Farrell setting lineup with opposing lefties in mind

Farrell setting lineup with opposing lefties in mind
October 3, 2013, 3:45 pm
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BOSTON – With Rays manager Joe Maddon planning to start left-handers Matt Moore and David Price in Games 1 and 2, respectively of the American League Division Series starting Friday afternoon at Fenway Park, Red Sox manager John Farrell will set his lineup accordingly.

“I think obviously Jonny Gomes will be in left field,” Farrell said. “We'll do some things behind the plate probably to split the two games up. And David Ross's involvement will certainly be in one of these first two games.

"But I like the fact that in a July series in here where Moore and Price were dominant against us, towards the middle of that second half and beyond, we fared very well against left‑handed starters. We know we're going up against a very good starting rotation, led off by the two left‑handers, Price and Moore.

"But probably pretty consistent with what we've seen against left‑handed starters. What our lineup has been will be reflected tomorrow. So we're looking forward to getting things started.”

Farrell did not say which game Ross would start. He has caught 10 of Lester’s starts, most recently on Sept. 28. He has caught just two of Lackey’s starts, most recently on May 9.

“He's worked well with both guys,” Farrell said. “So there's going to be a few things that come into play; who he's catching, who he's facing, and how that matchup might best serve us as a team.”

Farrell did not announce the rest of his lineup for Game 1, or his roster for the series.

Rosters must be finalized by 10 a.m. on Friday.