BOSTON -- For the first time in recent memory, the Red Sox played an instrasquad game Wednesday afternoon at Fenway Park. Intrasquad games have not been a common practice for the Sox, even in spring training, when they are a staple for many teams. But, it was necessitated by four days off between the end of the regular season on Sunday and the start of the American League Division Series against either the Rays on Indians on Friday at Fenway.
“We’ve been talking about this for probably five or six days on how today would unfold,” manager John Farrell said. “And there were probably some mixed reviews initially. But as we’ve gotten into the consecutive days off I think guys, every day players, position players are wanting to at least track some live pitching, if not take normal at-bats. And I think everyone understand the purpose of today and the need for it, given the days off. So we’ll go through this, even though we’re going up against one another it’s still a game that we can replicate in some way and we’ll make the most of the situation.”
Right-handers Jake Peavy and Clay Buchholz will start, and each side will have a full team, Farrell said. That puts them in line to start Games 3 and 4 of the division series.
Catchers Jarrod Saltalamacchia and David Ross will serve as the designated hitters in the game, with Ryan Lavarnway and bullpen catcher Muni Martinez behind the plate.
“Other than, that everyone’s in the lineup,” Farrell said.
The game is scheduled to start at 3 p.m.