David Ortiz relishes being center of Red Sox

Irrepressible off the field and irreplaceable on it, the longest-tenured member of the Red Sox remains the team’s heart and soul.

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Dan Shaughnessy

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/10/23/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/shaughnessy-15364.png This World Series needs some villains

The Cardinals and Red Sox have too many nice things to say about each other. Doesn’t this series deserve some controversy?

Scouting Report

How the Red Sox, Cardinals match up

Nick Cafardo breaks down the strengths and weaknesses of the Red Sox and Cardinals in the World Series.

Red Sox Notebook

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/10/23/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/185592578--90x90.jpg Clay Buchholz injury status a cause for concern?

The Red Sox say Buchholz is expected to start in St. Louis, but there are signs they may be worried about his health.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/10/23/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_wswork12_spts[1]--90x90.jpg Red Sox cherish worst-to-first ride

The Red Sox, a year removed from a 69-win season, are seeking to become the first team since the 1991 Twins to go from last place to a World Series title.

Christopher L. Gasper

Xander Bogaerts settling in for a long stay

The rookie, who added a jolt to the Red Sox in the ALCS, offers the Sox a chance to see their present and future combine in the World Series.

Cardinals Notebook

Cardinals add Allen Craig to World Series roster

Sidelined since Sept. 4 with a foot injury, Craig will be on the Cardinals roster and likely serve as the DH at Fenway.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/10/23/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/2013-10-22T194118Z_1875781772_NOCID_RTRMADP_3_MLB-WORLD-SERIES-ST-LOUIS-CARDINALS-WORKOUT--90x90.jpg Cardinals turn to old reliable in Adam Wainwright

It would have been reasonable for the Cardinals to give hard-throwing youngster Michael Wacha the Game 1 start, but they wanted Wainwright’s experience.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/10/23/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/beltran.jpg Mission almost accomplished for Carlos Beltran

The Cardinals outfielder with the creaky knees has come through for his teammates, who are trying to come through with a title for him.

Singing

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Opinion | Geoff Edgers

Please, banish ‘Sweet Caroline’ from Fenway Park

Singing the Neil Diamond song has been a tradition at Fenway for more than a decade. But the time has come to end it.

Echoes of 2004 title ring with Cardinals back in Boston

As the Red Sox bid for an improbable third crown in 10 years, the Cardinals again stand in their way, just as they did in 2004.

World Series predictions from Globe writers

Cardinals or Red Sox? Our baseball writers make their picks.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/10/23/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/185494221[1]--90x90.jpg Will Middlebrooks OK with taking his lumps

It’s been an up-and-down (literally, to the minors) season for Middlebrooks, who is upbeat nevertheless about contributing in the World Series.

World Series: Red Sox beat Cardinals, 4-2

Spring training live blog

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/03/10/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/90sox.jpg Updates from Fort Myers

Track the latest news, photos and videos from our reporters at spring training.

ALDS: Red Sox beat Rays, 3-1

The Red Sox celebrated their series-clinching victory over the Rays.

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Red Sox move on to ALCS

The Sox locked down the Rays to claim the ALDS in four games and will now face the Tigers or Athletics when the next round begins at Fenway on Saturday.