Notes: Napoli to start at first base in Game 3

Notes: Napoli to start at first base in Game 3
October 14, 2013, 11:00 pm
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DETROIT – Manager John Farrell is considering some tweaks to his lineup for Game 3 of the ALCS, facing Tigers ace Justin Verlander at Comerica Park Tuesday afternoon.
 
Mike Napoli who started at first base in Game 1 and was out of the starting lineup for Game 2, will be back at first base on Tuesday, while Farrell hinted that Jonny Gomes could be back in the lineup.
 
“Nap will be back at first base,” Farrell said. “And what we do otherwise, we'll probably be back to a similar lineup we saw in Game 1.

“The one thing that we can't fully measure is the intangibles that Jonny Gomes brings. And so the full lineup [Tuesday] is still yet to be decided. But that's another thing that's being factored in here, considered.”
 
Asked what kind of intangibles – on and off the field -- Gomes brings, Farrell replied:
 
“There's a substantial difference. One, he's got an opportunity to make something happen inside of a game. And I think the one thing that might fly under the radar with Jonny is he's a smart player. Much like we talked about with the will to succeed on Pedey's part on second base, it's very similar to Jonny. So he can bring an overall personality to a team when he's in the lineup versus when he's in the dugout.

“These are the things at this point in time in the year I think you have to consider strongly with the attitude and the makeup that we present on the field.
 
*Reminder: Game 3 begins at 4:07 pm.

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According to Elias, the Sox come-from-behind win in Game 2 was the sixth time in postseason history that a team came back to win after trailing by at least four runs in the eighth inning or later. It was the first such postseason win by the Red Sox. It was just the second such postseason win to end in a walk-off, also Game 4 of the 2005 NLDS (Chris Burke home run in the 18th inning).
 
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Elias said Ortiz’ grand slam as the first lead-changing four-run home run by a trailing team in the eighth inning or later of a postseason game. Three others had previously hit slams that late in tie games: Edgar Martinez (1995 ALDS), Edgardo Alfonzo (1999 NLDS), and Nelson Cruz (2011 ALCS).

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The last time a Red Sox batter hit a game-tying grand slam that late in a regular season game was Jim Pagliaroni on  June 18, 1961, off the Senators’ Dave Sisler in the ninth inning of a 13-12 Red Sox win at Fenway Park.