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Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina let popup drop (GIF)

adam-wainwright-yadier-molinaAs if allowing three runs in the bottom of the first in Game 1 of the World Series wasn’t already a bad enough sign for the St. Louis Cardinals, they committed a mistake in the second that seemed to confirm it really wasn’t their game.

Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew led off the second inning with a popup to the pitcher. Adam Wainwright was calling for the ball from the start, but catcher Yadier Molina chased after it. Then there was confusion between the two about who would make the play, and they ended up letting it drop.

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Umpires correctly overturn Dana Demuth’s bad call at second

Pete Kozma errorThe umpiring crew for Game 1 of the World Series in Boston correctly overturned a terrible call made by second base umpire Dana Demuth in the first inning of the game, which actually gave the Red Sox an extra run.

The Red Sox had runners on first and second with one out and David Ortiz at the plate. Ortiz grounded a ball to the right side into the St. Louis Cardinals’ shift, and it was fielded by Matt Carpenter. Carpenter threw to second for a force out, but shortstop Pete Kozma, who was playing on the second base side of the bag because of the shift and had to go back to second, dropped the ball.

Demuth initially called Dustin Pedroia out at second on the force, which would have given the Red Sox men on the corners with two outs. Manager John Farrell came out to argue the call and say that Kozma never had the ball.

The entire umpiring crew met and decided to change the call and put Pedroia back at second. Thanks to the properly overturned call, three runs were able to score on Mike Napoli’s bases-clearing double instead of two.

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Clay Buchholz reportedly dealing with ‘physical issues’ in advance of World Series

Clay-Buchholz-Red-SoxBoston Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz is reportedly dealing with some discomfort as his team prepares to face the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series. According to WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford, a source suggested the right-hander is working through some “physical issues” but is still expected to start in either Game 3 or Game 4.

Buchholz started Game 2 of the ALCS, but Red Sox manager John Farrell has decided to slide John Lackey in for Game 2 of the World Series. Farrell brushed any injury talk aside and said he simply didn’t want Lackey having too many days off between starts.

“Everything is OK [with Buchholz], we fully expect he and Jake to be pitching on the weekend in St. Louis,” Farrell said Tuesday. “[The decision was made based on] the way [Lackey] came out of his game over in Detroit, and not allowing too many days of rest to get away from that previous start of his. … That’s the primary reason to get John back in there in Game 2.”

Speculation began building about a potential injury on Tuesday, when left-hander Felix Doubront threw a simulated game under the watch of Farrell and Red Sox GM Ben Cherington. He then threw a side session with pitching coach Juan Nieves looking on. Doubront started 27 games for Boston during the regular season but has be relegated to a long relief role for the postseason.

If this were any other pitcher, Red Sox fans probably wouldn’t be concerned. Buchholz has a lengthy history of injuries and missed roughly half of the 2013 regular season with a shoulder/neck injury after going 9-0 with a 1.71 ERA to start the season. Having to insert Doubront into a starting role would be less than ideal for Boston.

Red Sox shotgun beers to celebrate trip to World Series (Video)

After a three-year playoff drought — and last-place finish in the AL East last season — the Boston Red Sox are back in the World Series. The Sox defeated the Detroit Tigers in six games in the ALCS, taking huge grand slams from David Ortiz and Shane Victorino, as well as a big solo home run from Mike Napoli in Game 3 to send them back to the Fall Classic.

The Sox celebrated their trip to the World Series by shotgunning a bunch of beers inside their clubhouse at Fenway Park. Luckily for us, the team shared the video on Vine. All that was missing was a few pieces of fried chicken.

Below is a video of David Ortiz spraying champagne all over the place:

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Shane Victorino hits huge grand slam in Game 6 (Video)

Leave it to Shane Victorino to do it again.

Shane Victorino grand slamVictorino helped send the Boston Red Sox to the World Series by smacking a grand slam in the bottom of the 7th inning in Game 6 of the ALCS on Saturday to give the Sox a 5-2 lead over the Detroit Tigers. Victorino took a hanging breaking ball from reliever Jose Veras deep over the Green Monster in left to put the Sox on top. They won the game by that score.

If that swing and setting looked familiar, that’s because Victorino also delivered a grand slam in the 2008 NLDS as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies. In Game 2 of their series with the Milwaukee Brewers, Victorino took CC Sabathia deep on a 1-2 breaking ball with two outs in the second:

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Prince Fielder makes embarrassing belly flop on bases (GIF)

Game 6 of the ALCS was pretty serious business in Boston on Saturday night. Luckily we had Prince Fielder to bring some levity to the game.

Prince Fielder belly flopThe Detroit Tigers husky first baseman made an absolutely hilarious and embarrassing belly flop on the bases to ruin the Tigers’ rally in the sixth. Detroit scored two on a bases loaded single off the Green Monster by Victor Martinez, so they had runners on the corners with nobody out and Jhonny Peralta at the plate. Peralta grounded a ball to second and Martinez was out trying to advance to second. Fielder broke for home, so Dustin Pedroia threw home and got Fielder in a rundown. Fielder was barely off third, but he must not have thought he could make it back safely, so he decided to stay in a pickle for a few seconds so Peralta could advance to second.

After dancing around for a few seconds, Fielder finally decided to try sneaking back to third, but the dude totally misjudged where the base was, did a huge belly flop, and face-planted about five feet short. It was a thing of beauty.

On this side angle, it looks like Prince tripped, which explains the odd landing:

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Yasiel Puig had an error-filled Game 6 (Video)

Yasiel Puig gloveFew MLB players have been as controversial this season as Yasiel Puig. Some love him for his hustle, speed, power bat and power arm, and overall enthusiasm. Others say he is cocky, immature, celebrates too much, and makes stupid errors in the field or on the bases.

I like Puig’s talent and love the overall energy he brings, but some of his mistakes remind me too much of Vladimir Guerrero and are just maddening. Friday night was one of those bad nights.

While Puig silenced most of his critics during the NLDS, he gave them plenty of ammo in the NLCS, especially during Game 6. Puig made three poor plays in the field that helped St. Louis Cardinals base runners move up a base. He was charged with an error on two of the plays. Only one of the errors may have cost the Dodgers a run, but the plays were examples of what leads to the criticism of the Cuban outfielder.

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Puig’s first mistake came on Carlos Beltran’s RBI single in the bottom of the second. Puig made an off-balanced lollipop throw into home, which allowed Beltran to advance to second on the throw instead of staying at first.

Later in the inning, Puig airmailed a throw home on Shane Robinson’s 2-run single to make it 4-0. One could argue that a throw on the money might have had David Freese at the plate and kept the score at 3-0, but I think that would have been tough. His throw to the backstop allowed the Cardinals runners to move up to second and third, but Clayton Kershaw struck out Michael Wacha with the based loaded to end the inning.

Then in the fifth, Puig misplayed a single to right by Yadier Molina, allowing the catcher to take second.

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Puig’s errors didn’t really affect the outcome — the Dodgers lost 9-0 — but this is exactly what people are talking about when they mention Puig’s shortcomings. Manager Don Mattingly talked about teaching Puig some maturity, but I don’t think this sort of thing will change. I think these types of plays are just part of who Puig is. He plays with a lot of intensity, so you just have to take the good with the bad and get used to it.