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October 31, 2013

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Base running specialist Quintin Berry entered last night with the only Red Sox steal this series. Berry said he has to be more cautious against Molina than other catchers.

“When a guy like him is good and quick and as accurate as he is, you’ve got to kind of try to steal off their pitcher and make sure if that pitcher is giving you enough time to try to gain that ground,” Berry said. “They’re all great”

He is referring to Yadier’s has two older brothers, MLB catchers Jose and Bengie.

Jose Molina, 38, just finished his 14th major league season. He has led the league in caught stealing percentage twice and is at 38 percent for his career.

Bengie, 39, is the Cardinals assistant hitting coach and played 13 seasons in the majors. He won two Gold Gloves, led the league in caught stealing percentage twice and had a 31 percent rate for his career.

“Him and his brothers — they’re all great catchers,” the speedy Quintin Berry said. “They’re known for what they do. Ton of respect for that. I love it when I have a catcher on my team that can shut down the run game because I know what it’s like as a base runner.”

ESPN star roots for Giants?

Chris Berman did some pregame work for ESPN before taking his box seat behind the third base dugout.

The interesting part was the hat he was wearing. It was a San Francisco Giants cap.

Berman grew up rooting for the Giants and to this day they are his favorite baseball team.

“I am wearing the hat of the defending World Series champion,” Berman said. “Until there is a new champion, my Giants are the best team in baseball.”

Berman also admitted a fondness for North Andover native and New York Giants long snapper Zak DeOssie, who attended his alma mater, Brown University.

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