ALDS Notes: Wednesday's workout open to public

ALDS Notes: Wednesday's workout open to public
October 1, 2013, 6:45 pm
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BOSTON -- The Red Sox have four days off between the end of the regular season and Game 1 of their ALDS on Friday at Fenway Park. They took Monday off and on Tuesday started three consecutive days of workouts, with a simulated game on Wednesday.

Wednesday’s workout is open to the public free of charge. Fans may enter Fenway beginning at 2 p.m., through Gate D.

“I think it’s more of a gesture to those who have stood by us throughout the course of time and give them an opportunity, our season ticket holders, to be presented something unique,” said manager John Farrell. “Maybe in some small way, an indirect way, a thank you.”

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Farrell is hoping to use these three days to keep his players sharp.

“In one of the three days [we'll] try to get some, or as close to, game speed as we can reproduce here,” he said. “Certainly we can’t reproduce any kind of environment that other teams going through a normal game will experience. But it’s also a chance for our players that are dealing with some things from a physical standpoint to get ahead of them as best possible. And get everybody primed and ready to go for Friday.

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Farrell does not plan to use Mike Napoli as a third catcher.

“No, I don’t think at this point of the season we would consider him behind the plate,” Farrell said. “That would be a major shift form anything we’ve communicated to him throughout the course of the year or anything that we’ve chose to do inside of a given game, whether we’ve put [Jarrod Saltalamacchia] back in behind the plate in a game that David Ross has started or vice-versa. So that’s one thing that will be considered when we look at the 25-man roster as a whole. But I can’t say that’s an overriding factor.”

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Although the Sox have not made any roster announcements yet, infielder Brock Holt, and right-handers Allen Webster, Steven Wright and Brayan Villarreal have been sent home.

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David Ortiz is the only member of the 2004 World Series team still with the Sox. Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Jon Lester are the only holdovers from the 2007 World Series team, on which Farrell was the pitching coach. Clay Buchholz and Junichi Tazawa are the only other players left from the Sox last postseason team in 2009.

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Ortiz has played in each of the Sox' 57 postseason games since 2003. That represents the second-most postseason games in Sox history, behind Jason Varitek’s 63. Ortiz is the all-time Sox postseason leader in runs (39), hits (61), doubles (15), home runs (12), extra-base hits (29), RBI (43), and walks (41).

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Napoli (2007-09, 2011-12) and Shane Victorino (2007-11) can become two of the four major leaguers to appear in at least five postseasons since 2007. They would join Nick Swisher and CC Sabathia.

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Fenway has hosted 66 postseason games, the most postseason games at any current park.  Only the old Yankee Stadium, with 161, hosted more.