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‘All signs point’ to Jake Peavy in Game 7, but Clay Buchholz, Felix Doubront would also be available

10.28.13 at 6:08 pm ET
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Right-hander Jake Peavy is currently slotted to be the Red Sox starter for a potential Game 7. (AP)

Right-hander Jake Peavy is currently slotted to be the Red Sox starter for a potential Game 7. (AP)

ST. LOUIS — As became evident in Game 4 of the World Series, when Red Sox starter John Lackey made his first relief appearance since 2004, this is a time when a number of players can be pressed into duty in unusual roles. That being the case, it comes as little surprise that Lackey’s rotation mate, Jake Peavy, is available to the Sox out of the bullpen for Monday’s Game 5 between the Red Sox and Cardinals.

That said, Sox manager John Farrell said that, “as of now,” if  there is a Game 7 of the World Series, “everything points to [Peavy as the starter of that game] right now.” While left-hander Felix Doubront has been outstanding in the last two games of the series out of the bullpen, throwing two scoreless frames in Game 3 and 2 2/3 innings in which he was charged with one run in Game 4, Farrell said that the team is not currently trying to preserve the southpaw for a start in a potential winner-take-all contest.

“Everybody’s going to be available Game 7,” Farrell said. “We haven’t gotten to a point of saying, you know what, let’s hold [Doubront] out as a potential starter.”

Doubront would be available on Monday “in an emergency.”

Meanwhile, another pitcher who could be available for Game 7 is Clay Buchholz. Farrell said that the right-hander came out of his four innings in Game 4 feeling good, and volunteered immediately to contribute to the Sox when the series returns to Boston.

“Based on the way he came out of last night, he even said it to me,  I’ll be in here tomorrow getting ready for the next possible opportunity,” said Farrell. “By no means has he shut anything down mentally or physically.”

Buchholz logged four innings, but he would have come to the mound for a fifth inning had the Red Sox not wanted to use a pinch-hitter for the pitcher’s spot in the top of the fifth. Farrell said that Buchholz found a way to pitch comfortably while dialing back his velocity.

“Even after the second inning, he came in and said, ‘I haven’t even tried to throw the ball hard yet and … I don’t know that I’m going to,’ ” said Farrell. “I said, ‘Well, based on what’s happened, you don’t need to. Just keep the ball down, like you’re doing.’ You know what, the guy’s got such a feel to manipulate the baseball that even if he’s lacking a weapon in power, he can make up for it with other ways. His cutter and his two seamer were very effective last night.”

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