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Oct 23, 2013

Farrell proves perfect fit as Red Sox manager

BOSTON (Reuters) – Presiding over a Boston Red Sox team that bubbles over with characters and charisma is a strong, quiet baseball lifer who fits the manager’s job like a glove – John Farrell.

Besides handling a wide assortment of personalities, baseball is also a game of constant on-field adjustments between pitchers, hitters and fielders.

Oct 21, 2013

Red Sox/Cardinals Fall Classic fitting climax

By Larry Fine

(Reuters) – Boston’s bearded band of brothers will go against the burgeoning talents of a remarkable St. Louis Cardinals rookie class in the best-of-seven World Series beginning on Wednesday at the Red Sox home of Fenway Park.

The two best teams in Major League Baseball, representing two of the most rabid fan bases in the sport, renew their rivalry in a fitting championship climax.

Oct 11, 2013

Red Sox, Tigers clash for first time in postseason

By Larry Fine

(Reuters) – There is a first for everything, even for charter members of the American League going back more than a century, as the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers can attest.

Rivals for 112 years, Boston and Detroit will clash in the postseason for the first time when the best-of-seven American League Championship Series starts Saturday in Beantown.

Oct 10, 2013

Dodgers, Cardinals take different paths to NLCS

By Larry Fine

(Reuters) – Two of Major League Baseball’s most storied franchises will meet with a World Series berth at stake when the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers open the best-of-seven National League Championship Series on Friday.

The Cardinals, whose 11 World Series crowns is the most for any National League team, and the Dodgers, winners of six and losers in a dozen other Fall Classics, remodeled their teams in distinctly different ways to get within one last hurdle of contesting MLB’s pinnacle prize.

Oct 6, 2013

Giants fall to Eagles, Manning’s struggles leave Giants 0-5

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Reuters) – The New York Giants’ season lay in ruins, while the Philadelphia Eagles climbed into the thick of the NFC East division race on Sunday as they won their Desperation Bowl showdown at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.

The Giants, winners of the Super Bowl two seasons ago, sank to 0-5 for the first time since the strike-interrupted 1987 season in which replacement players were used, while the Eagles reached 2-3 by ending a three-game losing skid.

Oct 3, 2013

Trout making case for whale of a contract

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Mike Trout, fresh off his second MVP-calibre season with the Los Angeles Angels, on Wednesday offered a frightening prospect for opposing pitchers to contemplate this offseason – he has room to improve.

The 22-year-old Trout, a unanimous choice as American League Rookie of the Year in 2012 and runner-up to Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera of Detroit as MVP, returned with a .323 average, 27 home runs, 97 runs batted in and 33 stolen bases.

Oct 3, 2013

Success breeds success in Cardinals’ youth movement

By Larry Fine

(Reuters) – The postseason rise or fall of the St. Louis Cardinals could well rest on contributions from 10 rookies on their roster, but the National League’s top seed are confident in them and their own winning culture.

Major League Baseball’s Cardinals own 11 World Series trophies, the most hardware among National League teams, and their long string of achievement has roots in their minor league levels, with players groomed to expect success.

Oct 2, 2013

Tigers need productive Cabrera and company to thrive

By Larry Fine

(Reuters) – The Detroit Tigers possess the best triple-threat on the pitcher’s mound but desperately need slugger Miguel Cabrera and his lineup mates to roar into gear if they are to claim an elusive World Series crown.

The Tigers fell in last year’s World Series in a four-game sweep by the San Francisco Giants, six years after losing the 2006 Fall Classic in five games to the St. Louis Cardinals.

Oct 1, 2013

Bearded Red Sox rejoice over turnaround season

By Larry Fine

(Reuters) – They went from 93 losses last year to 97 wins this season with a new manager and new players who helped transform a dysfunctional clubhouse with some frat-house bonding and a Boston Red Sox battle cry of “Fear the Beard.”

The hirsute band of brothers have flipped the standings upside down and last year’s American League East cellar dwellers enter Major League Baseball’s postseason as the AL’s top seed.

Sep 30, 2013

Red Sox, Cardinals top seeds for MLB’s second season

By Larry Fine

(Reuters) – The Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals are top seeds in Major League Baseball’s playoffs but they take a back seat on Monday as the postseason line-up will be completed with a Texas-Tampa Bay tiebreaker game.

The Rangers and Rays finished the regular season with 91-71 records, thus forcing a one-game tiebreaker to determine which club travels to Cleveland to play the Indians in a do-or-die, American League wild card showdown on Wednesday.