Cardinals’ charter flight to Boston “significantly delayed” because of mechanical issues

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As if dropping two straight World Series home games wasn’t frustrating enough …

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny and Game 6 starter Michael Wacha had to do their scheduled press conferences over the phone. The Red Sox, meanwhile, held a full workout Tuesday afternoon at Fenway Park.

Game 6 of the World Series will be broadcast Wednesday night (8 p.m. ET) on FOX. Boston leads 3-2.

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UPDATE, 7:02 p.m. ET: Matt Sebek of JoeSportsFan and RookiesApp fame really nailed this one

Sheldon Ocker named winner of the 2018 J.G. Taylor Spink Award

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The Baseball Writers Association of America has named Sheldon Ocker the winner of the 2018 J.G. Taylor Spink Award. He will be honored with the award that is presented annually to a sportswriter “for meritorious contributions to baseball writing” during Hall of Fame inductions in Cooperstown on July 29.

Ocker began covering the Indians for the Akron Beacon Journal in 1981 and did so until 2013, when he retired. He was national president of the BBWAA in 1985 and served as chair of the Cleveland Chapter 11 times. He named Ohio Sports Writer of the Year in 1997 and 2000 by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.