoli #25 of the Texas Rangers calls for the intentional walk of Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals in the 10th inning during Game Six of the MLB World Series at Busch Stadium on October 27, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 27: (L-R) Elvis
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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 27: (L-R) Elvis Andrus #1, Mitch Moreland #18 and Josh Hamilton #32 of the Texas Rangers celebrate after a Hamilton two-run home run in the 10th inning during Game Six of the MLB World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on October 27, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

JOSH HAMILTON Hamilton was drafted by the Chicago
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JOSH HAMILTON
Hamilton was drafted by the Chicago Cubs from Tampa Bay in the 2006 Rule 5 draft, but was then traded to Cincinnati, where he made his major league debut in 2007. Hamilton was traded once more to Texas where he has batted .311 with 99 home runs and 378 RBIs over the last four seasons.

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 27: Josh Hamilton
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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 27: Josh Hamilton #32 of the Texas Rangers celebrates with Adrian Beltre #29 after hitting a two-run home run in the 10th inning during Game Six of the MLB World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on October 27, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

David Freese #23 of the St. Louis Cardinals
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David Freese #23 of the St. Louis Cardinals drops an infield pop fly by Josh Hamilton #32 of the Texas Rangers in the fifth inning during Game Six of the MLB World Series. (Oct. 27, 2011)

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 27: Mike Napoli
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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 27: Mike Napoli #25 of the Texas Rangers hits an RBI single to score Nelson Cruz #17 in the fourth inning during Game Six of the MLB World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on October 27, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 27: Michael Young
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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 27: Michael Young #10 of the Texas Rangers hits an RBI double in the fifth inning to score Josh Hamilton #32 during Game Six of the MLB World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on October 27, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Mike Napoli and Neftali Feliz celebrate after defeating
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Mike Napoli and Neftali Feliz celebrate after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals. (Oct. 24, 2011)

Mike Napoli and Neftali Feliz of the Texas
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Mike Napoli and Neftali Feliz of the Texas Rangers celebrate after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals Game 5 of the World Series. (Oct. 24, 2011)

Texas Rangers' Mike Napoli hits a two-run double
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Texas Rangers' Mike Napoli hits a two-run double during the eighth inning of Game 5 of baseball's World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 24: Mike Napoli #25
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ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 24: Mike Napoli #25 of the Texas Rangers stands on the field during Game Five of the MLB World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 24, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. The Rangers won 4-2. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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Former president George W. Bush stands on the
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Former president George W. Bush stands on the field to throw out the ceremonial first pitch to Texas Rangers CEO and president Nolan Ryan prior to Game Four of the MLB World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. (Oct. 23, 2011)

Former president George W. Bush stands on the
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Former president George W. Bush stands on the field after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch to Texas Rangers CEO and president Nolan Ryan prior to Game Four of the MLB World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. (Oct. 23, 2011)

Cardinals relief pitcher walks off the mound at
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Cardinals relief pitcher walks off the mound at the end of the sixth inning, after giving up a three-run homer during Game 4 of the World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. (Oct. 23, 2011)

Derek Holland and Ian Kinsler react after getting
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Derek Holland and Ian Kinsler react after getting the last out of the second inning during Game Four of the MLB World Series. (Oct. 23, 2011)

Edwin Jackson stands on the mound in the
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Edwin Jackson stands on the mound in the second inning during Game Four of the MLB World Series against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. (Oct. 23, 2011)

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Texas Rangers' Mike Napoli hits a three-run home
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Texas Rangers' Mike Napoli hits a three-run home run during the sixth inning of Game 4. (Oct. 23, 2011)

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Derek Holland waves to
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Texas Rangers starting pitcher Derek Holland waves to the crowd after he was taken out of the game during the ninth inning of Game 4. (Oct. 23, 2011)

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