Sunday, October 13, 2013
Carp, Gomes in for Sox; Iggy sits for Tigers
By Gordon Edes
BOSTON -- Red Sox manager John Farrell, as he hinted Saturday, made a couple of lineup changes, putting Jonny Gomes in left and Mike Carp at first while sitting Daniel Nava and Mike Napoli. The latter are both 1-for-9 lifetime against Tigers starter Max Scherzer, while Gomes and Carp have a couple of hits apiece in six and eight at-bats, respectively.
Carp and Gomes both started against Scherzer when the Sox beat him, 2-1, in Fenway Park on Sept. 3. Carp went 0-for-3, while Gomes went 2-for-4 and scored a run.
“Going back to September against Scherzer, just wanted to get his energy and approach into the lineup today,” Farrell said of starting the right-handed hitting Gomes against right-hander Scherzer.
Napoli is just 2-for-16 in the postseason, with 7 K’s. He struck out three times with a walk in Game 1 against the Tigers, and while he refuses to discuss it, he’s playing with stabbing pain in his left foot, due to plantar fasciitis.
Farrell said he gave some consideration to starting Xander Bogaerts at third instead of Will Middlebrooks, whose two-run single off Scherzer was the difference in Boston’s 2-1 win last month.
“Theres familiarity,” Farrell said about sticking with Middlebrooks. “Familiarity is important this time of year, in addition to defense. All those things combined.”
Farrell also reinserted Jarrod Saltalamacchia behind the plate after starting David Ross in Game 1.
Tigers manager Jim Leyland, meanwhile, sat shortstop Jose Iglesias, moving Jhonny Peralta there, and putting left-handed-hitting Don Kelly in left field. Peralta had three hits and drove in the game’s only run Saturday night; he is batting .500 (8-for-16) in the postseason.