David Ortiz, Mike Napoli and Jon Lester were quite a combination for the Boston Red Sox in Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday night.
Ortiz and Napoli drove in three runs apiece as Boston clobbered the St. Louis Cardinals 8-1 at Fenway Park. Ortiz hit a two-run homer and a sacrifice fly after Napoli put the Red Sox ahead with a three-run double in the first inning. Ortiz's got a sac-fly in the second inning and a home run five innings later. The two-run blast drove in Dustin Pedroia, who was 2-for-4 with an RBI single and two runs scored.
In the NFL, former Eagles coach Andy Reid returned to the City of Brotherly Love with his new team, the Kansas City Chiefs, who improved to 3-0 beating Philadelphia 26-16. Kansas City has won more games under Reid than it did all of last season.
In baseball, Boston clinched a playoff berth beating Baltimore 3-1 on a John Lackey two-hitter. Lackey didn't allow a hit until Adam Jones hit a one-out home run in the seventh inning. The Red Sox clinched at least a wild card berth and reduced their magic number to one for clinching the AL East.
In baseball news, Alex Rodriguez went hitless in two at-bats for the Charleston RiverDogs in his first game since left hip surgery in January.
Checking the scoreboard, the Yankees beat the Twins 7-3. Robinson Cano homered for the third straight game and Phil Hughes gave up one run on six hits in seven innings. The Twins also gave Mariano Rivera an unusual gift. They presented Rivera a rocking chair made in part from broken bats with the inscription, "Chair of Broken Dreams."
The New England Patriots released tight end Aaron Hernandez less than two hours after he was arrested Wednesday. Hernandez is being charged with murder in the shooting death of Odin Lloyd, a semi-pro football player whose body was found about a mile from Hernandez's home. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty but if convicted could get life in prison without parole.
Moving over to baseball news, Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is out. Teixeira will have season-ending surgery on his right wrist. Recovery time is projected at six months.