Kolten Wong picked off by Koji Uehara to end Game 4 (Video)

Maybe Boston Red Sox cloer Koji Uehara would have retired St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran for the final out of Game 4 of the World Series and preserved the win. Maybe Beltran would have found a way to keep the inning alive with a runner on first and the Cards would have rallied. Because of Kolten Wong, we will never know.

Wong, the St. Louis infielder who entered as a pinch runner following Allen Craig’s one-out single in the ninth inning, was picked off at first base by Uehara to end the game. His run meant very little with the Cardinals trailing 4-2 and down to their last out.

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Jonny Gomes blasts three-run home run after not being in initial Game 4 starting lineup (Video)

Jonny-Gomes-home-runSometimes in baseball things have a way of working themselves out, and that has been the case on numerous occasions for the 2013 Boston Red Sox. Hours before Game 4 of the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday night, Shane Victorino decided he would not be able to play due to tightness in his back. Daniel Nava got the start in right and Jonny Gomes started in left.

Had Victorino been healthy enough to play, he would have started in right and Nava in left. That would have made Gomes the odd man out and kept him on the bench as a pinch hitter. Who knows how the Red Sox would have made out without Gomes’ go-ahead homerun off Seth Maness in the 6th inning.

Gomes’ blast proved to be the game-winner. It also happened to be his first hit of the series — he was 0-for-9 when he came to the plate in the 6th. We have no way of knowing if the situation would have been entirely different if Victorino played. Maybe Victorino would have hit a homer of his own and played the role of hero yet again. Whatever the case, the Sox are glad Gomes was in the lineup. A proven winner who is seen more for his value as a clubhouse presence, Gomes had been waiting for that moment his entire career.

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Obstruction call on Will Middlebrooks wins game for Cardinals (Video)

One of the most controversial calls in recent memory gave the St. Louis Cardinals a 5-4 win over the Boston Red Sox in Game 3 of the World Series on Saturday night. Umpire Jim Joyce, who notoriously screwed up Armando Galarraga’s perfect game, called obstruction on Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks for impeding the path of Allen Craig, who was trying to score following an overthrow by catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia on a fielder’s choice with one out in the ninth.

Even though Craig was thrown out at the plate for what would have been the last out of the inning, Joyce called obstruction, which gave Craig and the Cardinals the winning run.

Here’s a clear look at the play:

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Craig Breslow allows run to score on throwing error (GIF)

The Boston Red Sox somewhat resembled the St. Louis Cardinals during Game 2 of the World Series.

After taking a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning on David Ortiz’s 2-run home run, the Sox gave it right back the next inning. St. Louis loaded the bases loaded with one out. Boston had Craig Breslow in the game in relief of John Lackey.

Breslow allowed an RBI sacrifice fly to left to Matt Carpenter. Pete Kozma scored on Jonny Gomes’ throw home, but the throw got away from catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who was charged with an error for his poor fielding. Breslow backed up the throw home and picked up the ball and tried to gun down Jon Jay at third, but his throw was high and went into left field, allowing Jay to score. The game quickly went from 2-1 to 3-2 on that play, and then Breslow allowed an RBI single to Carlos Beltran on the next play.

Breslow only faced three batters and it wasn’t pretty. And if you’re wondering why we said the Sox looked like the Cardinals, watch this.

John Farrell did not enjoy what he was watching:

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Did Jon Lester have Vaseline on his glove? MLB says there is nothing conclusive


UPDATE: Cardinals GM John Mozeliak shares his thoughts on Jon Lester’s glove.

The internet is accusing Boston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester of cheating during his impressive performance in Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday night. A number of photos and video clips that have been making the rounds appear to show some sort of substance on the inside of Lester’s glove, which many have speculated could be Vaseline or pine tar.

For a video clip of Lester seemingly going to a specific spot on his glove, click here.

An MLB official briefly addressed the accusations on Thursday morning.

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Jon Lester used Vaseline on his glove? Cardinals minor league pitcher Tyler Melling thinks so


UPDATE (12:15 p.m.): An MLB official has addressed the Lester accusations.

UPDATE (1:02 p.m.): Cardinals GM John Mozeliak shares his thought’s on Lester’s glove.

Boston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester turned in a phenomenal outing against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday night, but some are accusing him of cheating. Tyler Melling, a pitcher who plays ball in the Cards’ minor league system, posted a photo during the game that has caused some speculation.

Melling later deleted his tweet, which I assume was done per the request of the organization.

The only thing we can really see is that there is a discoloration between the thumb and webbing of the glove. It’s hard to tell if there’s some sort of substance there or if the leather is simply wearing out at that particular spot. Another Twitter user pointed out that Lester appeared to touch that part of his glove before gripping the ball in the 7th inning.

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Carlos Beltran leaves with rib injury after robbing grand slam (Video)

Carlos Beltran grand slam David OrtizCarlos Beltran robbed David Ortiz of a grand slam in the second inning of Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday to save three runs, but the excellent defensive play came at a cost.

The St. Louis Cardinals right fielder was under control when he went back to the wall by the Boston Red Sox bullpen and made the catch over the fence, but he still slammed into the wall hard. He appeared to be in pain after making the catch and was replaced by Jon Jay after the inning.

The Cardinals announced that Beltran left the game with a rib contusion, and he was taken to the hospital. X-rays and a CT scan on his ribs were negative, but Cardinals GM John Mozeliak says Beltran is day-to-day with a severe rib bruise.

We saw Hanley Ramirez suffer a cracked rib for the Los Angeles Dodgers against the Cardinals, and he was never the same. It looks like the same thing will be the case with Beltran. This is a devastating turn for the team. Beltran has been a postseason stud for the team, knocking in 12 runs and posting a .900 OPS while also playing excellent defense. They’re already down 1-0 in the series and it won’t help having Beltran at half-strength the rest of the series.