A few notes from ALCS workout day at Fenway Park:
• The Red Sox will follow Jon Lester with Clay Buchholz, John Lackey, and Jake Peavy.
“We felt like with Clay falling in behind Jon it gives us a contrast of style. And that would be the case with John Lackey as well,” John Farrell said. “I thought Clay threw the ball well in his start down in Tampa. That’s not to say John Lackey’s outing here was less than. He pitched us to a win again Tampa in Game 2. But with the rotation going forward the first two days we feel good about where we are.”
• Lackey threw 30 pitches over two innings in a brief simulated game. He faced several teammates. In a strange twist, the Tigers were stretching for their workout and watched the whole thing.
• The Tigers will go with Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander, and Doug Fister after Anibal Sanchez.
• Jim Leyland plans to start Jose Iglesias at shortstop in Game 1 with Jhonny Peralta in left field.
• Quintin Berry was a popular interview subject today. He was a regular player in the playoffs for the Tigers last season and now is a pinch runner for the Red Sox.
“He never got thrown out. I saw him the other night steal a big base. It’s a weapon, it really is. It’s a nice weapon to have, and he’s really good at it,” Leyland said.
“The reason he’s good is because he’s one of those guys that can steal the base when everybody in the ballpark knows he’s going to go, and he can still steal the base. That’s what I call a legitimate base stealer.”
• The odds of there being some sort of brawl in this series are small. David Ortiz must have hugged 15 of the Tigers today. Jose Iglesias and Victor Martinez exchanged pleasantries with a number of the Red Sox players and coaches, too. There’s a lot of mutual respect.
• Farrell said he will be looking to get David Ross, Johnny Gomes, and perhaps even Xander Bogaerts some starts in this series. He used the entire roster all season and that won’t change.