Originally, Dustin Moseley (4-3, 4.94 ERA) was scheduled to start in place of Hughes, but after the Red Sox won the first two games of this series, Girardi decided to switch things up go back to Hughes (17-8, 4.31).
Francona said the pitching change doesn’t effect the Sox’s mindset.
“Nothing,” said Francona. “We actually didn’t change our lineup. We kind of looked it over, and you reserve the right to change our lineup, but we didn’t. It wasn’t anything crazy, so we’ll go with the same lineup.”
When asked if he was surprised by the change, Francona said he really hadn’t thought about it much.
The Red Sox have advance scouting reports on Hughes, so the change is not a big deal -- at least on paper.
Francona admitted he will sometimes call an opposing manager to inform him of a lineup change, and said he appreciated getting a call from Girardi.
“Personal touch is nice,” Francona said.