BOSTON (AP) — Lou Lucier, who was the oldest surviving former Boston Red Sox player, has died at the age of 96.

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SAN FRANCISCO — The St. Louis Cardinals haven’t made any hasty decisions regarding their catcher and cornerstone Yadier Molina, who left Sunday night’s Game 2 of the National League Championship Series with a strained left oblique .  Manager Mike Matheny said Monday that Molina is “day-to-day” and will remain on the team’s postseason roster. Matheny said he believes Molina can still help the team in the series, possibly as a short-inning defensive replacement. During St. Louis’ workout Monday, Molina played catch, an encouraging sign. “I was very surprised with how well he was able to throw the ball and didn’t think he was able to at all and he actually threw quite well” Matheny said. “I didn’t think there was any possibility. Having that injury myself [before], knowing how hard it was just to throw. But he was throwing the ball with some velocity and it was encouraging to see.” Matheny didn’t name his starting catcher for Tuesday’s Game 3 — both Tony Cruz and A.J. Pierzynski are available on the roster — but it sounded like there was little chance Molina would be in that role. Molina hasn’t yet tried to swing a bat, Matheny said, which is where an oblique injury would most inhibit a player. The Cardinals have two options: Keep Molina on the roster and play a man down the rest of the series, or replace him on the roster and leave Molina ineligible to play in the World Series, should they make it. Molina left Game 2 in the sixth inning , when he grounded into a double play and couldn’t even run to first base after making contact. With Molina out of the game, Cruz proved just how valuable Yadi is to the Cards. Cruz couldn’t block a crucial wild pitch that allowed the Giants to  tie the game in the ninth inning  off St. Louis closer Trevor Rosenthal. After Game 2, the Cardinals weren’t ready to commit one way or another about Molina’s status for the rest of the series. Matheny said it “didn’t look good,” however. According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch, the Cardinals held their charter plane to S.F. on Sunday night to get Molina on it.

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Former GM Ned Colletti, who will stay with the Dodgers as an adviser, leaves the franchise in much better shape than he got it.

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(Reuters) – List of winners in Major League Baseball’s World Series: 2013 – Boston Red Sox 4, St. Louis Cardinals 2 2012 – San Francisco Giants 4, Detroit Tigers 0 2011 – St. Louis Cardinals 4, Texas Rangers 3 2010 – San Francisco Giants 4, Texas Rangers 1 2009 – New York Yankees 4, Philadelphia Phillies 2 2008 – Philadelphia Phillies 4, Tampa Bay Rays 1 2007 – Boston Red Sox 4, Colorado Rockies 0 2006 – St. Louis Cardinals 4, Detroit Tigers 1 2005 – Chicago White Sox 4, Houston Astros 0 2004 – Boston Red Sox 4, St. …

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Billy Butler drove in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning, and the Royals’ bullpen shut down the Baltimore Orioles the rest of the way for a 2-1 victory Tuesday night that gave Kansas City a commanding 3-0 lead in the AL Championship Series.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Somebody on the Baltimore Orioles needs to step up, slugger Steve Pearce said. Somebody needs to get that key hit, or pitch a shutdown inning, or make the impossible-looking play on defense that will start to turn the American League Championship Series around. The Kansas City Royals have won the first three games, including 2-1 on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium, to put themselves on the brink of the franchise’s first World Series appearance since 1985. The Orioles, on such a great run before the ALCS started, are nearly out of time after winning 96 games in the regular season and sweeping the Detroit Tigers in the first round of playoffs. That the Orioles have lost three games by a combined five runs to K.C. is not a source of pride for Pearce, but instead one of aggravation. “We lost another close game,” Pearce said. “We’ve got to find a way to start pulling these games out. We’ve only got one loss left. “We’ve got to find somebody to get it done.” The only team that’s ever gotten series reversal done after a 3-0 deficit is the 2004 Boston Red Sox, who that season famously dropped the first three games of the ALCS to the New York Yankees. The contemporary Orioles need to find the Dave Roberts, Big Papi, Curt Schilling and Johnny Damon from their own roster, starting Wednesday afternoon in Game 4, or else their season is over. History and math say Baltimore’s task is next to impossible, not that J.J. Hardy wants to hear about those subjects. He’s operating more on faith right now. “Well, we’re not looking at it like that,” Hardy said. “I’ll assure you that. We’ve got to come out tomorrow and win. And just take it one day at a time. It’s tough to look at it in the long haul.” One of the problems with the Royals turning into the 2004 Yankees: They’ve won 10 straight playoff games and tend not to make enough mistakes to get themselves beat. Pearce came in batting .158 in the series but helped put the Orioles on the board by hitting a leadoff double in the second. Hardy drove him home with another double, and the O’s had a lead. But after Ryan Flaherty drew a walk, right-hander Jeremy Guthrie wriggled out of the jam, with Nick Hundley flying out deep to right and Jonathan Schoop popping out to first. A good inning could have been better. Later on, Kansas City’s defense started to put on a show again as it had in Games 1-2, and earlier in the postseason. Mike Moustakas made three strong plays at third base, and Alex Gordon made a nice catch in left fighting the lights. Other teams might have botched one or more of those plays. Not the Royals. Not this postseason.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Three-time world champion David Ortiz will return to the World Series as an analyst for Fox.

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San Francisco (AFP) – San Francisco rallied from a three-run deficit Wednesday to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-4 and move to the brink of winning their Major League Baseball playoff series.

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