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10/28/2013 | Announcement of Abreu deal likely Tuesday
The White Sox have called a news conference for 11 a.m. CT on Tuesday at U.S. Cellular Field to officially announce the signing of free-agent first baseman Jose Abreu at a reported six-year, $68-million deal.

10/28/2013 | Ozzie, Connick Jr. part of pregame festivities
Harry Connick Jr. created quite a stir when he strode onto the field at Busch Stadium to perform "The Star-Spangled Banner" prior to Game 5 of the World Series on Monday night. The pregame ceremony also included the ceremonial first pitch, thrown by Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith, whose game-winning homer in Game 5 of the NLCS is still one of the Cardinals' most memorable postseason moments.

10/28/2013 | Ortiz aims for history, Wainwright out to make amends
David Ortiz, whose designated-hitter role doesn't exist for the three World Series games in St. Louis, has survived the past two at first base just fine, which makes it that much easier for the Red Sox to keep his bat in the lineup in Game 5.

10/28/2013 | MLB Notebook: Red Sox spurred by Herculean efforts
Thirty-eight years after Carlton Fisk and Fred Lynn powered the Red Sox to victory in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series out of the No. 4 and No. 5 holes of the lineup, David Ortiz and Jonny Gomes came through with similarly Herculean efforts to help Boston knot the 2013 Fall Classic at two games apiece.

10/28/2013 | Papi, Gomes epitomize heart and toughness
When someone asks you to explain these 2013 Boston Red Sox, this is the victory you can point to. This one reveals the heart of this team, the resiliency and character, too. It speaks of toughness and teamwork and improbable characters rising to the occasion.

10/28/2013 | Winter League roundup: Aguilar powers Caracas
Jesus Aguilar, the Indians' No. 17 prospect, played the hero role for Caracas when he slammed his sixth home run of the season in the bottom of the eighth inning to help Caracas to a 5-3 win over Zulia on Sunday.

10/28/2013 | Effective Lynn saddled with loss after departing
When asked about his visible emotions upon being pulled from Sunday's 4-2 loss in Game 4 of the World Series after 5 2/3 innings, Cardinals starter Lance Lynn responded as if the answer was obvious. "I'm not happy when I come out in a game ever," Lynn said. "That's just part of being a competitor. If you want out of the game, you shouldn't be out there ever. That's just my opinion."

10/28/2013 | Freese, Cards not sweating missed opportunities
Sunday night's 4-2 loss to the Red Sox at Busch Stadium, which left the World Series tied after four games, saw St. Louis go a concerning 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position. The Cardinals have left 32 runners on base, as opposed to 21 for the Red Sox. But David Freese, who has an .083 World Series batting average, refused to sweat the missed chances.

10/28/2013 | Did you know? World Series Game 4: BOS 4, STL 2
A look at some notable facts and figures from the Boston Red Sox's 4-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 4 of the World Series at Busch Stadium on Sunday night.

10/28/2013 | Best is yet to come in this drama-filled Fall Classic
Now it gets good. Not that there's been anything wrong with the first four games of the World Series, with the Red Sox and Cardinals feeling each other out for two games at Fenway Park and playing to a confusing finish in Game 3 in St. Louis. But Boston's 4-2 victory on Sunday night sets the stage for one of those Octobers suitable for a Ken Burns documentary.

10/28/2013 | Cards still in promising position despite loss
It was a tough night in Cardinal Nation. But the disappointment surrounding the defeat at Busch Stadium should be a temporary sensation. As disappointing as this loss was for the National League champions, the road ahead still looks promising.

10/28/2013 | Berry's feet take on Molina's arm -- and win
Quintin Berry entered Sunday 24-for-24 in stolen-base attempts. Yadier Molina had the fewest steals allowed of any qualified NL catcher in five of the past six regular seasons. In Game 4, the unstoppable force met the immovable object, and the force won.

10/28/2013 | Gomes credits 'angels' for game-deciding homer
Cause and effect may not always be clear, but sometimes the correlation is too strong to shake. There was Jonny Gomes on Sunday, holding signs for his high school coach and a young fan battling leukemia. Minutes later, there was Gomes launching a three-run homer, sending the Red Sox to a 4-2 victory over the Cardinals in Game 4.

10/28/2013 | Sixth-inning choices backfire for Cardinals
Part of what has made this World Series so fascinating is that the second-guessers among us have had a smorgasbord of selections on which to feast (it is still utterly amazing that Brandon Workman got an at-bat in the ninth inning of a tie game in the World Series). In Game 4, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny's methods in the sixth inning weren't outright outlandish, by any means, but they were certainly interesting enough to take a closer inspection.

10/28/2013 | Lackey contributes big inning of relief in eighth
John Lackey hadn't thrown an inning out of the bullpen since 2004, but that didn't stop him from telling Red Sox manager John Farrell that he would be available to throw an inning of relief in Game 4 of the World Series at Busch Stadium on Sunday night if needed. He was and he did, pitching out of a bit of jam in the eighth inning.

10/28/2013 | Maness leaves sinker up, left with sinking feeling
The Cardinals' ground-ball guy didn't get his ground ball, and as a result, the World Series is knotted up going into Game 5. Seth Maness threw a sinker that didn't sink to Jonny Gomes in the sixth inning of Game 4 on Sunday, and Gomes deposited it into the visitors' bullpen in left field for the three-run home run that sent the Red Sox to a 4-2 win at Busch Stadium.

10/28/2013 | Buchholz goes four gritty innings with sore shoulder
Right-hander Clay Buchholz said the Red Sox haven't seen the last of him this October, despite a sore shoulder that limited him to four innings Sunday night and made him a real question mark for the Game 4 start.

10/28/2013 | Emotional Wong laments game-ending pickoff
The outcome of Game 4 was clear across Kolten Wong's face. Fighting back emotions amid a pack of reporters just minutes after the Cardinals' 4-2 loss to the Red Sox in the World Series on Sunday night, the dejected rookie rehashed the toughest moment of his young career.

10/24/2013 | Oct. 24 Mike Matheny postgame interview
Manager Mike Matheny spoke after the Cardinals' Game 2 victory, which knotted the World Series at 1-1.

10/24/2013 | Wacha joining ranks of all-time postseason greats
Michael Wacha may be only 22 years old and he may have only nine Major League regular-season starts under his belt. But he is already putting together one of baseball's finest postseason pitching performances.

10/24/2013 | Red Sox lament parade of mistakes on key play
Matt Carpenter's sacrifice fly in the seventh inning kicked off chaos that ultimately led to a two-run play, a three-run rally and a 4-2 Red Sox loss to the Cardinals in Game 2 of the World Series on Thursday.

10/24/2013 | Ortiz continues to make playoff stage his own
David Ortiz belted a two-run, sixth-inning homer in the Red Sox's sloppily played Game 2 loss in the World Series on Thursday. The homer over the Green Monster off the Cardinals' Michael Wacha was the 17th for Ortiz in 78 postseason games.

10/24/2013 | Series shifts to Cards' house, with no DH allowed
The 109th World Series will be decided between the foul lines. But the fact that the setting will be St. Louis for the next three games has to give the Cardinals a warm and fuzzy feeling after they evened the series at a game apiece. After both teams work out Friday, play will resume Saturday night. Right-hander Jake Peavy will start for the Red Sox against Cardinals right-hander Joe Kelly.

10/24/2013 | Did you know? World Series Game 2: STL 4, BOS 2
A look at some notable facts and figures from the St. Louis Cardinals' 4-2 win over the Boston Red Sox in Game 2 of the World Series at Fenway Park on Thursday.

10/24/2013 | No seventh heaven: Fall Classic tied up at 1
The Cardinals served notice in Thursday night's 4-2 victory in Game 2 at Fenway Park that Boston is in for a genuine battle in this Fall Classic. After John Lackey's strong start and David Ortiz's two-run homer, St. Louis rallied on a pair of Red Sox errors to even the World Series at one game apiece.


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