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Calm before a 95-year storm at Fenway as Red Sox look to clinch

By Mike Harrington

BOSTON -- A relatively quiet day at the World Series today, but things will be anything but quiet tomorrow night in Fenway Park.

In the chilly October air, the Red Sox worked out Tuesday night on the eve of what could be their first Series clincher in the Fens since 1918. They lead the St. Louis Cardinals, three games to two, heading into Game Six and the No. 1 topic of conversation was clearly how crazy Sox fans will be with a chance to see something basically no one alive in these parts has ever witnessed. (Remember, the Sox won their title in 2004 at old Busch Stadium and their 2007 crown at Denver's Coors Field).

'I'm sure it's going to be an incredible atmosphere here tomorrow night," said manager John Farrell. "So if we happen to be able to share it with them, that would be great. But we've got to take care of business first"

It will be John Lackey on the mound for Boston against St. Louis rookie Michael Wacha. Lackey won Game Seven for Anaheim as a rookie in 2002 against San Francisco but this is the Red Sox. At Fenway Park. Not the same.

"The fans are going to be crazy," he said. But you've still got to focus on the task at hand and executing"

The Cardinals, meanwhile, were still stuck on the runway in St. Louis as of 5:30 Eastern time. Manager Mike Matheny and Wacha did their off-day media conferences via a cell phone held by an MLB PR official and projected into a microphone.

"We're fortunate that our club allows our families to travel with us," Matheny said. "We have some younger kids but I'm impressed with how everybody has handled it. Fortunately we have plenty of food, snacks for the kids, lots of entertainment with on-board movies, and everybody travels with all their high-tech stuff. Most of these kids are pretty happy that they're not in school right now, and it's a great way to spend a day, and no complaints so far."

Still, Matheny said at the time they had been on the plane for more than two hours and were waiting for that plane to be fixed or a new one to be brought before making the flight here.  Not the best situation the day before a huge game.

Wacha said it wouldn't really impact his preparation as he was simply staying at the hotel anyway today. Wacha survived a buzzsaw with the PNC Park crowd in Pittsburgh when the Cardinals were down, 2-1, in the division series and hopes to do likewise tomorrow.

"I imagine it's going to be crazy, but I'm not going to pay any attention to it," said Wacha. "I'll keep going about my business the way I have been in all my starts this year."

In lineup notes, Farrell said David Ross will catch and Shane Victorino should be good to go again in the outfield after sitting out Sunday's game with a bad back. The Cardinals may drop Carlos Beltran back to the cleanup slot in the order and Matheny said Allen Craig is good to go as the DH here after tweaking his injured foot Saturday on his game-ending slide home.


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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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