rth World Series title since 2004.Boston captured its ninth championship in franchise history with a dominant performance in Game 5 at Dodger Stadium that was led by a few unexpected heroes.Steve Pearce Aaron Sanchez Jersey , who participated in only the second postseason of his 12-year career, took home the Most Valuable Player award for the clutch hits he delivered throughout the series, including a pair of home runs in Game 5.David Price emerged as the other unlikely hero for the Red Sox, as he won Games 2 and 5 to erase the narrative about his postseason struggles.While Price and Pearce were the standout stars, other players made plenty of key contributions throughout the World Series to help Boston capture the title in dominant fashion. Top StarsSteve PearceToronto's trade of Pearce to the Red Sox in June (for a minor league infielder) will go down as the best piece of business from the summer.Pearce displayed glimpses of his power throughout his 50 regular-season appearances for the Red Sox, as he hit seven home runs and drove in 26 runs.At most, the first baseman was expected to provide cover for Mitch Moreland and come up with a clutch hit or two during the postseason.Pearce blew everyone away with a home run and four RBI in Game 4 and two more dingers in the series-clinching Game 5 victory.With his pair of round-trippers in Game 5, Pearce became the second Boston player to ever hit three home runs in the World Series, per The Athletic's Katie Sharp:Katie Sharp ktsharpRed Sox players to hit 3 HR in a single World Series:Steve Pearce (2018)Carl Yastrzemski (1967) David PriceThroughout his postseason career, Price showed flashes of brilliance, but he was far from Boston's go-to guy in the starting rotation entering the World Series.In two World Series starts, Price gave up six hits and three earned runs over 13 innings, and he made a brief appearance in the 18-inning marathon in Game 3.Before the World Series, Price had one victory in 12 playoff starts, with the win coming against Houston in Game 6 of the ALCS.If Pearce hadn't hit two home runs in Game 5, Price would've been named MVP for his pair of marvelous performances against a Dodgers lineup that had no answers for him.Top StatsBoston's ninth World Series victory was the first for manager Alex Cora, who became the first rookie manager since the Arizona Diamondbacks' Bob Brenly in 2001 to win the World Series, per MLB Stat of the Day:MLB Stat of the Day MLBStatoftheDayIn his first year as manager http://www.bluejaysfanproshop.com/authentic-curtis-granderson-jersey , ac13alex is a #WorldSeries champion.The last rookie manager to accomplish the feat was Bob Brenly with the 2001 Dbacks. ZivaOOp1LQPearce joined an illustrious list of 10 players, including Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson and Johnny Bench, as players to hit two or more home runs in a series-clinching World Series game, per Sharp:Katie Sharp ktsharp2+ HR in Potential Clinching World Series Game:Steve Pearce2018Kirk Gibson1984Eddie Murray1983Reggie Jackson1977Johnny Bench1976Yogi Berra1956Duke Snider1952Tony Lazzeri1932Babe Ruth1928Harry Hooper1915Price won the clinching games of back-to-back series against Cy Young Award winners, which was the first time that's ever occurred, per ESPN's Buster Olney:Buster Olney Buster_ESPNELIAS: If the Red Sox win, David Price will have clinched two consecutive series against Cy Young winners ?Justin Verlander and Clayton Kershaw?in the same postseason. Thats never been done before.Chris Sale, who came on to close Game 5 in the ninth for Boston, became the ninth pitcher and first since 1945 to record the first and last outs of the World Series, per Baseball Reference:Baseball Reference baseball_refPitchers who got the first and last out of the #worldseries:Babe Adams, 1909Ernie Shore, 1916Art Nehf, 1922Waite Hoyt, 1928Lefty Gomez, 1937Paul Derringer, 1940Spud Chandler, 1943Hal Newhouser Russell Martin Jersey , 1945And Chris Sale, 2018Boston finished the season with 119 wins, which is the third-most in MLB history behind the 1998 New York Yankees and 2001 Seattle Mariners, per the league's official Twitter account:MLB MLB119 wins. Thats a lot of #DirtyWater. QGFeZPlUirHighlightsMookie Betts produced an insurance run in the sixth inning for the Red Sox, as he took Clayton Kershaw deep:FOX Sports FOXSportsMOOOOOOKIE!The MVP candidate comes through for the RedSox with a solo shot in Game 5! IbrXC3bYTAJ.D. Martinez extended the Boston lead to three runs in the seventh inning, when he sent a solo blast to center off Kershaw:FOX Sports FOXSportsRed Sox are doing damage!J.D. Martinez homers to center to give Boston a 3-run lead in the 7th! zvtfrsej2NSale recorded the final out of the 2018 World Series by striking out Manny Machado, who had a disappointing series for the Dodgers:FOX Sports FOXSportsTHE BOSTON RED SOX ARE WORLD CHAMPIONS!!!Chris Sale strikes out Manny Machado to close out the World Series! u62k4SVQPvFOX Sports FOXSportsYup, the RedSox went there.馃憖 the song selection T0l7aC4c4eDuring the postgame celebration in the locker room, the Red Sox trolled the rival New York Yankees by singing "New York, New York": Follow Joe on Twitter, JTansey90. NEW YORK (AP) — Miguel Andujar’s drive sailed into the seats for a grand slam , the crowd went crazy. But a furious rally quickly fizzled, and the questions remained for the New York Yankees.CC Sabathia got clocked early and the Yankees, despite hitting four home runs during a late comeback, kept wobbling toward a playoff spot Saturday with an 8-7 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.“We have a group in there capable of turning this thing in a heartbeat,” manager Aaron Boone said, adding, “we’ve got to do better.”New York Josh Donaldson Jersey , just 1½ games ahead of Oakland for the top AL wild-card slot, is 6-7 this month and 8-10 over a longer stretch. The Yankees still don’t have injured slugger Aaron Judge back in the starting lineup.“It’s just kind of getting everyone clicking,” Boone said. “I feel like we’re getting closer to that.” Didi Gregorius hit a solo homer with the Yankees down 5-0 in the sixth inning. It was 8-1 in the seventh before Gregorius and Giancarlo Stanton went deep and Andujar launched his slam.Randal Grichuk hit two homers and doubled, and Kevin Pillar also connected as Toronto ended a four-game losing streak. The Blue Jays exhausted their bullpen, using seven pitchers to hold on. Sean Reid-Foley (2-3) struck out 10, giving up singles in five shutout innings . He got even for getting hit hard at Yankee Stadium last month, when Stanton homered off him.In the fifth, the 23-year-old rookie threw a high-and-tight, tailing fastball that tied up Stanton. The slugger started to swing and went around as he spun out of the way, winding up face-first in the batter’s box, facing the backstop. A frustrated Stanton slammed his right fist into the dirt — another punchout for Reid-Foley.Reid-Foley said he didn’t see Stanton’s reaction.“I actually didn’t. Actually, I completely missed my spot by about five feet, but I’ll take the out. Obviously, take the little victories,” he said Ken Giles earned his 21st save , nine since being traded from Houston to Toronto. He struck out Gary Sanchez with a runner on second to finish the eighth and pitched a 1-2-3 ninth. On May 1 with the Astros, Giles allowed a tiebreaking, three-run homer to Sanchez and punched himself after he was removed from the game.Stanton hit his 34th homer in the seventh. A batter later http://www.bluejaysfanproshop.com/authentic-curtis-granderson-jersey , Gregorius hit his 26th to break his own Yankees season record for home runs by a shortstop. Andujar’s second slam of his rookie season came against Tyler Clippard and made it a one-run game. Grichuk hit a leadoff homer in the second . He hit his 23rd home run in the third and Kevin Pillar followed with a homer that finished Sabathia (7-7).Sabathia walked off to boos down 5-0 after 2 1/3 innings, matching his shortest outing since 2015. The 38-year-old lefty has won only one of his last 11 starts.“Just wasn’t sharp,” Sabathia said.Boone said he’d feel confident putting Sabathia on the mound in a playoff game, especially if the 244-game winner can regain the touch with his cutter.“Struggling to find that real good consistency,” Boone said.Toronto manager John Gibbons was ejected for the second time in a month at Yankee Stadium. After catcher Luke Maile — who wasn’t in the game — began hollering from the dugout at plate umpire Roberto Ortiz and got tossed, Gibbons came out to take up the argument and also got ejected .JUST IN TIME?Prized Yankees pitching prospect Justus Sheffield could be on the verge of getting his first promotion to the majors. The 22-year-old left-hander allowed three unearned runs and got three outs Saturday as Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Durham in the deciding game of the International League playoff final.“We’ll see,” Boone said.TRAINER’S ROOMYankees: Injured closer Aroldis Chapman (left knee tendinitis) looked good in a pregame bullpen session , Boone said. The lefty, who hasn’t been in a game since Aug. 21, will next pitch in a simulated game, possibly on Monday. Judge (broken right wrist) might face Chapman in that workout. Judge returned to action Friday night against Toronto, playing two innings in right. He didn’t play Saturday and is being limited to defense and baserunning for now.UP NEXTBlue Jays: LHP Thomas Pannone (2-1, 4.13 ERA) makes his fourth big league start. The 24-year-old rookie pitched into the seventh inning last weekend to beat Cleveland.Yankees: RHP Lance Lynn (9-10, 5.01) pitches on seven days’ rest. The Yankees are 5-2 in his starts since they got him from Minnesota.