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Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Podcast: Tony La Russa's 'tactics'

By Eric Karabell

The indisputable highlight -- at least for me -- on Wednesday’s Baseball Today podcast had to do with the way Keith Law and me were united in our lively discussion about St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa and his "tactics." You have to hear it as well as these other topics.

1. Well, there’s La Russa and Yadier Molina and ... the Cardinals found the time to beat the Brewers in a key NL Central matchup. We discuss some big picture stuff here.

2. Meanwhile, those spunky Arizona Diamondbacks are tied for first place, but according to our Arizona resident, there’s more interest in someone named Kevin Kolb. Ever heard of him?

3. Ah, the age-old discussion about what wins games between pitching and defense ... but is there a difference when it comes to regular season versus playoffs?

4. We found a minor league lineup better than the Houston Astros! Honestly, I’m sure we can find more.

5. Lots of stuff to watch on Wednesday’s schedule, from the big NL series to poor Jordan Lyles desperate to finally win!

Plus: Excellent emails, the opportunistic Brendan Ryan, the underappreciated Denard Span, the top catching prospects for the Yankees and Red Sox and so much more there just isn’t enough space to tell you about it on Wednesday’s edition of Baseball Today!