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Is it hello or pitching? Photo stirs rumor

Updated: May 12, 2011, 6:16 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

It was a very loaded, and controversial, public hug between prominent members of the NL Central's fiercest rivals. Bound to strike some of their teams' fans as jarring, Cardinals star Albert Pujols shared a brief bear hug with Cubs general manager Jim Hendry before St. Louis' 6-4 win over Chicago on Tuesday.

The photo has triggered wild speculation and a raft of conspiracy theories that the Cubs will be entering the sweepstakes to land Pujols in November, when the nine-time All-Star first ...

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