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Joe Kelly leaves Game 3 ALDS tickets for debate star Ken Bone

10.10.16 at 3:19 pm ET
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The biggest star of Sunday night’s debate may not have been either of the candidates, rather one of the people who asked a question, Ken Bone.

Bone asked the second to last question and instantly became an internet star.

Apparently Red Sox reliever Joe Kelly noticed as he tweeted Monday afternoon that he left tickets for Bone to attend Game 3 of the ALDS at Fenway Park.

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Red Sox lineup: Jackie Bradley Jr. batting 9th in Game 3 vs. Indians

10.10.16 at 2:12 pm ET
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Jackie Bradley Jr.

Jackie Bradley Jr.

A day after getting rained out the Red Sox and Indians will play Game 3 of their best-of-five series at Fenway Park with the Red Sox trailing 0-2.

Andrew Benintendi will bat seventh, while Jackie Bradley Jr. will bat ninth as the Red Sox look to avoid elimination.

Sandy Leon will catch Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz.

Here’s the complete Red Sox lineup:

Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Brock Holt, 3B
Mookie Betts, RF
David Ortiz, DH
Hanley Ramirez, 1B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
Andrew Benintendi, LF
Sandy Leon, C
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
Clay Buchholz, RHP

Here is the complete Indians lineup:

Carlos Santana, DH
Jason Kipnis, 2B
Francisco Lindor, SS
Mike Napoli, 1B
Jose Ramirez, 3B
Lonnie Chisenhall, RF
Coco Crisp, LF,
Tyler Naquin, CF
Roberto Perez, C
Josh Tomlin, RHP

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Here are 2 statistics you weren’t paying attention to that are dooming Red Sox

10.10.16 at 11:05 am ET
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Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo and manager John Farrell have experienced a fair share frustration so far in the ALDS. (Rich Osentoski/USA Today Sports)

Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo and manager John Farrell have experienced a fair share frustration so far in the ALDS. (Rich Osentoski/USA Today Sports)

You can go down the list of issues that led the Red Sox to this 2-0 hole against the Indians in the best-of-five American League Division Series.

Starting pitching? They have a combined 11.74 ERA. And the Red Sox hitters are batting just .200.

And then there is what has happened when the Red Sox get to two-strike counts, or when the Indians get runners into scoring position.

Forty-four of the Red Sox’ 69 plate appearances in the first two games has seen their hitters face two strikes. The results haven’t been good. Sox batters are hitting just .119 (5-for-42) when getting to the count, striking out a whopping 22 times.

Conversely, the Indians are batting .256 (10-for-39) when getting to two-strike counts

Making the stat even more frustrating is that the Red Sox were the best two-strike-hitting team in the majors during the regular season, hitting .209.

As for the runners in scoring position thing, the Indians have five hits in 10 at-bats in such scenarios. The Red Sox? They’re 2-for-14.

Along those lines, the Red Sox’ relievers have allowed three inherited runners to score in the two games at Progressive Field after letting just one of 24 come across in the first three weeks of September.

It would certainly behoove the Red Sox to start reversing these trends starting Monday night.

Remaining Red Sox-Indians ALDS schedule released

10.09.16 at 10:12 pm ET
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Major League Baseball has released the schedule for the rest of the Red Sox-Indians ALDS series following Sunday’s rainout.

Monday’s Game 3 will begin at 6:08 p.m. as originally scheduled, but then if there is a Game 4, it will be Tuesday afternoon at 2:08 p.m. at Fenway Park. If the Giants-Cubs series is over in three games, then the game would begin at 3:08 p.m. Tuesday was originally an off-day.

A potential Game 5 would be Wednesday night in Cleveland, either at 6:08 p.m. or 8:08 p.m. It would be the earlier time if the Texas-Toronto series needs a Game 5.

All games will be aired on TBS.

Game 3: Monday, October 10 – 6:08 p.m. at Boston
Game 4 (if necessary): Tuesday, October 11 – 2:08 p.m. at Boston (3:08 p.m. if Cubs-Giants series is over)
Game 5 (if necessary): Wednesday, October 12 – 8:08 p.m. (6:08 p.m. if Rangers-Blue Jays series needs a Game 5)

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How living life as reliever might be different for David Price, Eduardo Rodriguez Monday night

10.09.16 at 7:43 pm ET
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Eduardo Rodriguez might be an option out of the Red Sox' bullpen Monday night. (Joe Nicholson/USA Today Sports)

Eduardo Rodriguez might be an option out of the Red Sox’ bullpen Monday night. (Joe Nicholson/USA Today Sports)

For Drew Pomeranz, this whole relieving thing wasn’t going to be a problem.

“It was strange because Pom comes down there and I’m figuring he needs six outs to get ready, or wondering how long it’s going to take,” said Red Sox bullpen coach Dana LeVangie of Pomeranz’s first appearance as a reliever, on the final day of the regular season. “But obviously he was used to this situation. He was ready in less than 10 pitches.

“He basically told me, ‘Hey, you guys have to stop babying me. I’m used to this.'”

But Pomeranz — who has appeared out of the bullpen in 59 of his 138 major league outings — may be more the exception than the norm.

With the Red Sox staving off elimination in Game 3 of the American League Division Series Monday, there is a very real possibility that both starters David Price and/or Eduardo Rodriguez would be used as relievers. (This is assuming the Sox choose to go with Rick Porcello as their Game 4 starter, if needed.)

If the situation does present itself, it would mean that four pitchers who have spent extended time in the Red Sox’ rotation this season — Joe Kelly, Pomeranz, Price and Rodriguez — will be watching at least part of Game 3 in the Fenway Park home bullpen.

It’s not out the ordinary by any means, with 2013 starters John Lackey and Ryan Dempster both spending time out of the Red Sox’ bullpen during that postseason run. And Price came on to throw three innings of relief for the Blue Jays in Game 4 of their ALDS series last season.

But for pitchers like Rodriguez, who has never served a reliever as a member of the Red Sox, there is a process to acclimating himself to the role.

“I don’t think I would ever tell them what to do, but I would always want to get a sense for that given day when John might use these options so I can lead them into preparation, stretching. Some might not all be the same,” LeVangie explained. “Some might be used later in the game, some might be used shorter.

“Everyone is going to be different, but I think more than anything most guys can get their heaters ready and they can work off of that. I think the environment kind of gets them geared up sooner rather than later.”

Adrenaline and guidance will have to do. When it comes to preparing for the all-hands-on-deck scenario, there isn’t time for much else.

“It’s a different challenge for them, but those guys, most of them are so competitive that it’s not a problem,” LeVangie said. “And the environment feeds into them getting ready.”

“I just do whatever they want,” Rodriguez said. “If it’s going to be in the bullpen or starting, I’ll do whatever they need me to do.”

Xander Bogaerts clarifies he’s not dealing with injury or exhaustion

10.09.16 at 6:48 pm ET
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Xander Bogaerts says he isn't dealing with an injury or exhaustion. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

Xander Bogaerts says he isn’t dealing with an injury or exhaustion. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

Xander Bogaerts hasn’t looked like the same hitter of late than the one the Red Sox saw for much of the 2016 season.

The shortstop did manage a single in Game 2 of the American League Division Series, but he is still just 1-for-8 with four strikeouts in the two games against the Indians. Bogaerts simply hasn’t been the same kind of presence the Sox had become used.

With that in mind, it would be fair to at least inquire if Bogaerts was dealing with any kind of physical issue after playing 159 games this season. So?

“Now, I feel good,” Bogaerts told WEEI.com Sunday afternoon. “I don’t have any problems. We’ve had a lot of time off, in between games. So I feel rested. Physically, I feel really good.”

The only noticeable injury the shortstop has sustained this season came on April 23 in Houston when Bogaerts was hit in the right wrist by a Luke Gregerson pitch.

The 24-year-old did lead all major league shortstops with 719 plate appearances, finishing up hitting .294 with an .802 OPS.

During a late June series in Texas, Bogaerts did admit to being tired. Since that statement Bogaerts has managed just a .249 batting average with a .721 OPS. Yet, the shortstop insisted Sunday fatigue was also not an issue.

“I’ve been past it,” said Bogaerts of the midseason exhaustion. “Physically, I feel really good. I feel good. I feel fresh and ready to go.”

Bogaerts is optimistic the tide will turn when Game 3 rolls around, in part because of his, and his team’s, return to Fenway Park. At home this season, the righty hitter has been appreciably more effective, hitting .323 with an .889 OPS.

“I’m just trying to slow down the game. Timing is starting to come back slowly,” Bogaerts said. “Hopefully playing here will help a lot. This is our home. I feel good about it.”

Will night with pets help Red Sox? Brad Ziegler thinks it might

10.09.16 at 6:10 pm ET
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There was no baseball at Fenway Park Sunday. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

There was no baseball at Fenway Park Sunday. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

It can’t go any worse for the Red Sox, so obviously the mood coming out their clubhouse Sunday afternoon was one of hope.

Down 2-0 in the best-of-five American League Division Series to the Indians, the Red Sox are banking on coming home, getting an extra day of rest thanks to Sunday’s postponement, and even a reintroduction to their canines as reasons for optimism.

That’s right, pets.

“Not that the hotel beds are uncomfortable or anything like that. There’s something to be said for getting to hang out with your family and your pets,” said Red Sox reliever Brad Ziegler. “We’ve got guys with animals on this team, they go home and play with their dogs all evening. It’s allows you to relax a little more as opposed to feeling cooped up in a hotel room.”

As Ziegler explained, there was an undeniable feeling among the Red Sox that pushing back Game 3 until Monday should work in the favor of the hosts.

Coming off two games in Cleveland in which the Red Sox hitters were held to a .200 batting average, while striking out times, anything to slow down Terry Francona’s club momentum was considered a good thing.

“Maybe it gets Cleveland out of their rhythm a little bit,” Ziegler said. “They were in a pretty good hitting rhythm for the first couple of games. Bottom line, for us, all of our guys get to hang out for a day with their family and another day to relax and watch some football.”

Through it all, one thing that was perfectly clear by the time word came down that there would be no game Sunday was that the anger and frustration which was present with the Red Sox after Friday’s loss was a thing of the past.

“We’ll be good to go,” Ziegler said. “Whatever they need us for, we’re all pretty sitting there thinking Clay is going to go out and throw eight shutout innings tomorrow and we’ll be just fine.”

Red Sox-Indians Game 3 postponed, rescheduled for Monday

10.09.16 at 1:56 pm ET
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Sunday’s Game 3 between the Red Sox and Indians has officially been postponed due to rain.

It has been rescheduled for Monday at 6:08 p.m. Tickets for Game 3 will be honored for the game. Clay Buchholz will start for the Red Sox.

Game 4 will be played Tuesday with a time to be announced.

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Red Sox lineup (weather permitting): Andrew Benintendi batting 7th, Jackie Bradley Jr. 9th

10.09.16 at 12:39 pm ET
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Andrew Benintendi

Andrew Benintendi

If the Red Sox and Indians play Sunday, it will be a similar lineup to Games 1 and 2.

With it raining much of the morning and the forecast calls for it to continue throughout the day, the game may not be played after all.

If the game is played, Andrew Benintendi will bat seventh, while Jackie Bradley Jr. will bat ninth.

Sandy Leon will catch Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz.

Here’s the complete Red Sox lineup:

Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Brock Holt, 3B
Mookie Betts, RF
David Ortiz, DH
Hanley Ramirez, 1B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
Andrew Benintendi, LF
Sandy Leon, C
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
Clay Buchholz, RHP

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Clay Buchholz will rely on past back against the wall experience Sunday vs. Indians

10.08.16 at 6:55 pm ET
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Clay Buchholz will take the ball in Sunday's Game 3. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports)

Clay Buchholz will take the ball in Sunday’s Game 3. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports)

Clay Buchholz is no stranger to pitching in Game 3 of an ALDS with his team trailing 0-2.

In 2009, the Red Sox trailed the Angels 0-2 and Buchholz got the ball in Game 3. The right-handed pitched well, allowing two runs on six hits in five innings, while walking one and striking out three. He took a no-decision, but the Red Sox lost 7-6, ending their season.

Buchholz, who has the most postseason experience of any Red Sox starter, will rely on the past to help him get through Sunday.

“It’s a baseball game,” Buchholz said. “Like I said, it’s on a little bit bigger stage, but you’ve still got to go out and do the small things that you’re capable of doing, and that’s making pitches whenever they are called upon. You’ve got to minimize the damage.

“I think that’s the biggest key in post-season is whenever some bad situations present themselves, you’ve got to know how to minimize them or get a ground ball when you need it. When you do that, I think that adds to your team coming back in the dugout, to get back in the box and score some runs.”

It’s been an up-and-down year for Buchholz to say the least. He’s gone back-and-forth between the rotation and the bullpen both because of his own performance and due to injuries to other starters.

Buchholz has been in the rotation for the past month or so and has pitched his best baseball of the season. Over his last five starts, he’s 3-0 with a 3.14 ERA.

The right-hander also has enjoyed some postseason success of late. The Red Sox have won each of his last three postseason starts, most recently Game 3 of the 2013 World Series.

It seems only fitting he gets the ball in a must-win game.

“Everybody goes through some struggles at some point at the end of the year,” Buchholz said. “You know, mine were a little bit more extreme than others, but that being said, you know, we’re all here to win games; to play for a championship, and whenever things are going wrong, especially in this atmosphere, this environment, this organization, you’re expected to be really good every time out, and sometimes that can pile up on you.”

“I thought in my mind I would be on the mound in a deciding game, as well,” added Buchholz. “It was a little far-fetched at one point this year, but you know, I’m still here. So I’m excited for the opportunity.”

Manager John Farrell also noted Buchholz’s up-and-down season and was quick to note his resurgence of late, even going as far to say it could be the right-hander’s best stretch of his whole career.

“He’s been very consistent over the past probably six to eight weeks,” Farrell said. “He’s had a resurgence of his own right inside this season. So I don’t think anyone has watched as closely — can fully appreciate all that he’s been through this year, from someone that needed a little bit of a breather from the rotation, worked out some issues while going to the bullpen and has returned and pitching some of the best baseball, I think, in his career.”

Best stretch of his career or not, the Red Sox just need him to be good on Sunday to keep the season going.

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