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Nov 2, 2013 — As the world champion Boston Red Sox made their way on Boylston Street to the finish line of the Boston Marathon, the celebration gave way to a moment of reflection.
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Nov 1, 2013 — All that beard tugging during the World Series got us thinking: Does facial hair actually make men more attractive? One recent study looked at four levels of beardedness, from a clean shave to full coverage. The effect was subtle, but a clear preference emerged.
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Oct 31, 2013 — The Boston Red Sox are world champions after beating the St. Louis Cardinals. Here's a cheat sheet about the World Series.
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Oct 30, 2013 — Only one team has a chance of winning the World Series tonight in Game 6: the Boston Red Sox. The St. Louis Cardinals have a chance to lose the series — or they can force a decisive Game 7 at Fenway Park tomorrow night. Boston fans are paying top dollar for the chance to see their team clinch a World Series at home — something that hasn't happened in 95 years.
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Oct 29, 2013 — Boston's David Ortiz is flirting with a World Series record. He's got 11 hits in 15 at-bats. That .733 batting average eclipses the rest of his team's. Boston players not named Ortiz are hitting .144. The Sox could wrap up the championship Wednesday. St. Louis hopes to extend the Series to a Game 7.
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Oct 26, 2013 — The all-tied World Series resumes tonight, with Game 3 between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Boston Red Sox. Ahead of the game Saturday, the main storyline centers on the change of venue to a National League park, forcing Boston to adapt.
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Oct 24, 2013 — The St. Louis Cardinals evened the World Series at one game each Thursday night, using a three-run 7th inning to defeat the Boston Red Sox, 4-2.
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Oct 24, 2013 — Boston rolled over St. Louis in the first game of the series, winning 8-1. The Cardinals' performance is being summed up with words such as inept, hapless and self-destruction. Game 2 is Thursday night in Boston.
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Oct 20, 2013 — It's a matchup full of baseball lore: The two teams have met on three previous occasions dating back to 1946. The Series begins Wednesday in Boston.
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Jul 8, 2013 — To reach young people, the new health insurance exchanges are looking for sports tie-ins. One reason is the success Massachusetts had in promoting its own health overhaul in partnership with the Boston Red Sox.
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