Red Sox manager John Farrell just met with reporters for about 20 minutes at Fenway Park. He will not name his Game 1 starter (shhh, it’s Jon Lester) until later today.
But Farrell did offer up a few hints about the roster. The Red Sox will carry 11 pitchers, he said. He also said the roster was heavy with outfielders and spoke of the versatility of players like Daniel Nava and Mile Carp.
That would indicate that lefty reliever Matt Thornton will make roster at the expense of Jackie Bradley Jr.
Doubront has more upside than Thornton. But his reluctance to pitch in relief and poor performance on Sunday gives Thornton an edge. Thornton also has three games of postseason experience.
• The Red Sox will play six inning today. David Ross and Jarrod Saltalamacchia will only DH to avoid injury. Ryan Lavarnway and bullpen catcher Mani Martinez will catch.
• The Red Sox will send a small group of players to Florida tomorrow to get some work in down there in case they’re needed later in the postseason.