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(SportsNetwork. Cheap Jerseys From China .com) - The St. Louis Cardinals grabbed control of the World Series with a thrilling, albeit controversial, win on Saturday. Now the Boston Red Sox will try to even this best-of-seven set with perhaps the biggest question mark in this Fall Classic -- Clay Buchholz -- in Game 4 on Sunday at Busch Stadium. Buchholz was among the best pitchers in baseball through the first two months of the season and was 9-0 with a 1.71 ERA after beating the Angels on June 8. But thanks to a shoulder injury, that would be his last start for more than three months. He won three of his four starts upon returning in September and pitched to a 1.88 ERA in those outings. With Jon Lester and a healthy Buchholz, the Red Sox seemingly had as good a 1-2 punch atop the rotation in baseball heading into the postseason. That hasnt been the case. While Lester has pitched like an ace, Buchholz has hit a wall in October. And what was once a sure thing, has become anything but, as Buchholz has a 5.40 ERA in three starts, while showing a dreaded dip in velocity. Even more alarming is the fact that he has failed to get past the sixth inning in any of the three outings and lasted only five innings in his last start against the Detroit Tigers in Game 6 of the ALCS on Oct. 19. The reduced velocity and the lack of stamina is a concern, but despite the abbreviated showing against the Tigers, it was easily his best outing of the postseason, as he limited the Tigers to two runs on four hits and two walks. "The ball is not really coming out of my hands like it does in spring training or at the beginning of the season," Buchholz said. "I think thats true for the majority of the guys that have been pitching all year, and something that Ive had to deal with over the last 3 1/2 months." Buchholz, who will be making his first World Series appearance, has admitted that he isnt exactly 100-percent and is suffering from a bit of fatigue in the shoulder. The Red Sox and the righty insist that he is ready to go, though. "I dont think there is any risk there," Buchholz added. "My one thing that I have is to go and compete. Go out there for as long as John wants to leave me out there, and give the team a chance to win to the best of my ability. Obviously, given the couple of days that Ive been out so far, not a hundred percent. But Ive said it a couple of times this year, I dont think anybody, especially at this time of the season, is a hundred percent. "Its going to be my first World Series experience being on the field, and I think that just the environment, the crowd, the adrenaline, thats going to help me out, too." St. Louis, meanwhile, will hand the ball to righty Lance Lynn, who will become the Cards all-time leader in postseason appearances by a pitcher. Lynn will be appearing in his 20th postseason game, moving him past Cardinals closers Jason Isringhausen and Jason Motte for a club record. "I think hes one of the guys that gets overlooked as we start talking about the youth of the staff," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "Lance is a guy that won 18 games for us last season and has done well in the postseason, and he does carry himself like a guy thats been around a while." Lynn, who hasnt pitched since Oct. 15, is 2-1 this postseason, despite a 5.40 ERA. During the season, the Cardinals provided him with an NL-best 5.2 runs- per-game. "Its never going to feel normal; its a World Series," Lynn said. "Youre getting a chance to start in the World Series against the best team from the American League. Youre excited, got a little bit of nerves. But when its all said and done, youve been doing it all year and you have to take it as another start and be the best prepared for it as you can. And once you go through your pregame stuff, its all business after that." Lynn will be trying to pitch the Cards to the brink of their 12th world title after winning Saturdays Game 3, 5-4, thanks to an obstruction call. With the score tied 4-4 in the ninth and runners on second and third with the infield in, St. Louis John Jay ripped a shot at second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who dove to get to the ball then fired home to nail Yadier Molina. On the play Craig tried to advance to third and Jarrod Saltalamacchia threw low to third to try to get him. The ball caromed off the glove of third baseman Will Middlebrooks and Craigs arm and bounced away. As Craig -- running on a sprained left foot -- tried to get up and run home, Middlebrooks, who was lying on his stomach, raised his feet. Craig tripped and stumbled home. Saltalamacchia applied the tag off the throw from left fielder Daniel Nava, but third base umpire Jim Joyce ruled Middlebrooks impeded Craigs progress. "Tough way to have a game end, particularly of this significance, when Will is trying to dive inside to stop the throw," Boston manager John Farrell said. "I dont know how he gets out of the way when hes lying on the ground. And when Craig trips over him, I guess by the letter of the rule you could say its obstruction. Like I said, thats a tough pill to swallow." The Cardinals, who are 8-0 this postseason when scoring first, have been up 2-1 in the World Series on 10 previous occasions and have won the World Series eight of those times. In fact, the team to go up 2-1 when a series has been tied, has gone on to win the World Series in the last four and 11 of the last 12 instances. Game 5 is scheduled for Monday at Busch Stadium. Cheap NFL Jerseys . Helwani said that Weidman has been dealing with recurring swelling and pain in his knees related to torn meniscus he suffered as a teenager and the problems came to a head last week when he suffered prolonged swelling and pain in his left knee, resulting in the decision to undergo an arthroscopic scope procedure to clean up the tear in both knees. Wholesale Jerseys . De Villota was 33. De Villotas sister, Isabel, said an autopsy indicated that she had died in her sleep around 6 a.m. local time due to "neurological damage" from her crash in July 2012. De Villota lost an eye in the accident but had since seemingly recovered from the wreck -- even driving again, writing a book about it, and recently getting married.ST. LOUIS -- Theres no telling how these wacky World Series games will end. One night after a rare obstruction call, Jonny Gomes hit a decisive homer when he wasnt even in the original lineup and Koji Uehara picked off a rookie at first base for the final out. An entertaining, even goofy World Series is tied at two games apiece following Bostons 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday night, which ensured the title will be decided back at Fenway Park. "Whats going on inside here is pretty special, magical," Gomes said. Inserted into the lineup about 75 minutes before gametime, Gomes hit a tiebreaking, three-run shot off reliever Seth Maness in the sixth inning. Felix Doubront and surprise reliever John Lackey, both starters during the regular season, picked up for a gritty Clay Buchholz to help the Red Sox hang on. And of course, another bizarre ending: Uehara picked off pinch-runner Kolten Wong -- with post-season star Carlos Beltran standing at the plate. Of the 1,404 post-season games in major league history, the last two are the only ones to end on an obstruction call and a pickoff, according to STATS. "It was the first time for me to end a game like that as far as I can remember," Uehara said through a translator. Game 5 is Monday night at Busch Stadium, with Boston left-hander Jon Lester facing Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright in a rematch of the opener, won 8-1 by the Red Sox. Gomes helped Boston get started in the fifth when he followed David Ortizs leadoff double with a 10-pitch walk that tired starter Lance Lynn, who had faced the minimum 12 batters through the first four innings. Stephen Drews sacrifice fly tied the score 1-all, erasing a deficit created when centre fielder Jacoby Ellsburys third-inning error advanced Matt Carpenter into scoring position for Beltrans RBI single. Ortiz, 8 for 11 (.727) in the Series after a three-hit night, was Bostons leader, smacking his hands together and screaming at teammates to get going when he pulled into second base on his double. Then, after the fifth inning, he huddled the Red Sox for a pep talk in the dugout. "Lets loosen up and lets try to play baseball the way we normally do," Ortiz remembered telling them. "I know we are a better team than what we had shown. Sometimes you get to this stage and you try to overdo things, and it doesnt work that way." Message heard. "It was like 24 kindergartners looking up at their teacher," Gomes said, "He got everyones attention, and we looked him right in the eyes. That message was pretty powerful." Not long after, Gomes drive put Boston ahead 4-1 in the sixth. With adrenaline taking over, Gomes spiked an arm through the air as he rounded first base, yelled and banged his chest with his right fist twice. Teammates tugged on Gomes beard for good luck when he got back to the dugout, including a two-handed pull by Mike Napoli. Not exactly what Gomes expected when he arrived at the ballpark. While talk of umpires calls dominated discussion following two of the opening three games, this one turned on a managers pregame decision. John Farrells original Red Sox lineup didnt include Gomes, but Victorinos back had been bothering him since Saturday, so Daniel Nava was moved from left field to right and from fifth to second in the batting order. Gomes was inserted into the No. 5 hole behind Ortiz. "During batting practice, when I met with Shane today, he said, Yeah, put me in there. Ill find a way to get ready to start the game," Farrell said. "As we went through the other work, it became obvious he wasnt capable. And you know what? It turns out that his replacement is the difference in this one tonight." Gomes had been 0 for 9 inn the Series before the home run, and Red Sox outfielders had been 4 for 40 with no RBIs. Cheap Jerseys China. Following Dustin Pedroias two-out single and a four-pitch walk to Ortiz by Lynn, Maness threw five straight sinkers to Gomes, who sent the last one into the Red Sox bullpen in left as Matt Holliday kept running back only to run out of room. "It was right down the middle," Maness said. "Thats baseball, it happens." Carpenter singled in a run in the seventh off Craig Breslow after pinch-hitter Shane Robinson doubled with two outs against Doubront on a ball that skidded away from Gomes. Junichi Tazawa came in and got Holliday to hit an inning-ending grounder to second, a night after allowing a tiebreaking, two-run double to Holliday. Doubront got the win with 2 2-3 innings of one-hit relief. Lackey, the Game 2 loser and Bostons probable Game 6 starter, pitched the eighth for his first relief appearance in nine years, overcoming a two-base throwing error by third baseman Xander Bogaerts -- Bostons seventh error of the Series -- and a wild pitch. With a runner on third, Lackey got Jon Jay to pop up and David Freese to ground out. Uehara, Bostons sixth pitcher, got three outs for his sixth save this post-season, completing a six-hitter. Lynn was the hard-luck loser, leaving with the score tied and two on for Maness, who allowed Gomes homer on his fifth pitch. It was a special anniversary for both teams. Exactly nine years earlier, the Red Sox completed a four-game sweep of the Cardinals across the street at old Busch Stadium for their first championship since 1918. And two years earlier, Freese hit a tying, two-run, two-out triple in the ninth against Texas and a winning homer in the 11th to force a Game 7, which St. Louis won the following night. Buchholz, in his first appearance since the AL championship series finale on Oct. 19, fought through shoulder issues and his velocity topped out at 90 mph. He lasted a season-low four innings and 66 pitches before he was lifted for a pinch-hitter, but he allowed just an unearned run and three hits. "We have guys with heart. Clay, he brought everything hes got," Ortiz said. "I have never seen Clay throwing an 88 mph fastball." Fielding for the Red Sox became trouble again in the third when Carpenter singled to centre with one out, and the ball appeared to take a high hop and roll away from Ellsbury. Carpenter sprinted to second on the second error of the Series by Ellsbury -- who had just three during the regular season. Beltran singled into centre field two pitches later, making him 8 for 10 with 12 RBIs with runners in scoring position during the post-season. There almost was another miscue in the fourth following a one-out walk to Jay. Freese bounced to Drew, and the shortstop grabbed the grounder on the run and flipped the ball with his glove high to Pedroia at second. He jumped and just got his left foot down in time to force Jay, who slid into him hard. After Ortizs double to the right-centre field wall in the fifth, Gomes fell behind 0-2 in the count and then worked out his walk. Lynn appeared to be too fine with his pitches as he walked rookie Bogaerts, loading the bases, and Drew lofted a fly to medium left near the foul line. Hollidays one-hop throw home hit the sliding Ortiz in the back and bounced away. Lynn recovered to strike out David Ross and induce an inning-ending groundout from pinch-hitter Mike Carp. NOTES: St. Louis had been 8-0 this post-season when scoring first. ... Molina extended his Series hitting streak to seven games. ... Holliday argued with plate umpire Paul Emmel after he was called out on strikes in the fifth, and Cardinals manager Mike Matheny came on the field to make sure his left fielder didnt get ejected. ' ' '

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