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Sox send Lester to mound for Game 1

BOSTON -- Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester will start Game 1 of the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals.

That's the word on Monday from Boston manager John Farrell.

Farrell says he hasn't decided on his entire lineup, but designated hitter David Ortiz will start at least once at first base when the series shifts to St. Louis for the middle three games. There is no DH allowed in the NL park, meaning Ortiz will have to play the field for just the seventh time this season.

The Red Sox worked out Monday, two days after eliminating the Detroit Tigers in Game 6 of the AL championship series. Game 1 of the World Series is Wednesday night at Fenway Park.

 

Mattingly's future with Dodgers uncertain

LOS ANGELES -- Don Mattingly said Monday that his 2014 contract option vested with the Dodgers' first-round playoff victory over Atlanta, but he isn't sure he'll be back as manager next season.

He said that the organization put him in a difficult position with his players by not exercising a team option going into the final year of his three-year deal.

"It's been a frustrating, tough year, honestly," he told reporters while sitting next to general manager Ned Colletti.

"It puts me in a spot that everything I do is questioned because I'm basically trying out and auditioning, can you manage or can't you manage? That's not a great position for me as a manager."

Mattingly's option worth $1.4 million would allow him to return, but the team hasn't said anything about his future.

"I like being here, but I don't want to be anywhere where you're not wanted. I don't want to be somewhere where people don't think you're capable of doing the job," Mattingly said.

Colletti made it clear he supports Mattingly's return. Team president Stan Kasten and the ownership group headed by Mark Walter figure to have the final say.

Mattingly is 260-225 in three years as manager, guiding the Dodgers to the NL championship series, where they lost to St. Louis in six games last week.

When the Dodgers stumbled to start the season, falling to last in the NL West while injuries piled up, speculation was rampant that Mattingly would be fired. Kasten indicated to him at the time that things needed to improve for Mattingly to keep his job.

The team won 42 of 50 games during a torrid midseason stretch to take over first place and eventually won the division by 11 games over Arizona.


-- From the news services

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 22, 2013 C4

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