Cardinals, Red Sox gear up for Game 1 of the World Series

Published: 6:49 AM EDT Oct 23, 2013
World Series trophy

The Cardinals are in Boston getting ready for Wednesday's Game 1 of the World Series.

St. Louis and the Red Sox gathered for practice and media sessions Tuesday 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.

Grammy winner Mary J. Blige will sing the National Anthem before Game 1.

The game starts at 7:30 p.m. and will be televised on Fox.