Busch's last season features Red Sox, Yankees

Updated: November 10, 2004, 1:26 AM ET
Associated Press

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals will get another shot at the Boston Red Sox next season.

After sweeping St. Louis in the World Series last month, the Red Sox will make their first regular-season visit to Busch Stadium from June 6-8, 2005. Both teams probably will look a lot different.

Coming off the club's first title in 86 years, 16 Boston players filed for free agency, including stars such as Pedro Martinez, Derek Lowe, Jason Varitek and Orlando Cabrera. Nine Cardinals will test the open market, including Matt Morris, Woody Williams, Edgar Renteria, Mike Matheny and Tony Womack.

The Cardinals plan to move into a new ballpark in 2006, making next year their 40th and final season at Busch Stadium. After the Boston series, they host the Yankees for three games in another interleague matchup June 10-12. That will be New York's first trip to St. Louis since the 1964 World Series, won by the Cardinals in seven games.

"We've been presented with one of the most attractive home schedules in the team's history," Cardinals senior vice president of sales and marketing Dan Farrell said Tuesday.

St. Louis' last regular-season home game at the current Busch Stadium will be Oct. 2 against the Cincinnati Reds. The new Busch Stadium is being built adjacent to the current ballpark.

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