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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Red Sox, Cardinals set Series rosters

BOSTON – The St. Louis Cardinals made one switch in their postseason roster for the World Series, adding Allen Craig and dropping outfielder Adron Chambers. The Red Sox will stay with the same 25 they used in the AL championship series.

Craig hasn’t played since Sept. 4 because of a sprained left foot, but has been working his way back. The first baseman was the Cardinals’ cleanup man for most of the season and hit a major league-leading .454 with runners in scoring position before getting hurt. ...

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BOSTON – The St. Louis Cardinals made one switch in their postseason roster for the World Series, adding Allen Craig and dropping outfielder Adron Chambers. The Red Sox will stay with the same 25 they used in the AL championship series.

Craig hasn’t played since Sept. 4 because of a sprained left foot, but has been working his way back. The first baseman was the Cardinals’ cleanup man for most of the season and hit a major league-leading .454 with runners in scoring position before getting hurt.

Craig is set to be the Cardinals’ designated hitter in Game 1 Wednesday night against Jon Lester and in Game 2 against John Lackey.

Then and now

Jon Lester starts Game 1, six years after his win finished off Boston’s sweep of the Colorado Rockies.

The Red Sox lefty reflected Tuesday on the difference between that 2007 outing and his upcoming start.

“I think completely, you know, at different ends for me. Like you said, different circumstances at the time,” he said. “I mean, I just remember nerves. I remember just the anxiety of trying to just get to the field and calm down a little bit. Different point in my career, I think, too.”

He did what?

As the Cardinals took batting practice, Fox TV announcer Tim McCarver stood near the stands and recalled catching for St. Louis in the 1967 World Series at Fenway Park. Something he saw Carl Yastrzemski do after Game 1 still sticks with him.

Following the Cardinals’ 2-1 win, about a dozen players and their wives gathered ready for the late bus trip back to the hotel.

“Yaz had gone 0 for 4 against Bob Gibson. As we’re waiting there, here comes the grounds crew, rolling the batting cage back into place. And then here comes Yaz, the Triple Crown winner, back onto the field for extra batting,” McCarver said.

McCarver also remembered how Yaz did in Game 2 the next day: Two home runs and a single, with four RBIs in Boston’s 5-0 win.