Boston Red Sox defeat Cleveland Indians, 11-2

There are no shortcuts, this path to the World Series, and no shortage of suspense.

The Red Sox traced their return passage to the Series through Yokohama and Kyoto, Sacramento and Starkville, Miss., the hamlets of Georgia and the suburbs of Houston, a city kid from Cincinnati joining forces with a Dominican muscleman who joined with a son of Cuba who connected with a Native American, all put together by a brainy decision-maker from Brookline and paid for by a reclusive...