BOSTON -- Hours before first pitch, John Farrell was asked to assess the mood of the Red Sox, who are making their first postseason appearance since 2009.
"Our guys are chomping at the bit," he said. "That's to be expected. Regardless of whether you had four days off or one day off, we're in October. Everybody that's gotten to this point has worked long and hard to have the right to play in this month and we're very much looking forward to it.
"We've had three days to build to this day and beyond. So I don't think the downtime is a negative or a detriment. We knew Friday was going to get here and we've worked and built to this moment."
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According to information given to Farrell, weather should not be a factor once the game starts at 3:07 p.m.
"Come gametime," he said, "what's in the area is supposed to lighten up, so I don't think the game is going to be in jeopardy of starting and stopping. BP might be in question. Beyond that, I think we'll be in good shape."
Farrell joked that all the preparation the Sox made eariler in the week -- including starting their simulated game at 3 p.m. to get a sense of the shadows -- was wasted.
"All that we did for the shadows at home plate," he said, "there will be none."