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GOOD SIGN? Pretty encouraging start for Buchholz and the Red Sox. The two-time All-Star was pushed back to Game 4 in this Series because of weakness in his pitching shoulder, and no one seemed too sure what Boston would get from Buchholz.

His fastball was in the upper 80s (mph) in the first inning, and he bounced a wild breaking ball well wide of the plate. But he was able to throw strikes and get far enough inside on Matt Holliday to induce an inning-ending grounder to third.

Perhaps most important, Buchholz looked fairly calm out there.

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UNOBSTRUCTED: Now that everyone from umpires to rappers has weighed in on the obstruction rule, the World Series has resumed at Busch Stadium.

Game 4 is underway _ Lance Lynn worked a 1-2-3 first inning for the Cardinals. He’s facing Boston right-hander Clay Buchholz, trying to work through some weakness in his shoulder.

What a crazy finish that was last night, though. Tough to swallow for the Red Sox and their fans. But it seems as though, after some rule-book explanations from the experts, most people are realizing the correct call was made.

St. Louis leads 2-1 in the best-of-seven Series.

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SHANE SCRATCHED: Boston made a late lineup switch, pulling right fielder Shane Victorino and putting in Jonny Gomes.

The Red Sox say Victorino has stiffness in his lower back. The change came about 75 minutes before the first pitch.

Daniel Nava shifted from left field to right and moved into Victorino’s No. 2 spot in the batting order. Gomes will hit fifth and play left.

Victorino and Gomes were both hitless in the Series at a combined 0 for 18.

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CRAIG READY: The Cardinals say Allen Craig will be ready if needed.

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