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BOSTON (AP) - Ted Barrett has been picked as the umpire crew chief for the World Series. This will be the fourth Series assignment for Barret. Tim Timmons will call balls and strikes for Game 1 Tuesday night between the Red Sox and Dodgers.
BOSTON (AP) - Think the Red Sox are asleep at the ballpark? You may be right. Catching some Zzzzs during downtime could help Boston be more alert during the first coast-to-coast World Series in 20 years. A sleep room was opened last year at Fenway Park, adjacent to the gym next to the home clubhouse. Two bunk beds contain four queen-sized mattresses.
BOSTON (AP) - The Dodgers and Red Sox are meeting in the World Series for the first time in more than a century. But they came close in 1946, so close that official programs were printed up for the possible games at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. But they weren't needed when Dodgers were swept by the St. Louis Cardinals in a best-of-three playoff for the National League pennant.
BOSTON (AP) - Chris Sale is ready to start Game 1 of the World Series for the Red Sox, nine days after he was hospitalized with what the team called a stomach illness. The Boston lefty has been coy about the malady, deadpanning that it was a belly button piercing gone bad. He'll face Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw on Tuesday night at Fenway Park.
BOSTON (AP) - He's Manny the Masher, Manny the Miscreant and Macho Manny all in one, whacking baseballs, opponents and questions as the Los Angeles Dodgers reached the World Series against the Boston Red Sox. Manny Machado had become October's villain, especially despised at Fenway Park for planting his spikes into Dustin Pedroia in April 2017. The Boston second baseman hasn't been the same.
BOSTON (AP) - When Alex Cora was hired as manager of the Red Sox a year ago, he inherited a talented, young team in need of a new voice after back-to-back early exits from the playoffs. In just one season, Cora has successfully remade the culture of Boston's clubhouse by taking a player-centric approach that led to the most successful regular-season in team history. He is four wins away from becoming just the fifth manager to lead a team to a World Series title in his first season
BOSTON (AP) - Nikola Vucevic had 24 points and 12 rebounds while the Orlando Magic survived two 3-point attempts by Boston in the closing seconds to beat the Celtics 93-90. Jonathan Isaac added 18 points and 12 boards for the Magic (2-2).
(AP) - Joe Buck will call his 21st World Series for Fox starting Tuesday when the Los Angeles Dodgers face the Boston Red Sox. Buck said he was thinking about transitioning away from covering baseball in 2016, but has reconsidered due to his rapport with analyst John Smoltz. Buck's contract extension with Fox earlier this year means he will continue to do baseball through at least 2021, when the network's current contract with Major League Baseball expires.
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