Crowd gathers at Stan Musial statue outside Busch Stadium

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FOX Sports Midwest provides the picture below of the crowd of Cardinals fans gathering in front of the Stan Musial statue outside Busch Stadium’s third base gate. It was taken around 10:30 p.m. local time.

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And here’s a message on a ball, provided by B.J. Rains, that was left by a young fan at the statue’s base:

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“Here stands baseball’s perfect warrior. Here stands baseball’s perfect knight,” reads the statue’s inscription.

Ian Kinsler signs a two-year deal with the Padres

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Ken Rosenthal reports that Ian Kinsler is signing with the San Diego Padres on a two-year, $8 million deal.

A surprising multi-year deal for Kinsler, who will turn 37 next season, but it’s a pretty low financial outlay for the Padres. An understandably low one following a year in which Kinsler hit just .240/.301/.380 with 14 home runs and 16 stolen bases for the Angels and Red Sox. He can still pick it at the keystone, however, taking home Gold Glove honors there last season. He’ll turn 37 next June.

Kinsler will likely bump Luis Urias from second to short until top prospect Fernando Tatis, Jr. is called up to San Diego, at which point one presumes Urias will then, in turn, bump Kinsler off of second base into a bench role, at least if Urias performs. Given that Kinsler will not make much money on this deal, it’s not something the Padres are likely to sweat.