Left-hander Jon Lester, here pitching Game 5 of the ALCS against the Tigers, will start Game 1 of the World Series against the Cardinals Wednesday. (Mike Ehrmann / Getty Images)
Boston — Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester will start Game 1 of the World Series against the Cardinals.
That’s the word Monday from Boston manager John Farrell.
Farrell says he hasn’t decided on his entire lineup, but designated hitter David Ortiz will start at least once at first base when the series shifts to St. Louis for the middle three games. There is no designated hitter allowed in the National League park, meaning Ortiz will have to play the field for the seventh time this season.
The Red Sox worked out Monday, two days after eliminating the Tigers in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series.
Game 1 of the World Series is Wednesday at Fenway Park. Adam Wainwright will go for the Cardinals.
Don Mattingly said Monday his 2014 contract option vested with the Dodgers first-round playoff victory over the Braves, but isn’t sure he’ll be back as manager next season.
He said organization officials put him in a difficult position with his players by not exercising a team option going into the final year of his three-year deal.
“It’s been a frustrating, tough year, honestly,” Mattingly told reporters while sitting next to general manager Ned Colletti.
Mattingly’s option worth $1.4 million would allow him to return, but officials have yet to talk about his future.
Colletti said Mattingly’s status would be “resolved very quickly.”
Mattingly is 260-225 in three years as manager, guiding the Dodgers to the NL Championship Series, where they lost to the Cardinals.
Around the horn
Blocked from holding a news conference Monday to present a person they described as a “major league baseball whistleblower,” Alex Rodriguez’s lawyers asked that the rest of the grievance hearing to overturn his 211-game drug suspension be opened to the public.
... Tim Bogar, who spent this season as manager of the Angels Double A team in Arkansas,was hired as bench coach for the Rangers.
Rangers officials also said utility player Jeff Baker is a free agent after refusing an outright assignment.
... Matt Kemp has had arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle, and the Dodgers outfielder should be ready in time for the start of next season.