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  • Lester outduels Wainwright, Sox lead 3-2

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — David Ross caught Jon Lester’s pitches into the eighth inning, then talked about the toss that really impressed him in Game 5 of the World Series.
    A big paper airplane flung by a fan that floated so far, Lester stepped off the mound to retrieve it.
    “We were all kind of in awe,” Ross said.
    Loose? The Red Sox sure sounded that way after Lester outpitched Adam Wainwright once more, Ross delivered a go-ahead double in the seventh inning and Boston beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 Monday night for a 3-2 edge.
    A whisker away from yet another championship, this bearded band now goes back to Fenway Park.
    “Pretty special time,” Lester said.
    David Ortiz delivered his latest big hit, too, putting Boston in position to capture its third crown in a decade. Not since 1918 have the Red Sox clinched the title on their own field.
    “This atmosphere here, these three games, has been phenomenal. We know it’s going to be equal to that, if not better. And we’re excited about going home in the position we are,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said.
    Added Ortiz of the Red Sox’s century-old bandbox: “It’s going to get loud out there.”

  • Lester, Red Sox beat Cards, lead World Series 3-2

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — David Ross caught Jon Lester's pitches into the eighth inning, then talked about the toss that really impressed him in Game 5 of the World Series.

    A big paper airplane flung by a fan that floated so far, Lester stepped off the mound to retrieve it.

    "We were all kind of in awe," Ross said.

    Loose? The Red Sox sure sounded that way after Lester outpitched Adam Wainwright once more, Ross delivered a go-ahead double in the seventh inning and Boston beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 Monday night for a 3-2 edge.

    A whisker away from yet another championship, this bearded band now goes back to Fenway Park.

    "Pretty special time," Lester said.

    David Ortiz delivered his latest big hit, too, putting Boston in position to capture its third crown in a decade. Not since 1918 have the Red Sox clinched the title on their own field.

    "This atmosphere here, these three games, has been phenomenal. We know it's going to be equal to that, if not better. And we're excited about going home in the position we are," Red Sox manager John Farrell said.

    Added Ortiz of Boston's century-old bandbox: "It's going to get loud out there."

  • The AP Top 25 College Football Poll

    The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Oct. 26, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking:

  • Obstruction call gives Cardinals 5-4 win in Game 3

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Cardinals rushed to the plate to congratulate Allen Craig. The Red Sox stormed home to argue with the umpires.

    The fans, well, they seemed too startled to know what to do. Who'd ever seen an obstruction call to end a World Series game?

    No one.

    In perhaps the wildest finish imaginable, the rare ruling against third baseman Will Middlebrooks allowed Craig to score with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning and lifted St. Louis over Boston 5-4 Saturday night for a 2-1 edge.

    A walk-off win? More like a trip-off.

    "I'm in shock right now," St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina said.

    So was most everyone at Busch Stadium after the mad-cap play.

    "Tough way to have a game end, particularly of this significance," Red Sox manager John Farrell said.

    After an umpire's call was the crux of Game 1 and a poor Boston throw to third base decided Game 2, the key play on this night combined both elements.

    Molina singled with one out in the ninth off losing pitcher Brandon Workman. Craig, just back from a sprained foot, pinch-hit and lined Koji Uehara's first pitch into left field for a double that put runners on second and third.

  • Cardinals Top Red Sox 4-2, Tie World Series 1-1
  • Giants get into win column vs. Vikings

     EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — For the first time this season, the New York Giants are going to be able to watch the videotapes of a game and have something to smile about.

    Winning has its benefits, even after six straight losses to open a season.

    Eli Manning threw a go-ahead touchdown to Rueben Randle in a rare mistake-free performance and the Giants shut down Adrian Peterson and forced three crucial second-half turnovers in posting a 23-7 victory over struggling Minnesota Vikings (1-5) on Monday night.

    The win ended the Giants' worst start since a franchise-record 0-9 beginning in 1976, and it gave Tom Coughlin's team a chance to breathe a sigh of relief.

    "We needed to get one on the board," defensive end Justin Tuck said. "I told (general manager) Jerry Reese that I think we have a shovel to start digging our way out of this hole. Hopefully, tonight is something we can build off. It's still a long way to climb out of this hole. But this was something that we could get the ball rolling."

    While the game wasn't perfect, the Giants did enough to win and avoided most of the mistakes that led to their disastrous start.

  • Red Sox beat Tigers 5-2 to advance to World Series

    BOSTON (AP) — When Shane Victorino signed with the Boston Red Sox as a free agent in the offseason, they were coming off a last-place finish that was their worst in almost half a century. They had fired their manager for the second year in a row.

    He believed they could turn it around.

    And quickly.

    Victorino brought the Red Sox one big step closer to completing their comeback, sending them to the World Series with a seventh-inning grand slam that gave Boston a 5-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers in Game 6 of the AL championship series Saturday night.

    The Red Sox will open the Series on Wednesday night against the St. Louis Cardinals, the team they swept in 2004 to end their 86-year title drought. The Cardinals won the NL pennant on Friday night by eliminating the Los Angeles Dodgers in six games.

    "It's one of those moments you live for," Victorino said as he wandered around the Fenway Park infield while Red Sox fans serenaded him with his theme song, Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds," and its chorus, "Don't worry about a thing, 'Cause every little thing is gonna be all right."

  • Red Sox win, take 3-2 edge

    DETROIT (AP) — Mike Napoli provided the power and the Boston bullpen stymied Miguel Cabrera.
    Twice in three games, that formula has worked for the Red Sox, and now they’re one win from reaching the World Series.
    Napoli opened the scoring with another big long ball, Junichi Tazawa again bested Cabrera in a crucial spot and the Red Sox edged the Detroit Tigers 4-3 Thursday night.
    Boston returns to Fenway Park with a 3-2 lead in the AL championship series. The Red Sox can win the American League pennant Saturday, when the Tigers’ Max Scherzer faces Boston’s Clay Buchholz in Game 6.
    Four of the five games in the ALCS so far have been decided by one run.
    “There’s probably a reason I don’t have any hair,” Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia said. “It’s stressful.”
    Cabrera was thrown out at the plate in the first inning, halting an early Detroit rally, and he hit into a double play against Tazawa with runners at the corners in the seventh. The Tigers scored a run on the grounder, but it was a trade-off the Red Sox were willing to make.

  • Lackey, Red Sox blank Tigers

     DETROIT (AP) — Once again this October, one run was enough.

    The Boston Red Sox scored it — and now they lead an AL championship series that seemed to be slipping away last weekend.

    John Lackey edged Justin Verlander in the latest duel of these pitching-rich playoffs, and Boston's bullpen shut down Detroit's big boppers with the game on the line to lift the Red Sox over the Tigers 1-0 Tuesday for a 2-1 advantage in the ALCS.

    Mike Napoli homered off Verlander in the seventh inning, and Detroit's best chance to rally fell short in the eighth when Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder struck out with runners at the corners.

    "This game had the feel it was going to be won or lost on one pitch," Boston reliever Craig Breslow said. "Lackey kept us in the game. Every inning where he was able to throw up a zero gave us a lift."

    Despite three straight gems by their starters, the Tigers suddenly trail in a best-of-seven series they initially appeared to control. Game 4 is Wednesday night at Comerica Park, with Jake Peavy scheduled to start for the Red Sox against Doug Fister.

    Peavy set the tone Tuesday during a pregame news conference, when he sounded miffed that so much of the attention was focused on Verlander before Game 3.