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World Series Game 3: Red Sox at Cardinals

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  October 26, 2013 03:15 PM

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Good afternoon. Here are the lineups:
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RED SOX (1-1, 97-65 regular season)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Shane Victorino RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz 1B
Daniel Nava LF
Xander Bogaerts 3B
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Stephen Drew SS
Jake Peavy RHP (0-1, 8.31 postseason; 12-5, 4.17 regular season).

CARDINALS (1-1, 97-65 regular season)
Matt Carpenter 2B
Carlos Beltran RF
Matt Holliday LF
Matt Adams 1B
Yadier Molina C
David Freese 3B
John Jay CF
Peter Kozma SS
Joe Kelly RHP (0-1, 4.41 postseason; 10-5, 2.69 regular season).

Game time: 8:07 p.m.

TV/Radio: FOX / WEEI, ESPN Radio.

Red Sox vs. Kelly: Drew 1-3, Victorino 0-2.

Cardinals vs. Peavy: Holliday 8-28, Beltran 8-20, Molina 4-22, Descalso 0-3, Freese 1-3, Robinson 0-3.

Stat of the Day: This will be only the 13th game the Red Sox have played in the last 27 days.

Key matchup: Cardinals lefthanded relievers against David Ortiz. Big Papi is 4 for 6 with two home runs and 5 RBIs in the Series. St. Louis manager Mike Matheny needs to figure out when to use either Randy Choate or Kevin Siegrist against Ortiz.

The Busch factor: Counting the postseason, the Cardinals are 59-28 at home, 26-6 since Aug. 11 and 18-3 in their last 21. It's more than the crowd, the Cardinals use their pitcher's park to their advantage.

Notes: The series is tied 1-1 with the next three games in St. Louis before a sea of red at Busch Stadium. ... This will be the first career World Series for Peavy, who has struggled in the postseason (0-3, 10.31 ERA in four starts). Two of those starts came against the Cardinals (in 2005 and '06) and Peavy allowed 13 runs on 19 hits over 9.2 innings. Peavy has a 2.97 ERA in nine regular-season starts against St. Louis and a 2.25 ERA in three starts at Busch Stadium. Peavy has not pitched since Oct. 13 when he allowed seven runs in three innings against the Tigers. ... Kelly also is starting for the first time since Oct. 13 when he allowed four runs on seven hits in five innings against the Dodgers. He has given up eight earned runs on 18 hits in 16.1 postseason innings. Kelly, 25, struck out only 79 in 124 regular season innings. He is somebody the Red Sox should be able to get to because he pitches to contact. ... Red Sox pitchers have a 2.87 ERA and 1.188 WHIP in the postseason with the bullpen's ERA at 1.00. ... In World Series tied 1-1, the Game 3 winner has gone on to win the Series 11 of the last 12 times. ... Ellsbury has hit safely in nine of the 12 postseason games at 17 of 47. He is setting himself up as well as a free agent can at this point. ... This will be the 14th World Series game for Victorino. That's the most on the Red Sox. He is 9 for 50 (.180) in those games. ... Drew is 4 for 42 in the postseason and 2 of his last 35. ... Nava returns to the lineup. He is 4 for 13 in the postseason with a double.

Song of the Day: "Alabama Song" by The Doors.

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