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Red Sox aren’t favored to repeat in 2014

Boston Red Sox players celebrate after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of baseball's World Series Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, in Boston. The Red Sox won 6-1 to win the series. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Winning another World Series didn’t automatically make the Boston Red Sox favorites to repeat next year.

Posted: November 1st, 2013 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Red Sox win World Series crown, beat Cardinals 6-1 in Game 6

Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Koji Uehara and catcher David Ross celebrate after getting St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Carpenter to strike out and end Game 6 of baseball's World Series Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, in Boston. The Red Sox won 6-1 to win the series. AP

There hasn’t been a party like this in New England for nearly a century.

Posted: October 31st, 2013 in Baseball,Featured Gallery,Latest Sports Stories,Other Sports,Photos and Videos | Read More »

Home at last: Red Sox hope to win title at Fenway

Boston Red Sox pitchers Clay Buchholz, left, and John Lackey stand together during a workout at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. Lackey is scheduled to start Game 6 of baseball's World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday in Boston. AP

Generations of New Englanders are preparing. Practically no one alive can remember seeing such an event unfold: The Boston Red Sox could win a World Series title on the celebrated grass at Fenway Park.

Posted: October 30th, 2013 in Baseball,Latest Sports Stories,Other Sports,Photos and Videos | Read More »

Lester, Red Sox beat Cards, lead World Series 3-2

Boston Red Sox's David Ross hits an RBI double during the seventh inning of Game 5 of baseball's World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, in St. Louis. AP

Jon Lester pitched the Boston Red Sox within a whisker of yet another World Series championship.

Posted: October 29th, 2013 in Baseball,Latest Sports Stories,Other Sports | Read More »

Gomes, Red Sox beat Cards 4-2 to even World Series at 2-all

Boston Red Sox's Jonny Gomes celebrates his three-run home run off St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Seth Maness, left, during the sixth inning of Game 4 of baseball's World Series Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, in St. Louis.  AP Photo

ST. LOUIS — Jonny Gomes got the Red Sox even in this wild World Series, thanks partly to Shane Victorino’s aching back.

Inserted into the lineup about 75 minutes before gametime, Gomes hit a three-run homer off reliever Seth Maness in the sixth inning that led Boston to a 4-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday night, tying the Series at two games apiece.

Felix Doubront and surprise reliever John Lackey, both starters during the regular season, picked up for a gritty Clay Buchholz to help the Red Sox ensure the Series will return to Boston.

And one night after that game-ending obstruction call, another unusual ending. Koji Uehara picked off rookie pinch-runner Kolten Wong at first base for the final out – with postseason star Carlos Beltran standing at the plate.

Game 5 is Monday night at Busch Stadium, with Boston left-hander Jon Lester facing Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright in a rematch of the opener won 8-1 by the Red Sox.

Gomes helped get Boston started in the fifth when he followed David Ortiz’s leadoff double with a 10-pitch walk that tired starter Lance Lynn, who had faced the minimum 12 batters through the first four innings.

Stephen Drew’s sacrifice fly tied the score 1-all, erasing a deficit created when center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury’s third-inning error advanced Matt Carpenter into scoring position for Beltran’s RBI single.

Ortiz, who homered in the first two games of the Series, had three of Boston’s six hits and was the club’s leader, smacking his hands together and screaming at teammates to get going when he pulled into second base on his double. Then, after the fifth inning, he huddled the Red Sox for a pep talk in the dugout.

Not long after, Gomes’ drive put Boston ahead 4-1 in the sixth.

With adrenaline taking over, Gomes spiked an arm through the air as he rounded first base, yelled and banged his chest with a fist twice. Teammates tugged on Gomes’ beard for good luck when he got back to the dugout, including a two-handed pull by Mike Napoli.

While talk of umpires’ calls dominated discussion following two of the opening three games, this one turned on a manager’s pregame decision.

John Farrell’s original Red Sox lineup didn’t include Gomes, but Victorino’s back had been bothering him since Saturday, so Daniel Nava was moved from left field to right and from fifth to second in the batting order. Gomes was inserted into the No. 5 hole behind Ortiz.

Gomes had been 0 for 9 in the Series before the home run, and Red Sox outfielders had been 4 for 40 with no RBIs. Following Dustin Pedroia’s two-out single and a four-pitch walk to Ortiz by Lynn, Maness threw five straight sliders to Gomes, who sent the last one into the Red Sox bullpen in left as Matt Holliday kept running back only to run out of room.

Carpenter singled in a run in the seventh off Craig Breslow in the seventh after pinch-hitter Shane Robinson doubled with two outs against Doubront on a ball that skidded away from Gomes. Junichi Tazawa came in and got Holliday to hit an inning-ending grounder to second, a night after allowing a tiebreaking, two-run double to Holliday.

Doubront got the win with 2 2-3 innings of one-hit relief. Lackey, the Game 2 loser and Boston’s probable Game 6 starter, pitched the eighth for his first relief appearance in nine years, overcoming a two-base throwing error by third baseman Xander Bogaerts – Boston’s seventh error of the Series – and a wild pitch.

With a runner on third, Lackey got Jon Jay to pop up and David Freese to ground out.

Uehara, Boston’s sixth pitcher, got three outs for his sixth save this postseason, completing a six-hitter.

Lynn was the hard-luck loser, leaving with the score tied and two on for Maness, who allowed Gomes’ homer on his fifth pitch.

A night after one of the craziest endings in Series history – an obstruction call on Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks – Boston ensured the Series will return to Fenway Park for Game 6 on Wednesday night.

It was a special anniversary for both teams. Exactly nine years earlier, the Red Sox completed a four-game sweep of the Cardinals across the street at old Busch Stadium for their first championship since 1918. And two years earlier, Freese hit a tying, two-run, two-out triple in the ninth against Texas and a winning homer in the 11th to force a Game 7, which St. Louis won the following night.

Buchholz, in his first appearance since the AL championship series finale on Oct. 19, fought through shoulder issues and his velocity topped out at 90 mph. He lasted a season-low four innings and 66 pitches before he was lifted for a pinch-hitter, but he allowed just an unearned run and three hits.

Fielding for the Red Sox became trouble again in the third when Carpenter singled to center with one out, and the ball appeared to take a high hop and roll away from Ellsbury. Carpenter sprinted to second on the second error of the Series by Ellsbury – who had just three during the regular season.

Beltran singled into center field two pitches later, making him 8 for 10 with 12 RBIs with runners in scoring position during the postseason.

There almost was another miscue in the fourth following a one-out walk to Jay. Freese bounced to Drew, and the shortstop grabbed the grounder on the run and flipped the ball with his glove high to Pedroia at second. He jumped and just got his left foot down in time to force Jay, who slid into him hard.

After Ortiz’s double to the right-center field wall in the fifth, Gomes fell behind 0-2 in the count and then worked out his walk. Lynn appeared to be too fine with his pitches as he walked rookie Bogaerts, loading the bases, and Drew lofted a fly to medium left near the foul line.

Holliday’s one-hop throw home hit the sliding Ortiz in the back and bounced away. Lynn recovered to strike out David Ross and induce an inning-ending groundout from pinch-hitter Mike Carp.

Posted: October 28th, 2013 in Football,Latest Sports Stories,Other Sports | Read More »

Obstruction call gives Cardinals win in World Series game 3

St. Louis Cardinals' Allen Craig reacts after hitting a double during the ninth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the Boston Red Sox Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in St. Louis. AP

Third baseman Will Middlebrooks tripped Allen Craig for a game-ending obstruction call on Jon Jay’s ninth-inning grounder, giving the St. Louis Cardinals a bizarre 5-4 win over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night and a 2-1 World Series lead.

Posted: October 27th, 2013 in Baseball,Latest Sports Stories,Other Sports,Photos and Videos | Read More »

Wacha, Cards top Red Sox 4-2 to tie World Series

The St. Louis Cardinals celebrate after defeating the Boston Red Sox, 4-2, in Game 2 of baseball's World Series Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, in Boston. The series is at 1-1. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Just when it seemed Michael Wacha had cracked, the St. Louis Cardinals began scooting around the bases and leveled the World Series.

Posted: October 25th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Cardinals, Red Sox set to renew October rivalry

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester throws during a baseball workout Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, in Boston. Lester is scheduled to start Game 1 of baseball's World Series on Wednesday against the St. Louis Cardinals. AP

Plenty of Cardinals got their first look at the century-old Fenway Park during a workout Tuesday, a day before they opened the World Series against the Boston Red Sox.

Posted: October 23rd, 2013 in Baseball,Latest Sports Stories,Other Sports,Photos and Videos | Read More »

Red Sox beat Tigers 5-2 to advance to World Series

Boston Red Sox's Shane Victorino, second from right, celebrates his grand slam with Jonny Gomes, left, Xander Bogaerts, second from left, and Jacoby Ellsbury, right, in the seventh inning during Game 6 of the American League baseball championship series against the Detroit Tigers on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Boston. AP

The Red Sox are back in the World Series for the third time in 10 seasons after Shane Victorino’s seventh-inning grand slam propelled Boston to a 5-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday to clinch the American League championship series in six games.

Posted: October 20th, 2013 in Baseball,Latest Sports Stories,Other Sports,Photos and Videos | Read More »

Cardinals book World Series berth, beat Dodgers

St. Louis Cardinals' Shane Robinson hits a two-run scoring single during the third inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. AP

St. Louis advanced to its second World Series in three years by beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-0 on Friday to seal a 4-2 win in the National League Championship Series.

Posted: October 19th, 2013 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Baseball: Greinke, Dodgers beat Cardinals 6-4 to extend series

Los Angeles Dodgers fans cheer after Game 5 of the National League baseball championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, in Los Angeles. The Dodgers won 6-4 and trail in the series 3-2. AP

It took the Dodgers five games to hit a home run in the National League championship series. Once Adrian Gonzalez powered up for the first one, their dormant offense broke loose.

Posted: October 17th, 2013 in Basketball,Featured Gallery,Latest Sports Stories,Photos and Videos | Read More »

Man City beats Chelsea 4-3 in US friendly

From left, Edin Dzeko, Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy, and Abdul Razak train with children on the pitch at Staten Island United on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 in New York City, New York. Manchester City Football Club have donated sporting equipment in the aftermath of hurricane Sandy. (Sharon Latham/Manchester City FC via AP Images)

Manchester City overcame a three-goal deficit to beat rival Chelsea 4-3 on Thursday in the opener of a two-game U.S. tour.

Posted: May 24th, 2013 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Baseball: Hall of Famer Stan Musial dies

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 18: St. Louis Cardinals great Stan Musial (L) waves to the crowd before the Cardinals take on the San Francisco Giants in Game Four of the National League Championship Series at Busch Stadium on October 18, 2012 in St Louis, Missouri.   Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFP

Hall of Famer Stan Musial, one of baseball’s greatest hitters and a St. Louis Cardinals icon, died Saturday at the age of 92.

“We have lost the most beloved member of the Cardinals family,” Cardinals chairman William DeWitt jnr said in a statement. “Stan Musial was the greatest player in Cardinals history and one of the best players in the history of baseball.”

Posted: January 20th, 2013 in Baseball,Latest Sports Stories,Other Sports | Read More »

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