BOSTON (AP) — The Cardinals are in Boston for final workouts ahead of tonight's opening game of the World Series. St. Louis and the Red Sox gathered for practice and media sessions at Fenway Park in preparation for the Series opener.
St. Louis will send ace Adam Wainwright to mound in the Cardinals' first meeting with the Red Sox this season. Boston counters with lefty Jon Lester.
Allen Craig will be in the St. Louis lineup as the designated hitter, which will be used in all the games played in Boston.
When the Series shifts to St. Louis, no DH will be used. That has prompted Red Sox manager John Farrell to indicate that David Ortiz will step out of his usual designated hitter role to start at least once at first base for Games 3, 4 and if necessary, 5. Ortiz has only played six games in the field this season, but his 30 home runs and 103 RBIs are too potent an offensive weapon to leave him in the dugout.
Price is new Reds skipper...Lincecum, Giants agree...Dodgers sign Cuban prospect
UNDATED (AP) — Cincinnati Reds pitching coach Bryan Price is now the team's manager after accepting a three-year deal to replace Dusty Baker. The Reds reached the playoffs three times in the last four seasons under Baker but failed to win a playoff series, prompting his dismissal. Price has been one of the most successful pitching coaches in the majors but has never managed at any level.
In other baseball news:
— The San Francisco Giants and pitcher Tim Lincecum (LIHN'-she-kuhm) have agreed to a two-year, $35 million contract through 2015, pending a physical. Lincecum won the National League Cy Young Award in 2008 and 2009, but he's just 20-29 with a 4.76 ERA in 65 starts over the last two seasons. General manager Brian Sabean (SAY'-bee-ihn) said he wanted to lock up Lincecum's deal before he hit free agency next month.
— The Dodgers have agreed to a $28 million, four-year contract with Cuban prospect Alexander Guerrero. A person familiar with the deal says it calls for a $10 million signing bonus payable upon approval of the contract by Major League Baseball. The 26-year-old infielder defected from Cuba earlier this year and moved to Haiti. He has been training in the Dominican Republic.
— Mets pitcher Matt Harvey has undergone Tommy John surgery that will cause him to miss the 2014 season. Harvey went 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA and 191 strikeouts in 178 1/3 innings this year.
— The Dodgers have declined to pick up the 2014 contract option on bench coach Trey Hillman, although the team is exercising options on pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, first base coach Davey Lopes and third base coach Tim Wallach. Manager Don Mattingly is under contract through next season, although his status has yet to be confirmed.
— The Houston Astros have added four new coaches to their staff. Brent Strom was named pitching coach, Pat Listach first base coach, Craig Bjornson bullpen coach and Ralph Dickenson assistant hitting coach. The team also announced that third base coach Dave Trembley and former bench coach Eduardo Perez would switch positions for the upcoming season.
Leafs cool off Ducks...Hawks win after blowing lead...Canucks outlast Isles
UNDATED (AP) — Phil Kessel (KES'-ul) and the Toronto Maple Leafs have put an end to the Anaheim Ducks' seven-game winning streak.
Kessel entered the night with just two goals before registering his fourth career hat trick in the Leafs' 4-2 win over the Ducks. Anaheim led 2-0 until Kessel scored a power-play goal eight minutes into the second period. He also gave the Leafs the lead later in the period and added an insurance goal in the third.
Dion Phaneuf (fah-NOOF') also scored, James van Riemsdyk (van REEMZ'-dyk) had two assists and Jonathan Bernier (BURN'-yay) stopped 23 shots as Toronto ended a two-game skid.
In other NHL action:
— Jonathan Toews (tayvz) scored once in regulation and once in the shootout as Chicago downed Florida 3-2. The Blackhawks blew a 2-0 lead in the third period before winning for the fifth time in six games.
— Vancouver beat the New York Islanders 5-4 on Brad Richardson's goal at 2:16 of overtime. Daniel Sedin (she-DEEN') and Ryan Kesler each had a goal and an assist to help the Canucks overcome Matt Moulson's two power-play goals for the Islanders.
— James Wisniewski (wihz-NOO'-skee) had a goal and two assists to lead the Columbus offense in a 4-1 win against New Jersey. Sergei Bobrovsky turned away 24 shots as the Blue Jackets dropped the Devils to 1-5-3 this season.
— Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins each set up goals by Ladislav Smid and Jeff Petry while Edmonton was scoring four straight times to turn a 2-0 deficit into a 4-3 win at Montreal. Ales Hemsky (AL'-ehsh HEHM'-skee) and Ryan Jones also scored as the Oilers won their second straight since a five-game skid.
— Josh Harding needed to make just 16 saves in his first shutout of the season and eighth of his career to lead Minnesota's 2-0 victory over Nashville. Justin Fontaine notched the tiebreaking goal late in the second period before Jason Pominville added an empty netter.
— Martin Erat (EE'-rat) scored the deciding shootout goal to lift Washington past Winnipeg 5-4. Alex Ovechkin (oh-VEHCH'-kihn) scored twice for the Capitals, who hit the net on their last four shootout attempts.
— Mike Ribeiro (rih-BEHR'-oh) scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period before Phoenix completed a 4-2 win over Calgary. Ribeiro scored twice and Keith Yandle had two assists for the Coyotes.
Lions cut Scheffler, ink tackle
UNDATED (AP) — The Detroit Lions have released tight end Tony Scheffler, who missed the last two games with concussion-related problems. Scheffler played 50 games in four seasons with the Lions, catching 120 passes for 1,311 yards and eight touchdowns.
The Lions used the roster space to sign tackle Barry Richardson, who started all 16 games for the Rams last season.
Also in the NFL on Tuesday:
— Seattle receiver Percy Harvin was limited in his return to practice for the Seahawks. It was his first work with the team since undergoing hip surgery in early August. Harvin said a bone in his hip was impacting his labrum and causing pain.
— The Seahawks have taken over the top spot in the latest AP Pro32 power rankings, just ahead of the 7-0 Kansas City Chiefs. The Denver Broncos dropped from a unanimous No. 1 a week ago to third following Sunday's night's 39-33 loss at Indianapolis. The Saints and Colts round out the top five.
Hurricanes loses scholarships
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — University of Miami athletic director Blake James says the NCAA sanctions brought down against his program on Tuesday are fair but significant.
Miami's football team will lose nine scholarships and the men's basketball team will lose three, as part of the penalties the school was handed by the NCAA as the Nevin Shapiro booster scandal presumably drew to a close.
But for the first time since 2010, the football team will be permitted to appear in a postseason game.
The school will also serve three years' probation. Former men's basketball coach Frank Haith, now at Missouri, will sit out the first five games of his Tigers' season, and three former Miami assistant coaches were handed two-year show-cause bans.
Even though the NCAA said Miami lacked "institutional control" when it came to monitoring Shapiro, the university is accepting the decision and does not plan to appeal.
Miami's football team is off to a 6-0 start, and the school's ranking at No. 7 matches its highest since 2005.
Miami has already self-imposed sanctions on the football program that included sitting out two bowl games, last season's Atlantic Coast Conference title game and making reductions in recruiting.
Boycott exposed Grambling budget woes
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Grambling State University's president says a nearly weeklong boycott by the Grambling football team has drawn awareness to the university's financial struggles.
President Frank Pogue has told the Louisiana state university system's board that he's using the national attention as a way to highlight campus academic and facility needs. He said the boycott drummed up interest from donors around the country.
University of Louisiana System President Sandra Woodley says Grambling's financial woes are the worst in the system.
Grambling, like all public colleges around Louisiana, has endured repeated budget cuts from the state since 2008. Tuition increases have only partially filled the gap.
Ko turns pro
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Top-ranked amateur Lydia Ko has announced her decision to turn professional at the age of 16 after foregoing more than $1 million in potential prize money.
Ko is the top-ranked amateur and ranked fifth in the world overall. She's the youngest winner of an LPGA tournament at 15 when she won the 2012 Canadian Open, a title she successfully defended this year. Her amateur status forced her to give up a total of $600,000 in those tournaments.
Ko is expected to play for the first time as a professional in the LPGA's season-ending event in Florida.
Petty fires crew chief
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Richard Petty Motorsports has fired Todd Parrott for violating NASCAR's substance-abuse policy.
Parrott was crew chief for the No. 43 car driven by Aric Almirola the last year. NASCAR suspended him indefinitely last week for failing a random drug test.