Cardinals, Red Sox Begin World Series Tonight

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Published on October 23 2013 10:22 am
Last Updated on October 23 2013 10:22 am
Written by Millie Lange

Cardinals, Red Sox Begin 109th World Series

(Boston, MA) -- The 109th World Series begins tonight as the St. Louis Cardinals visit the Boston Red Sox in Game One at historic Fenway Park.  Cardinals manager Mike Matheny says they want to avenge their World Series loss to the Red Sox in 2004.

Boston swept the Cardinals in four games to end an 86-year championship drought.  Fifteen-game winner Jon Lester starts Game One for Boston, while St. Louis counters with 19-game winner Adam Wainwright. This is the fourth time these teams have met in the World Series overall, with St. Louis winning the first two matchups in 1946 and 1967. Red Sox manager John Farrell says the Cardinals don't really have any weaknesses.

The Red Sox have home-field advantage in the best-of-seven series after the American League won this summer's All-Star Game.  The Cardinals are seeking their second World Series title in three seasons and 12th overall.  The Red Sox won titles in both 2004 and 2007 and are attempting to win their eighth World Series in franchise history.

 

Westboro Baptist Church Plans Game Three Protest At Busch

(St. Louis, MO) -- St. Louis Cardinals fans may encounter more than just additional security on their way into Busch Stadium this weekend.  The Westboro Baptist Church is planning to protest before the start of both World Series Games Three and Four. In a press release, the Kansas-based church called baseball a "goofy sport" and says fans of both teams are glorifying themselves instead of God. The organization is best known for protesting at the funerals of dead American soldiers.

 

Reds Name Bryan Price New Manager

(Cincinnati, OH) -- Bryan Price is the new manager of the Cincinnati Reds.  Price spent the last four seasons as the team's pitching coach and takes over for the fired Dusty Baker. Price says success is all about team unity.

It's the first managerial gig for Price, who joins San Diego's Bud Black and Boston's John Farrell as the only former pitching coaches as current big league managers. Baker was fired after the Reds' loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the NL Wild Card Game. Cincinnati finished third in the NL Central this season with a 90-72 record.

 

Giants Ink Lincecum To Two-Year Deal

(San Fransisco, CA) -- Two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum is staying put in the Bay Area. The Giants have agreed to a two-year contract with the right-hander which will keep him from reaching free agency this offseason. CBSSports.com reports the deal is worth $35-million.

 

Wednesday, October 23 Schedule (Time Central)

MLB Playoffs

7:07 p.m. - St. Louis Cardinals at Boston Red Sox
(Game One of best-of-seven World Series)