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

How the Red Sox and Cardinals match up in key areas, and who should have the advantage 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

When this whirlwind season is over, Xander Bogaerts said he plans to return to Aruba, go to the beach, sit on the sand and reflect on how he went from part of the Red Sox’ future to part of their World Series team.

Cardinals Notebook

Cardinals add Allen Craig to World Series roster

Sidelined since Sept. 4 with a foot injury, Allen Craig will be on the Cardinals roster. He’ll likely serve as the DH at Fenway and return to first base in games at Busch Stadium.

//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.


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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

The Curse of the Bambino didn’t end with the miracle comeback against the Yankees in the 2004 American League Championship Series, as cathartic as that was for Red Sox Nation.

World Series predictions from Globe writers

Our baseball writers make their picks for who will win the World Series.

//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.