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An even World Series heads to a pivotal swing game

Red Sox closer Koji Uehara gets mobbed by teammates after the first game-ending pickoff in World Series history closed Game Four (AP Photo).


By Mike Harrington

ST. LOUIS --  Big Papi spoke, his teammates listened and Jonny Gomes acted. Out here in the land of no Lindys and no Vaneks, there's your capsule summary of Game Four of the World Series on Sunday night as the Boston Red Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 4-2, to knot the series at two wins apiece.

I bet there's plenty of high-level police meetings going on this morning in Beantown in the wake of that one.

Why? We're assured of handing out the World Series trophy at Fenway Park for the first time since the 1975 Reds won it there in Game Seven. And as for the Red Sox, they haven't won one at home since 1918. Can't even imagine the chaos we might see, especially if they win it on Halloween in Game Seven on Thursday night.

The teams will be chatting prior to Game Five tonight at Busch starting at 4 p.m. Eastern time.

If you didn't catch up last night or this morning, here are the links to our coverage of Game Four:

----The main Web-exclusive game story: Gomes' three-run homer a few minutes after David Ortiz's dugout seance gave the Red Sox a huge win.

---Game Four podcast: Click the link to hear my audio thoughts in the wake of Game Four.

---Game Three redux: The Red Sox needed to, ahem, obstruct the part of their memory banks that brought them back to the bizarre finish from Saturday night. And they did.

---All in the Middlebrooks family: The controversial obstruction call had one very interested observer in new UB softball assistant coach Lacey Middlebrooks, the sister of Boston third baseman Will Middlebrooks.


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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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