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Kolten Wong will be on Cardinals’ World Series roster

  • ASSOCIATED PRESSSt. Louis Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong, right, turns the double play forcing Chicago Cubs' Donnie Murphy at second and getting Starlin Castro at first during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
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    St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong, right, turns the double play forcing Chicago Cubs' Donnie Murphy at second and getting Starlin Castro at first during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
  • STAR-ADVERTISER / JUNE 20112011 June 27 SPT - Quad Cities River Bandits' Kolten Wong, right, chats with Bandits manager Johnny Rodriguez between innings of the game against the Cedar Rapids Kernels at Modern Woodmen Park in Davenport, Iowa, today. Wong, a Hilo native and former UH second basemen, was making his professional debut for the Class A, St. Louis Cardinals affiliate. PHOTO SPECIAL TO THE HSA BY Matt Veto
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    2011 June 27 SPT - Quad Cities River Bandits' Kolten Wong, right, chats with Bandits manager Johnny Rodriguez between innings of the game against the Cedar Rapids Kernels at Modern Woodmen Park in Davenport, Iowa, today. Wong, a Hilo native and former UH second basemen, was making his professional debut for the Class A, St. Louis Cardinals affiliate. PHOTO SPECIAL TO THE HSA BY Matt Veto

For the first time Hawaii has players on opposing teams in the World Series.

St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny announced Tuesday that rookie reserve second baseman Kolten Wong will be on the roster for the series that starts Wednesday against the Boston Red Sox.

According to a report on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch web site, Wong will be one of 13 position players available for the series. Wong, a former Kamehameha-Hawaii and University of Hawaii star, was hitless in five at bats in the playoffs, all coming off the bench.

Red Sox starting right fielder Shane Victorino is the other Hawaii connection. Victorino, from Wailuku and St. Anthony School, helped the Philadelphia Phillies to the 2008 World Series championship.

Victorino’s grand slam on Saturday propelled the Red Sox to a 5-2 win over Detroit in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series and into the World Series.

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