10/23/2013 | Cursed no more, Boston enjoying epic era
With a chance to win their third World Series in 10 years, the Red Sox are no longer haunted by the Bambino or any other past missteps.
10/23/2013 | McClendon ready for second shot as skipper
After eight seasons as a coach on Jim Leyland's staff with the Tigers, Lloyd McClendon, who managed the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2001-05, would jump at the opportunity to become Detroit's next skipper.
10/23/2013 | Defensive miscues haunt Cardinals in Game 1 loss
In an uncharacteristically ragged performance, the Cardinals, with ace Adam Wainwright on the mound, dropped Game 1 of the World Series, 8-1, in front of 38,345 fans at Fenway Park on Wednesday night. Errors and misplays sunk the Cards into an early five-run deficit before the club lost star outfielder Carlos Beltran to a rib injury.
10/23/2013 | Rookie Wacha not one to shy away from big situations
Michael Wacha, 22 and just one season out of college, has quickly ascended to the No. 2 slot in the Cardinals' rotation and earned NLCS MVP honors. St. Louis turns to Wacha for Thursday night's Game 2 against Boston at Fenway. "I want the ball in big situations," he said. "There's none bigger than the World Series."
10/23/2013 | In World Series, riveting matchups to keep eye on
The 2013 World Series features two iconic baseball teams in the Cardinals and Red Sox. From a scouting perspective, there are a few potential team contrasts that are rather intriguing.
10/23/2013 | Top pick Bryant has drive to improve and excel
Cubs 2013 top pick Kris Bryant put up big numbers in his first pro season and has been raking in the Arizona Fall League, but he's eager to keep learning.
10/23/2013 | Red Sox's roster unchanged for World Series
After winning the American League Championship Series in six games over the Tigers, the Red Sox will take the same roster into the World Series against the Cardinals.
10/23/2013 | Things to keep an eye on in World Series
The Cardinals' ability to eliminate the Dodgers in six games in the National League Championship Series was significant. It means that Adam Wainwright, instead of having pitched a Game 7 on Saturday, is rested and ready for Game 1.
10/23/2013 | MLB Notebook: Fall Classic, by the numbers
Every World Series casts its own shadow and becomes memorable for its own set of numerical and narrative contributions, but it also aligns itself with all of the Fall Classics that preceded it. With these perspectives in mind, we look at some thoughts to consider before the 109th Fall Classic begins.
10/22/2013 | Road to the World Series: Oct. 23, 2013
Tuesday was the climax of the two-day media blitz on Boston, where the St. Louis Cardinals descended upon Fenway Park in preparation for Game 1 of the 109th World Series, which begins Wednesday night. Adam Wainwright will get the ball for the Cardinals against Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester in Game 1, which is set for a 7:30 p.m. ET airtime on FOX, with first pitch slated for 8:07.
10/22/2013 | Cards' path to World Series mirrors 2011's title run
Just as they did in 2011, the Cardinals have been able to navigate injuries to key players, initiate a late-season closer switcheroo and play their most complete baseball late in order to advance to the World Series.
10/22/2013 | Farrell's coaching staff deserves accolades
When John Farrell put together the coaching staff for his first year as Red Sox manager, even some of the coaches were surprised to be offered their new gigs, but players across the clubhouse give hitting coach Greg Colbrunn and pitching coach Juan Nieves plenty of credit for Boston's dream season.
10/22/2013 | Uehara continues to baffle hitters, draws praise
In theory, if all of Koji Uehara's pitches are good ones, hitters should be getting some choice pitches to swing at. But in real life, it's not that easy.
10/22/2013 | Red Sox got the jump on Cards before '04 Series
Looking back with the clarity the lens of history provides, it's evident the momentum swung on the 2004 World Series on Oct. 17 that year -- six days before the Fall Classic was scheduled to begin.
10/22/2013 | Red Sox great Tiant makes impact off field
Luis Tiant helped MLB and the Red Sox donate a Starlight Fun Center system to the Boston Children's Hospital, and he used the occasion to discuss the impact of today's Cuban baseball players like the Dodgers' Yasiel Puig.
10/22/2013 | Credit for Red Sox's rise starts with rotation
While facial hair, plate discipline and Koji Uehara's breakout have received plenty of deserved recognition, the resurgence of the Red Sox's starting pitching -- the biggest reason the club has risen from the cellar to the World Series -- has been underplayed.
10/22/2013 | Survivor story: Lester inspiration to cancer patients
When Jon Lester takes the mound against the Cardinals in Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday at Fenway Park, not only will he be standing up for the Red Sox, but he'll be standing up for cancer survivors and patients everywhere.
10/22/2013 | How they were built: Boston Red Sox
The Red Sox team that will take on the Cardinals in the World Series beginning Wednesday night at Fenway Park was not so much built as rebuilt. When the pregame ceremonies begin, there will be only 11 players on the roster who were around in 2012.
10/22/2013 | Reds are striving to achieve the greater good
Being good enough isn't good enough for the Cincinnati Reds anymore. And whether or not you agree with the decision to hire Bryan Price as manager, that fact in and of itself is commendable.
10/22/2013 | Three keys for the Cardinals in the World Series
Beat reporter Jenifer Langosch examines three key components -- starting pitching, Allen Craig's return and the young arms in the bullpen -- for the Cardinals in their World Series matchup against the Red Sox.
10/22/2013 | Papi cements Sox legacy with third Series
Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, at 37, is wrapping up one of his most productive and satisfying seasons with his third World Series appearance in 11 years with Boston, and few in the game are a better ambassador for the sport.
10/22/2013 | Jocketty says Reds aren't in trade talks for Phillips
Reports have stated the Reds have already looked to move All-Star second baseman Brandon Phillips, while general manager Walt Jocketty denied those rumors on Tuesday.
10/22/2013 | How they were built: St. Louis Cardinals
They call it the "Cardinals Way." And as St. Louis prepares for its fourth World Series appearance in the last 10 years, it has come to stand for Midwestern common sense, thrift through building from within, slow and steady wins the race.
10/22/2013 | Once a Red Sox prospect, Martinez happy with Cards
If things would have worked out differently, 22-year-old Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez would be pitching for the Red Sox -- not against them in the World Series.
10/22/2013 | Phillies active in search for pitching coach
Former Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee interviewed on Tuesday for the Orioles' pitching coach vacancy. Meanwhile, the Phillies continue to search for his replacement.
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