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Red Sox pregame notes: All relievers available for Game 4, along with John Lackey

10.27.13 at 6:19 pm ET
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Clay Buchholz

Clay Buchholz

ST. LOUIS – Prior to Game 4 of the World Series Sunday night, John Farrell said that all his relievers were available, including the starter slated for Game 6, John Lackey.

Farrell would later explain Lackey’s availability would be for just about an inning, or a workload similar to what he would throw for a typical side session.

The Red Sox used five relievers in their 5-4 Game 3 loss, a group that included Felix Doubront (25 pitches), Craig Breslow (5), Junichi Tazawa (24), Brandon Workman (30) and Koji Uehara (3).

Ryan Dempster, who is considered a primary option if Game 4 starter Clay Buchholz runs into trouble early, also warmed up briefly in Game 3.

When asked if there was any doubt that Buchholz – who is dealing with shoulder fatigue – wouldn’t be able to make Sunday night’s start, Farrell said, “Well we had to stay open minded to it. But as 48 hours further from his last start, it became pretty clear that he’s going to make it.”

“I think Clay is dealing with things individual to him,” Farrell added. “He’s done everything within his abilities as well as our training staff to get him on the mound tonight. He knows the significance of the game, he knows the significance of going out and performing to the best of those abilities tonight. As we said all along through the three months down, there’s been no one that has been more frustrated than him and I think he’s done a good job of not succumbing to maybe some of the thoughts and the perception that’s out there.”

Farrell was also asked if the perception of Buchholz is altered because he is typically so forthcoming regarding his state of mind.

“Clay doesn’t buy into that,” the Red Sox manager said. “Obviously by the way he responds to questions is that he’s got nothing to hide. You know what he’s a player, he’s a pitcher, he’s a competitor —and this is who I am. I’m going to go out, I’m not hiding anything.”

Farrell also noted that David Ross is in the lineup for Jarrod Saltalamacchia in part due to the hope he can offer some more offensive production. In his two World Series starts, Saltlamacchia is 0-for-6 with four strikeouts, having walked twice.

“We’re looking to get some spark, to get some offense going,” Farrell said. “hat’s why David is in there today.”

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