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October 25, 2013 | By Mark Gonzales
ST. LOUIS - Pitching aside, Boston's margin for error in the next three games of the World Series could be razor thin. Because the Red Sox are one of the few teams that use one player - David Ortiz - exclusively as the designated hitter against American League teams, they could feel the loss of that position more than any AL team in recent history. Ortiz will shift from DH to first base Saturday night for Game 3. Manager John Farrell had little choice but to sit Mike Napoli , who usually plays first base but is resigned to coming off the bench.
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October 25, 2013 | By A.J. Ellis, Special for The Times
Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis will be offering his analysis throughout the World Series. Ellis, 32, recently completed his second full season as a starter for the Dodgers by batting .333 in a National League division series against the Atlanta Braves and .316 in the NL Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Ellis is familiar with the Boston Red Sox, a team the Dodgers faced during the regular season. The Cardinals did against the Red Sox what we were unable to do against the Cardinals.
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October 24, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
BOSTON -- Play the percentages. Keep the players comfortable in their roles. Follow those two guidelines, and you are well on your way to a high approval rating as a major league manager. Mike Matheny brushed them aside, at a critical moment of Game 2 of the World Series. The manager of the St. Louis Cardinals played his hunch instead, and the Cardinals flew home 4-2 winners. The Cardinals raise their fireballers right. They threw 149 pitches Thursday, and a rookie threw every one of them.
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October 24, 2013 | By Mark Gonzalez
BOSTON - After two games, the World Series has been far from a fall classic that Major League Baseball loves to declare on an annual basis. But the Cardinals showed Thursday night they possess plenty of resiliency. After rookie sensation Michael Wacha gave up a two-run homer to slugger David Ortiz, the Cardinals rebounded with the help of two Red Sox errors to score three runs in the seventh inning and seize a 4-2 victory at Fenway Park to tie the best-of-seven Series at 1-1. "I believe it's a momentum sport, and the statistics back it," said Manager Mike Matheny, whose Cardinals rebounded from a sloppy 8-1 loss in Game 1. The Cardinals scored only two runs in the first 15 innings of the Series before breaking through to help Wacha improve to 4-0 in the postseason while ending the Red Sox's nine-game Series winning streak dating back to 2004.
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October 24, 2013 | By A.J. Ellis
Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis will be offering his analysis throughout the World Series. Ellis, 32, recently completed his second full season as a starter for the Dodgers by batting .333 in a National League division series against the Atlanta Braves and .316 in the NL Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Ellis is familiar with the Boston Red Sox, a team the Dodgers faced during the regular season. Over the last decade, baseball has experienced a departure from the traditional statistics and measurements that compared and contrasted players for more than a century.
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October 23, 2013 | By Mark Gonzales
BOSTON - The Boston Red Sox's renaissance started during the regular season with a patient and powerful offense that provided ample cushion for a pitching staff that possessed one of the top bullpens in the major leagues. And in the postseason, the Red Sox have received even more help - from their opponents. The Red Sox offense took advantage of Adam Wainwright's lack of command and three errors by the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night to support the dominant pitching of Jon Lester and cruise to an 8-1 victory in Game 1 of the World Series at Fenway Park.
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October 23, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
Don Mattingly will return to manage the Dodgers next season. Mattingly and the Dodgers agreed on at least that much Wednesday, as both sides said they would honor their existing contract. "Absolutely," said Stan Kasten, the Dodgers' president and primary decision maker. Said Mattingly's agent, Ray Schulte: "Donnie's always been a man of his word and he's under contract. " Only two days earlier, Mattingly blindsided upper management by saying he might not be back if he had to be a lame-duck manager for a second consecutive season.
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October 23, 2013 | By A.J. Ellis, Special for The Times
Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis will be offering his analysis throughout the World Series. Ellis, 32, recently completed his second full season as a starter for the Dodgers by batting .333 in a National League division series against the Atlanta Braves and .316 in the NL Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Ellis is familiar with the Boston Red Sox, a team the Dodgers faced during the regular season. "Are you more nervous before a playoff game than a regular season game?"
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October 22, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Boston Red Sox SCHEDULE Game 1: Wednesday, 5 p.m. St. Louis (Wainwright, 19-9, 2.94) at Boston (Lester, 15-8, 3.75) Game 2: Thursday, 5 p.m St. Louis (Wacha, 4-1, 2.78) at Boston (Lackey, 10-13, 3.52) Game 3: Saturday, 5 p.m. Boston (Buchholz, 12-1, 1.74) at St. Louis (Kelly, 10-5, 2.69) Game 4: Oct. 27, 5:15 p.m. Boston (Peavy, 12-5, 4.17) at St. Louis (Lynn, 15-10, 3.97) Game 5: Oct. 28, 5 p.m.* Boston (TBA)
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October 21, 2013 | By Mark Gonzales
BOSTONĀ  - Jake Peavy hasn't forgotten the first words Jonny Gomes said to him on his first day in the Fenway Park home clubhouse after his trade from the Chicago White Sox. "I asked how Jonny was doing, and his quote to me was, 'Just a day closer to the parade, Jake. Doing well. Just check this one off the list.' "It took me a minute to realize what that meant," Peavy said Monday. "I said, 'Oh my God. He's talking about the World Series parade.' This is the last day of July.
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