Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star center fielder Andrew McCutchen puts on a Pittsburgh Steelers jersey with his number on it on the sideline before an NFL football game Baltimore Ravens in Pittsburgh on Sunday, Oct 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) by John PerrottoAP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Andrew McCutchen might be the best player on the Pittsburgh Pirates, but he’s not their chief recruiter. The All-Star center fielder doesn’t plan to make any calls to right-hander A.J. Burnett, right fielder Marlon Byrd or any of Pittsburgh’s other free agents in an attempt to talk them into staying.
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St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina looks back as home plate umpire Jim Joyce calls Boston Red Sox’s Jonny Gomes safe on a three-run…
Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, right, is greeted in the dugout after being pulled from the game during the eighth inning of Game 5 of baseball’s World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, in St. Louis. The Red Sox won 3-1 to take a 3-2 lead in the series. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) by Jay LindsayAssociated Press Writer BOSTON (AP) — Sports championships aren’t rare in Boston anymore, and security officials are drawing on what went right — and wrong — during recent victory celebrations as the Red Sox look to claim another title. The Red Sox return to Fenway Park on Wednesday needing one win in the next two games against the St. Louis Cardinals to win their third World Series since 2004. Meanwhile, police are also dealing with a visit by President Obama, who’s stopping in town hours earlier Wednesday to discuss his health care reform.
Teammates mob St. Louis Cardinals’ Allen Craig at home after Craig scored the game-winning run on an obstruction call during the ninth inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series against the Boston Red Sox Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) by Ben Walker AP SPorts Writer 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.
In this multiple exposure image, St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha throws during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s World Series against the Boston Red Sox Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) by Ronald BlumAP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — One is 22, brimming with vigor and riding a hot streak in the dawn of his career, the other is 36, injected with a painkiller just to make it on the field and refusing to succumb to discomfort during his first and perhaps last chance to earn that elusive ring. Michael Wacha and Carlos Beltran, both trying to make the most of their first World Series, helped lift the St. Louis Cardinals to a 4-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night that evened the matchup at a game apiece. “It’s the World Series, big-time game,” Wacha said. Wacha bested John Lackey in a matchup of present and past rookie sensations, Beltran provided a big hit and this time it was the Red Sox who were tripped up by fielding failures. “Somebody would have to kill me in order for me to get out of the lineup,” said Beltran, undeterred by bruised ribs that landed him in the hospital a night earlier.
St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright celebrates after striking out Pittsburgh Pirates’ Pedro Alvarez for the final out of Game 5 of a National League baseball division series, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)by R.B. FallstromAP Sportswriter ST. LOUIS (AP) — Adam Wainwright went all the way and the St. Louis Cardinals got two-run homers from David Freese and Matt Adams to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-1 on Wednesday night, advancing to the NL championship series.
Pedro Alvarez rounds third after getting the Pirates’ only hit of the game, a solo home run off St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha in the eighth inning of Game 4 of a National League baseball division series, Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) by Will GravesAP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Rookie Michael Wacha took a no-hit bid into the eighth inning and the St. Louis Cardinals showed off their October poise, edging the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 Monday and setting up a winner-take-all Game 5 in the NL division series.
Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Francisco Liriano answers a question during a press conference before a baseball workout in Pittsburgh, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013. Liriano is…
by R.B. FallstromAP Sports Writer ST. LOUIS (AP) – Gerrit Cole and the Pittsburgh Pirates played like veterans. Cole gave up two hits in six dominant innings and had an RBI in his postseason debut, Pedro Alvarez homered for the second straight day and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-1 Friday to even their NL division series at a game apiece.
Pittsburgh Pirates’ Marlon Byrd smiles as he rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the second inning of the NL wild-card playoff baseball…