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LOS ANGELES 鈥?Quack Robert Woods Jersey Elite , quack. Cue the Duck Boats and shred the ticker tape. The Boston Red Sox have done it again. The franchise once synonymous with a curse now casts spells on everybody else.Four World Series titles in 15 seasons? Behold. Boston is strong. Boston is stronger and strongest. No other franchise, not even the San Francisco Giants, has won four championships this century.Chris Sale blasted an 84 mph ninth-inning slider past a flailing Manny Machado鈥攁 final indignity in a fall full of them for the fallen Oriole鈥攁nd the Red Sox stormed the field after thoroughly dominating the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 114thWorld Series.It was the second consecutive autumn in which the World Series champion was crowned in Dodger Stadium. A tidy five games this year, seven last. Both ended 5-1. Both finished with the Dodgers slumping back to their clubhouse."This is what we came for," said Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez on the field just after the trophy presentation, holding his niece, surrounded by family and teammates. "This is what we came for. This."This is why I signed here. This was the idea. Dave Dombrowski [Red Sox president of baseball operations] told me last spring, 'This is a championship team, and you're the missing piece.'"This was the mission from day one when I signed."From day one, these Boston Red Sox were too good to be true, and as Steve Pearce slugged his way to the series MVP trophy, David Price aced another October test and Sale closed it out, history's furnace already was heating up to forge this team among the all-timers.Mark J. Terrill/Associated PressThey weed-whacked their way through the American League this season to a franchise-record 108 wins. They punched a 100-win New York Yankees team smack in the nose in the division series. They whipped a 103-win Houston Astros club in the championship series."Has anybody ever done that before?" Martinez asked.No. The answer is no, and not even close. Nobody has run an October gauntlet as stacked with W's as the Red Sox to reach this point.A mind-bending 108 regular-season wins, plus 11 more in the postseason to rack up 119 for the year. Including the postseason, only the 1998 New York Yankees (125) and 2001 Seattle Mariners (120) have won more in major league history.They employ the presumptive AL MVP (Mookie Betts), another MVP contender (Martinez) and another who was on track to win the Cy Young Award before August shoulder trouble lightened his workload (Sale).And yet, other names kept popping up like lobster rolls throughout greater Boston: Brock Holt hit for the cycle in a division-series game against the Yankees. Jackie Bradley Jr. slugged his way to the ALCS MVP award. Pearce, who, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, is the first position player to win World Series MVP with 50 or fewer regular-season games for the champions in his career.The top four spots in their lineup suffered through a hideous 0-for-41 from Game 3 to late in Game 4, and the Red Sox were five outs Saturday from falling into a 2-2 tie in this World Series when Pearce ambushed Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen with an eighth-inning Boston cream pie to the face to even the score at 4-4. Then the Sox scored five more in the ninth to run away 9-6.The talent, depth and level of play have been staggering all summer."This is as good as it gets," said Dombrowski, who was hired in Boston in August 2015 for precisely this moment. "A fantastic feeling.""Everything I ever dreamed of," said Sale, cradling the World Series trophy like a newborn while standing in center field during the Sox's postgame revelry.From an impressively enormous contingent of Red Sox fans stocking the 54,367 people stuffing Dodger Stadium came the chant "Yankees suck! Yankees suck!" in the ninth inning as the 5-1 Boston cruise was coming complete. And as that contingent gathered behind the visitors' dugout down the first base line postgame to view the trophy presentation and celebration, it howled, hooted http://www.losangelesramsteamonline.com/robert-woods-jersey , cheered and sang. But sometime before an a capella rendition of "Sweet Caroline," they found time for another round of "Yankees suck! Yankees suck!"Jae C. Hong/Associated PressAt all times, a thread connects those two stately organizations, and it's all part of the fun of this game. As suck, er, such, remember the various versions of the Yankees dynasties? Yeah, "remember" is the key word: They may have 27 World Series titles, but those also come with the dust of the 20thcentury. Since 2000, the Red Sox now have twice as many titles.All those old Boston jokes鈥攖here are three-year-olds who haven't seen the Red Sox win a World Series!鈥攁ren't even remotely funny anymore.Whoever dreamed that a World Series title one day would be the birthright of every New England newborn?"There have been a ton of great Red Sox teams," reliever Matt Barnes said to the question of where this club ranks among MLB's best ever. "I'm not going to be the one to say we're one of the greatest ever. Let someone else say that."That's not to say that Barnes and his teammates didn't believe they would be the last team standing on this October night."We always believed, we always did," Barnes said. "We expected to win the World Series from day one of spring training. A lot of different guys did a lot of different things over the course of the year."Yes, from the start, these Red Sox were too good to be true. On the eve of the season opener in Tampa, they held a team dinner for the players, coaching staff, trainers and clubbies that drew perfect attendance of the 54 men on the list. At 2 a.m. overnight in Boston following Game 2 of the World Series, Betts and his family distributed food to the homeless in Copley Square."He's done a lot of other things, too," Bradley, one of Betts' best friends on the team, said. "He's done a lot for his hometown in Tennessee. It's not just one thing. He does it all."From what could have been a soul-crushing, 18-inning loss here in Game 3, the Red Sox bounced right back to steal a 4-0 Dodgers lead and Game 4 in what Dombrowski called "one of the biggest wins that I've seen in my career of any club I've been with."That started earlier in the day Saturday with an impromptu team breakfast that included families鈥攚ives, kids, parents, grandparents鈥攊n the team hotel on the morning after that 18-inning loss that lifted spirits instantly. It was the first such team breakfast for these Red Sox."We turned the page, but if somebody forgot to do it, then [Saturday] morning was the moment Authentic Alex Smith Jersey ," manager Alex Cora said.Said Dombrowski: "It's a very close-knit group. Alex and the coaching staff have been able to bring that together starting in spring training, really. A lot of it is communication and caring and sincerity about people, and that's all Alex is."In his first team meeting this spring, Cora went around the room and asked the players: Who here has won a Most Valuable Player award? Who has won a Cy Young? And so on. Then, done with individual accolades, he asked: How many of you have won a World Series? Well, there was Dustin Pedroia. And Xander Bogaerts and Brandon Workman. And nobody else.Then they raced out to a 17-2 start.Mark J. Terrill/Associated PressThe Red Sox were the only team in the majors this season with no losing streak as long as four games. They were resilient all year, never more so than the turnaround between those 18 innings in Game 3 on Friday night and Game 4 on Saturday night. Cora held a rare team meeting following Game 3 just to tell the Sox how proud he was of their 18-inning effort even though they lost, and the team showered Nathan Eovaldi with a private, clubhouse standing ovation for his 97-pitch relief effort in the loss.Then during their comeback in Game 4, Cora spent the last third of the game thanking the players, telling them "you guys picked me up." Angry with himself for leaving young starter Eduardo Rodriguez in too long as Los Angeles seized a 4-0 lead, Cora said: "I was kicking myself the whole sixth and seventh innings. Eduardo pitches his ass off, and I put him in a spot there with [Yasiel] Puig."But that is how you win 108 games during the regular season鈥攁nd 11 more in the postseason. Sure, it takes talent. But it also takes so many other things. Like when Betts, Martinez, Pearce, Andrew Benintendi and Co. were buried in that 0-for-41 slide at the top of the lineup to start things in Los Angeles."It's not individuals," hitting coach Tim Hyers said. "It's about the team, and the bottom has picked up the top."To make history, that's how it must work. Sometimes the bottom picks up the top. Sometimes the top picks up the bottom. Sometimes, the expected comes from the unexpected.Look at Price, who could have been awarded the World Series MVP: He started Game 2, pitched in relief in Game 3, warmed up twice in Game 4 and threw seven sensational innings to win Game 5. At one point, he retired 14 in a row. Had Martinez not lost a routine fly ball in the twilight that went for a David Freese triple, it would have been 18 in a row."This is why I came to Boston," Price said. "I knew it was a tough place to play. I knew it would be a challenge. I've been through a lot in three years here."But this is why I came here."One hundred and nineteen wins. Rack 'em."It's wild," Martinez said. "It's crazy. It's such a special group of guys. The resilience. You never know who is going to step up."And then, here comes Sale in from the bullpen to close it all out."You get chills Alex Smith Jersey Elite ," Barnes said. "I got chills when he did it in New York. One of the most dominant players in the game coming in to lock this down for us. It gives you goose bumps. It gives you chills; it really does."Across the field, Price was wiping tears from his eyes. A few moments earlier, Dombrowski was going from player to player on the stage and issuing hugs.Too good to be true, from the very start to the very finish.Scott Miller covers Major League Baseball as a national columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow Scotton Twitterand talk baseball. BOSTON (AP) — Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts left the game after hurting his left side making a throw to home plate during a 4-3 win over the New York Mets on Sunday that cut Boston’s magic number to two for a third straight AL East title.Boston can clinch the division at Yankee Stadium for the second time in three seasons, needing only one win during a three-game series that opens Tuesday afternoon.Betts said the injury is minor and he will be in the lineup Tuesday. He is hitting .337 with 29 homers and 72 RBIs.Andrew Benintendi hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the eighth inning off Seth Lugo (3-4) after a matchup of Boston’s Chris Sale and New York’s Jacob deGrom, both Cy Young Award candidates. Brandon Workman (5-0) pitched a scoreless eighth, and Steven Wright got three outs for his first big league save.BLUE JAYS 3, YANKEES 2NEW YORK (AP) — Dellin Betances wasted a 2-1 eighth-inning lead, allowing hits to four of his first five batters. Pinch-hitter Rowdy Tellez had a tying single and Randal Grichuk a go-ahead double. Betances (4-6) has lost in two of his past three appearances.The Yankees maintained a 1½-game lead over Oakland for the top AL wild card. Manager Aaron Boone said All-Star slugger Aaron Judge could return to the lineup against Boston.Andrew McCutchen hit his fourth homer with the Yankees on the second pitch from Thomas Pannone (3-1). Toronto closer Ken Giles struck out Gary Sanchez with a runner on to end his second save in two days.CARDINALS 5, DODGERS 0ST. LOUIS (AP) — Adam Wainwright pitched two-hit ball over six innings for his first win in five months, Marcell Ozuna homered and St. Louis salvaged the finale of a four-game series with Los Angeles.The Cardinals snapped a season-high four-game losing streak and moved into a tie for the second National League wild card with the Dodgers, who slipped a half-game behind Colorado for the NL West lead.The Rockies visit Dodger Stadium for a three-game series beginning Monday night, the last regular-season meeting between the teams.Wainwright (2-3), making his second start since missing almost four months with right elbow inflammation, struck out a season-high nine while earning his first victory since April 16.Ozuna had three hits and Yadier Molina drove in two runs.Cardinals reliever Bud Norris left the game with a blister on his middle finger in the seventh. Jordan Hicks and Carlos Martinez completed the four-hit shutout — one night after the Dodgers piled up 17 runs.Ross Stripling (8-4) started strong but lasted only 3 1/3 innings.ASTROS 5, DIAMONDBACKS 4HOUSTON (AP) — Justin Verlander (16-9) struck out 11 in seven innings, allowing one run and three hits for Houston, which leads second-place Oakland by 4½ games in the AL West.Arizona is 4½ games behind in the NL West and four games back for the second NL wild card.Zack Greinke (14-10) allowed four runs and eight hits in 6 1/3 innings.Tyler White hit a two-out, RBI double in the sixth for a 2-1 lead, Josh Reddick homered leading off the seventh, Jose Altuve had an RBI single later in the inning and Martin Maldonado added a run-scoring single in the eighth.Eduardo Escobar had a sacrifice fly in the ninth and Daniel Descalso hit a two-run homer off Roberto Osuna, who struck out Ketel Marte for his 18th save.RAYS 5, ATHLETICS 4ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Khris Davis hit a grand slam in the ninth off Sergio Romo, his major league-leading 43rd homer.Tampa Bay trails Oakland by seven games with 14 games left.C.J. Cron and Willy Adames homered off Mike Fiers (12-7). Andrew Kittredge (3-2) and seven relievers combined on a four-hitter, and Romo got two outs for his 21st save.NATIONALS 6, BRAVES 4ATLANTA (AP) — Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon hit two-run homers off Sean Newcomb (12-9) and 19-year-old rookie Juan Soto added an RBI single.Atlanta maintained a 6½-game lead in the NL East over second-place Philadelphia.Tanner Roark (9-15) allowed two runs and five hits in 5 1/3 innings, and Sean Doolittle pitched a perfect ninth for his 24th save.MARLINS 6, PHILLIES 4PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Peter O’Brien homered and drove in three runs as Miami ended a five-game losing streak. O’Brien put the Marlins ahead with a two-run homer in the fourth and Bryan Holaday added a pair of doubles.Nick Pivetta (7-13), who has won only one of his last 11 starts http://www.washingtonredskinsteamonline.com/alex-smith-jersey , struck out seven in the first three innings.Jose Urena (7-12) allowed one run and three hits through a five-inning stint for his third straight win. He left early because of cramping in his pitching hand.REDS 2, CUBS 1CHICAGO (AP) — The Cubs‘ NL Central lead remained at 2½ games over second-place Milwaukee when Scott Schebler homered on the first pitch of the game from Jose Quintana (13-10) and Phillip Ervin also went deep.Joey Votto had three hits for last-place Cincinnati.Luis Castillo (10-12) allowed one run, four hits and four walks in 6 2/3 innings, giving up Albert Almora Jr.’s sacrifice fly in the fifth. Amir Garrett and Jared Hughes combined for four outs and Raisel Iglesias pitched the ninth for his 27th save, completing a five-hitter.PIRATES 3, BREWERS 2MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jesus Aguilar and Domingo Santana homered on consecutive pitches from Felipe Vazquez to begin the ninth, but Milwaukee fell short. The Brewers lead the NL wild-card race by three games.Trevor Williams (13-9) allowed two hits in six scoreless innings. Vazquez got his 24th consecutive save and 34th overall this season when Ryan Braun struck out, Mike Moustakas popped out weakly and Erik Kratz grounded out.Jhoulys Chacin (14-8) gave up two runs and three hits in five innings.ROCKIES 3, GIANTS 2SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Antonio Senzatela pitched shutout ball into the sixth inning and hit a two-run single as Colorado topped San Francisco and moved back into first place in the NL West.The Rockies, blanked the previous two days, avoided a three-game sweep. They jumped a half-game in front of Los Angeles when the Dodgers lost at St. Louis.Senzatela (5-6) left in the sixth and Wade Davis got his NL-leading 40th save. The Rockies scored three times in the second against Dereck Rodriguez (6-4).PADRES 7, RANGERS 3SAN DIEGO (AP) — Rookie Francisco Mejia hit a grand slam with two outs in the ninth inning and San Diego avoided three-game sweep in a matchup of last-place teams.It was the first walkoff for Mejia, who was promoted from Triple-A on Sept. 4. The prized prospect has hit three homers since then.The Rangers were two outs away from a 3-2 win before Freddy Galvis hit a tying double off rookie reliever Jeffrey Springs (0-1). Mejia homered off Springs.Kirby Yates (5-3) got two outs for the win.ANGELS 4, MARINERS 3ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Kole Calhoun hit a tiebreaking home run and Justin Upton connected in his third straight game as Los Angeles averted a four-game sweep.Angels star Shohei Ohtani appeared to be limping as he jogged off the field in the eighth inning after he slid awkwardly into second base and was caught stealing.Calhoun’s solo homer in the seventh off reliever Nick Vincent (3-4) snapped his 0-for-25 skid.Taylor Cole (2-2) got the win and Ty Buttrey struck out the side in the ninth for his third save.TIGERS 6, INDIANS 4CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians rested several regulars a day after clinching the AL Central. Jim Adduci homered and drove in a career-high four runs for DetroitFrancisco Liriano (5-10) allowed three runs in seven innings for the Tigers, who won two of three in the series after losing 10 straight at Progressive Field dating to last season.Cleveland rookie Shane Bieber (10-4) wasted a 3-1 lead in the fifth.Indians reliever Andrew Miller pitched a scoreless seventh but gave up a solo home run to Mikie Mahtook in the eighth. Miller has been on the disabled list three times this season with hamstring, knee and shoulder injuries.ORIOLES 8, WHITE SOX 4BALTIMORE (AP) — Jonathan Villar and Adam Jones homered and rookie Cedric Mullins had a career-high four hits.Baltimore took control with a five-run first inning against Lucas Giolito (10-11) and held on for its 43rd victory. That means the Orioles can’t match the major league record of 120 losses in a season, set by the 1962 New York Mets.Ryan Meisinger (1-0) got the final two outs in the fifth for his first major league victory, and Paul Fry finished for his initial big league save.TWINS 9, ROYALS 6KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Tyler Austin hit one of Minnesota’s four home runs and made a spectacular catch while flipping into the dugout down the first-base line as Minnesota avoided a four-game sweep.Max Kepler, Johnny Field and Jorge Polanco also went deep for the Twins, who had a season-high 18 hits.Kyle Gibson (8-13) lasted into the seventh and ended a four-start losing streak despite giving up five runs and 11 hits.Jerry Vasto (0-1) allowed one run on three hits to take the loss in relief.

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