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    Gary Tanguay On All Things Red Sox Leading Up To The World Series

    Raul Martinez spoke on Sports Live with Gary Tanguay about all things Red Sox leading up to the World Series, including Chris Sale and David Price.

    (Published Monday, Oct. 22, 2018)

    Sandy Koufax, Jackie Robinson and the Boys of Summer. Ted Williams to Yaz and the Impossible Dream.

    Manny Ramirez. Pedro Martinez. Bill Buckner.

    Fenway Franks and Dodger Dogs. Ebbets Field, the Green Monster. "Sweet Caroline'' or "I Love L.A.''

    Yet for all their rich history — dating back to Babe Ruth on the mound — the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers have rarely crossed paths heading into this World Series. Only once before in October, and that was more than a century ago.

    Red Sox Face Dodgers in 2018 World Series

    [NECN] Red Sox Face Dodgers in 2018 World Series

    Los Angeles defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 5-1 Saturday night to win the NLCS. The Dodgers will face the Red Sox at Fenway Park on Tuesday night.

    (Published Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018)

    In fact, Clayton Kershaw has never even pitched at Fenway Park.

    Consider this: Going into Game 1 on Tuesday night, the Dodgers have beaten the Red Sox in Boston just one time.

    That came on June 12, 2004. And guess who scored and drove in a run for the Dodgers during that 14-5 romp?

    Alex Cora, now the rookie manager of the Red Sox. One of his teammates that afternoon — Dave Roberts, ready to lead Los Angeles into its second straight Fall Classic.

    Roberts is sure to draw a big cheer when the teams line up for pregame introductions. He's still a fan favorite in Boston for his daring stolen base that sparked an unprecedented comeback from a 3-0 deficit against Mariano Rivera and the rival Yankees in the 2004 AL Championship Series.

    The Red Sox went on to end their 86-year title drought by sweeping St. Louis in the World Series, boosted by Big Papi, Pedro and Manny. Starting next week, Boston will try for its fourth championship in 15 seasons.

    Red Sox Begin World Series Prep

    [NECN] Red Sox Begin World Series Prep

    Game 1 of the World Series is Tuesday night. The Red Sox will play either the Los Angeles Dodgers or the Milwaukee Brewers.

    (Published Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018)

    MVP candidate Mookie Betts, slugger J.D. Martinez and the Red Sox posted a team-record 108 wins, a big payoff for the team with the top payroll in the game. Boston pushed past New York in the AL Division Series and then quickly dispatched the defending champion Astros in the ALCS.

    Chris Sale is set to pitch the opener. He recently spent a night in the hospital because of a stomach illness, and no doubt watchful eyes will be on the lefty ace.

    Los Angeles is aiming for its first championship since Kirk Gibson, Orel Hershiser and Tommy Lasorda brought home the crown in 1988.

    A year after dropping Game 7 to Houston at Dodger Stadium, Justin Turner and the crew with the third-highest payroll beat Colorado in a tiebreaker for the NL West title, chased Atlanta in the NLDS and topped Milwaukee in Game 7 for the pennant.

    "It doesn't matter how you get there. To get to come back from last year, it's unbelievable,'' Kershaw said. "We don't want to lose again, so we're going to be ready to go.''

    New to the power-packed Dodgers this season is star shortstop Manny Machado, acquired in a July trade with Baltimore. Boston fans are plenty familiar with him — his late slide last year injured longtime Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, and led to a tense situation at Fenway with Sale throwing behind Machado.

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    (Published Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018)

    Soon as they see him, Red Sox rooters might even take up the familiar chant of "Beat LA!''

    It's been heard for years in Boston, albeit in a different arena. That's what Celtics fans echoed during the Larry Bird-Magic Johnson rivalry. Fitting, maybe, the former Lakers star is a part-owner of the Dodgers.

    On the basketball court, Los Angeles and Boston are certainly intertwined with championships on the line, going all the way back to the days of Bill Russell, Elgin Baylor, Bob Cousy and Jerry West.

    On the diamond, not so much for these storied franchises.

    They first tangled for real in the 1916 World Series. The Babe pitched all 14 innings — in a tidy 2 hours, 32 minutes — as Boston beat Brooklyn 2-1 in Game 2. Though Fenway opened four years earlier, the game was played at Braves Field, home of the city's NL franchise, because it held more people.

    The Red Sox wound up winning in five games. Back then, the Dodgers weren't really the Dodgers. They were known by a collection of nicknames, and were often called the Robins because of popular manager Wilbert "Uncle Robbie'' Robinson. And Ruth later coached for them.

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    President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump shook hands with former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama after the Trumps arrived at George H.W. Bush’s funeral at the National Cathedral.

    (Published Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018)

    Over the years, the teams went their own ways, on and off the field.

    The Dodgers proudly broke baseball's color barrier when Jackie Robinson played in 1947. The Red Sox were the last team in the majors to have a black player, in 1959 with Pumpsie Green.

    Decades later, the teams made history together. They drew an announced crowd of 115,300 — the largest ever for a baseball game — for an exhibition at the Coliseum in 2008 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Dodgers' move to Los Angeles.

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    The first presentation of the women’s Ballon d’Or award, for the world’s best soccer player, was overshadowed Monday by a crude joke made to winner Ada Hegerberg.

    (Published Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018)

    Overall, the Red Sox are 8-7 against the Dodgers since interleague play began in 1997. Boston hasn't hosted LA since 2010, and the teams haven't squared off since 2016.

    Not much crossover for these clubs, either.

    Buckner was a young, fleet outfielder when he helped the Dodgers reach the 1974 World Series. He was a gimpy first baseman when he let that ball roll through his legs as Boston blew the 1986 Series.

    Pedro Martinez began his big league career as a reliever with Los Angeles before becoming a dominant starter for Boston. Manny Ramirez was an eccentric slugger for the Red Sox who took his act to Mannywood out West.

    Nomar Garciaparra, Adrian Beltre and Rickey Henderson are among the stars who spent time with both teams. So has Dodgers starter Rich Hill — in 2015, the Boston-area native was pitching with the independent Long Island Ducks when he resurrected his career with the Red Sox.

    And there was that late-season trade six years ago that sent Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford from Boston to Los Angeles in a huge salary dump.

    Fortune Telling and Rock Stars: Why You Should Experience Armenian Coffee

    [NATL] Fortune Telling and Rock Stars: Why You Should Experience Armenian Coffee

    Armenian coffee dates to the 15th century and has a rich history. We take a look at the traditions involved with Armenian coffee, get our fortune told through our coffee grounds, and talk to Serj Tankian, lead singer of System of a Down, about why he is getting involved in the coffee business.

    (Published Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018)

    Big names will be in the stands next week, too.

    Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and a packed crowd bundled on a New England night, maybe. It could be in the upper 30s at Fenway, the oldest ballpark in the majors.

    Warren Beatty, Ashton Kutcher and sun-splashed fans basking in the glow of the San Gabriel Mountains. It was a record 103 degrees for the opener last year at Dodger Stadium, at 56 the third-oldest park.

    Feeling the Gift-Giving Pressure

    [NATL] Feeling the Gift-Giving Pressure

    Great expectations confront both retailers and shoppers during the holiday season. That has some feeling the pressure to not only buy the right gifts, but buy more gifts. A recent BankRate.com survey found nearly half of all Americans feel pressured to spend more on gifts this year. NBC's Chris Clackum reports.

    (Published Monday, Dec. 3, 2018)

    Whatever the temperatures, Dodgers-Red Sox, a hot World Series on deck.

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