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World Series shifts to St. Louis for pivotal Game 3

Oct 26, 2013, 4:49 PM EDT

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WORLD SERIES GAME 3: BOSTON RED SOX AT ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

Where: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO
Gametime: 7:30 p.m.
TV: FOX
Radio: ESPN Radio
Weather: Clear, 49 degrees, wind 7 mph
Starting pitchers: BOS – Jake Peavy (12-5, 4.17) / STL – Joe Kelly (10-5 2.69)

After bouncing back to even the series in Game 2, the Cardinals now hold home field advantage as the Fall Classic shifts to Busch Stadium in St. Louis. The Cards are 5-1 there in the 2013 postseason and have won 26 of their last 32 games at home overall.

Adding to fact the Cardinals will be home is the lineup adjustment by the Red Sox to compensate for National League rules. David Ortiz will now grab a glove and man first while Mike Napoli will start the game on the bench. Jake Peavy will also have to bat after spending the last five years of his career in the American League. He does, however, have three postseason at-bats under his belt from his days with the San Diego Padres.

Peavy’s biggest priority will obviously be on the mound where he’ll try to bounce back from the trainwreck that was his ALCS start against Detroit. In Game 4 of that series he got slammed for seven earned runs in three innings on five hits and three walks. All five of those runs came in the second inning alone, leaving the Red Sox with little chance to win the game.

In order for Peavy to fare better tonight, he will need to exorcise some demons from his past. The right-hander made two appearances in the playoffs before this season, both of them as a Padre and both of them in losses to the Cardinals. St. Louis is a different team, but Peavy’s history against the club is ugly.

In the 2005 NLDS against the Cardinals, Peavy gave up eight runs in 4 1/3 innings and in the 2006 NLDS he allowed five runs through 5 1/3. He now has four postseason starts overall and in three of them he’s given up at least five runs.

Joe Kelly will take the ball for the Cardinals in his fourth game of these playoffs. Through three starts he is 0-1 with a 4.41 ERA.

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