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Cardinals win World Series in seven games

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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) Photo Credit: Getty Images

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)

St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols reacts after Game
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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)

A St. Louis Cardinals fan holds up a
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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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 22: Fernando Salas #59
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ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 22: Fernando Salas #59 of the St. Louis Cardinals is removed from the game by manager Tony La Russa in the fifth inning during Game Three of the MLB World Series against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 22, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 22: Michael Young #10
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ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 22: Michael Young #10 of the Texas Rangers hits an RBI double in the fifth inning during Game Three of the MLB World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 22, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 22: Mike Napoli #25
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ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 22: Mike Napoli #25 of the Texas Rangers is called out at home plate by umpire Alfonso Marquez after the tag by Yadier Molina #4 of the St. Louis Cardinals in the fourth inning during Game Three of the MLB World Series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 22, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 22: Michael Young #10
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ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 22: Michael Young #10 of the Texas Rangers hits an RBI double in the fifth inning during Game Three of the MLB World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 22, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 22: Mike Gonzalez #51
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ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 22: Mike Gonzalez #51 of the Texas Rangers pitches in the seventh inning during Game Three of the MLB World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 22, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Octavio Dotel throws
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St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Octavio Dotel throws during the seventh inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the Texas Rangers. (Oct. 22, 2011)

Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals
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Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates back in the dugout after hitting a three-run home run in the sixth inning during Game Three of the MLB World Series against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. (Oct. 22, 2011)

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 22: Pitching coach Mike
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ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 22: Pitching coach Mike Maddux talks to Matt Harrison #54 of the Texas Rangers after the St. Louis Cardinals score in the fourth inning during Game Three of the MLB World Series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 22, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols singles against the
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St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols singles against the Texas Rangers during the fifth inning of Game 3 of the World Series. (Oct. 22, 2011)

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 22: Josh Hamilton #32
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ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 22: Josh Hamilton #32 of the Texas Rangers scores on an RBI single by Adrian Beltre #29 in the fifth inning during Game Three of the MLB World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 22, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 22: Albert Pujols #5
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ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 22: Albert Pujols #5 and Allen Craig #21 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrate after scoring on a Pujols two-run home run in the seventh inning during Game Three of the MLB World Series against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 22, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals
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Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals hits a two-run home run in the seventh inning during Game Three of the MLB World Series against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. (Oct. 22, 2011)

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 22: Alexi Ogando #41
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ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 22: Alexi Ogando #41 of the Texas Rangers is removed from the game in the sixth inning by manager Ron Washington during Game Three of the MLB World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 22, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 22: Mike Gonzalez #51
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ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 22: Mike Gonzalez #51 of the Texas Rangers pitches in the seventh inning during Game Three of the MLB World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 22, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Albert Pujols #5 and Allen Craig #21 of
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Albert Pujols #5 and Allen Craig #21 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrate after scoring on a Pujols two-run home run in the seventh inning during Game Three of the MLB World Series against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. (Oct. 22, 2011)

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 22: Lance Lynn #62
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ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 22: Lance Lynn #62 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches in the sixth inning during Game Three of the MLB World Series against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 22, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 22: (L-R) Former President
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ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 22: (L-R) Former President George W. Bush, Texas Rangers CEO and President Nolan Ryan and former first lady Laura Bush attend Game Three of the MLB World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 22, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Manager Ron Washington of the Texas Rangers goes
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Manager Ron Washington of the Texas Rangers goes to greet manager Tony La Russa of the St. Louis Cardinals during introductions prior to Game Three of the MLB World Series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. (Oct. 22, 2011)

LEFT FIELD: JOSH HAMILTON Texas Rangers His recent
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LEFT FIELD: JOSH HAMILTON
Texas Rangers
His recent alcohol relapse cast further doubt upon his attractiveness as a long-term investment, as his injury history is well-known.
2012 salary: $15.25 million

Elvis Andrus #1 of the Texas Rangers celebrates
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Elvis Andrus #1 of the Texas Rangers celebrates after hitting a single and advancing to second base on the throw in the ninth inning during Game Two of the MLB World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. (Oct. 20, 2011)

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 20: Yadier Molina
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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 20: Yadier Molina #4 of the St. Louis Cardinals reacts after Ian Kinsler #5 of the Texas Rangers beats the throw to steal second base in the ninth inning during Game Two of the MLB World Series at Busch Stadium on October 20, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 20: David Freese
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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 20: David Freese #23 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates after scoring on an RBI single by Allen Craig #21 in the seventh inning during Game Two of the MLB World Series against the Texas Rangers at Busch Stadium on October 20, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 20: Fernando Salas
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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 20: Fernando Salas #59 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches in the eighth inning during Game Two of the MLB World Series against the Texas Rangers at Busch Stadium on October 20, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

St. Louis Cardinals' Nick Punto is tagged by
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St. Louis Cardinals' Nick Punto is tagged by Texas Rangers' Adrian Beltre during the seventh inning of Game 2 of baseball's World Series Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Texas Rangers relief pitcher Alexi Ogando reacts as
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Texas Rangers relief pitcher Alexi Ogando reacts as he walks off the field after the seventh inning of Game 2 of baseball's World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 20: Ian Kinsler
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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 20: Ian Kinsler #5 of the Texas Rangers makes an error on a ball hit by Lance Berkman #12 of the St. Louis Cardinals in the fourth inning during Game Two of the MLB World Series at Busch Stadium on October 20, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 20: Colby Lewis
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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 20: Colby Lewis #48 of the Texas Rangers is removed from the game by manager Ron Washington in the seventh inning during Game Two of the MLB World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on October 20, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 20: St. Louis
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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 20: St. Louis Cardinals fans cheer during Game Two of the MLB World Series against the Texas Rangers at Busch Stadium on October 20, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 20: Josh Hamilton
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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 20: Josh Hamilton #32 of the Texas Rangers hits an RBI sacrifice fly ball to tie the game in the ninth inning during Game Two of the MLB World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on October 20, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Texas Rangers' Ian Kinsler is congratulated in the
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Texas Rangers' Ian Kinsler is congratulated in the dugout after scoring on a sacrifice fly ball during the ninth inning of Game 2 of baseball's World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Texas Rangers' Ian Kinsler runs home from third
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Texas Rangers' Ian Kinsler runs home from third on a sacrifice fly by Josh Hamilton during the ninth inning of Game 2 of baseball's World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 20: Manager Tony
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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 20: Manager Tony La Russa removes pitcher Jason Motte #30 of the St. Louis Cardinals in the ninth inning during Game Two of the MLB World Series against the Texas Rangers at Busch Stadium on October 20, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals
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Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals reacts after the Texas Rangers tie the game in the ninth inning during Game Two of the MLB World Series at Busch Stadium. (Oct. 20, 2011)

Texas Rangers' Ian Kinsler is congratulated in the
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Texas Rangers' Ian Kinsler is congratulated in the dugout after scoring from third on a sacrifice fly during the ninth inning of Game 2 of baseball's World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. (Oct. 20, 2011)

Jason Motte and Yadier Molina of the St.
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Jason Motte and Yadier Molina of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrate after defeating the Texas Rangers 3-2 during Game 1 of the MLB World Series at Busch Stadium. (Oct. 19, 2011)

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 19: Jason Motte
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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 19: Jason Motte #30 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates after getting the last out of the ninth inning to defeat the Texas Rangers 3-2 during Game One of the MLB World Series at Busch Stadium on October 19, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 19: Jason Motte
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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 19: Jason Motte #30 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches in the ninth inning during Game One of the MLB World Series against the Texas Rangers at Busch Stadium on October 19, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. The Cardinals won 3-2. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 19: The St.
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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 19: The St. Louis Cardinals celebrate after defeating the Texas Rangers 3-2 during Game One of the MLB World Series at Busch Stadium on October 19, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 19: The St.
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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 19: The St. Louis Cardinals celebrate after defeating the Texas Rangers 3-2 during Game One of the MLB World Series at Busch Stadium on October 19, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 19: Adrian Beltre
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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 19: Adrian Beltre #29 of the Texas Rangers and manager Ron Washington argue a call with home plate umpire Jerry Layne after Beltre was called out on a disputed call in the ninth inning during Game One of the MLB World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on October 19, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. The Cardinals won 3-2. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Holliday (7) and Jon
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St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Holliday (7) and Jon Jay (19) celebrate after the final out in the ninth inning of Game 1 of baseball's World Series against the Texas Rangers Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011, in St. Louis. The Cardinals won 3-2 to take a 1-0 lead in the series. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 19: Adrian Beltre
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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 19: Adrian Beltre #29 (R) of the Texas Rangers and manager Ron Washington (L) argue a call with home plate umpire Jerry Layne after Beltre was called out after a disputed foul ball in the ninth inning during Game One of the MLB World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on October 19, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. The Cardinals won 3-2. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 19: Jason Motte
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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 19: Jason Motte #30 of the St. Louis Cardinals makes a play on a ball hit by Michael Young #10 of the Texas Rangers in the ninth inning during Game One of the MLB World Series against the Texas Rangers at Busch Stadium on October 19, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. The Cardinals won 3-2. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 19: Chris Carpenter
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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 19: Chris Carpenter #29 of the St. Louis Cardinals dives and tags first base for an out in the first inning during Game One of the MLB World Series against the Texas Rangers at Busch Stadium on October 19, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Texas Rangers' C.J. Wilson throws a wild pitch
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Texas Rangers' C.J. Wilson throws a wild pitch to St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina during the sixth inning of Game 1 of baseball's World Series Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011, in St. Louis. David Freese advanced to second. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

St. Louis Cardinals' David Freese hits a double
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St. Louis Cardinals' David Freese hits a double off Texas Rangers' C.J. Wilson during the sixth inning of Game 1 of baseball's World Series Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011, in St. Louis. The Rangers' Mike Napoli catches as home plate umpire Jerry Layne looks on. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Texas Rangers' Ian Kinsler blows in his hand
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Texas Rangers' Ian Kinsler blows in his hand after being stranded on base during the sixth inning of Game 1 of baseball's World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

St. Louis Cardinals' Nick Punto can't come up
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St. Louis Cardinals' Nick Punto can't come up with a ball hit by Texas Rangers' Ian Kinsler during the sixth inning of Game 1 of baseball's World Series Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 19: Albert Pujols
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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 19: Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals reacts after a douple play ends the fifth inning during Game One of the MLB World Series against the Texas Rangers at Busch Stadium on October 19, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina is hit in
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St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina is hit in the mask by the ball as Texas Rangers' Elvis Andrus is at bat during the fourth inning of Game 1 of baseball's World Series Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Fredbird, mascot of the St. Louis Cardinals, performs
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Fredbird, mascot of the St. Louis Cardinals, performs during Game One of the MLB World Series against the Texas Rangers at Busch Stadium. (Oct. 19, 2011)

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 19: Fans sit
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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 19: Fans sit in the stadium prior to Game One of the MLB World Series between the Texas Rangers and the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on October 19, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 19: Fans enter
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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 19: Fans enter the stadium prior to Game One of the MLB World Series between the Texas Rangers and the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on October 19, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 19: Jason Motte
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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 19: Jason Motte #30 of the St. Louis Cardinals is greeted by teammates during introductions prior to Game One of the MLB World Series against the Texas Rangers at Busch Stadium on October 19, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Paul Sancya-Pool/Getty Images)

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 19: Ian Kinsler
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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 19: Ian Kinsler #5 of the Texas Rangers reacts after making an out during Game One of the MLB World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on October 19, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 19: Chris Carpenter
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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 19: Chris Carpenter #29 of the St. Louis Cardinals strikes out bunting foul as catcher Mike Napoli #25 of the Texas Rangers goes for the play during Game One of the MLB World Series at Busch Stadium on October 19, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 19: Fans watch
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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 19: Fans watch the game from outside the stadiuim during Game One of the MLB World Series between the Texas Rangers and the St. Louis Cardinals on October 19, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 19: A general
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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 19: A general view of Busch Stadium during Game One of the MLB World Series between the Texas Rangers and the St. Louis Cardinals on October 19, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 19: A general
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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 19: A general view of outside Busch Stadium during Game One of the MLB World Series between the Texas Rangers and the St. Louis Cardinals on October 19, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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