BOSTON Teams

Kyrie and Hayward both miss game-tying shots in final seconds (0:27)
Morris able to finish with Magic defense all over him (0:21)
Tatum hits a fadeaway shot right before halftime (0:20)
Tatum spins off Augustin for a lay-in (0:19)

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Just to start the World Series on a high note, I pass along this note from ESPN Stats & Info: Tim Timmons, who has the home plate assignment in Game 1, has called a strike correctly on 89.8 percent of batters' takes this season, 83rd out of 89 umpires.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox manager Alex Cora joked that Dave Roberts, a good friend and a former teammate, "makes a lot of money" signing autographs because of his stolen base. "I know he puts ‘the greatest stolen base in the history of the game.' He makes a lot of money in an hour. Probably he's making money right now."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Clayton Kershaw made an interesting point about deep bullpens essentially replacing starting rotations on some organizations: "It's a very cost-effective thing to do, obviously, to ‘bullpen' and have a deep bullpen because starting pitchers are more expensive. But I think us as an organization, us as a union, will definitely have to take a closer look at that, if that's the way the game is going. Because I think everybody should be compensated according to what they are worth in the game. So if the bullpen is going to have more value, they're going to have to pay them more. I think that's just the bottom line."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Manny Machado stuck to the script in his pre-World Series session. Asked about playing a Red Sox team that doesn't really like him a whole lot, he said: "I'm here to win the World Series. I'm not thinking about anything else."

Cora seeks to win back-to-back World Series (0:50)

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Clayton Kershaw, who will make his first appearance at Fenway Park tomorrow, doesn't expect the Green Monster to make much of a difference. "Usually when I give up homers, they're not cheap anyway," he said. "So it probably won't matter if there's a fence there or not that's really close."

0:30

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Dustin Pedroia has to sit out this Fall Classic because if his injured knee, but the Red Sox cornerstone still came out for media day to compliment manager Alex Cora.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Here is what Dave Martínez told me about Alex Cora becoming the first Puerto Rican manager to lead a team to the World Series: "Alex has done a great job this year getting the Red Sox to the World Series. Props on becoming the FIRST Puerto Rican manager to do so. Looking forward to being the next one!"

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Kemp will DH for the Dodgers tomorrow and David Freese will play 1B, Dave Roberts said. My guess is Cody Bellinger is in CF, Chris Taylor is in LF and Kiké Hernandez is at 2B, but Brian Dozier could factor into that, as well.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers' World Series rotation: Clayton Kershaw in Game 1, Hyun-Jin Ryu in Game 2, Walker Buehler in Game 3, Rich Hill in Game 4.

1:19

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Alex Cora talks about being the first Puerto Rican manager to take a team to the World Series, particularly in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

When asked what he thought about all the attention Manny Machado is getting on World Series media day, Yasiel Puig stopped and turned toward Machado's table and yelled out "Manny, hey Manny! You are not getting more attention than me!"

No structural damage found in Michel's knee (0:49)

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

Justin Turner when told that the "Beat L.A." chant started here in Boston. "I wish they hadn't started that. It's really annoying everywhere we go."

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Clayton Kershaw will speak later at Fenway Park in the slot reserved for the Dodgers' Game 1 starter, so it's all but official: Tuesday night will feature Kershaw vs. Boston's Chris Sale. Not a bad way to begin the World Series.