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2013 World Series

  1. HBT Daily: Wrapping up the World Series

    Oct 31, 2013, 1:45 PM EDT

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    I phoned this one in from the Boston airport. Not mailed. Just phoned.

  2. Is David Ortiz a Hall of Famer?

    Oct 31, 2013, 9:22 AM EDT

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    BOSTON — A lot of people are going to be asking that question this morning. Anyone answering “no” had better bring a good argument, because they’re on the much tougher side of the battle today than they were a year ago. First, though, let us set aside the World Series and look at Ortiz’s overall…

  3. John Farrell, Shane Victorino and the Boston Red Sox: What a difference a year makes

    Oct 31, 2013, 12:41 AM EDT

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    BOSTON — In October 2012 John Farrell had just finished a 79-83 season managing the Toronto Blue Jays. Which was worse than his first year as Blue Jays manager. There were rumblings that the Red Sox might want to hire him to replace Bobby Valentine and most Blue Jays fans were OK with that. He…

  4. Fenway Park: Absolute Bedlam

    Oct 30, 2013, 11:36 PM EDT

    World Series - St Louis Cardinals v Boston Red Sox - Game Six

    BOSTON — In between the third and fourth inning of Game 6, the Boston Police Department issued a statement that the Bars around Fenway Park were at full capacity so, please, don’t bother coming down here. Based on what I saw in and around Fenway Park this evening, I am 100% certain that no one heeded…

  5. Gearing up for Game 6 at Fenway

    Oct 30, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT

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    BOSTON — Your first baseball experiences inevitably shape your tastes. My first baseball experiences were in the late 70s and early 80s so I like lower scoring games. And I’m more tolerant of pullover jerseys than many people are. The first ballpark I ever went to — and I went there a lot — was…

  6. World Series, Game 6: Cardinals-Red Sox lineups

    Oct 30, 2013, 4:18 PM EDT

    World Series - Boston Red Sox v St Louis Cardinals - Game Three

    Lineups for Game 6 at Fenway Park … Cardinals: 2B Matt Carpenter RF Carlos Beltran LF Matt Holliday DH Allen Craig C Yadier Molina 1B Matt Adams 3B David Freese CF Jon Jay SS Daniel Descalso SP Michael Wacha With a right-hander on the mound Cardinals manager Mike Matheny goes back to his usual lineup,…

  7. World Series Game 6 Preview: John Lackey gets the biggest start of his life

    Oct 30, 2013, 12:38 PM EDT

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    BOSTON — It’s certainly the biggest start of Michael Wacha‘s life too, but Wacha is 22 years-old and kids, God love ‘em, tend to think that they’re going to have the sun shining on them forever. John Lackey is 35 and has pretty much seen it and done it all. He’s been that kid winning…

  8. Under Pressure: for World Series umpires failure is seized upon, success is ignored

    Oct 30, 2013, 11:41 AM EDT

    World Series - Boston Red Sox v St Louis Cardinals - Game Three

    BOSTON — An early morning direct flight from St. Louis to Boston the day after Game 5 of the World Series is bound to be full of folks with baseball connections. The lineup for this Southwest Airlines flight is certainly no exception. As I take my place in line to board I notice at least…

  9. Jon Lester’s mastery, efficiency carry Red Sox to edge of glory, push Cardinals to brink

    Oct 28, 2013, 11:08 PM EDT

    World Series - Boston Red Sox v St Louis Cardinals - Game Five

    ST. LOUIS — We thought of Game 1 as a battle of aces. It didn’t turn out that way. Game 5, however, gave us what we had been expecting. Adam Wainwright vs. Jon Lester and this time they were both on their game. But Jon Lester was better than Wainwright and, just as importantly, was…

  10. UPDATE: MLB and Chevrolet pull the “Silverado Strong” promotion

    Oct 28, 2013, 6:53 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Wiser heads have prevailed: the “Silverado Strong” promotion has been cancelled. Michael Albano, Chevrolet Spokesperson issued the following statement: “Earlier this year Chevrolet launched the all-new 2014 Silverado. The launch is supported by the campaign, “Strong”,  which celebrates the strength of hardworking, honest and dependable men and women. Chevy has carried this theme throughout…

  11. Change of plans: Allen Craig and his injured foot are in the Cardinals lineup

    Oct 28, 2013, 5:50 PM EDT

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    How desperate are the Cardinals for some offense tonight against left-hander Jon Lester? Before the game Allen Craig tested his injured foot in the hopes of playing first base, but it went poorly enough that manager Mike Matheny posted a lineup card with Craig on the bench and Matt Adams starting. And then less than…

  12. World Series, Game 5: Red Sox-Cardinals lineups

    Oct 28, 2013, 4:20 PM EDT

    World Series - Boston Red Sox v St Louis Cardinals - Game Three

    Lineups for Game 5 at Busch Stadium … Red Sox: CF Jacoby Ellsbury 2B Dustin Pedroia 1B David Ortiz LF Jonny Gomes RF Daniel Nava 3B Xander Bogaerts SS Stephen Drew C David Ross SP Jon Lester Shane Victorino is out of the lineup again with a back injury, so Daniel Nava replaces him in…

  13. HBT Daily: More like Kolten Wrong, amirite?

    Oct 28, 2013, 12:32 PM EDT

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    I’m so, so sorry for that. I haven’t been getting much sleep the past few days.

  14. World Series Game 5 preview: It’s Ace vs. Ace once again

    Oct 28, 2013, 11:05 AM EDT

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    What: Game 5 of the World Series Where: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri When: 8:07 EDT, Fox What to expect? Your guess is as good as ours. But let’s try to pretend this game, which will decide who goes up 3-2 as the Series shifts back to Boston on Wedneday, is going to be conventional.…

  15. Doomsayers be damned: Baseball is healthy and ratings are strong

    Oct 28, 2013, 9:28 AM EDT

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    ST. LOUIS — I write often about how the “Baseball is dying” people and the folks who wring their hands over playoff and World Series television ratings are either overstating their concern, are misapprehending history or are flat-out wrong. It appears, however, that those people and those folks will continue to march on with that…

  16. The Red Sox tear up the script, tie the World Series at two games a piece

    Oct 27, 2013, 11:53 PM EDT

    World Series - Boston Red Sox v St Louis Cardinals - Game Four

    ST. LOUIS — A start from a broken pitcher that went way better than anyone might have guessed. A three-run homer from the most unlikely of men.  On a night when the smart money was lining up against the Boston Red Sox, the storylines didn’t go the way they were supposed to go, resulting in…

  17. The obstruction play provides a glimpse of the essence of baseball

    Oct 27, 2013, 11:08 AM EDT

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    Some people — maybe most people — look at last night’s game-ending obstruction play and feel some level of dissatisfaction. Even if they admit it was correct on the merits, there is some sense that it was wonky and weird.  I totally get that. But for me, the obstruction play and all of its weird…

  18. Don’t make Will Middlebrooks the goat for last night’s game

    Oct 27, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    World Series - Boston Red Sox v St Louis Cardinals - Game Three

    Ken Davidoff of the New York Post ponders whether or not Will Middlebrooks will become a goat after last night’s obstruction play. The headline — which I’m certain Davidoff did not write: Davidoff himself does not believe that Middlebrooks should not be a goat, saying “Middlebrooks “faces a future in which he might known be…

  19. Jake Peavy rips umpire Dana DeMuth, calls the game-ending play “a joke”

    Oct 27, 2013, 9:03 AM EDT

    World Series - Boston Red Sox v St Louis Cardinals - Game Three

    You mad, bro? Yeah, Jake Peavy is definitely mad about the game-ending obstruction call last night. Speaking to reporters in the clubhouse after the game, the Red Sox’ Game 3 starter was incredulous, calling home plate umpire Dana DeMuth’s ruling that Allen Craig would have scored cleanly from third base but for the obstruction of…

  20. The night John Farrell embraced chaos

    Oct 27, 2013, 12:40 AM EDT

    World Series - Boston Red Sox v St Louis Cardinals - Game Three

    ST. LOUIS — There’s a cliche about managers putting their players in the best position to succeed. A corollary to that is having the best players in the right position, at the right time. Do those things as often as possible and you’re more likely than not to win, right? Well, sometimes. The Red Sox tested…

  21. In Search of The Best Fans in Baseball

    Oct 26, 2013, 5:50 PM EDT

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    ST. LOUIS — The idea that the St. Louis Cardinals boast The Best Fans in Baseball started during the runup to the 2004 World Series. No, wait. It was definitely in the 2000 NLCS against the Mets. Wait, that isn’t right either. Clearly it began during the 1998 home run chase pitting Mark McGwire against…

  22. HBT at the World Series: Greetings from workout day

    Oct 25, 2013, 3:42 PM EDT

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    ST. LOUIS — Check me out. A dateline. You know that means things are getting real. Greetings from St. Louis, where the World Series is pausing for one day before Games 3, 4 and 5 go down. Today is a workout day for the Cards and Sox. As I write this from the auxiliary press…

  23. HBT Daily: Cardinals rebound after Game 1 shellacking

    Oct 25, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

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    Kay and I break down Game 2 of the World Series:

  24. The Cardinals took the lead by NOT playing The Cardinal Way

    Oct 25, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

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    This is fun. The crazy sequence where Craig Breslow threw away the ball when he tried to get Jon Jay at third base last night?  The one that resulted in the go-ahead and what proved to be the winning run scoring?  The only reason that happened is because Jon Jay failed to play baseball The…

  25. World Series, Game 2: Cardinals-Red Sox lineups

    Oct 24, 2013, 6:27 PM EDT

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    Lineups from Game 2 at Fenway Park … Cardinals: 2B Matt Carpenter RF Carlos Beltran LF Matt Holliday 1B Matt Adams C Yadier Molina DH Allen Craig 3B David Freese CF Jon Jay SS Daniel Descalso SP Michael Wacha Carlos Beltran tested his injured ribs during pregame batting practice and apparently felt good enough to…

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