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2013 World Series

  1. Carlos Beltran will be a game time decision

    Oct 24, 2013, 2:01 PM EDT

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    The X-Rays were negative, but as of early this afternoon Carlos Beltran remains a game time decision to play tonight. Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch doubts he’ll play. It stinks that the one thing that went right for the Cardinals last night — Beltran catching what would have been a grand slam, and…

  2. Allen Craig felt “pretty good” in return, but unlikely to fill in for Carlos Beltran in outfield

    Oct 24, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Not much went right for the Cardinals in Game 1 last night, but one bit of positive news is that Allen Craig had no problems with his foot while playing for the first time since September 4. Craig went 1-for-4 with a single as the designated hitter and cleanup man, saying afterward: “I felt good…

  3. A Cardinals minor leaguer wonders if Jon Lester was doctoring up the ball last night

    Oct 24, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

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    UPDATE: MLB has issued a statement saying the video was inconclusive. So, basically, this little controversy is over. 9:30 AM: Well here’s some fun fodder to tide us over until game time! Tyler Melling, a minor league pitcher in the Cardinals organization, took to Twitter last night to ask whether Jon Lester was adding a…

  4. Clay Buchholz is suffering from “general arm fatigue”

    Oct 24, 2013, 9:13 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox  v Tampa Bay Rays

    Clay Buchholz is not injured, he and the Sox say. And he is still scheduled to start Game 4 on Sunday in St. Louis. But the Red Sox’ ace did acknowledge last night that he is suffering from arm fatigue, reports WEEI.  “Just a little bit of fatigue setting in … It’s just a little…

  5. The overturning of the Pete Kozma play last night was a preview of the upcoming challenge replay system

    Oct 24, 2013, 7:41 AM EDT

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    Watching the umpires overturn Dana DeMuth’s awful call on the would-be double play ball dropped by Pete Kozma last night made me wonder about the upcoming expanded instant replay system. Hearing Joe Torre talk about it with Ken Rosenthal a couple of innings later made me wonder even more. My biggest takeaways from it are…

  6. Red Sox capitalize on Cardinals’ blunders in Game 1

    Oct 24, 2013, 1:48 AM EDT

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    BOSTON — You ever had one of those days when nothing goes right? I’m not talking about big and tragic things going wrong, no, just little things. Little stupid things. You wake up a half hour late because a blackout knocked out your alarm clock. Because of the blackout, the water in the shower is ice.…

  7. X-rays, CT scan turn up negative on Carlos Beltran’s ribs

    Oct 24, 2013, 12:05 AM EDT

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    Cardinals manager Mike Matheny announced in his postgame press conference that Carlos Beltran underwent X-rays and a CT scan at a local Boston hospital after banging his rib cage on the short right field wall at Fenway Park on Wednesday evening. The tests came up negative and the Cardinals will leave Beltran’s health status as…

  8. It’s still only one loss for Cardinals

    Oct 23, 2013, 11:43 PM EDT

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    To put it simply, the Cardinals were never in Game 1 of the World Series. Terribly sloppy defensively, they were down 3-0 after one and 5-0 after two. They mounted little rallies in the fourth and fifth innings, but nothing came of them. At no point did Boston’s lead seem surmountable. None of that matters…

  9. Red Sox roll to 8-1 victory in World Series Game 1

    Oct 23, 2013, 11:29 PM EDT

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    There was a party Wednesday night at Fenway Park. And the Cardinals were merely serving the cocktails. Jon Lester threw 7 2/3 scoreless innings and the Red Sox offense tagged the vaunted St. Louis staff early and late as Boston captured Game 1 of the World Series in an 8-1 rout. The only Cardinals run…

  10. Dana DeMuth gets bailed out by his buds

    Oct 23, 2013, 9:24 PM EDT

    World Series Cardinals Red Sox Baseball

    It took less than an inning for a horrible umpiring decision in what stands to be the final World Series before expanded instant replay is introduced. Enter Dana DeMuth (GIF from @BuzzfeedSports) DeMuth, the second base ump, said Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozma lost the ball on the exchange, giving the Cardinals an out on a…

  11. Carlos Beltran robs David Ortiz of a grand slam but then departs World Series Game 1 with a rib contusion

    Oct 23, 2013, 9:20 PM EDT

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    Boston leads Game 1 of the World Series 5-0 after just two innings, but it could have been even worse for the visiting Cardinals. Watch as St. Louis right fielder Carlos Beltran robs Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz of a grand slam with one out in the bottom of the second (courtesy of HBT’s…

  12. Red Sox grab big first-inning lead in Game 1

    Oct 23, 2013, 8:44 PM EDT

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    The 2013 World Series is off to a pretty horrendous start for the National League-champion Cardinals. Adam Wainwright walked Jacoby Ellsbury to open the bottom of the first inning and then gave up a one-out single to Dustin Pedroia. David Ortiz then hit a groundball to Cardinals second baseman Matt Carpenter that should have been…

  13. St. Louis, Boston breweries stage World Series bets

    Oct 23, 2013, 7:43 PM EDT

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    The fine folks at Schlafly Brand Beer in St. Louis — try their outstanding Pumpkin Ale or Coffee Stout if you ever get a chance — have established World Series bets with two Boston-based breweries, Harpoon and Boston Beer Company (the makers of Sam Adams). From the Beer Employee Blog at Schlafly.com: The wager between our fearless…

  14. Check out this program from the 1946 World Series

    Oct 23, 2013, 6:21 PM EDT

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    Michael Beschloss — who runs one of the best accounts on Twitter if you’re into historical documents and photographs — just posted this image of a program from the 1946 World Series on his Twitter feed: That classic World Series featured two of the greatest hitters of all time — Stan Musial for the Cardinals,…

  15. World Series, Game 1: Cardinals-Red Sox lineups

    Oct 23, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

    2013 World Series Media Day

    Lineups for Game 1 at Fenway Park … Cardinals: 2B Matt Carpenter RF Carlos Beltran LF Matt Holliday DH Allen Craig C Yadier Molina 3B David Freese 1B Matt Adams CF Shane Robinson SS Pete Kozma SP Adam Wainwright As expected Allen Craig is in the lineup at designated hitter, playing for the first time…

  16. HBT Daily: Welcome to World Series Day

    Oct 23, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

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    Kay and I talk about Game 1 matchups and make my bold — or not so bold — predictions.

  17. The HBT staff makes its World Series predictions

    Oct 23, 2013, 1:02 PM EDT

    Oracle of Delphi

    If you think about it (and look at it a bit sideways, with one eye-closed), this isn’t a seven game World Series. It’s a best of 169, with the 97-65 Red Sox and 97-65 Cardinals in a dead heat before their final games. OK, maybe that’s not true. But if it were, it would absolve…

  18. Forget the ‘one great player’ structure for this World Series

    Oct 23, 2013, 11:59 AM EDT

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    BOSTON — There seems to be quite a bit of talk about continuity going into this year’s World Series. Well, hey, it’s the Cardinals and the Red Sox again. Fourth time. That was the matchup in ’46, with Stan Musial and Ted Williams, Enos Slaughter and Johnny Pesky, Red Schoendienst and Bobby Doerr and that…

  19. Red Sox leave Matt Thornton off World Series roster

    Oct 23, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Boston Red Sox

    Matt Thornton threw a simulated game yesterday at Fenway Park to prepare himself in case the Red Sox wanted to add him to the roster for the World Series, but they’ve decided against activating the veteran left-hander. That means Thornton will have sat out the entire postseason after being acquired from the White Sox in…

  20. Chris Carpenter put on a batting practice show in Fenway

    Oct 23, 2013, 11:33 AM EDT

    2013 World Series Media Day

    This is fun. From Joe Strauss’ latest, talking about New England native Chris Carpenter‘s return to Fenway park: There’s enough tug here for the sidelined former Cy Young Award winner to ask Matheny if he could participate in batting practice. (Carpenter only bunted during pregame work with the Jays.) Permission granted, Carpenter drove five balls…

  21. Red Sox are slight favorites in Game 1

    Oct 23, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

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    By a relatively slim margin Boston is favored over St. Louis to win the World Series and the difference between the two teams according to the Game 1 betting line is even smaller. Las Vegas has Jon Lester and the Red Sox as -120 favorites tonight, which means you’d have to risk $120 to win…

  22. Clay Buchholz may have a “physical issue”

    Oct 23, 2013, 8:40 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox  v Tampa Bay Rays

    This is more of a “keep it in the back of your mind” thing, as the Red Sox say that their plans with respect to Clay Buchholz have not changed for the World Series. But Rob Bradford of WEEI reports that there is at least some question about Buchholz’s health at the moment: While a…

  23. John Lackey confirmed as World Series Game 2 starter

    Oct 22, 2013, 8:24 PM EDT

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    From Alex Speier, the excellent Red Sox beat writer at WEEI.com: Red Sox manager John Farrell said that after Jon Lester starts Game 1 of the World Series, John Lackey will start Game 2, in part based on a desire not to have his next trip to the mound be too far removed from his dominant performance in Game 3 of…

  24. Allen Craig is on the Cardinals’ World Series roster

    Oct 22, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

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    Allen Craig has passed whatever tests he needed to pass, because Cardinals manager Mike Matheny announced that the injured first baseman will be on the World Series roster after not playing since September 4 due to a foot injury. Craig has been hitting for a while now, but the issue is whether his foot will…

  25. Boston mayor hopes the Red Sox win “the World Series Cup”

    Oct 22, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

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    Or: Great Moments in Politicians Wading Into Sports: In what could be the final sports blunder of his administration, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino told reporters on Tuesday morning he hoped the Boston Red Sox would win “the World Series Cup.” It’s presumed Menino was referencing the Commissioner’s Trophy, which will be awarded to the winner of the upcoming…

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