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10/24/2013 | Cards can look to '82 for hope of bouncing back
As the Cardinals lick their wounds after being crushed by Boston, 8-1, in the first game of the World Series, all they have to do is look back to 1982 to gain a measure of hope.

10/24/2013 | Prospect Rodriguez has stuff, confidence to succeed
Early in the Arizona Fall League, a pitcher that quickly caught my attention was left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez of the Baltimore Orioles. Still only 20, Rodriguez shows amazing poise and self-confidence on the mound.

10/24/2013 | Pregame Fenway festivities feature return of '04 'Idiots'
Select members of the 2004 Red Sox team -- also affectionately known as the "Idiots," who ended an 86-year drought without a World Series title in Beantown -- were invited to throw out ceremonial first pitches prior to Game 2 on Thursday night at Fenway Park.

10/24/2013 | First things first: Carpenter ideal atop Cards lineup
For today's leadoff hitters, on-base percentage is king. That's why, when Rafael Furcal opted for Tommy John elbow surgery and John Jay had a slow start to the season, the Cardinals decided to give Matt Carpenter a shot at the top of the lineup, even though he had never hit in that spot before. In four years in the Minors, Carpenter had a .408 on-base percentage and a reputation for grinding out lengthy at-bats.

10/24/2013 | Umpires deserve due for poise under pressure
In the end, the umpires got the call right. Game 1 of the 2013 World Series was decided by the players, not the men in blue. Nothing else matters, right? How they got from here to there is irrelevant. That's the bottom line in all of this.

10/24/2013 | MLB Notebook: Lester, Papi a dynamic duo
Starter Jon Lester went 7 2/3 scoreless innings and cleanup man David Ortiz had a home run and three RBIs to lift the Red Sox to an 8-1 win over the Cardinals in Game 1 of the World Series.

10/24/2013 | It's Red Sox duo vs. Cards sensation in Game 2
As the Red Sox look to get the most out of having both David Ortiz and Mike Napoli in the lineup, Michael Wacha looks to keep rolling for the Cardinals as the World Series plot thickens in Game 2 on Thursday.

10/24/2013 | Drew shining on defense while bat comes around
Stephen Drew is 4-for-39 at the plate this postseason, but at shortstop, he's been nearly immaculate, which proved even more valuable while Game 1 winner Jon Lester provided the Red Sox's defense with ground ball after ground ball on Wednesday night.

10/24/2013 | Winter League roundup: Bucs prospect erupts in DR
Gregory Polanco, the No. 2 overall prospect in the Pirates' farm system, went 4-for-4 with a double and a homer Wednesday for Escogido in the Dominican Winter League.

10/24/2013 | Out of sorts from start, Waino takes blame for loss
Six-foot-7 Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright rose to take the mound Wednesday, banged his head on the roof of the dugout at old Fenway Park and could not have known that his World Series start was about to get even worse.

10/24/2013 | With Lester at his best, Game 1 goes Boston's way
The Cardinals may have made some errors, and Adam Wainwright may not have been at the top of his game, but it was Jon Lester's command from the very beginning that helped the Red Sox roll past the Cards in Game 1 on Wednesday.

10/24/2013 | Ross-Lester combo paying dividends for Sox
Jason Varitek spoiled the Red Sox with his ability to get the most out of pitchers, and the run of success first-year Boston catcher David Ross has had with World Series Game 1 winner Jon Lester is drawing favorable comparisons.

10/24/2013 | Papi Sox it to Cards
Carlos Beltran robbed David Ortiz of a grand slam in the second inning, but Ortiz later hit a two-run homer in Boston's 8-1 rout of St. Louis, finishing 2-for-3 with three RBIs.

10/24/2013 | Lapses belie Kozma's steady glove at short
Entering the World Series, one of the traits shared by the Cardinals and Red Sox was the superb defensive play of their shortstops. Pete Kozma, the Cards' normally steady infielder, had a rough night on Wednesday in Game 1, making two costly errors in Boston's 8-1 win. But one game should not be blown out of proportion.

10/24/2013 | After taking hit in Game 1, Cards must respond
Two factors make dramatic improvement somewhere between possible and probable for the Cardinals in the 2013 World Series against the Red Sox. They have bounced back before from difficult defeats and hard situations. And starting Game 2 for the Cards on Thursday night (6:30 p.m. CT air time on FOX, 7:07 first pitch) will be sensational rookie right-hander Michael Wacha.

10/24/2013 | Series teams live up to defensive metrics in opener
These Cardinals aren't nearly as solid defensively as their old-school numbers say they are, and you only had to watch two innings of Game 1 of the World Series to see that flaw revealed. Meanwhile, the Red Sox made all the plays they were supposed to, plus one or two more. That's what good defensive teams do, and Boston has been one all season.

10/24/2013 | Young Cards relievers gain World Series experience
By the time Cardinals manager Mike Matheny went to his bullpen in Game 1 of the World Series, the experience was more important than the result that was being authored. John Axford was the first of five relievers -- four of whom had never pitched in a World Series game -- to see the mound in an 8-1 loss Wednesday at Fenway.

10/24/2013 | Craig 'feels good' in return, may DH again in Game 2
Seven weeks out of action with a right foot injury didn't take away Allen Craig's aggressiveness. The Cardinals' RBI leader took a heartfelt hack at the first pitch he saw in the first inning of Game 1, and fouled off a 94-mph sinker. Craig said while the foot felt "pretty good" after four at-bats, it isn't clear if he can handle nine innings at first base or in right field.

10/24/2013 | Cards scratching heads over 'weird' occurrences
In the most ridiculous of the many ridiculous moments that defined the first two innings of Game 1, Adam Wainwright's face contorted into something resembling... a smile? Whatever it was, it was an applicable image to encompass all that had come and all that was on the horizon for Wainwright's Cardinals in this disarming, alarming 8-1 loss at Fenway Park.

10/23/2013 | Did you know? World Series Game 1: BOS 8, STL 1
A look at some notable facts and figures from the Boston Red Sox's 8-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of the World Series at Fenway Park on Wednesday.

10/23/2013 | Game 1 rout not necessarily precursor to title
Recent history says that winning the opening game of a World Series usually leads to a championship celebration, with 21 of the past 25 Game 1 victors going on to claim the trophy. That's good news for the Red Sox, who struck the first blow in the 2013 Fall Classic with an 8-1 win over the Cardinals on Wednesday night at Fenway Park. But that lopsided score, while rare, doesn't guarantee an easy road to the title for Boston.

10/23/2013 | Oct. 23 John Farrell postgame interview
Manager John Farrell talked about the Red Sox's Game 1 win over the Cardinals in the World Series.

10/23/2013 | Rollins brings Fall Classic insider's perspective to FOX
Jimmy Rollins, who just completed his 14th season with the Phillies, is working for FOX and FOX Sports 1 throughout the offseason. He provided analysis and insight during the American League Championship Series and is on site for the World Series, working the pregame and postgame shows for the national broadcast in both Boston and St. Louis.

10/23/2013 | Red Sox rolling with nine straight World Series wins
The Boston Red Sox's nine-game World Series winning streak is tied with the Reds of 1975-76 and 1990 for the fourth best behind great Yankees teams of distinctly different eras. The Bombers hold the top three. The Red Sox haven't lost a World Series game at Fenway Park since Game 4 of the 1986 Fall Classic against the Mets.

10/23/2013 | Cards eye rebound, while Sox aim to keep home field
As unsightly as Game 1 was for the Cardinals, a win over the Red Sox in Game 2 on Thursday night would not only even the best-of-seven World Series at a game apiece, it would mean that the home-field advantage would actually swing to St. Louis.


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