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World Series preview and MLB season review
Boston's Jason Varitek, captain of the 2007 World Series-winning Red Sox, with the trophy

Dates: 22-30 October Start times: 0100 BST Coverage: All games live on Five television; Match reports on BBC Sport website

The World Series will have a fresh look to it this year, after the Philadelphia Phillies and Tampa Bay Rays battled through to the "Fall Classic".

The Rays - formerly known as the Devil Rays - were the worst team in baseball in 2007 but staged a remarkable turnaround to win the American League, while the Phillies saw off more-fancied teams to win the National League pennant.

BBC Sport looks at how the Major League season has unfolded, and examines who will be the key men for each side.

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Preview compiled by Mark Mitchener

see also
Rays and Phillies set for Series
20 Oct 08 |  Baseball

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