Yadier Molina likely out for the season with right knee injury

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Yadier Molina left the Cardinals and flew to St. Louis yesterday to undergo an MRI exam on his sore right knee, and Matthew Leach of MLB.com reports that “Molina has likely played his last game of 2010.”
According to general manager John Mozeliak the MRI revealed “no structural damage” but enough inflammation was found that the Cardinals don’t think it’s worth having him play again. “Another way to think about it is, if we were playing two weeks from now, he could be ready,” Mozeliak told Leach.
Molina’s usual backup, Jason LaRue, was forced into retirement due to the concussion suffered when Johnny Cueto kicked him in the head, so rookies Matt Pagnozzi and Bryan Anderson figure to split time behind the plate for the final 11 games.

Aaron Judge set a new postseason strikeout record

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For a few days, it looked like Aaron Judge was finally hitting his stride in the postseason. He was still striking out at a regular clip, piling more and more strikeouts atop the 16 he racked up in the Division Series, but he was mashing, too. He engineered a three-run homer during Game 3 of the Championship Series, followed by another blast and game-tying double in Game 4. His one-out double helped pad a five-run lead in Game 5, while his 425-footer off of Brad Peacock barely made a dent during a 7-1 loss in Game 6. And then Lance McCullers‘ curveball found and fooled him, as it did five of the 14 batters it met in Game 7:

The strikeout was Judge’s first of the evening and 27th since the start of the playoffs. No other major league batter has racked up that many strikeouts in a single postseason, though Alfonso Soriano’s 26-strikeout record in 2003 comes the closest. Within that record, Judge also collected three golden sombreros (four strikeouts in a single game), narrowly avoiding the dreaded platinum sombrero (five strikeouts in a single game).

It’s an unfortunate footnote to a spectacular year for the rookie outfielder, who decimated the competition with 52 home runs and 8.2 fWAR during the regular season and was a pivotal part of the Yankees’ playoff run. Thankfully, the image of McCullers’ curveball darting just under Judge’s bat won’t be the image that sticks with us for years to come. Instead, it’ll look something like this: