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October 29, 2013

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Season Finale

The Gloucester boys and girls soccer teams will each play its final regular season game tonight against rival Danvers at New Balance Track and Field at Newell Stadium (6 p.m.).

The state tournament bound Gloucester boys will square off with the Northeastern Conference Small champion Falcons in an excellent postseason tune-up for both teams. It will also be senior night for the Fishermen.

The Gloucester girls will be playing at Danvers’ Deering Stadium at 6 p.m.

Joyce’s History

Jim Joyce, who made the obstruction call on Will Middlebrooks that resulted in the Red Sox losing Game 3, is considered an excellent umpire.

Joyce has been a major league umpire since 1989 and was made a crew chief before this season. Although, he is the one who blew a call with two outs in the ninth inning that took away Armando Galarraga’s perfect game in 2010.

In August 2012 he performed CPR on a female stadium employee before a game in Arizona between the Diamondbacks and Marlins. The woman lived.

Entering this year, he worked the All-Star Games in 1994, 2001 and 2012, Division Series in 1995, ‘98, ‘99, 2001-03, ‘08-09, ‘12, League Championship Series in 1997, 2004, ‘06-07) and World Series in 1999 and 2001.

Wainwright’s View

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright had an interesting comment about the obstruction call that ended Game 3, which the Cardinals won 5-4.

“As a baseball fan, you hate to see a game end like that,” Wainwright told reporters at Busch Stadium. “Obviously I’m on the Cardinals, so I’m fortunate the rule is the way it is. And you hate to say it, but he impeded the process of running home. But I totally understand why Red Sox players would be upset about that. That is just a horrible way to lose a baseball game, no question about it, especially after such a great play by Dustin (Pedroia) at second.”

—Compiled by Nick Curcuru and Christopher Smith

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