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10/29/2013 | No obstructing the fun of this World Series
This matchup between the Red Sox and the Cardinals has been as entertaining as advertised. It also has been something else: A showcase for weird and wild stuff. Before the World Series ends Wednesday or Thursday in Boston, you can expect more goofiness.

10/29/2013 | Padres get expected results from Petco fence changes
In a move toward neutrality -- not to it -- the Padres made subtle fence modifications last offseason. In left-center field, the fences came in from 402 feet to 390 feet. Most notably, from the right-field line to the gap in right-center, the fence was moved in from 402 feet to 391 feet, with the fence lowered to 8 feet.

10/29/2013 | Farrell, Matheny breaking long-held managerial molds
With organizations emphasizing a strong relationship between the dugout and the front office, the pool of managerial candidates is changing, evidenced by the immediate success of Boston's John Farrell and St. Louis' Mike Matheny.

10/29/2013 | Pipeline Perspectives: Sano has more upside
For both Kris Bryant and Miguel Sano, their calling card is power, but Sano has just a little bit more. He's also 16 months younger than Bryant and has proven more at the pro level.

10/29/2013 | Three keys for the Cardinals in Game 6
MLB.com reporter Jenifer Langosch examines three keys -- revving up the offense, continued contributions from rookies and stopping David Ortiz -- for the Cardinals to get past the Red Sox in Game 6 at Fenway Park.

10/29/2013 | Peavy ready if Game 7 fate rests in his hands
If the Red Sox win Game 6, Jake Peavy will party with the rest of his mates on Fenway turf like it's 1918, the last time the Red Sox won the World Series at home. If not, the veteran right-hander will have to take the Red Sox where no team in club history has tread since 1912: to a seven-game win in a World Series.

10/29/2013 | Beltran a model of consistency on and off the field
There are few players in the game with the consistent success of St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran.

10/29/2013 | A View From Studio 3: Behind every hero is a teammate
It was Saturday, Oct. 15, 1988. Los Angeles. The day we witnessed one of the most famous and unlikely home runs in baseball history. What's lost and rarely discussed in regard to that heroic at-bat is the plate appearance that preceded Kirk Gibson's.

10/29/2013 | Cards in good humor despite seven-hour travel delay
A day before facing the Red Sox in an elimination World Series game, the Cardinals spent much of their day turning an unexpected inconvenience into a unique bonding experience while stuck on the tarmac at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

10/29/2013 | Angels banking on Pujols, Hamilton to rebound
Make no mistake: The Angels' shortcomings in 2013 revolved around pitching. But that does little to hide the fact that their highest-paid players, Josh Hamilton and Albert Pujols, have yet to live up to expectations -- albeit for vastly different reasons.

10/29/2013 | McCarver's passion extends beyond baseball
When the countdown started, it was measured in months, an abstraction. FOX broadcaster Tim McCarver announced before this season that he was retiring after the World Series. But there were still so many games to cover, so many plays to analyze, so many erudite observations to be made, that it all seemed far away.

10/29/2013 | MLB Notebook: Lester on a World Series roll
Red Sox southpaw Jon Lester improved to 4-1 in the 2013 postseason, throwing 7 2/3 innings of one-run ball in Monday's 3-1 Game 5 win over the Cardinals. The southpaw allowed four hits and no walks with seven strikeouts.

10/29/2013 | Wainwright regains form in Game 5, but to no avail
This won't diminish by one iota the genuine affection and high regard in which Adam Wainwright is held by the St. Louis Cardinals and their fans. But there can only be a mixture of surprise and dismay when looking at the statistics for the 2013 World Series and seeing that Wainwright has a record of 0-2. He deserves better, but there it is.

10/29/2013 | Uehara surprised by his own dominance
Koji Uehara is 38 years old, has never been an All-Star, throws only two pitches and can barely crack 90 mph. And for some reason, he's been unhittable in the World Series. He's surprising even himself.

10/29/2013 | Papi's streak ends, but legend is set in stone
David Ortiz's historic streak of reaching base in nine straight World Series plate appearances, at 37 years old and for a team few thought had a chance to reach the postseason, is emblematic of the determined season the Red Sox have put together.

10/29/2013 | Not protecting home turf has Cards in tough spot
If the Cardinals -- and their fans -- felt destiny was on their side in the immediate aftermath of that incredible ending to Game 3, it's understood. But the World Series did not end Saturday night, and now the Cards have to do everything in their power to ensure it does not end Wednesday night in Game 6. Because in the aftermath of two crushing losses in a ballpark they are usually prone to protect, they are flying back to Fenway down 3-2 to the Red Sox.

10/29/2013 | Aloha! Wong, Victorino tied by roots
Shane Victorino wouldn't normally make time for on-field pleasantries in a high-pressure situation, but his bond with Kolten Wong is a special one. Both are from Hawaii, and their appearance together in the World Series marks the first time in the Fall Classic's 109 years that two natives of America's 50th state have faced off on baseball's biggest stage.

10/29/2013 | Red Sox can't take advantage for granted
One victory away. That's where the Red Sox find themselves after a postseason run in which they have beaten David Price, Matt Moore, Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer and Adam Wainwright (twice), among others. But teams have gone home with 3-2 leads in the World Series and watched the visiting team celebrate after Game 7.

10/29/2013 | Craig toughing it out, plans to DH in Boston
When this 109th World Series shifted from Boston to St. Louis, Allen Craig talked with Cardinals manager Mike Matheny about the prospects for a Game 5 start at first base. Given how he handled extended infield grounders before the game and the club's need for pop, Craig indeed got the start but grounded out three times in the Cards' loss.

10/29/2013 | Sox benefit from Drew's patience at the plate
Game 3 ended on an obstruction call against Will Middlebrooks, and Game 4 finished with Koji Uehara picking off Kolten Wong. Game 5 swung on Stephen Drew's walk against Adam Wainwright.

10/29/2013 | Holliday having strong Series, but many Cards aren't
Matt Holliday's World Series production would be memorable if it weren't so easy to forget. Holliday homered off Red Sox lefty Jon Lester in the bottom of the fourth inning Monday. But that was the Cardinals' only run in a 3-1 loss in Game 5, which left them having to either win the next two at Fenway or watch Boston celebrate.

10/29/2013 | Wainwright pleased with outing, until curve to Ross
Adam Wainwright, battered in Game 1 and befuddled by a total breakdown of his pitching mechanics, recovered in Game 5 to work seven quality innings, aided by 10 strikeouts. But he gave up a go-ahead RBI double in the seventh on a curveball to Red Sox catcher David Ross, and the Cardinals couldn't recover.

10/29/2013 | Lester again shows he's Boston's unflappable ace
Jon Lester was simply stellar throughout 7 2/3 innings of World Series Game 5, holding the Cardinals to one run in a 3-1 victory at Busch Stadium. Every bit as sharp as advertised, Lester bulled his way through one of the most fearsome lineups in baseball.

10/29/2013 | Cardinals credit tough pitching for cold bats
While they have yet to find a solution to their World Series offensive woes, there is one thing the Cardinals' batters can come to a conclusion on -- Boston's pitching has been tough.

10/28/2013 | Ross thankful to be on big stage after concussion
There was a point this year when Red Sox catcher David Ross wondered whether he ever would be able to play again, let alone contribute the winning hit in a World Series game or combine with Jon Lester in all four of his postseason wins. After it all, he has become a big contributor to Boston's run at winning its third Fall Classic in the past 10 years.


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