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  • World Series Cardinals Red Sox Baseball
    WORLD SERIES - 5 THINGS TO WATCH: Weather permitting, the World Series is set to start Wednesday night at Fenway Park with the Boston Red Sox hosting the St. Louis Cardinals. Here are five things to watch when the Cardinals and Red Sox play ball: Text by Ben Walker/AP
    Charlie Riedel | AP
  • World Series Cardinals Red Sox Baseball
    FUNNY FENWAY: Baseball's oldest park opened in 1912, about a week after the Titanic sunk. It's full of quirky angles and odd dimensions, plus the 37-foot wall in left field, a.k.a. the Green Monster. To fans, it's a jewel. To the Red Sox, it's a beloved home. To visiting teams, well, it's tricky. Hits can take strange bounces at any time, and for clubs like the Cardinals, who haven't visited Boston since 2008, that could cost them the game in a hurry.
    Charlie Riedel | AP
  • World Series Cardinals Red Sox Baseball
    A HAIRY MATCHUP: Nasty or neat, most everyone in this Series seems to be growing a beard. The Red Sox sport the most serious ones, so much so that theirs have names — Mike Napoli's clump is called "The Siesta." The Cardinals got into the spirit later in the season and definitely trail in this department. Maybe for good reason, too. "I have a wife that doesn't enjoy it too much," outfielder Shane Robinson said.
    Charlie Riedel | AP
  • Athletics Indians Baseball
    ANOTHER LOOK: This is likely to be the last World Series where instant replay isn't available to review most every call. Next year, Major League Baseball intends to make everything except balls-and-strikes subject to review. We've already seen a couple of rulings this postseason that umpires might've reversed with another look. There are bound to be a few more close ones that get fans buzzing.
    Mark Duncan | AP
  • NLCS Dodgers Cardinals Baseball
    YOUNG AND YOUNGER: Both teams are getting major contributions from rookies who spent most of the season in the minors. At 22, Michael Wacha has become an October ace for the Cardinals. Listen for people to cackle "Wacha! Wacha! Wacha!" — like the old Pac-Man sound — when he pitches. Xander Bogaerts is even younger. At 21, the Boston third baseman from Aruba has blossomed into one of the game's top fresh talents.
    Charlie Neibergall | AP
  • Golden Globe Nominations
    TUNED IN: OK, are you going to watch the game tonight? Or maybe "Modern Family" (pictured) or a "Law & Order" instead? What about this weekend — baseball or football? Last year's World Series drew the lowest television ratings ever when the Giants swept the Tigers. The numbers have been dropping for years. One of the few exceptions in the last decade: When David Ortiz and the Red Sox reach the Series, viewership spikes. Even if the games drag on well past midnight.
    Peter "Hopper" Stone | AP
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