Red Sox grab big first-inning lead in Game 1

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The 2013 World Series is off to a pretty horrendous start for the National League-champion Cardinals.

Adam Wainwright walked Jacoby Ellsbury to open the bottom of the first inning and then gave up a one-out single to Dustin Pedroia. David Ortiz then hit a groundball to Cardinals second baseman Matt Carpenter that should have been turned into an inning-ending doubleplay. But Carpenter made a soft, off-the-mark flip to shortstop Pete Kozma and the ball was dropped. Second base umpire Dana DeMuth originally called Pedroia out, claiming that Kozma dropped the ball on the transfer, but the entire six-man umpiring crew got together and made things right.

A moment later Mike Napoli — who terrorized the Cardinals in the 2011 World Series as a member of the Texas Rangers — slugged a bases-clearing, three-run double into the left-field gap.

Wainwright threw 31 pitches in the first inning. Red Sox starter Jon Lester threw just 12.

Boston has a 3-0 lead as Game 1 of the World Series moves to the top of the second.

Phillies promote Chris Young to pitching coach position

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Chris Young joined the Phillies as their assistant pitching coach last offseason. This offseason he’s getting a promotion: the Phillies just named as their main (um, top? lead? alpha?) pitching coach for the 2019 season. He replaces Rick Kranitz.

Ken Rosenthal, who reported the promotion, says that the Phillies didn’t necessarily want to shake up their pitching coach situation, but that since several clubs wanted to hire Young away, it was either promote him to the top job or lose him. That’s bad news for Kranitz, but he remains under contract for 2019 and will, in the meantime, be allowed to interview elsewhere.

The Phillies pitching staff ranked 11th in runs allowed in the National League in 2018. They were tenth the year before that, but some early season uncertainty and mismanagement by Gabe Kapler and a late season collapse served to hide what was, for most of the season, a bit of a better staff than the year before. The Phillies obviously credit Young for that and want to keep him in the fold.