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Oct 31, 2013

Boston bond and beards drive Red Sox to triumph

BOSTON (Reuters) – Red Sox manager John Farrell said a special connection struck between his players and the city of Boston helped them achieve their ultimate goal of a World Series title on Wednesday.

A team carefully patched together and dedicated to bouncing back from a last-place finish in 2012 bonded in an emotional partnership with a city on the mend after April’s deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon.

Oct 31, 2013

Red Sox win World Series with rout of Cardinals

BOSTON (Reuters) – The Boston Red Sox completed a rousing run from a last-place finish to top of the baseball universe by routing the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 on Wednesday to win the World Series.

The emphatic victory gave the Red Sox a 4-2 triumph in the best-of-seven Fall Classic for their third Major League Baseball championship in 10 seasons, starting the surge when they ended an 86-year title drought with their 2004 sweep of the Cardinals.

Oct 30, 2013

Cardinals upbeat despite seven-hour flight delay

BOSTON (Reuters) – It took the St. Louis Cardinals a long time to reach Boston for Game Six of the World Series, but the National League champions were ready to do battle in Wednesday’s elimination game at Fenway Park.

Mechanical issues with their plane kept the Cardinals on the runway in St. Louis for nearly seven hours and they did not land in Boston until about 11 p.m. ET (0300 GMT) on Tuesday.

Oct 29, 2013

Red Sox ace Lester proves himself with another World Series gem

LOUIS (Reuters) – Missouri is known as the ‘Show Me’ state, and Boston’s Jon Lester did just that, shooting down an accusation he had cheated in his Game One victory over the St. Louis Cardinals with another impressive World Series performance on Monday.

Under close scrutiny after a Cardinals’ minor leaguer posted a picture and accusation on Twitter the Red Sox lefthander had used an illegal substance to improve the movement of his pitches, Lester pitched the Red Sox to a 3-1 win that gave Boston a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Oct 29, 2013

Red Sox on brink of championship after beating Cards

LOUIS (Reuters) – Boston broke a 1-1 tie with a pair of seventh-inning runs to support another brilliant outing by starter Jon Lester in a 3-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday that put the Red Sox on the brink of winning the World Series.

The victory gave the Red Sox a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven with a chance to clinch the Major League Baseball crown with a win at Boston’s Fenway Park in Game Six on Wednesday.

Oct 28, 2013

Boston’s Ortiz a leader on and off the diamond

LOUIS (Reuters) – David “Big Papi” Ortiz is flying high at the World Series, wreaking havoc on the St. Louis Cardinals pitching staff and delivering a rousing dugout pep talk to inspire his Boston Red Sox teammates.

Boston players expect nothing less from their emotional team leader, who is hell bent on claiming his third World Series ring in 10 years after helping the Red Sox snap an 86-year title drought in 2004.

Oct 28, 2013

Gomes draws on double inspiration to blast vital homer

LOUIS (Reuters) – Jonny Gomes craved an opportunity to make an impact in the World Series and drew inspiration from two emotional lifts to blast a game-winning home run for the Boston Red Sox on Sunday.

A late substitution in the starting line-up after outfielder Shane Victorino was scratched with a stiff back, Gomes’s three-run shot in the sixth snapped a 1-1 tie in Boston’s 4-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals that knotted the Fall Classic at 2-2.

Oct 28, 2013

Red Sox beat Cards to even World Series 2-2

LOUIS (Reuters) – A three-run home run by unexpected starter Jonny Gomes lifted the Boston Red Sox to a 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday that tied the best-of-seven World Series 2-2.

Gomes, inserted into the lineup just before the game when outfielder Shane Victorino was scratched due to tightness in his back, welcomed reliever Seth Maness with a drive over the fence in left-center with two men aboard in the sixth inning to snap a 1-1 tie.

Oct 28, 2013

Cabrera, Goldschmidt win Hank Aaron awards

LOUIS (Reuters) – Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers and Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks were selected as the American and National League winners of the Hank Aaron Award, given to the most outstanding offensive player, it was announced on Sunday.

It was Cabrera’s second consecutive season winning the AL award, which was determined through fan voting on and by a special panel of Hall of Fame players, led by Aaron.

Oct 27, 2013

Starting pitchers have plenty to prove in Game Five

LOUIS (Reuters) – Adam Wainwright of the Cardinals and Boston’s Jon Lester will reprise their Game One duel in Monday’s crucial fifth game of the World Series with both pitchers going in with something to prove at Busch Stadium.

Wainwright was out of sorts in the opener of the best-of-seven at Fenway Park, and the St. Louis ace said he was eager for another chance after the Red Sox prevailed 8-1 to begin the Fall Classic.