10/20/2013 | To Sox, Drew's glovework offsets cold bat
Stephen Drew, who is 3-for-35 with 12 strikeouts and one walk in the postseason, continues to see his name in the Red Sox's lineup because of his defense. He's happy to contribute in some way.
10/20/2013 | Napoli's big year removes doubt about hip issue
After what would have been a three-year deal with the Red Sox was reduced to a one-year incentives-laden pact upon discovery of a degenerative hip condition last offseason, Mike Napoli will re-enter free agency this year on the heels of a healthy and productive season.
10/20/2013 | Red Sox revel in return to World Series
Red Sox players, coaches and front-office staff reveled in the club's third World Series berth in 10 years on Saturday night after Game 6's 5-2 victory over the Tigers at Fenway Park.
10/20/2013 | From Marathon to World Series, Red Sox show heart
In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, the Red Sox saw their efforts to help people cope and restore a sense of normalcy bring them closer together as people and as a team. They'll surely never completely understand, but players frequently mention the bombing as a defining moment for a team now heading to the World Series.
10/20/2013 | Victorino's heroics apropos to Sox's turnaround
The signing of Shane Victorino, a talented and scrappy veteran with a work ethic larger than his star power, epitomized the Red Sox's offseason reshaping, so it was only appropriate that he hit the grand slam that propelled the club to an improbable World Series berth one year after finishing in the AL East cellar.
10/20/2013 | Bogaerts quickly rewarding Red Sox's commitment
Drawing two walks on Saturday for the second time during the Red Sox's playoff run, Xander Bogaerts, who turned 21 on the first day of October, became the youngest person to do so twice in a single postseason. It was just his 14th Major League start.
10/20/2013 | Red Sox praise Cards, expect tightly contested Series
The two teams that will face off in the World Series, which begins Wednesday night at Fenway Park mirror each other in certain ways. If there is a city that has the same level of passion for baseball as Boston, it is St. Louis. And both organizations have provided joy to their fan bases in recent years.
10/20/2013 | 'Flyin' Hawaiian' flies around bases after historic slam
He watched it fly while he jogged out of the batter's box. He began jumping up and down before he reached the bag. He had barely rounded first when it flew over the top of the Green Monster, a comfortable couple of rows in. And that's when Shane Victorino began to let it all out.
10/20/2013 | Matchup of top teams makes Fall Classic special
In opposition of the warped significance of regular-season standings wrought by the Wild Card era, this 2013 World Series matchup is a reminder of what once was. The St. Louis Cardinals won 97 games this season, the best team in the National League. The Boston Red Sox won 97 games, the best team in the American League. This sort of thing never seems to happen anymore.
10/20/2013 | Cards get chance to avenge 2004 World Series
With a 5-2 win over the Tigers on Saturday night, the Red Sox claimed the American League pennant and set up their fourth World Series meeting against the Cardinals, who dispatched the Dodgers one night earlier. The best-of-seven Fall Classic will open at Fenway Park on Wednesday night (6:30 p.m. CT air time, 7:07 p.m. CT first pitch on FOX).
10/20/2013 | Red Sox bullpen finishes off dominant ALCS
This American League Championship Series was billed as a showdown that would be highlighted by starting pitching, and it delivered on that promise. But the Red Sox bullpen had no intention of being left out of the fun.
10/20/2013 | World Series set: Birds versus Beards
After six weeks of Spring Training, six months of a 162-game grind, and two grueling rounds of what has already been a splendid 2013 postseason, the 30 teams in Major League Baseball have been whittled down to two. And what World Series teams they are.
10/20/2013 | After 'tough' series, Tigers give Red Sox their due
There were ALCS games the Tigers should have won, pitcher Max Scherzer said. But he and his Detroit teammates preferred to give credit to the Red Sox after a 5-2 loss in Game 6 on Saturday night.
10/20/2013 | Tigers relievers unable to follow starters' lead
The Tigers seemed to match up perfectly with the Red Sox in so many areas, but ultimately, this 2013 American League Championship Series was defined by the bullpen -- and that's the one area where Detroit came up short.
10/20/2013 | Unflappable Koji nets ALCS MVP honors
Red Sox closer Koji Uehara was named the American League Championship Series Most Valuable Player after picking up his third save of the series and punching Boston's ticket to the World Series in Game 6 on Saturday night.
10/20/2013 | In throwback, top two teams meet in Series
The Cardinals' World Series matchup vs. the Red Sox marks the first time since 1999 that the two teams with the best regular-season records in their leagues will meet to decide it all. But this is how Major League Baseball once operated on a routine basis.
10/19/2013 | Fielder not going to dwell on playoff struggles
With the Tigers poised to break Saturday's Game 6 open in the sixth inning, Prince Fielder got caught in a rally-killing double play, the latest miscue in the slugger's subpar playoff performance. But he's not going to look back on falling short of the World Series.
10/19/2013 | Tigers starters set postseason series strikeout mark
Right-hander Max Scherzer recorded Detroit's 52nd strikeout by a starting pitcher in the American League Championship Series on Saturday night to set a new postseason series record.
10/19/2013 | Oct. 19 John Farrell postgame interview
Red Sox manager John Farrell addresses the media after Game 6 of the American League Championship Series.
10/19/2013 | Pedroia nearly has Fisk moment, but drive ruled foul
The replay review confirmed what the Fenway crowd had feared: Dustin Pedroia's Carlton Fisk moment wasn't to be. In the third inning of Game 6 in the ALCS, Pedroia smashed a towering shot to left, well over the Green Monster. If it was a homer, it would've scored three off Tigers starter Max Scherzer, who winced at the ball's flight path.
10/19/2013 | To the Victor go the spoils: Sox back in Fall Classic
With the Red Sox trailing by a run in the seventh inning of Game 6 of the American League Championship Series, Shane Victorino etched his name in Boston postseason lore, delivering a clutch grand slam over the Green Monster to send the Sox to the World Series with a 5-2 win over the Tigers on Saturday night at Fenway.
10/19/2013 | The Dropkick Murphys open Game 6 with fervor
The Dropkick Murphys, a local rock band known for two prominent songs in Red Sox lore, performed the national anthem and "I'm Shipping Up to Boston" for a raucous Fenway Park crowd prior to Saturday night's American League Championship Series Game 6 matchup between Boston and Detroit.
10/19/2013 | Peavy ready, waiting in bullpen if needed
After being handed an early knockout in a Game 4 loss, Jake Peavy will be ready to help the Red Sox out of the bullpen for the rest of the American League Championship Series.
10/19/2013 | Leyland: 'It's really a shame' Miggy is hurt
Miguel Cabrera won't talk about his injuries. He isn't answering any questions about it and will hardly even acknowledge the topic if brought up in a media scrum. Clearly, though, baseball's greatest hitter is navigating through baseball's grandest stage at nowhere close to 100-percent healthy.
10/19/2013 | Leyland knows firsthand comeback is possible
If the Tigers needed any inspiration from history in their quest to come back and pull out this American League Championship Series, their manager had it for them. He knows what two hot pitchers can do for a team in two must-win games, because he watched it from the other side.
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