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92-71, 1st in NL West

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Tarp on at Fenway. There were some scattered showers before but they're almost done and should not impact batting practice, much less the start of Game 1 of the World Series.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Red Sox announce that Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski, who threw out the first pitch of Game One of the 2004, 2007 and 2013 World Series, will once again throw the ceremonial first pitch of a World Series Game One hosted at Fenway Park. The Red Sox won each one of those previous games.

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Ranking all 50 players in the World Series

Legend. Rental. Wunderkind. Moneybags. Here's what you need to know about each of the Red Sox and Dodgers players in this year's Fall Classic.

Machado's controversial history on the bases (0:53)

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Just to start the World Series on a high note, I pass along this note from ESPN Stats & Info: Tim Timmons, who has the home plate assignment in Game 1, has called a strike correctly on 89.8 percent of batters' takes this season, 83rd out of 89 umpires.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox manager Alex Cora joked that Dave Roberts, a good friend and a former teammate, "makes a lot of money" signing autographs because of his stolen base. "I know he puts ‘the greatest stolen base in the history of the game.' He makes a lot of money in an hour. Probably he's making money right now."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Clayton Kershaw made an interesting point about deep bullpens essentially replacing starting rotations on some organizations: "It's a very cost-effective thing to do, obviously, to ‘bullpen' and have a deep bullpen because starting pitchers are more expensive. But I think us as an organization, us as a union, will definitely have to take a closer look at that, if that's the way the game is going. Because I think everybody should be compensated according to what they are worth in the game. So if the bullpen is going to have more value, they're going to have to pay them more. I think that's just the bottom line."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Manny Machado stuck to the script in his pre-World Series session. Asked about playing a Red Sox team that doesn't really like him a whole lot, he said: "I'm here to win the World Series. I'm not thinking about anything else."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Clayton Kershaw, who will make his first appearance at Fenway Park tomorrow, doesn't expect the Green Monster to make much of a difference. "Usually when I give up homers, they're not cheap anyway," he said. "So it probably won't matter if there's a fence there or not that's really close."

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Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Dustin Pedroia has to sit out this Fall Classic because if his injured knee, but the Red Sox cornerstone still came out for media day to compliment manager Alex Cora.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Here is what Dave Martínez told me about Alex Cora becoming the first Puerto Rican manager to lead a team to the World Series: "Alex has done a great job this year getting the Red Sox to the World Series. Props on becoming the FIRST Puerto Rican manager to do so. Looking forward to being the next one!"

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Kemp will DH for the Dodgers tomorrow and David Freese will play 1B, Dave Roberts said. My guess is Cody Bellinger is in CF, Chris Taylor is in LF and Kiké Hernandez is at 2B, but Brian Dozier could factor into that, as well.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Dave Roberts confirms that David Freese will be in the lineup for Game 1 and that Matt Kemp will be the DH as the Dodgers bring out their right-handed lineup to face Chris Sale.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Dave Roberts confirms that his first three starters will be Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-Jin Ryu and then Walker Buehler back at Dodger Stadium for Game 3.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs8045th
Batting Average.25014th
On Base Percentage.3335th
Slugging Percentage.4423rd
Earned Run Average3.382nd
Quality Starts952nd
WHIP1.152nd
BAA.2304th