Red Sox Notebook

Daytime opener for the Red Sox in ALDS

Game 2 at Fenway to begin at 5:37 p.m.

Game 1 of the American League Division Series on Friday will be at 3:07 p.m. at Fenway Park.

The unusual start time is a product of four playoff games being held that day in three time zones and Major League Baseball trying to avoid an overlap.

Game 2 will be at 5:37 p.m. on Saturday. Both games will be on TBS.


The Red Sox will play the winner of Wednesday’s wild-card playoff game at Cleveland. The Indians will host the Rays, who defeated the Rangers, 5-2, in Monday’s tiebreaker at Texas. The wild-card game, also on TBS, will start at 8:07 p.m.

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MLB also announced the umpires for the Red Sox series. Dana DeMuth will be the crew chief. Eric Cooper, Paul Emmel, Chris Guccione, Larry Vanover, and regular-season crew chief Mike Winters will join DeMuth. Guccione will have the plate Friday.

TBS also named its announcers for the Red Sox series. Brian Anderson will handle play-by-play with Joe Simpson and John Smoltz as the analysts. Rachel Nichols is the reporter.

Anderson calls Milwaukee Brewers games during the season. Simpson is part of the Atlanta Braves broadcast crew. Smoltz has broadcast experience with the Braves, MLB Network, and TBS.

NESN’s Don Orsillo and Dennis Eckersley are working the Oakland-Detroit series for TBS. The network did not want the appearance of a conflict of interest by having Orsillo and Eckersley on the Red Sox series.


Keith Olbermann will be the pregame and postgame host on TBS with former Red Sox great Pedro Martinez among those joining him.

Bad memories

Cleveland manager Terry Francona cracked a joke at the expense of the Red Sox on Monday.

“We stayed away from chicken and beer,” he told reporters in Cleveland when asked how the Indians managed to finish the season with 10 consecutive wins.

The Red Sox collapsed down the stretch of the 2011 season, which led to Francona getting fired. He later said he lost control of the clubhouse and stories emerged about some players eating fast-food fried chicken and drinking beer in the clubhouse during games.

Now Francona is a celebrity in Cleveland after leading the Indians to their first postseason berth since 2007. The Indians finished only a game behind the Tigers in the AL Central.


“This team grew on me really quickly,” Francona said. “It’s pretty obvious. I’m pretty fond of this team. We could have lost the last couple games and I would have been very disappointed, but it wouldn’t have changed my feelings for my team. It’s not been a big secret that I love where I work. I respect my bosses. I care about them greatly.”

Potential candidates

With the Cubs firing Dale Sveum and looking for a new manager, Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo could emerge as a candidate. Lovullo has worked under Cubs president Theo Epstein before and has interviewed for managerial openings over the last two years. Gary DiSarcina, the well-regarded manager of Triple A Pawtucket, is another possibility in Chicago . . . Based on social media posts, Farrah and Jon Lester had their baby. Lester left Baltimore after he pitched on Saturday to be with his wife. The Red Sox have not announced their postseason rotation but Lester is expected to be the Game 1 starter on Friday . . . The Red Sox were off on Monday but have workouts planned the next three days. There will be an intrasquad game on Wednesday afternoon . . . Hard-working Red Sox media relations staffer Jon Shestakofsky posted two Koji Uehara tidbits on Twitter. Uehara’s 1.09 earned run average was the lowest for a Red Sox pitcher with at least 70 innings since Dutch Leonard had an 0.96 in 1914. Uehara’s 0.57 WHIP was the lowest in major league history for a pitcher with at least 40 innings pitched.

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