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

    Oct 24, 2013, 6:27 PM EDT

    2013 World Series Media Day

    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…

  2. It’s still only one loss for Cardinals

    Oct 23, 2013, 11:43 PM EDT

    World Series Cardinals Red Sox Baseball

    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…

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

    Oct 23, 2013, 11:29 PM EDT

    jon lester getty

    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…

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

    Oct 23, 2013, 11:59 AM EDT

    2013WSLogo

    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…

  5. 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…

  6. John Lackey confirmed as World Series Game 2 starter

    Oct 22, 2013, 8:24 PM EDT

    john lackey getty

    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…

  7. Red Sox expected to go with John Lackey in Game 2 of World Series

    Oct 21, 2013, 10:08 PM EDT

    John Lackey Getty

    It came as no surprise when Red Sox manager John Farrell announced this afternoon that Jon Lester will start Game 1 of the World Series against the Cardinals on Wednesday, but there could be a change in store for Game 2. While Clay Buchholz started Game 2 of the ALCS against the Tigers, Sean McAdam…

  8. Do the Red Sox or the Cardinals have the World Series pitching edge?

    Oct 21, 2013, 2:10 PM EDT

    Adam Wainwright

    This postseason has been dominated by pitching, so who has the arms advantage in the World Series? During the regular season the Red Sox ranked sixth among AL teams in runs allowed and the Cardinals ranked fifth among NL teams in runs allowed, but overall totals can be misleading when it comes to evaluating the…

  9. As expected, the Cardinals will go with Adam Wainwright in Game 1 of the World Series

    Oct 20, 2013, 6:08 PM EDT

    Division Series - Pittsburgh Pirates v St Louis Cardinals - Game Five

    In the least shocking bit of news you’ll hear this week, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny will send ace Adam Wainwright to the mound to start Game 1 of the World Series against the Red Sox, tweets Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY. Wainwright has been nothing short of excellent for the Cardinals, dating all the way…

  10. Looking ahead to the World Series

    Oct 20, 2013, 12:40 AM EDT

    NLCS - Los Angeles Dodgers v St Louis Cardinals

    The Cardinals and Red Sox will open up the 2013 World Series in Boston on Wednesday night, a rematch of the 2004 World Series ultimately taken by the Sox in four games. The two teams are, both by their regular season records and various statistical measures, the best teams from their respective leagues. Let’s go…

  11. For Tigers and Dodgers, injuries make you wonder what could have been

    Oct 20, 2013, 12:10 AM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera Getty

    Cardinals starter Michael Wacha went home with the NLCS MVP hardware, but perhaps it should have gone to Joe Kelly. Kelly started off the series by drilling shortstop Hanley Ramirez — one of the most productive players during the regular season, and a godsend to the Dodgers in the NLDS — in the ribs with…

  12. Don Mattingly on Yasiel Puig: “We’ve got to do a better job…of helping him mature”

    Oct 19, 2013, 10:38 AM EDT

    Yasiel Puig Getty

    While a disaster outing from ace Clayton Kershaw and a lack of offense against Michael Wacha were the main reasons for the Dodgers’ season coming to an end last night, Yasiel Puig naturally received plenty of attention after the game for his three defensive miscues in right field. According to Chris Haft of MLB.com, Dodgers…

  13. Michael Wacha is your NLCS MVP

    Oct 19, 2013, 12:02 AM EDT

    NLCS - Los Angeles Dodgers v St Louis Cardinals

    Wacha will go home as the MVP of the National League Championship Series, per Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY. The 22-year-old rookie tossed 13.2 shutout innings over two starts against the Dodgers in Games 2 and 6, allowing just seven hits and two walks while striking out 13. Wacha, of course, pitched seven crucial innings…

  14. Cardinals await conclusion of ALCS as World Series will be a rematch of 2004 or 2006

    Oct 18, 2013, 11:50 PM EDT

    NLCS - Los Angeles Dodgers v St Louis Cardinals

    With a thorough 9-0 drubbing of the Dodgers in Game 6 of the NLCS, the Cardinals clinched a World Series appearance for the first time since, uh, last week. At least it feels that way, anyway. They won the World Series in 2011 against the Texas Rangers in seven games. The Cardinals are anxiously waiting…

  15. The Cardinals clinch their ticket to the World Series with Game 6 victory over the Dodgers

    Oct 18, 2013, 11:38 PM EDT

    NLCS - Los Angeles Dodgers v St Louis Cardinals

    The Cardinals provided starter Michael Wacha with a big ol’ pile of runs but he sure didn’t need it. The 22-year-old right-hander continued to show poise and dominance with seven shutout innings, out-dueling presumptive NL Cy Young award winner Clayton Kershaw in the process. Wacha finished with a line that read: 7 IP, 0 R,…

  16. Cardinals put Game 6 out of reach with a fifth-inning outburst

    Oct 18, 2013, 10:36 PM EDT

    NLCS - Los Angeles Dodgers v St Louis Cardinals

    After going up 4-0 in the third inning, the Cardinals continued to tack on runs in the fifth. In doing so, they chased Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw from the game after 98 pitches. The lefty did not record an out in the fifth. The inning started off with Yadier Molina singling to right field. Yasiel…

  17. The Cardinals pull ahead in Game 6 with a big third inning

    Oct 18, 2013, 9:50 PM EDT

    Matt Carpenter

    Post-season legend Carlos Beltran staked the Cardinals to an early lead in the top of the third with a line drive RBI single to center against Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw. The opportunity was set up by Cardinals second baseman Matt Carpenter, who worked an 11-pitch at-bat — including seven consecutive foul balls — against Kershaw…

  18. NLCS, Game 6: Dodgers-Cardinals lineup

    Oct 18, 2013, 4:55 PM EDT

    NLCS Cardinals Dodgers Baseball

    Dodgers: LF Carl Crawford 2B Mark Ellis 1B Adrian Gonzalez RF Yasiel Puig CF Andre Ethier 3B Juan Uribe C A.J. Ellis SS Nick Punto SP Clayton Kershaw Hanley Ramirez has tried to play through a cracked rib, but was in obvious pain and is now out of the Dodgers’ lineup. Nick Punto is starting…

  19. Dodgers stay alive with NLCS Game 5 win over Cardinals

    Oct 16, 2013, 7:21 PM EDT

    zack greinke getty

    The NLCS is headed back to Busch Stadium. Zack Greinke found trouble early but settled in late as the Dodgers rolled to a 6-4 defeat of the visiting Cardinals in Game 5 of the NL Championship Series on Wednesday afternoon in Los Angeles. Greinke loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the…

  20. Four years later, 2009 free-agent pair comes up big in LCSs

    Oct 16, 2013, 1:58 AM EDT

    ALCS - Boston Red Sox v Detroit Tigers - Game Three

    Headlined by three players, the post-2009 season MLB free agent class was undoubtedly the weakest seen in at least a decade. The prizes: Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday (acquired from the A’s earlier that summer), Red Sox outfielder Jason Bay and Angels right-hander John Lackey. The field was so bad that the fourth biggest contract went…

  21. The improbable continues in NLCS

    Oct 15, 2013, 12:00 AM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Los Angeles Dodgers - Game Three

    Game 1: Zack Greinke versus Joe Kelly. Cardinals win. Game 2: Clayton Kershaw versus Michael Wacha. Cardinals win. Game 3: Adam Wainwright versus Hyun_jin Ryu. Dodgers win. The Cardinals led the National League in runs scored both for the season as a whole and in the second half. The Dodgers started slowly, but they were…

  22. Down 2-0 in NLCS, Dodgers appear doomed

    Oct 12, 2013, 8:22 PM EDT

    Carl Crawford

    Not even 24 hours into a seven-game series, the Dodgers’ World Series hopes are already on life support. By failing to secure either of the first two games with Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw on the mound, they’ve become huge long shots to defeat the Cardinals in the NLCS. If there’s any reason for the…

  23. Cardinals take a 2-0 lead in NLCS with 1-0 shutout of Dodgers

    Oct 12, 2013, 6:52 PM EDT

    NLCS - Los Angeles Dodgers v St Louis Cardinals - Game Two

    Cardinals starter Michael Wacha turned in a gem, needing only one run of support to help pitch his team past the Dodgers. Wacha shut out the Dodgers over six and two-thirds innings, allowing just five hits and a walk while striking out eight. Jon Jay contributed the game’s only run with a fifth-inning sacrifice fly…

  24. Michael Wacha hands 1-0 lead over to Cardinals’ bullpen after stellar start in Game 2 of NLCS

    Oct 12, 2013, 6:16 PM EDT

    NLCS - Los Angeles Dodgers v St Louis Cardinals - Game Two

    Cardinals starter Michael Wacha dazzled, shutting the Dodgers out over six and two-thirds innings. He allowed just five hits and a walk while striking out eight, escaping jams in the fifth and sixth innings before giving way to the bullpen with two outs in the seventh. Wacha retired the first two batters he faced, but…

  25. Dodgers and Cardinals scoreless through four innings in Game 2 of NLCS

    Oct 12, 2013, 5:12 PM EDT

    Clayton Kershaw Getty

    After the Dodgers and Cardinals needed 13 innings to determine a winner in Game 1 of the NLCS last night, we’re scoreless through four innings in Game 2 this afternoon at Busch Stadium. With the shadows looming on the field of play, Michael Wacha and Clayton Kershaw have dominated the hitters early on in this…

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