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October 28, 2011

Rangers photos: Game 6

Ron Jenkins delivered the leftover photo goods from Game 6 at 4:15 this morning, about an hour after the writers had called it a night. Those photographers are tough, braving the elements and depriving themselves up sleep, while the writers sit in a controlled environment and sip whisky all game (don't we wish). Good work from Mr. Jenkins follows. Cutlines by Jeff Wilson.

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Mike Napoli is in agony after his left ankle buckled upon hitting second base in the fourth inning of Game 6. Like a true tough guy, he stayed in the game and says he will play in Game 7.

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Yadier Molina, left, was on deck when David Freese hit the game-winning homer in the 11th. Mike Napoli, right, dejectedly heads to the clubhouse.

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David Freese was looking like a goat until the ninth and 11th innings. He couldn't handle a Josh Hamilton foul popup on this play and ended up almost going over the protective railing. By the way, just what is that old fellow looking at?

FREESE2aBut David Freese was the hero. The St. Louis native tripled in two runs with two outs and two strikes in the ninth inning to tie the game, and then won it here with a homer to start the 11th.

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David Freese, it appears, couldn't believe he had just won Game 6. Neither could the Rangers, the Metroplex and most of the baseball world.

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Matt Holliday didn't appear to have any interest in touching second base on this double-play ball. Instead, he barrel-rolled into Elvis Andrus and caused Andrus' throw to first to sail wide.

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The brains, Tony La Russa, and the brawn, Albert Pujols, of the Cardinals' operation get ready for Game 6. They'll be back at Busch Stadium on Friday afternoon ahead of Game 7.

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