Farrell sets rotation for rest of season

Farrell sets rotation for rest of season
September 22, 2013, 7:15 pm
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BOSTON – Manager John Farrell changed his starting rotation for the remainder of the regular season. John Lackey will start Tuesday at Colorado, with Jake Peavy getting bumped to Wednesday. Originally, Lackey was going to work an inning out of the bullpen after Peavy on Tuesday.
 
The final series in Baltimore will have Clay Buchholz starting Friday, followed by Jon Lester on Saturday, and Lackey for the season finale on Sunday.
 
Assuming Jon Lester is the Game 1 starter in the ALDS on Oct. 4, he will be working on his sixth day with five days of rest. If Buchholz is the Game 2 starter on Oct. 5, he would be on his eighth day with seven days of rest. If Lackey starts Game 3 on Oct. 7, he would be working on his eighth day with seven days of rest.
 
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The Red Sox finished 53-28 (.654) at Fenway Park this season, securing the best home record in the AL. Last season they were an AL-worst 34-47 (.420).

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Sox pitchers recorded a 3.57 ERA at home this season, the team’s best mark since 1992 (3.52), after posting an AL-worst 4.75 home ERA in 2012.

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The Sox are the first major league team to win 95 games this season, reaching that mark for the  first time since 2009, when they went 95-67). The 95 wins match the Sox most through the first 157 games of a season since the schedule expanded to 162 games in 1961, along with 1977, 1986, and 2004.

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The Sox won their ML-leading 33rd series of the season, matching the most by a Red Sox team since 2007.

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With a time of 2:13, it was the shortest 9.0-inning game at Fenway Park since July 2, 2010, against the Orioles in a game that took 2:07. It was the Red Sox second-shortest game overall this season, after a 2:07 contest on August 23, at Los Angeles against the Dodgers.

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Felix Doubront  pitched for first time since Sept. 6, earning the win  to improve to 11-6 with a 4.08 ERA. He gave up two runs over seven innings. His 11 wins match his single-season career high for the second straight year. Doubront is expected to work out of the bullpen for the remainder of the season, but will not be available until the final series in Baltimore.
 
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David Ortiz went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. He led off the sixth inning with a first-pitch home run, his team-leading 29th homer of the season. With 98 RBI, he is just shy of his seventh career 30-home run/100-RBI season, all since 2003. It was his 12th game of the season with multiple extra-base hits, and fourth in September. He leads the Sox with 14 extra-base hits – nine doubles and five home runs.  The home run was his 49th career home run against the Blue Jays, his most against any team and third-most all-time against the Jays behind Alex Rodriguez’s 56 and Manny Ramirez’s 54. Ortiz’s 150 career RBI against the Jays are second to Rodriguez’s 172.
 
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Ryan Lavarnway’s RBI single in the second inning extended his hit streak to a career high nine games since July 29. In that stretch he is batting .412, going 14-for-34, with three doubles, a home run, and 10 RBI, raising his season average to .311. He has driven in a run in each of his last four games, with six total RBI in that time.
 
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Koji Uehara pitched a perfect ninth inning for his 21st save of the season. Of his last 15 appearances, 13 have been perfect. In save situations this season, he is 1-0 with 20 saves in 23 opportunities, a 0.72 ERA, giving up two earned runs in 25 innings, one walk, 35 strikeouts, and a .107 opponents’ average.
 
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For their final road trip of the regular season, Red Sox rookies were dressed in red plaid kilts, with white sox, tams, and sashes, sans shirts.