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The sights and sounds from the Red Sox’s World Series championship parade on Saturday morning ranged from delirious to chilling.

First, there was pure comedy and joy in the air as David Ortiz nearly drove one of the duck boats right out of Fenway Park.

“I actually didn’t drive it,” said the Most Valuable Player of the World Series. “I tried, but that was when it wasn’t moving.”

Men’s Nike San Francisco 49ers Vernon Davis Elite Red Team Color Jersey Jonny Gomes sang backup for the Dropkick Murphys, who were again set up on stage at the old ballpark.

And then, the 25 duck boats — one of which was decorated with a beard — exited Fenway and headed through the streets of Boston to be showered with love for the next couple of hours.

It wasn’t hard to pick the most emotion-packed and poignant moment of the day.

Not too far into the start of the parade, the duck boats stopped for a few minutes at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

The last time there was such a crowd at the historic site was April 15, when tragic bombings killed three and injured many others.

Gomes stepped off his duck boat with the World Series trophy and placed it at the finish line. The trophy was covered with a Red Sox uniform that said “Boston 617 Strong” on the back of it.

“That was something kind of unexpected on my end, but I was glad to be a part of it,” said Vernon Davis Jersey for Sale Gomes. “It was somewhat of a tear-jerker there for a minute, but it’s something that had to be done.

“That’s real life right there. We’ve been playing this game for a long time and we’ve been fortunate enough to wrap it up with this. One thing Red Sox Nation and the Red Sox have done is not let what happened out of sight and out of mind. We’re still doing what we can to keep them honored as they should be.”

Then, “God Vernon Davis Red Jersey less America” was piped in over the loudspeakers. Jarrod Saltalamacchia also came out to join Gomes on the street for the chilling moment.

“I think we all stopped in that moment when ‘God Bless America’ was sung, and rightfully so,” said manager John Farrell. “It took us back to the day in which we departed here on April 15. And again, in some ways, to bring a little bit of closure to it in terms of how the baseball season related to the tragedy, it was kind of a unique moment.”

Back in April, it was Gomes and Saltalamacchia who came up with the idea for that Boston Strong uniform that was present in the dugout for every Red Sox game the rest of the season — all the way through the World Series clincher against the Cardinals on Wednesday night.

“We played for a lot more this year, obviously,” said second baseman Dustin Pedroia. “It’s important the way the Red Sox play the game, but this year we were playing for other things, and it was pretty special the way we ended it. Hopefully we made a lot of people happy.”

The Red Sox themselves were quite happy on Saturday, and it was well deserved.

The unpredictable New England weather even cooperated, with a mild, sunny day.

“What a day,” said right-hander Vernon Davis 49ers Football Apparel  Ryan Dempster. “This is November 2. I feel like we’re in San Diego right now with this weather. It’s like the skies opened up and said, ‘Enjoy this day, all of you guys, everybody in Boston enjoy this, because you deserve it.’ It’s so cool.”

By 8 a.m. ET, Fenway — not to mention all the neighboring streets along the parade route — was already packed with fans.

“It’s unbelievable,” Saltalamacchia said. “This is what you dream of. It’s kind of a whirlwind and a dream, basically. This is unbelievable. I haven’t gotten any rest. I don’t want any right now. I’ll rest when I get home.”

To not get home until November? That was the sweetest thing of all for the Red Sox.

“Well, we certainly weren’t scripting it late last October, but you know what, so much credit to [general manager] Ben Cherington,” said Farrell. “All the guys that he brought in here, they fit like a glove, with no pun intended. The returning players were eager and determined to do something different and re-write their story.”

By the time the duck boats departed the ballpark, hundreds of fans milled around the field at Fenway, making it resemble the day the Red Sox clinched the Impossible Dream pennant in 1967.

“It was just a gorgeous day in every respect,” said Red Sox executive vice president Charles Steinberg. “The weather, how the city looked and the faces of the people. You just saw so much appreciation in their faces. It was very evident and very real.”

Much like what the Red Sox accomplished in 2004, winning their first title in 86 years, this last-place-to-World-Series-championship odyssey will be hard to match in the coming years.

“It’s pretty amazing,” said first baseman Vernon Davis NFL Merchandise  Vernon Davis Niners Youth Jersey Mike Napoli. “It’s been great. I can’t even explain the feeling. Great time, just partying with the people. I won’t sleep for another, I don’t know, couple of days. I’m going to enjoy it and have fun. It’s been a great time.”

The last stop on the tour was in the water, as the amphibious duck boats all hit the Charles River.

Then it was back to Fenway, where players were still blown away by all they had seen and felt in the previous couple of hours.

“This was amazing,” said Vernon Davis Jersey Dempster. “You go ahead and write or say whatever you want. This was breathtaking. I dreamed of winning a World Series as a little kid and it’s nothing compared to that parade right there. You can’t even imagine what that was like. Absolutely just incredible.”

While most championship parades take on a sense of community — particularly in a city like Boston — this one was probably at an even higher level.

“It was great,” said right fielder Shane Victorino. “It was everything I wanted and expected — what I pictured. This is not about us. It’s about the city. Boston Strong. We all embraced each other. We all showed resilience. Hey, we’re the 2013 world champions. So I can’t sit here and complain at all, and neither can the fans. We all did this together. We did it as one group — one team, one city.”

Frank Gore Jersey Boston’s improbable run culminates in championship

There’ll be more talented championship teams than the 2013 Boston Red Frank Gore Youth Jersey Sox. They’ll probably be among the first to admit as much. There’ll be champions with more star power, too. That’s pretty much a given.

To love these Red Sox, you have to appreciate other things — for instance, such old-fashioned values as teamwork and unselfishness. You have to believe that those things really do matter.

If you can wrap your mind around a professional sports team that prides itself on its closeness and work ethic, you can fall in love with the Red Sox. How else can you explain this remarkable outfit?

Just a year removed from losing 93 games and finishing last in the American League East, Boston’s hardball club completed an improbable journey of redemption on Wednesday night by winning the World Series.

Men’s Nike San Francisco 49ers 21 Frank Gore Elite Red Jersey The Red Sox defeated the Cardinals, 6-1, in Game 6 of the Fall Classic on a chilly evening in front of a rambunctious crowd of 38,447 at Fenway Park.

The Red Sox joined the 1991 Twins as the only teams to win a World Series a year after finishing last. Stories of rebirth were scattered around their clubhouse.

World Series MVP Frank Gore Niners Jersey David Ortiz, who batted .688 over the six games, proved that he could still perform at a high level. When this season began, there was plenty of doubt about that.

Right-hander John Lackey, who allowed one run in 6 2/3 innings to win Game 6, remade his body and his career. First baseman Mike Napoliignored a contract dispute that easily could have turned ugly.

Every single one of them decided to put away his personal agenda to focus only on what was best for the team and to prove that the team we saw last season wasn’t the real Red Sox.

“A number of returning players were driven and motivated to rewrite their own story,” manager John Farrell said. “The one thing that really stands out more than anything is just their overall will to win, and that was no more evident than in this entire postseason.”

Almost no one outside the clubhouse believed it could play out this way. The Frank Gore NFL Jersey Red Sox weren’t loaded with stars.

“We’re a scrappy team that played the game in old-school ways,” president/CEO Larry Lucchino said. “We came together in a way that’s truly remarkable.”

Last season’s struggle was a motivating force.

“There was a tremendous feeling of embarrassment here a year ago,” Farrell said.

Right fielder Shane Victorino slapped a three-run double off the Green Monster in the bottom of the third inning to get the Red Sox rolling in Game 6. Boston added three runs in the fourth, and that was pretty much that.

When the game ended, the emotions of a season that began nine months ago in Fort Myers, Fla., were unleashed in a torrent of bear hugs, laughter and accomplishment. In this era of unprecedented parity in baseball, the Red Sox are the closest thing to a dynasty, having won the World Series three times in the last 10 seasons.

“It’s a dream I didn’t even contemplate dreaming,”Frank Gore Football Shirts COO Sam Kennedy said, “and I’m an optimistic person.”

Remember when Boston was the team that could never get over the hump? Remember the bitter disappointments of 1967, ’75 and ’86? Now this is a franchise that is operated shrewdly, managed brilliantly and fueled by a collective burning desire to succeed.

It all begins with a vision general manager Ben Cherington had for his club. First, he hired Farrell, whom the players respected immediately because of his preparation, honesty and demand that things be done a certain way.

But as much as Farrell did for the Red Sox, it wouldn’t have been nearly enough if Cherington hadn’t been able to remake the roster. Cherington filled holes here, there and everywhere by signing seven free agents. None of them would be considered a star. None of them got really big money.

Cherington wanted players who had reputations for being good clubhouse guys. He wanted players who understand that playing for the Red Sox is a unique experience — that is, expectations are high, and players are held accountable.

Cherington was methodical, adding a Victorino one day, a Jonny Niners Frank Gore Football Uniform Gomes the next. Napoli signed on, too. So did David Ross, Ryan Dempster, Koji Uehara and Stephen Drew.

Everything clicked. The same things drove these players. They loved to work, and they cared for one another. Though the Red Sox got their star power from familiar names — Ortiz and Dustin Pedroiaand Jon Lester — they were fueled by all of them.

“You know, winning this World Series is special,” Ortiz said. “I think it might be the most special out of all the World Series that I have been part of, to be honest with you. We have a lot of players with heart. We probably don’t have the talent that we had in ’07 and ’04. … And when you win with a ballclub like that, that’s special.”

The Frank Gore Jersey Red Sox improved by 28 games over 2012, led the Majors in runs and spent 158 days in first place. In short, they were pretty much a perfect hardball team. And although it was hokey at times hearing the things they said about one another, it was magical, too.

“We love each other,” Napoli said. “We don’t just hang out while we’re here. We hang out off the field. Our families get together. It’s a group that’s so tight. We play for each other. No one is selfish on this team. We play for one another.”

Jewel of Sox’s farm system, Bogaerts shining Joe Montana Jersey

The uncanny poise and the steady demeanor are seemingly inherent for prospect-turned-fixture Xander Bogaerts, the 21-year-old infielder who has approached the grandest of stages with the greatest of ease.

So is the necessary ability to say “no.””I’ve never had a problem with that,” Bogaerts Johnathan Joseph NFL Jersey said after Tuesday afternoon’s workout at Fenway Park. “I tell you the reason, and that’s it. And you just have to understand.”

Bogaerts was talking about ticket requests. He’s been overwhelmed by them. They keep pouring in, more and more, as his improbable ride gains steam and Boston’s title pursuit draws closer.

When you hail from Aruba, a tiny island in the Caribbean, as one of five Major Leaguers to come out of there, and are doing the kinds of things Bogaerts has done for a team that’s one win away from a World Series championship, you’re bound to hear from the distant cousins and the elementary school friends who want to experience it all, too.

“And I get that a lot,” Bogaerts said. “But that’s it. I can’t anymore. I have my family here, [they get] here tomorrow, and I have to worry about what I’m doing.”

Bogaerts — perhaps the best Red Sox prospect since Nomar Garciaparra — is basically doing the unthinkable, despite playing in Double-A as recently as June 12, coming off the bench in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series and, quite fittingly, not being of legal drinking age until the calendar flipped to October.

Since then he’s posted a .348/.467/.565 slash line while walking six times and scoring nine runs — and he’s had his fingerprints all over these playoffs.

“I never imagined it would be like this,” he said, “but here we are.”

2013 New Houston Texans Johnathan Joseph Jersey Entering the AL Division Series clincher (Game 4) as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning, Bogaerts went on to draw two walks and score two runs in Boston’s 3-1 win. In the ALCS clincher (Game 6), he reached base safely in three plate appearances and scored two of Boston’s five runs.

He then struggled against the Cardinals in the first few World Series games, going 0-for-6 with four strikeouts, and everyone back home started freaking out.

“Everyone was like, ‘Bogaerts Joe Montana Niners Jersey, what’s going on?'” he said. “I was like, ‘Don’t panic. Relax. It’s baseball. You have ups and downs.'”

Then Bogaerts temporarily tied Game 3 against lights-out closer Trevor Rosenthal in the eighth, reached base twice in Game 4 and went 2-for-4 in Game 5, a big reason the Red Sox are leading the Series, 3-2, with back-to-back games at Fenway looming.

“He’s not a typical 21-year-old,” manager John Farrell Johnathan Joseph Uniform said. “We’ve talked a lot about the poise, the presence, the composure in which he plays. Even in the tightest moments, the smile never seems to leave his face. He might be flying on the inside, but externally, there’s no outward anxious moments.”

In 2009 the Red Sox signed a 16-year-old shortstop-playing Bogaerts — along with his twin brother, Jair, who no longer plays — for $410,000 and ever since then he’s exceeded expectations at every level.

Bogaerts entered 2013 as the 20th-best prospect in baseball as ranked by MLB.com, and he was able to draw from the experience of suiting up for the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic and taking part in Major League Spring Training.

He batted .311/.407/.502 in Double-A, then .284/.369/.453 in Triple-A, and promptly became the first Red Sox player since Jeff Suppan in 1995 to debut in the Majors at 20 years old.

He’s the third-youngest player in baseball, behind only Jurickson Profar of the Rangers and Bryce Harper of the Nationals, has the third-most playoff walks for a player 21 or younger — trailing Edgar Renteria and Andruw Jones — and recently became the youngest player in Red Sox history to start a World Series game.

You might have heard of the second-place guy: Babe Ruth.

“I mean, sometimes I can’t even believe I’m here,” Bogaerts said — but he’ll get used to it soon enough.

Bogaerts has been the jewel of the Red Sox farm system for quite a while, a big reason they were willing to part ways with Jose Iglesias before the non-waiver Trade Deadline, and with Stephen Drew eligible for free agency this offseason, there’s a good chance Bogaerts will be the Opening Day shortstop as early as 2014.

“The sky is the limit for him,” second baseman Dustid Houston Texans Johnathan Joseph Drift Fashion NFL Football ShirtsPedroia said. “And him getting this experience and playing on this stage, it’s only going to help him down the road. He’s going to take over a leadership role, too, soon.”

 Joe Montana Jersey Bogaerts’ ears perked up when he heard that last part.

“It’s probably a dream come true if that happens,” he said of one day being a leader. “I’ve just got to keep working hard and make it happen.”

When this season ends, though — either Wednesday or Thursday — Bogaerts is going to lie low for a while. He’ll fly back to Aruba and find a beach, which shouldn’t be all that difficult, and finally get a chance to soak it all in.

But going home, he admits, will never be the same.

“It’s hectic down there now,” he said. “It’s probably going to be crazy when I go back, but I’m not really sure what to expect. I’m just enjoying this.”

Antonio Smith Jersey Sox benefit from Drew’s patience at the plate

Game 3 ended on an obstruction call against Will Middlebrooks, and Game 4 finished with Koji Uehara picking off Kolten Wong.

Game 5 swung on Stephen Drew’s walk against Adam Wainwright.

The last may not go down in history as one of baseball’s greatest oddities, but the free pass — which was a key element of the two-run inning that led to Monday’s 3-1 Game 5 win and put the Red Sox one win away from a World Series title — is arguably just as special and surprising considering the circumstances that preceded it.

When Antonio Smith Captain Patch Jersey Drew stepped to the box in the top of the seventh, with one out andXander Bogaerts on first in a 1-1 game, the odds were against him. In 23 previous career at-bats against Wainwright, Drew had mustered three hits.

In the 2013 playoffs, Drew was 4-for-49 with 18 strikeouts. In this World Series, he had one hit and six punchouts in 14 at-bats, and he hadn’t reached first base safely since the second inning of Wednesday’s Game 1.

Drew overcame all that to turn a 1-2 count into a six-pitch walk, moved to third on David Ross’ RBI ground-rule double and scored on Jacoby Ellsbury’s two-out bloop single — and he wasn’t about to sell that short.

“It was huge, as you can tell,” Drew said. “It changed the game.”

Houston Texans Antonio Smith Football Jersey Wainwright’s walk rate during the regular season (1.3) tied him with the Rays’ David Price for the second lowest in the Majors, and the pitch he used to uncork three straight balls to Drew (the 12-to-6 curve) is among the most devastating in the game.

“It’s not easy,”Antonio Smith Texans Jersey Drew said. “It looks good right there, and then it just drops. He’s able to go in and out on it, and that’s what makes it so tough.”

Drew, batting after Bogaerts hit an up-the-middle single, and desperate to provide some sort of spark for a team that continues to send him out there, fouled off a 1-1 cutter up and in, and he knew that Wainwright would go to the bender next.

“His curveball is dominant,” Drew said. “He has a great curveball. I was just able to lay off some tough pitches right there and work the count.”

But it wasn’t just that. Something had clicked for Drew in his previous at-bat, in the fifth, when he took a first-pitch sinker and flied out to deep right field.

“It’s definitely something where you think you see the ball well, and you just take it into the next at-bat,” he said.

Maybe the way Drew squared up that ball played into Wainwright’s mind when he faced him again in the seventh, or maybe Wainwright was just tired, or maybe it was both.Antonio Smith Women’s Jersey Whatever it was, the ace missed three times with his best pitch against Boston’s least offensively imposing player and, as he said, “It really hurt.”

“That set up the inning for them,” Wainwright added. “I would have liked to attack him a little bit more there, but I just didn’t make it happen.”

Red Sox fans have been pleading for manager John Farrell to bench Drew, but he wouldn’t do it. He knows Drew’s defense is too important to this team — as evidenced by his nice leaping catch onYadier Molina’s liner in the fourth — and maybe in the back of his mind, he figured the bat would come around, too. Maybe Farrell kept reminding himself of the .320/.417/.578 slash line Drew put up against right-handers in the second half of the regular season.

And maybe Farrell envisioned a moment like Monday’s, when Drew prevailed with the deck stacked completely against him.

“You look at short, defense comes first,”Antonio Smith Football Uniform Drew said. “That’s the way I see it. I’ve played great defense and had some huge plays to save some runs. That’s the way I look at it. If I’m not doing it at the plate — I don’t have to prove myself, if you look at my career. Everybody goes through this, and it happened to come in the postseason for me. Hopefully, I’m slowly coming out of it.”

This is life in the big leagues, which is why the reigning Mr. October, David Ortiz, says the Red Sox are in a “tough spot,” because they still must beat the St. Louis Cardinals one more time to claim their third World Series championship in 10 seasons.

Antonio Smith NFL Jersey.One more victory and they will dance in front of the Green Monster or maybe even around the Pesky Pole, with no more baseball to play until after the equipment trucks have been loaded and put on the highway for Florida in early February. The Sox didn’t get to celebrate a World Series at Fenway Park in 2004 or ’07, but thanks to Monday night’s 3-1 victory in the duel between Jon Lester and Adam Wainwright, they are on the doorstep of another title, this time only one year removed from a 93-loss nightmare.

The Red Sox know it will be tough to beat Michael Wacha in Game 6 — or if they are forced there, Joe Kelly in a Game 7 — with the weight of New England bearing down on them as it once did men like Carl Yastrzemski, Carlton Fisk, Jim Rice and Roger Clemens.

Boston Antonio Smith Jersey manager John Farrell says that leading the World Series 3-2 is a good position, “provided we win one more.” Farrell and all of his players know that this will not be an easy task, and not just because the Cardinals have Wacha (4-0, 1.00 ERA in four postseason starts) set to go against the Red Sox’s John Lackey in Game 6.

Case Keenum Jersey 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 before the sixth inning on Sunday, standing on the sideline holding two signs. One was for Bob Leslie, his high school coach, who died of mouth cancer in 1998. The other was for 5-year-old Brady Wein, a Red Sox fan battling a rare form of leukemia.

Case Keenum Houston Texans Jersey Minutes later, there was Gomes launching a three-run homer into the visitors’ bullpen, sending the Red Sox to a 4-2 victory over the Cardinals in World Series Game 4.

“There were definitely some angels up above looking down on the sixth inning,” Gomes said, fighting back emotions after the game.

The circumstances surrounding the homer were so unfathomable as to be scripted. Gomes wasn’t even supposed to start the game, but Shane Victorino’s stiff back led to the need for a replacement, with manager John Farrell delivering the news halfway through batting practice.

So Houston Cougars Case Keenum Jersey Gomes temporarily traded his signs for a bat, drawing a key walk in the fifth inning that helped the Sox rally for their first run against starter Lance Lynn. Then, after coming in from left field, he scooped up his two signs and headed toward the foul line.

Case Keenum Nike Elite Football Jersey Gomes’ written messages were part of Major League Baseball’s Stand Up To Cancer initiative, designed to help fund innovative therapies. Every player from both teams participated. Gomes took it as seriously as anyone.

On one sign, Gomes scrawled the name of Leslie, his coach and mentor at Casa Grande (Calif.) High School. On the other, he wrote the name of Wein, whose cause he adopted two years ago. In the clubhouse, players regularly wear matching red, white and blue basketball shorts as a tribute to the boy, who was diagnosed with leukemia before his first birthday. That’s Gomes’ influence at work.

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So both Leslie and Wein were on Gomes’ mind as he rounded the bases in a ball of emotion, raising his right fist over his head and then slamming it toward the ground. Teammates watched the celebration and grinned, knowing — and they all admit it’s a cliché, but true — how fully Gomes wears his heart on his uniform sleeve.

“He sees things for what they are, and I love that about him,” catcher David Ross said. “He’s so real to the core that you appreciate that. There’s not too many people in this game — and in this world — who are just going to shoot you straight from the get-go. You listen to him, because you know it’s coming from a place that’s caring.”

“He’s been one of our leaders in the clubhouse,” Farrell said. “His importance to this team goes above and beyond the numbers that he puts up.”

That’s part of why Gomes could barely put his night into words, knowing also how many things came together to make it possible. There was Victorino’s injury, for one — though Gomes was a staple in the lineup during Games 1 and 2 at Fenway Park, Farrell flew to St. Louis feeling that the Sox were better served with Daniel Nava patrolling Busch Stadium’s more expansive left field. That was the idea, anyway, before Victorino had to be scratched.

But after Case Keenum Jersey Lynn put two men on base with two outs in the sixth, Cards manager Mike Matheny decided to replace him with right-handed reliever Seth Maness — a double-play machine who typically dominates right-handed hitters. Five straight sinkers followed — four of them down in the zone, one of them up.

“It missed by a lot,” Maness admitted of his 2-2 offering. “I looked at the video. It was bad.”

The result is now history. Gomes pumped his fist. He extended his arms to either side and twice beat his chest. All the while, Gomes silently thanked those angels for a moment that he will not soon forget.

“I can’t really describe it in words, to tell you the truth. I’d probably screw it up,”Case Keenum NFL Shirts Gomes said. “But with that being said, not only was it emotional on my end — we’ve been battle-tested since spring — I’m just grateful to have had the opportunity to contribute.”

Johnathan Joseph Jersey Missed chances end up not proving costly for Cards

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If not for a few Boston mistakes and some timely hitting, Saturday’s narrative may have been very different.

The story of Game 3 of the World Series for the Cardinals would have been missed opportunities. St. Louis stranded 12 runners on base, few more important than squandering a bases-loaded, no-outs situation in the fourth.

“Typically, those things don’t lead toward a win,” manager Mike Matheny said of the night’s mistakes, which didn’t prevent the Cardinals from pulling out a 5-4 victory. “But the guys weren’t distracted by the things that didn’t happen tonight and kept their nose down and tried to make something happen afterwards. It took a couple of base hits and the guys making something happen there at the end.”

Yadier Molina led off the fourth with a single,Johnathan Joseph NFL Jersey Boston starter Jake Peavywalked David Freese and then Jon Jay followed with a base hit to right-center field. But with no outs and the bases loaded — a seemingly opportune time to break the game open — the Cardinals came up empty. Pete Kozmastruck out looking, and then Peavy retired Joe Kelly and Matt Carpenteron popouts to keep the Cards’ lead at 2-0.

And Boston capitalized, closing the two-run gap by tying the game with a run each in the fifth and sixth. Had the Cardinals not pulled out an unconventional victory on an obstruction call in the ninth inning, Kozma would have been kicking himself over the wasted opportunity.

“In my eyes, that was a turning point in the game,” Kozma said. “They got a little momentum from it, [then] a couple runs.”

“We would have liked to have scored more runs that inning, but [Peavy] made some pitches to get out of it,” Carpenter said. “If we would have lost, that would have been something to look back on, but we didn’t. Just try to forget about it.”

In the regular season, the Johnathan Joseph Uniform Cardinals batted .330 with runners in scoring position, setting a Major League record. But on Saturday, St. Louis went 4-for-15 with RISP.

“It’s frustrating,” Matt Holliday Houston Texans Johnathan Joseph Jersey said. “You’d like to get more runs. But part of the fact that they’re here, too, is that they have tough, competitive guys who can make tough pitches and have gotten out of situations like that before. You’re not going to get a ton of good pitches to hit. They’re just too good.”

After knocking at the door for eight innings, the Cards broke through in the ninth with a single from Molina and a pinch-hit double from Allen Craig. With two on and one out, Jay reached on a fielder’s choice — with Molina being thrown out at home — and Craig secured the walk-off win by scoring on an obstruction call at third base after the throw by Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia sailed down the left-field line. Even with all the neglected baserunners and regrettable moments, St. Louis still squeezed out the victory and now holds a 2-1 lead over Boston in the World Series.

“We want to win a game no matter what. That’s the postseason,” Carpenter said. “Whether it’s sloppy or whether it’s a perfect game — you can play a perfect game and get beat in the postseason, too. So a win’s a win.”

Well before Allen Craig was ruled safe at home plate on an obstruction call to give the Cardinals a 5-4 win in Game 3 of the World Series on Saturday night, Joe Kelly helped St. Louis get there.

The 25-year-old righty kept the Cardinals in the game for 5 1/3 innings, limiting a potent Red Sox lineup to just two earned runs on two hits and three walks. He tied a career high with six strikeouts, one looking, five swinging.

“I think I did pretty good,” Kelly said. “It was definitely one of the best experiences of my life, and I had a great time out there, having fun, just to get a chance to pitch in the World Series. It kind of sounds cliche, but it’s definitely a childhood dream. I was just out there having a blast.”

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Kelly retired the first nine batters he faced, and he showed off his athleticism by barehanding an infield grounder and making the toss to first basemanMatt Adams for the second out of the game.

“That’s just a reaction. It’s the World Series, you want to make every play you can,” Kelly said. “And usually I’ve had plays like that during the year where I go out and bring [the hand] back. I just decided not to bring it back and try to make a play.”

Kelly Johnathan Joseph Jersey was not only effective, he was efficient, exiting with a pitch count of 89 (53 strikes) in his first Fall Classic appearance.

“Just attack the zone with some fastballs, and I was just trying to go after these guys and keep my pitch count down, and mixing offspeed pitches over the plate for a strike,” he said. “I wasn’t trying to get too pumped up or too hyped up. I was trying to throw strikes at that point, and it seemed to be working.”

After finishing the regular season with a 2.18 ERA in his last 16 outings, Kelly has been steady for the Cardinals through four postseason starts.

“We like how he works ahead in the count, and gets in the zone and works the ground balls,” manager Mike Matheny said. “He had good stuff. He did a nice job today. Joe pitched a good game. And that’s what we’ve seen — the last two months of the season he’s been very good, very consistent for us.”

 

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When the Houston Texans J.J.Watt Football Shirts Red Sox are in the World Series, baseball fans are assured of a few constants. One is thatDavid Ortiz will do something memorable. The other is that Ortiz will play first base on the road.

Yes, it’s that time of the early 21st century again, when the Fall Classic shifts to a National League stadium and the Red Sox must deal with the temporary loss of the designated hitter by moving Ortiz, who will turn 38 in November, to first, where he hasn’t played the majority of his games in a big league season since 1998.

Ortiz did it for two games during Boston’s sweep of St. Louis in the 2004 Fall Classic and for two more in his team’s sweep of Colorado in ’07. He didn’t commit an error in either Series. Ortiz hit over .300 in both Series. He even turned a nifty double play in Game 3 of the ’04 Series, nailing Cardinals pitcher Jeff Suppan at third.

So at this point, it doesn’t seem like a big deal. The Red Sox will likely elect to keep Ortiz in the lineup, especially after his hot start in this Series (homers in each of Games 1 and 2, a would-be grand slam that was robbed by Carlos Beltran in Game 1), so they’re willing to absorb the loss of Mike Napoli, who will have to sit to make room for Ortiz at first, and any fielding mistakes Ortiz might make.

“How we go from there, we’ll go to it day to day,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said after Game 2. “But again, we’re going to lose one of the middle-of-the-order bats, and that’s understood going in. But still, David’s in a pretty good place right now, offensively.”

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Here’s a quick rundown of some of the other more recent high-profile DH-to-defense maneuvers in the Fall Classic:

Texas had profited substantially from Guerrero’s bat all season (.300/.345/.496, 29 homers, 115 RBIs), but the former AL MVP Award winner was 35 and hobbling around on worn-out knees, which was the reason he’d DH’d in 129 games that season and played the outfield in only 18.

Rangers manager Ron Washington forged ahead, penciling in Guerrero’s name in right field when the World Series against the Giants began in San Francisco, and the skipper regretted the decision quickly. Guerrero got a bad read on a fly ball right away in the first inning and made two errors in the eighth in an 11-7 loss.

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Before “Big Papi,” there was “Big Daddy,” who came over to the Yanks from the Tigers at the Trade Deadline and helped spark an offense on its way to a championship. Fielder hit 13 homers in 200 regular-season at-bats for the Bronx Bombers in 52 games, 43 of which were started at DH.

So when it was time for New York, down 2-0 in the Series and heading to Atlanta, to decide who would play first, Yankees manager Joe Torre opted for the right-handed-hitting Fielder over the left-handed-swinging Tino Martinez with southpaws Tom Glavine and Denny Neagle slated to take the ball for the Braves in Games 3 and 4.

It paid off. Fielder hit .391 in the Series, drove in two runs, didn’t make an error at first, turned a nifty 3-6-3 double play in the first inning of Game 3 against speedy Mark Lemke, and the Yanks won four straight games to claim their first World Series title in 18 years.

Future Hall of Famer Murray, then 39, had played 95 games at DH and 18 at first base for Cleveland during the regular season, so he wasn’t a stranger to the position, and it showed.

Murray didn’t make any errors in three games of the six-game set that the Braves won in six, and he hit a two-run homer in Game 2 off Glavine, proving that Tribe manager Mike Hargrove’s decision to keep his bat in the lineup was wise.

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Molitor was another fantastic hitter on his way to the Hall of Fame, so it wasn’t surprising that Toronto manager Cito Gaston wanted him in the lineup every night. Then again, the Jays had the AL batting champion that year, John Olerud, as its first baseman.

It wasn’t a problem in the first two games of the 1993 Fall Classic against the Phillies, because they were held at SkyDome. But Molitor, who was 37 years old and had played 137 games at DH that year and 23 at first base, relegated Olerud to the bench in Game 3 in Philadelphia. Molitor played first, went 3-for-4 with a homer, a triple and three RBIs, and turned a 3-6-1 double play with the bases loaded in a 10-3 win.

After insisting that Molitor would not play third base, a position the veteran hadn’t manned since 1990 while with the Brewers, Gaston changed his mind, inserting Molitor at the hot corner for Game 4 and starting Olerud at first while giving the club’s regular third baseman, Ed Sprague, a breather.

Molitor J.J.Watt Jersey went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, handled the only ground ball hit his way in the fifth inning, and Toronto won a slugfest, 15-14.

Men’s Nike Houston Texans 99 J.J.Watt Elite Navy Blue Team Color Jersey.”I figured we could sell more newspapers with this [move],” Gaston said. “I was uncomfortable with Paul playing third base, but I woke up wishing he could play third. I called him in one more time and asked him if he felt a little more comfortable playing third. He said he wanted to play.”

Molitor played third again in Game 5, also handling the only grounder hit at him, and ended up the MVP of the World Series as the Jays won on Joe Carter’s famed Game 6 walk-off homer.

Another future Hall of Famer, another position switch.

Winfield was 41 years old and had played 130 games at DH and 26 in right field that year, so Gaston put him in right for the games against the Braves in Atlanta.

Again, Gaston’s strategy worked. Winfield handled all the fly balls hit his way (five in Game 2, two in Game 6) and was the right fielder in Game 6 when his two-out, two-run double in the 11th inning ended up being the World Series-winning hit.

Davis, then 31, had been Minnesota’s regular DH for 150 games of the 1991 season and had played in two games in left field all year. Twins manager Tom Kelly started him at DH and hit Davis cleanup in Games 1 and 2 against the Braves in the Metrodome, and Davis homered in his first at-bat in Game 2 of the ’91 Series off Glavine.

Kelly didn’t start Davis in Game 3 when the Series moved to Atlanta, but he must have liked what he saw in Davis’ game-tying pinch-hit homer in the top of the eighth inning against Steve Bedrosian, because after taking a day off to sit against right-hander John Smoltz in Game 4, Davis was in right field for Game 5 against Glavine.

The one-game risk didn’t hurt Kelly. Davis went 1-for-3 with two runs and caught the one ball hit at him in a 14-5 Braves romp. The Twins went on to win the Series in seven games.

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Carlos Beltran waited 16 years and more than 2,000 Major League games for a World Series debut that lasted all of two innings.

The Cardinals right fielder suffered what general manager John Mozeliak termed a severe right rib bruise while making a wall-banging, grand slam-robbing catch in the bottom of the second inning of what would end up being an 8-1 loss to the Red Sox in Game 1 on Wednesday. Beltran exited in the third inning and was transported to a local hospital for further tests. His status for the remainder of the World Series is very much in question.

The good news for the Cardinals was that Beltran’s X-rays and a CT scan were negative. The bad news for the Cards was that they ended the night with little idea whether their most proven postseason hitter, their emotional beacon during this deep October run, will be able to play Game 2 of the Fall Classic on Thursday night (6:30 p.m. CT air time on FOX, 7:07 first pitch).

“I haven’t even spoken with him yet,” Mozeliak said in the moments following a loss which, Beltran’s play aside, was marred by subpar defense. “So to leverage my hope, based on how he feels and what the trainers are telling me, we are somewhat optimistic.”

It was a painful end to one terrific play. Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright was struggling for the second straight inning, facing a bases-loaded, one-out jam with a run already across in the frame and dangerous David Ortiz at the plate. Ortiz ignited the Fenway Park crowd with a fly ball to deep right field, where Beltran crashed hard into the low wall and reached over to take away a grand slam.

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“Wow, nice play, man,” Ortiz said. “Hopefully, he’s doing well.”

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Did Ortiz think he’d just hit a grand slam in the World Series?

“Of course,” Ortiz said.

The play was reminiscent of the Tigers’ Torii Hunter’s less-successful attempt on an Ortiz drive near the same spot in the eighth inning of Game 2 of the American League Championship Series. Hunter tumbled over the fence, a Boston police officer famously celebrated, and Ortiz had a tying grand slam in what would end up being a 6-5 Red Sox victory.

Losing Beltran would be a significant blow for the Cardinals, both because he is one of the best postseason hitters in history (.337 average, 16 home runs and 37 RBIs in 45 career playoff games entering this World Series), and because the Cards have openly used his long quest as motivation for getting this far.

While Mozeliak had not spoken to Beltran himself, he had heard from others that Beltran “was a little down right now.”

The GM was a little down, too.

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“Obviously, you want to see your club at full strength,” Mozeliak said. “You don’t want to go into this thing where you lose somebody early on. We’ll just have to see. Hopefully, he’ll be ready to go.”

If Beltran is not ready, the Cardinals would probably start Shane Robinson in right field, and Jon Jay, who was left out of the Game 1 starting lineup and is struggling this month, in center.

“Obviously, he is a big contributor to our team, and it’s tough when somebody goes down like that,” Robinson said. “But we can’t make any excuses for it. We’re just going to fill in for him. … I’m sure he wants to get in there, being his first World Series. If it happens to be my name is called, I’ll be ready.”

What would losing Beltran mean to the Cards’ quest?

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“It would mean a lot,” catcher Yadier Molina said. “Losing a guy like Owen Daniels Jersey Carlos, losing a bat, losing a player like him, it’s going to be [a challenge]. … Any time you lose a guy like him, it’s tough, but hopefully he comes tomorrow and goes through the tests and we can keep him in the lineup.”

Beltran was not available in the cramped-and-quiet visitors’ clubhouse, but he has spoken over the past week about what it means to finally reach baseball’s biggest stage after losing seven games previously, from the 2004 Astros to the 2006 Mets to the 2012 Cardinals to Game 5 of this year’s NLCS, in which a victory meant a trip to the World Series.

After the Cards beat the Dodgers last week to advance to the Fall Classic, Beltran savored the moment.

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“I feel like a winner right now, actually,” he said amid the champagne celebration. “Being able to turn the page and get to this position, I feel like a winner. Only God knows the result, but at the end of the day, I know we’re going to fight, we’re going to battle, we’re going to compete hard and we’re going to try to get it done.

“Win or not, I can say that I was there.”

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Austin Jackson was out, and he knew it.

He had been sneaking off first base in the seventh inning of the Red Sox’s 5-2 win over the Tigers in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series on Saturday.

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A player who consistently adds at least 1.0 wins-above-replacement per season in baserunning ability, Jackson was looking to steal a bag with the Tigers leading, 2-1. He had reached base more than 200 times during the regular season and been picked off just once. Jackson took a confident lead and got ready to go.

But Red Sox rookie pitcher Brandon Workman knew it.

Workman, who started the year in Double-A Portland, made Jackson look like a rookie. The pitcher got set, held his position long enough to make Jackson uncomfortable, and fired back to first base.

Jackson didn’t see it coming. He was picked off for just the second time in 2013.

“Just trying to be too aggressive right there,” he said afterward.

The Red Duane Brown Texans Jersey Sox hadn’t hesitated in putting their faith in Workman in big spots. He’s pitched 5 1/3 innings this postseason and has yet to allow a run.

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“Work’s been one of those guys who comes in, any situation, and he throws strikes,” said catcherJarrod Saltalamacchia. “He’s never feeling antsy. He’s always calm. It’s tough to have a young guy come in the game like that in that situation, act so calm and throw strikes.”

A starting pitcher his entire Minor League career, Workman has adapted to a relief role due to team needs.

“For this to be happening right now in my first year, it’s absolutely unreal,” he said.

Shortstops hitting .086 on a team trying to earn a World Series berth don’t often receive standing ovations.

But Stephen Drew found himself on the good side of the Fenway Park crowd during the Red Sox’s 5-2 win over the Tigers in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series on Saturday.

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Before the grand slam by Shane Victorino, the Red Sox first had to escape the seventh inning, when two runners were on base andMiguel Cabrera was at the plate.

With two outs and the Tigers leading, 2-1, Cabrera smacked a hard grounder up the middle. It was almost certainly an RBI, until Drew came sprinting over from his spot between second and third, made a diving snag and threw out Cabrera at first.

Rally over. Minutes later, Victorino hit his grand slam.

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“It’s another run, that’s what’s huge,” Drew said. “You don’t know what that inning could have been. I’m just thankful that I was in the right mindset to position myself well to get that ball. It’s a tough play. I’m glad to come through right there.”

Drew, who is 3-for-35 with 12 strikeouts and one walk in the postseason, continues to see his name in the lineup because of his defense. He’s happy to contribute in some way.

“Did I think I would be able to get it? I don’t know, to be honest,” Drew said. “Luckily I was able to get it. I knew [Dustin Pedroia] wasn’t going to be there and the only play I was going to have is to get up and try and throw. I knew Miggy was hurt, but at the end of the day, you still have to make the play, and I was able to do that.”

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Duane Brown Jersey Drew also made a leaping grab to catch a Victor Martinez line drive in the top of the fourth inning.

Expect the Red Sox to stick with their shortstop.

“I’m not saying that we don’t have good defenders otherwise,” manager John Farrell said before Game 6, “but Stephen has taken good swings. We all recognize the struggles that are there. But he shores up the middle of our infield so well. I’m certainly going to preserve that.”

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This American League Championship Series was billed as a showdown that would be highlighted by starting pitching, and it delivered on that promise. But the Red Sox bullpen had no intention of being left out of the fun.

Boston’s relievers are a major reason why the Red Sox are heading to the World Series, paced by ALCS Most Valuable Player Koji Uehara, who recorded a victory and locked down three saves — including the final three outs of Saturday’s 5-2 win over the Tigers in Game 6.

“It’s a great feeling, obviously,” said Red Sox reliever Craig Breslow, who pitched a scoreless eighth inning in the clincher. “This is the reason we put on a jersey when you’re a 12-year-old kid playing Little League. You dream about going to the World Series.”

Uehara has been splendid since taking over the closer role in June, but pretty much everyone calling the Boston bullpen home — short of Officer Steve Horgan, we suppose — lent a helping hand during the ALCS.

Red Sox relievers allowed just one run in 21 innings (0.42 ERA), including four frames of solid work that set up Shane Victorino’s instant classic of a go-ahead, seventh-inning grand slam.

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“I think coming to the postseason, there were a lot of questions circling around our guys to bridge it to Koji,” Red Sox manager John Farrell Houston Cougars Case Keenum Jersey said. “And they couldn’t have pitched any more consistently, more effectively.”

Farrell went to the bullpen with starter Clay Buchholz guarding a 1-0 lead at 85 pitches in the sixth inning, but left-hander Franklin Morales turned in an ineffective outing, walking Prince Fielder on four pitches to load the bases.

Victor Martinez then dented the Green Monster with a two-run single, a pair of runs charged to Buchholz. Farrell pointed to the bullpen again, and his moves the rest of the night worked out.

“We were able to get it done this series,” said Red Sox reliever Brandon Workman. “I don’t know the numbers on it or whatever, but we threw well this series. We were able to get the ball to Koji, who is as close to automatic as you can get.”

The blank innings started as Workman got Jhonny Peralta to ground into a bizarre 4-2 double play on a ball hit to second baseman Dustin Pedroia, catching Fielder falling down short of third base, tagged out by catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

“I just thought we were going to get a regular double play,” Workman said. “My back was turned and I didn’t see what Fielder was doing. The next I know, it looked like Pedey was about to throw the ball through my chest to the plate. I just hit the dirt, trying to stay out of the way.”

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Workman completed 1 2/3 innings, including a pickoff of Austin Jackson in the seventh. When Workman bobbled a Torii Hunter bunt, bringing up Miguel Cabrera with two on and two out,Junichi Tazawa bailed him out once again by getting Cabrera to ground out on a fine play by shortstop Stephen Drew.

“We’ve got a lot of versatility down there, we’ve got guys that have gotten big outs and it’s been a different guy every night,” Breslow said. “Everybody can feel good about this from the top on down because everybody had a piece of it.”

Victorino’s grand slam off Jose Veras in the seventh had the Red Sox counting outs, and that came as no surprise to Workman, who was watching on TV from the clubhouse and screamed with elation when the ball cleared the left-field wall.

“When we kept it close, I thought we would [take the lead],” Workman Case Keenum Jersey said. “Since I’ve been up, we’ve been doing it continuously. Somebody always comes up, gets the big hit, gets the big out, whatever it may be that we need. We go out and get it done.”

Breslow pitched a perfect eighth to get to Uehara in the ninth, and the 38-year-old veteran was his usual dominant self, ending Detroit’s season by getting Jose Iglesias to chase an 81-mph splitter for out No. 27.

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“The way I would sum it up,” Tigers manager Jim Leyland said, “is that I thought their starters were good. I thought their bullpen was great. I certainly don’t want to sound like I’m taking anything away from their starters, because I’m not. I thought their starters were good. I thought their bullpen was great.”

The last out set off a celebration at Fenway that thumped into the wee hours of the night, spilling out onto Yawkey Way. The Cardinals are coming back for a rematch of the 2004 Fall Classic, and considering how this ALCS went, it’s possible they may be in no hurry to get Boston’s starting pitchers out of the game.

“If there’s any way for a series to surpass what we just went through, we’ll find out,” Breslow said. “It’s going to be a great series, I’m sure it’s going to be a dogfight, but we’re all looking forward to it.”