Tuesday, December 12, 2017
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World Series: Consensus is obstruction call was correct

ST. LOUIS — While there continued to be plenty of discussion Sunday over the obstruction call that delivered the Cardinals' winning run the night before, there was no debate that it was properly made.

Even Boston manager John Farrell, after a restless night, admitted so. "The call was made correctly," he said. "That call was made as it should have been."

Farrell said his issue was with the rule itself, specifically that it should include some judgment on whether there is intent to impede the runner.

Commissioner Bud Selig said he heard no complaints, and that included during a lunch with Boston team representatives.

"The rule was administered fairly and expeditiously, and frankly we've had no controversy today," he said. "None whatsoever."

Cardinals 1B Allen Craig, who scored the winner in Saturday's Game 3 after being obstructed by Boston 3B Will Middlebrooks, looked to reinjure his sprained left foot on the play, but manager Mike Matheny said X-rays were good. Craig pinch-hit in the ninth Sunday.

CHANGES: Daniel Nava moved to rightfield to replace Shane Victorino, who was scratched after experiencing lower-back tightness during batting practice, and accommodate Jonny Gomes in left. … The Sox had already made one other change, with David Ross starting at catcher ahead of Jarrod Saltalamacchia. … Boston's Mike Napoli, displaced from first base by usual DH David Ortiz, replaced him in the field in the eighth inning, and Game 2 starter John Lackey pitched a scoreless eighth in relief. … The Cardinals went back to David Descalso at short rather than Pete Kozma.

PITCHING IN: Boston LHP Jon Lester returns to the mound tonight after a Game 1 start that included controversy over what some observers suggested was a foreign substance on his glove but what he and the Red Sox said was resin to combat his excessive sweating.

"I'm sure there's going to be focus on my glove and focus on my hands and what I'm doing, but I've got to worry about the Cardinals," Lester said. "If I'm worried about what people are looking at, I'm worried about the wrong things."

St. Louis ace RHP Adam Wainwright said he is eager for another opportunity after a rough Game 1 outing in which he felt he "threw maybe four or five quality pitches the whole time. … Lucky to come away with just a few runs. It could have been 10 instead of five."

HAMMER TIME: Detroit's Miguel Cabrera and Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt were named winners of the Hank Aaron Award, which recognizes the top offensive player in a vote of fans and a special panel led by Aaron. "It is a great honor," Cabrera said of his second straight award. "I don't expect to win any hardware. I expect to win games, and I hope always to go out there and win championships."

MISCELLANY: Cardinals Hall of Famer Bob Gibson threw out the first pitch after a ceremony that recognized other members of the 1967 team that beat the Red Sox for the championship: Lou Brock, Mike Shannon, Dal Maxvill, Tim McCarver. … Rascal Flatts performed the national anthem.

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