Former Timber Rattler named World Series MVP

The Boston Red Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 Wednesday to win the 2013 World Series in six games. David Ortiz was named MVP of the series after going 11-for-16 with 2 HR and 6 RBI.

Ortiz played for the 1996 Wisconsin Timber Rattlers; he was known as David Arias at that time. He batted .322 with 18 HR and 93 RBI in 129 games.

The Red Sox now have won three World Series titles in the past decade (2004, 2007 and 2013). Ortiz was a key member of all three championship teams.

David Ortiz -- then known as David Arias -- as a member of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in 1996. (Photo by Brad Krause)

David Ortiz as a member of the 1996 Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. (Photo by Brad Krause)

Nationals name Matt Williams manager

Matt Williams was named manager of the Washington Nationals today. He spent the past four years as a coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks, which followed a 17-year playing career in the major leagues.

As a minor-leaguer Williams played in the Midwest League, hitting .240 with 7 HR and 29 RBI in 68 games with the 1986 Clinton Giants.

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