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.
The World Series gets underway with Game 1 tonight at Fenway Park. The Boston Red Sox host the St. Louis Cardinals. Left-hander Jon Lester will get the start for the Red Sox, while righty Adam Wainwright will head to the hill for the Cardinals. First pitch is at 8:00 p.m.
Meanwhile, Mets pitcher Matt Harvey has undergone Tommy John surgery that will cause him to miss the 2014 season.
Tim Lincecum is staying put with the San Francisco Giants after reaching an agreement on a two-year $35 million contract extension through the 2015 season.
In the NFL, the New York Giants finally ran into a team they can beat, leaving Tampa Bay and Jacksonville as the NFL's only winless teams.
Eli Manning went the entire game without an interception and the Giants smothered Minnesota's offense in a 23-7 win over the Vikings at the Meadowlands. Manning threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Reuben Randle and was 23 of 39 for 200 yards. Manning entered the game with a league-high 15 interceptions.
In baseball, the Pittsburgh Pirates are one victory away from winning a postseason series for the first time since the 1979 World Series. Pedro Alvarez hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning and the Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-3 to take a 2-1 lead in best-of-five NL division series.
The Los Angeles Dodgers hammered Atlanta 13-6. Juan Uribe and Carl Crawford both homered for the Dodgers.
Meanwhile, the Red Sox are hoping to take their division series 3-0 against Tampa Bay tonight.
In baseball, Tampa Bay is 2-for-2 in elimination playoff games. After beating Texas to get to the American League wild card matchup, the Rays got a great pitching performance from Alex Cobb and blanked Cleveland 4-0 to reach the AL division series against Boston on Friday.
The Indians, who haven't won a World Series since 1948, were making their first postseason appearance since 2007. They won 10 straight games at the end of the season to reach the wild card elimination game.