Game 1 of the ALDS
Finally a gameday! It feels like we’ve been waiting a long time for this one.
Some interesting nuggets from the day so far. Red Sox manager Terry Francona has been feeling under the weather the last two days. He did not come out for pre-game introductions but was in the dugout for the start of the game. Francona was joking around on Wednesday about a bad experience with Del Taco. “I like Del Taco, but it doesn’t like me,” Francona quipped.
Pedro Gomez of ESPN reported that Francona had food poisoning. We will try to get that confirmed for you after the game.
In other news, Hideki Okajima, who has pitched just once since Sept. 23 because of a strained right side, seems to be doing much better.
“I think we’re really pleased with how quickly he’s come and how strong he feels. They cranked him around pretty aggressively yesterday. He didn’t feel anything,” Francona said.
The Sox will have a loaded bullpen tonight, one that includes Paul Byrd and Daisuke Matsuzaka as long men, and the usual crew of Okajima, Daniel Bard, Billy Wagner, Takashi Saito, Ramon Ramirez and Jonathan Papelbon.
Here are the lineups for both teams.