2006 World Series

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The 2006 World Series was the championship series of Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2006 season.wikipedia
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2006 Major League Baseball season

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The 2006 World Series was the championship series of Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2006 season.
The 2006 Major League Baseball season ended with the National League's St. Louis Cardinals winning the World Series with the lowest regular season victory total in a non-strike season in history.

2006 Detroit Tigers season

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The 102nd edition of the World Series, it was a best-of-seven playoff between the American League (AL) champion Detroit Tigers and the National League (NL) champion St. Louis Cardinals; the Cardinals won the series in five games, taking games one, three, four, and five.
They represented the AL in the World Series before falling to the St. Louis Cardinals 4 games to 1.

2006 St. Louis Cardinals season

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The 102nd edition of the World Series, it was a best-of-seven playoff between the American League (AL) champion Detroit Tigers and the National League (NL) champion St. Louis Cardinals; the Cardinals won the series in five games, taking games one, three, four, and five.
Once the playoffs began, the lightly regarded Cardinals surprised baseball fans everywhere by beating the San Diego Padres in the four-game Division Series, beating the New York Mets in the seven-game NLCS, and beating the Detroit Tigers in the 2006 World Series four games to one, winning the tenth, and probably most unlikely, World Series championship in franchise history.

World Series

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The 2006 World Series was the championship series of Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2006 season.
With the 2006 World Series victory by the St. Louis Cardinals, Tony La Russa became the second manager to a win a World Series in both the American and National Leagues.

2006 American League Division Series

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The Tigers' pitching took care of the vaunted Yankees lineup, and won their series 3–1.
The Tigers then faced the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2006 World Series, and lost, four games to one.

2006 National League Division Series

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The Cardinals also won their series 3–1, including the first two games in San Diego.

2006 American League Championship Series

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The Tigers then swept the Oakland Athletics in the ALCS, winning game four on a three-run walk-off home run by Magglio Ordóñez in the bottom of the ninth.
The wild card Detroit Tigers swept the Western Division champion Oakland Athletics 4 games to none to advance to the 2006 World Series, and became the fourth AL team to win 10 pennants, joining the New York Yankees (39), the Athletics (15), and the Boston Red Sox (11).

2006 National League Championship Series

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The Cardinals won their series against the New York Mets with the help of a ninth-inning home run by Yadier Molina in a tense Game 7.
The St. Louis Cardinals defeated the heavily favored New York Mets in seven games to advance to the 2006 World Series against the Detroit Tigers.

2006 Houston Astros season

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The Cardinals held a seven-game advantage in the National League Central over the Cincinnati Reds and an 8 1⁄2-game lead over the Houston Astros with just two weeks to play.
The 2006 Astros finished in second place in the National League Central with a record of 82–80, 1½ games behind the eventual World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals, after losing 3–1 to the Braves at Atlanta on the final day of the season.

2006 Cincinnati Reds season

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The Cardinals held a seven-game advantage in the National League Central over the Cincinnati Reds and an 8 1⁄2-game lead over the Houston Astros with just two weeks to play.
The Reds finished in third place in the NL Central division, just 3½ games behind the division winner and eventual World Series champion, the St. Louis Cardinals.

1987 World Series

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Previously the 1987 Minnesota Twins finished 85–77 and defeated the Cardinals in the 1987 World Series. The Cardinals last won in 1982, losing three times since then, in 1985, 1987 and 2004.
This record stood until it was broken when the Cardinals won the 2006 Series after going 83–78 (.516).

2006 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

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The Tigers had home-field advantage in the Series, due to the AL's 3–2 win over the NL in the 77th Major League Baseball All-Star Game on July 11 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.
The game resulted in the American League defeating the National League 3–2, thus awarding the AL champion (which was eventually the Detroit Tigers) home-field advantage in the 2006 World Series.

Yadier Molina

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The Cardinals won their series against the New York Mets with the help of a ninth-inning home run by Yadier Molina in a tense Game 7.
He posted a .358 composite batting average, .424 on-base percentage (OBP), two home runs and eight RBI in 16 games as the Cardinals reached the World Series.

Wild card (sports)

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The Tigers were the eighth wild card team to compete in the World Series since MLB introduced the wild card in 1994.

Tony La Russa

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Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, who won the 1989 World Series title with the Athletics, became the second manager in history to lead teams in both leagues to championships, joining Sparky Anderson.
saw a return to the World Series, this time with a 4–1 victory over the Detroit Tigers, managed by Jim Leyland.

National League Central

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The Cardinals held a seven-game advantage in the National League Central over the Cincinnati Reds and an 8 1⁄2-game lead over the Houston Astros with just two weeks to play.

1997 World Series

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Tigers manager Jim Leyland, who won the 1997 World Series title with the Marlins, also could have become the second manager in history to lead teams in both leagues to championships, had the Tigers won the series.
He managed the Colorado Rockies in 1999, then scouted for several years before joining the Detroit Tigers as manager in 2006 and taking them to the World Series and losing in five games.

Jim Leyland

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Tigers manager Jim Leyland, who won the 1997 World Series title with the Marlins, also could have become the second manager in history to lead teams in both leagues to championships, had the Tigers won the series.
The Tigers entered the playoffs as a wild card, and went on to defeat the New York Yankees and sweep the Oakland Athletics to win the American League pennant before falling to the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2006 World Series.

Kenny Rogers (baseball)

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With a starting temperature of 44 °F, controversy surrounded the start of Game 2 when Tigers starting pitcher Kenny Rogers was found to have a substance on a patch of the palm of his pitching hand during the first inning.
He won the 1996 World Series with the New York Yankees against his hometown Atlanta Braves and played in the 2006 World Series with the Detroit Tigers.

Justin Verlander

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Two rookies faced off in Game 1 for the first time in history: Anthony Reyes for St. Louis and Justin Verlander for Detroit.
During Game 1 of the 2006 World Series, Verlander was the Tigers starting pitcher against Anthony Reyes of the St. Louis Cardinals; it was the first instance in which two rookies faced off to start a World Series.

Anthony Reyes

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Two rookies faced off in Game 1 for the first time in history: Anthony Reyes for St. Louis and Justin Verlander for Detroit.
As a rookie, he was a member of the Cardinals' 2006 World Series championship team, including starting Game 1.

1985 World Series

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The Cardinals last won in 1982, losing three times since then, in 1985, 1987 and 2004.
The Series began on a Saturday from 1969 through 1976, and again from 1985 through 2006 (with the exception of 1990, which began on a Tuesday night).

Chris Carpenter

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After the Cardinals were shut out by Detroit pitcher Kenny Rogers for eight innings in Game 2, St. Louis starter Chris Carpenter answered with eight innings of his own in a 5–0 Cardinals victory in Game 3.
After the Cardinals signed him, he emerged as an ace in 2004, winning the Cy Young Award in 2005 and helping lead the Cardinals to World Series titles in 2006 and 2011.

Iván Rodríguez

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The other RBI came from Detroit's Iván Rodríguez, who singled in Carlos Guillén.
Rodríguez won the World Series with the Florida Marlins in 2003, and also played in the 2006 World Series while with the Tigers.

Sparky Anderson

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Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, who won the 1989 World Series title with the Athletics, became the second manager in history to lead teams in both leagues to championships, joining Sparky Anderson.
Anderson's accomplishment was equaled in the 2006 World Series, when St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa—who had previously won the World Series with the Oakland Athletics in 1989, and who considers Anderson his mentor—led his team to the title over the Detroit Tigers.