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September 30, 2013

Red Sox will play either Indians, Rangers or Rays


Doubront Routed: The Red Sox held a 5-0 lead after four and a half innings, but the Orioles scored five in the fifth all off Felix Doubront. The lefty went 1.1 innings, allowing five runs, all earned, on five hits and three walks while striking out two. Rubby De La Rosa surrendered an earned run on one hit while retiring two batters. Reliever Matt Thornton also allowed an earned run on one hit while retiring just one batter. Allen Webster started, throwing three scoreless and hitless frames.

Wild Week: The loss yesterday didn’t matter much as the Sox secured the best overall record in the American League on Saturday. Boston will host one of the two American League Division Series openers Friday evening. So who will the Red Sox play?

Cleveland, Texas and Tampa Bay all won yesterday. That means Cleveland earned the top Wild Card spot while Texas and Tampa tied for the second Wild Card spot. As a result, Tampa will play at Texas today at 8:07 p.m. The winner of that game plays the Indians in a one-game playoff Wednesday in Cleveland. The winner of Wednesday’s game will play Boston on Friday.

Today’s Game: Tampa Bay LHP David Price (9-8, 3.39) will oppose Texas LHP Martin Perez (10-5, 3.55) today on TBS. Martin, a native of Venezuela, is in a tough situation. The 22-year-old, who has pitched in just 31 major league games (25 starts) is going against last year’s AL Cy Young winner.

Four Day Wait: Boston will have a long week ahead, waiting to see who it will play Friday and trying to avoid getting rusty. Red Sox manager John Farrell has decided to give his players a day off today (Monday). The team will hold workouts tomorrow (Tuesday), Wednesday and Thursday at Fenway Park. There will be a simulated game Wednesday at Fenway with Jake Peavy and Clay Buchholz likely pitching some innings.

Red Sox Offense: In yesterday’s loss, the Red Sox received homers from Jacoby Ellsbury and Quintin Berry. They received doubles from Mike Carp and Mike Napoli. Ellsbury, David Ortiz, Napoli, Carp, John McDonald and Berry all stroked two hits each.

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