WORLD SERIES WATCH: Lester vs Wainwright in Game 5

Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A look at Game 5 of the World Series at Busch Stadium on Monday night as the Boston Red Sox take on the St. Louis Cardinals:

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REMATCH: Wonder what kind of crazy finish we'll get tonight in a pivotal Game 5.

With the best-of-seven Series tied at two games apiece and headed back to Boston after this one, it's Jon Lester on the mound for the Red Sox against St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright.

Rematch of Game 1, won by Boston in an 8-1 rout. Expect a better outing from Wainwright this time, especially at home.

The Red Sox don't really have that elite, Cy Young Award ace that several other playoff teams rely on. Lester, however, is the closest thing to it for Boston. And he's been at his best on the brightest stage.

The left-hander has not allowed a run in two career World Series starts, both wins. He pitched 5 2-3 innings in the 2007 clincher against Colorado and 7 2-3 innings to beat Wainwright in this year's opener.

The temperature at Busch Stadium is a very comfortable 61 degrees, and we're underway.

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WHAT NEXT? Both teams buzzed about the weird endings the previous two nights, the first postseason games to end on an obstruction call and a pickoff.

"It has been a strange couple of games," Cardinals second baseman Matt Carpenter said. "Baseball is a game that something you've never seen before can happen every day. I've been playing this game for a while, and there's things that happen all the time that will be the first time that I've ever seen something like that happen. So that's what makes this game great."

Red Sox reliever Brandon Workman said anything in the postseason is new for him.

"We never made the playoffs in any of my years in the minor leagues," he said.

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