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October 2, 2013

Farrell not ready to disclose rotation for ALDS

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Once that workout is over, the Red Sox can focus on the Rays-Indians game that will determine their opponent.

“There won’t be any fan in me pulling for either team,” Peavy said. “I’m going to face those hitters that I’m watching. So I’ll watch it a lot like I do homework tapes.”

After finishing at 69-93 last season, the Red Sox bolstered their lineup with players who have postseason experience — Mike Napoli, Shane Victorino, Jonny Gomes and Stephen Drew.

“The playoffs truly is a different game,” Gomes said. “The rules are the same, the field’s the same, everything. But these guys’ll see 2-0 counts to leadoff hitters, the place will go crazy like it’s a 2-0 count to the leadoff hitter in the ninth inning.

“The positives and the negatives are magnified that much more,” Gomes said. “But after 6½ months of baseball, you can’t do anything different.”

Why would the Red Sox want to?

After posting their worst record since 1965 in Bobby Valentine’s only year as their manager, they found stability and consistency under Farrell. They were in first place for 158 days, most in the AL, and never lost more than three consecutive games.

Boston will be healthy and well rested for the division series and will have thoroughly scouted whichever team they play.

“I know that amount of scouting work we’ve done on every team that was in contention is not going to change because we’re going to find out (Wednesday) night,” Farrell said. “We’ve got meetings scheduled for Thursday morning and that would encompass any team that we’re going to play. The fact that’s not going to be determined until (Wednesday) night, we’re more than prepared to shift according to who it is.”

And that includes finalizing the rotation.

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