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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 MLB.com 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.

Oct 27, 2013

Officials run the rule over rare game-winning decision

LOUIS (Reuters) – Even the masters of the rules had to admit the ending to Saturday’s Game Three of the World Series was well out of the ordinary.

An obstruction ruling at third base turned an apparent double play that would send the contest into extra innings into a sudden 5-4 walk-off win for the St. Louis Cardinals and a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Oct 27, 2013

Cardinals get wild win over Boston in Game Three

LOUIS (Reuters) – The St. Louis Cardinals scored a controversial winning run on an obstruction call in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the Boston Red Sox 5-4 in a wild finish to Game Three of the World Series on Saturday.

The dramatic ending gave St. Louis a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Fall Classic.

Oct 27, 2013

Cards’ Beltran named Roberto Clemente award winner

LOUIS (Reuters) – St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran was honored by Major League Baseball as winner of the Roberto Clemente Award on Saturday for his positive contributions on and off the field.

Beltran was cited for his commitment to helping young people in St. Louis, especially those in the Latino community, through his foundation, and for making a difference in his native Puerto Rico through the Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy.

Oct 25, 2013

Cardinals crave home sweet home effect as Series shifts

By Larry Fine

(Reuters) – The Cardinals went from a team beginning to wobble on the ropes to an optimistic outfit looking to turn home field advantage into a knockout punch as the World Series shifts to St. Louis.

With the best-of-seven series tied 1-1, the Fall Classic has turned into a best-of-five with the next three games in the Gateway City, starting with Game Three on Saturday.

Oct 25, 2013

Red Sox braced for tough test after Cardinals rally

BOSTON (Reuters) – Boston had grown accustomed to bullying opponents into submission in the World Series but the Red Sox realize they have a fight on their hands after the St Louis Cardinals rallied to win at Fenway Park on Thursday.

“We fully expected this to be a hard-fought series,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said after the visiting Cards dealt Boston a 4-2 defeat at a chilly Fenway Park to tie up the best-of-seven series at 1-1.