Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Peavy: Induct Ortiz into Hall 'yesterday'
By Gordon Edes
DETROIT -- A few quick hits on Game 3 of the ALCS:
• David Ortiz will break Jason Varitek’s club record for most games played in the postseason. This will be No. 64 for Ortiz.
Game 4 starter Jake Peavy, asked Tuesday to reflect on Ortiz’s Game 2 grand-slam, said:
“They just inducted him into the Hall of Fame. I thought we should have had an induction ceremony yesterday after that. That just solidifies this guy’s legacy. He’s a stud and has a flair for the dramatic, and wants to be in that situation. Hopefully, we’ll look back, if we find a way to win this series, and go, ‘That was a turning point.’’’
• More Ortiz: The last time a Boston player hit a game-tying grand slam as late in a game as the eighth inning was Jim Pagliaroni on June 18, 1961 off the Senators’ Dick Sisler. It came in the bottom of the ninth of a 13-12 Sox win at Fenway Park.
• Manager John Farrell arrived at the ballpark at 9:45 a.m., but not before stopping at the post office first. “Tax extension deadline day,’’ he said with a laugh.
• Detroit manager Jim Leyland is giving Andy Dirks a start in left field over Kelly. Dirks had not started in left since going 0 for 3 in Game 1 of the ALDS, as Leyland has used either Jhonny Peralta or Kelly instead. Peralta started in left field in Game 1 of the ALCS against Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester, but has started at short the last two games. Kelly was 0 for 3 with a walk in Game 2 of the ALCS.
“He’s struggled a little bit, been off, had time to clear the cobwebs, not getting a lot of production out of left field unless we played Peralta there,’’ Leyland said. “He’s done a little bit off Lackey (2 for 5, 1 RBI). Thought we’d change it up and run him out there, maybe get something, catch lightning in the bottle. That’s the lineup. We’ll see how it plays out.’’
• The Red Sox are 2-7 all-time in the third game of an ALCS, 1-4 on the road. The Tigers, meanwhile, have won Game 3 of the ALCS in each of their last six appearances, including a 2-1 win over the Yankees last season.
• The Tigers are the first team in postseason history to play three straight games in which their pitchers opened with at least five innings of no-hit pitching.
• Tigers pitchers have struck out 11 or more batters in 8 of their last 9 postseason games.
• Here are the dates for the postseason awards:
Nov. 11 -- AL and NL Rookie of the Year awards
Nov. 12 -- AL and NL manager of the Year awards
Nov 13 -- AL and NL Cy Young Awards
Nov. 14 -- AL and NL MVP awards