BOSTON -- Rosin-gate was born, flowered and died in the 16 hours between the end of Game 1 and now -- Jon Lester's been accused, sort of, and subsequently found not guilty of improperly doctoring the baseball last night -- and now the focus is back on baseball on a sunny, blustery afternoon at Fenway Park.
Game 2 of the 2013 World Series is a little less than four hours away and about a dozen members of the Sox (along with some of their sons) are loosening up and playing catch as they get ready for batting practice, which begins at about 5 p.m. The music, mostly rap, that blares at airplane-runway-like levels while the Sox hit hasn't yet begun, so things are quiet at the old ballpark.
It'll be John Lackey against Michael Wacha when play begins at 8:07 p.m., with the broadcast, as everyone knows, on FOX.
Here are some news and notes prior to gametime . . .
-- Mariano Rivera will be honored an hour before the game, as he will receive the Commissioner's Historic Achievement Award in a ceremony scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
-- The Red Sox' 8-1 win in Game 1 was franchise's the third-largest margin of victory in a World Series. The Sox beat the Rockies by 12 (13-1) in Game 1 of the 2007 Series, and -- known then as the Pilgrims or the Americans -- beat the Pirates by nine (11-2) in Game 5 of the 1903 Series.
-- The Sox are now 9-0 when scoring at least seven runs in a World Series game.
-- They have now won five straight opening World Series games (1975 vs. the Reds, 1986 vs. the Mets, 2004 vs. the Cardinals, 2007 vs. the Rockies and 2013 vs. the Cardinals). However, they wound losing the '75 and '86 Series.
-- Good omen for Boston: Since 1993, every home team to win Game 1 has gone on to win the World Series.
-- The Sox are 7-3-1 overall in the second game of a World Series, winning their last three since a loss in 1975.
-- They are now 42-26-1 (.618) all-time in 69 World Series games, the second-best winning percentage by any team in World Series play behind Toronto (.667, 8-4).