Outside of an inning in Wednesday's scrimmage, Red Sox closer Koji Uehara hasn't pitched in a game since last Sunday in Baltimore. So if the Red Sox get an opportunity to use Uehara in the eighth inning today, they'll almost certainly take it according to manager John Farrell.
• Farrell indicated the Red Sox could play some small ball early in the game. Given how hard it is to score runs against David Price, a runner on base will be something they'll try to exploit. Of course, it'll depend on who is up, too.
• Brandon Workman may be a rookie with no playoff experience. But Farrell made it clear that he'll go to him if he needs a strikeout,
• It was an easy decision for Farrell to start David Ross today. He is 2 for 5 with two home runs against Price (one coming in April) and worked well with John Lackey in two starts this season, including the AL East clincher.
"We want to keep him in the mix. He's important to us," Farrell said of Ross. "And these are the situations why we signed him — against a left-handed starter, a good one, and taking advantage of David's abilities."
Ross's strong arm also could keep the Rays running on Lackey, who is slow to the plate and has been easy to steal bases on this season.
• Farrell said he noticed more "crispness" to Ryan Dempster's stuff in his relief outing on Friday. The Sox believe that his fastball is playing up a little bit in shorter stints. That's not uncommon for starters who move to the bullpen.