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MacArthur: World Series would cap Red Sox unexpected journey

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The Canadian Press
10/21/2013 8:01:42 PM
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BOSTON - The Red Sox worked out at Fenway Park on Monday afternoon, a little more than 48 hours before the scheduled start of the World Series.

The St. Louis Cardinals were scheduled to arrive in Boston in time for a workout on Tuesday afternoon.

Much of Monday's discussion focused on Boston's lineup considerations as the series progresses, specifically when the venue shifts to St. Louis' Busch Stadium and games are played under National League rules.

GAME 1 STARTERS CONFIRMED

To no one's surprise, Red Sox manager John Farrell selected ace left-hander Jon Lester as his Game 1 starter. In three playoff starts this year, one against Tampa Bay and two versus Detroit, Lester is 2-1 with a 2.33 ERA, 1.189 WHIP and two home runs allowed in 19 1/3 innings.

The Cardinals, who will have had four full days of rest by the time Wednesday night rolls around, will turn to ace right-hander Adam Wainwright to open the series. In three playoff starts, two versus Pittsburgh and one against Los Angeles, Wainwright is 2-1 with a 1.57 ERA, 0.783 WHIP, and one home run allowed in 23 innings.

RED SOX LINEUP DECISIONS AND PROBLEMS

It's the challenge each American League representative faces when it reaches the World Series. With the elimination of the designated hitter in the National League ballpark, how do you best allot playing time when the pitcher has to take a spot in the batting lineup?

The choice comes down to David Ortiz vs. Mike Napoli.

Farrell would only commit to his Game 3 decision, which will be to play Ortiz at first base and have Napoli come off the bench.

Red Sox pitcher Jake Peavy says the loss of either bat from the starting lineup will hurt.

"When we play in St. Louis I certainly think we're at a disadvantage," said Peavy. "When you're looking at having to not have a Napoli or David Ortiz in your lineup it's certainly not fun for us with the style of baseball we're used to playing. At the same time, we'll have one of those hired guns on the bench ready for a big moment."

Is it time for the designated hitter to be implemented in the National League, thereby evening the playing field?

"I'm not for that," said Peavy, who began his career with the Padres, for whom he had a number of successful seasons. "I'm for the pitcher hitting in both leagues. I love the National League style of game."

It seems, at the moment, that right-hand hitting Jonny Gomes will get the Game 1 start in left field, relegating Daniel Nava to the bench. Xander Bogaerts will start at third base over Will Middlebrooks.

"Can't go away from maybe a little bit of momentum that a certain lineup has provided for us," said Farrell. "Daniel Nava is certainly not forgotten, nor is any guy. As we talked about with Xander taking over for Will and I'll just let you know, very similar conversation with both guys, both with Daniel and Will, is that it's going to take contributions from every guy on this team to get to where we want to go. That may be in a little bit different role than you've been accustomed to in the regular season."

David Ortiz (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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