Red Sox mulling rotation, Farrell says

Jon Lester threw in the outfield during practice at Fenway Park on Monday.
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Jon Lester threw in the outfield during practice at Fenway Park on Monday.

Jon Lester will start Game 1 of the World Series Wednesday night for the Red Sox. But manager John Farrell held off on naming the rest of his rotation.

John Lackey is expected to start Game 2 Thursday, with Clay Buchholz and Jake Peavy to follow when the series shifts to St. Louis.

“We’re still going through it,” Farrell said before the Sox worked out Monday at Fenway Park. “We’ve got a good portion of [Tuesday] to spend internally and go over the Cardinals and all the information that’s attached to that.”


David Ross caught the last two of Lester’s postseason starts.

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“The approach we’ve taken with David Ross catching Jon Lester, I don’t want to assume anything down in the clubhouse yet. We’ll announce that after I have a chance to speak to those guys.”

The Cardinals will start Adam Wainwright. Manager Mike Matheny also is expected to name the rest of his rotation Tuesday.


• Farrell was quick to announce before the American League Championship Series that the 25-man roster wouldn’t change from the Division Series. But that was not the case this time.


“We haven’t gotten into that specifically,” Farrell said. “We’re still in the process of familiarizing ourselves when the Cardinals. If there’s any need to make an adjustment, we’ll take a look at that as we go forward.”

If there is a change, it could come in the bullpen. Lefthander Franklin Morales has faced nine batters in the postseason and put five of them on base. He has thrown 19 of 34 pitches for strikes. Lefthander Matt Thornton hasn’t appeared in a game since Sept. 29 but he has been throwing in the bullpen to stay sharp.

• David Ortiz started six games at first base this season in interleague play and will dust off his glove for the World Series. Games 3 and 4 will be in St. Louis along with a possible Game 5.

“How many days he’ll play in those three games there remains to be seen,” Farrell said. “It is different for us. Personally, when we go into National League ballparks I think we’re at a greater disadvantage than the reverse when the National League teams come in here.

Ortiz is 3 for 19 (.158) as a first baseman this season with two extra-base hits and three RBIs. He hit .314 as a designated hitter.


• The news that Detroit manager Jim Leyland was retiring caught Farrell by surprise.

“Very surprised,” he said. “I had sent him a text [Sunday] morning just to congratulate he and the organization on not only a great team [but] a great year. Expressed the respect that we have for him and certainly personally have for him for all the success he had in his career.

“To see the announcement and to listen to him [saying] that early September this was very clear in his mind, that was very surprising.”

• Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks and Cardinals righthander Michael Wacha grew up in Texarkana, Texas. Their high schools were rivals and the two played together on summer-league teams for two years.

“Our families know each other and we’ve kept in touch on and off during the season,” Middlebrooks said. “He’s a good guy and I’m happy for him.”

Wacha, 22, was a first-round draft pick in 2012 out of Texas A&M. He made his major league debut in May and was 4-1 with a 2.78 ERA in the regular season. In three postseason starts he is 3-0, 0.43.

• Stephen Drew, 3 for 35 in the postseason, stayed on the field for extra batting practice after the workout. His son, Hank, was watching along with his father, David.