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St. Louis Cardinals v Boston Red Sox: World Series Game 1 on FOX

BOSTON — The similarities between the Red Sox and Cardinals are unmistakable, from their successes to their approaches to their reputations.

Mike Matheny sees it, too.

“You hear some of the things that they say,” the Cardinals’ manager said of his next opponent, “and it’s a lot of similar things that have been preached in our clubhouse.

“That it’s about team; it’s not about us individually. And grinding out at-bats and playing tough, playing hard, playing all the way through nine. Those are the things that I believe set good teams apart.”

On Wednesday night at Fenway Park — air time on FOX is 7:30 p.m. ET, with first pitch at 8:07 — they’ll try to separate themselves in Game 1, with Jon Lester and Adam Wainwright fittingly kicking off the fourth World Series meeting between two of baseball’s most storied franchises.

Lester is the Red Sox’s ace, one of four holdovers from their last World Series team of six years ago — along with Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz and Jacoby Ellsbury — and a guy who has given up just five runs through 19 1/3 innings this postseason.

By Alden Gonzalez /

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