A de­lay-of-game call

Thanks to rain, In­di­ans’ potential sweep is on hold

Baltimore Sun - - MLB PLAYOFFS - By Jimmy Golen

BOS­TON — Josh Tom­lin is fine with wait­ing an­other day to make his post­sea­son de­but.

The In­di­ans righthander said he was treat­ing Sun­day as a reg­u­lar off day af­ter rain washed out Game 3 of Cleve­land’s Amer­i­can League Di­vi­sion Se­ries against the Red Sox. But in­stead of build­ing on his team’s 2-0 lead in the be­stof-five se­ries, Tom­lin will take the mound af­ter both teams have had ex­tra rest.

“We had a few days off af­ter the reg­u­lar sea­son too, and we played two pretty good games” in the ALDS, Tom­lin said out­side the vis­i­tors club­house at Fen­way Park shortly af­ter the game was post­poned. “So I don’t know if it hurts our mo­men­tum or not.”

Sun­day’s sched­uled midafter­noon start was called off around two hours be­fore­hand — be­fore the gates had opened or the start­ing pitch­ers had be­gun to warm up. Tom­lin said he had done his usual pregame rou­tine but hadn’t gone to the bullpen to start throw­ing like he would be­fore a start.

Game 3 will be made up Mon­day night.

In­di­ans out­fielder Lon­nie Chisen­hall said hav­ing two days off in a row was “like a short All- Star break.”

“You don’t want to burn a starter try­ing to squeeze a start into a win­dow,” he said. “You want to give a game a chance to get played with no things loom­ing.”

Red Sox man­ager John Far­rell said he would stick with Clay Buch­holz for Game 3 but wouldn’t com­mit be­yond that. Re­liever Josh Tom­lin warmed up on Sun­day but never got to pitch for the In­di­ans as rain post­poned Game 3 of the ALDS. RED SOX VS. IN­DI­ANS In­di­ans lead 2-0 In­di­ans 5-4 In­di­ans 6-0 6 p.m. Mon­day In­di­ans (Tom­lin 13-9) at Red Sox (Buch­holz 8-10) Game 4: TBD Tues­day* In­di­ans (TBD) at Red Sox (Por­cello 22-4) Game 5: 6 p.m. Wed.* x-if nec­es­sary; TV: TBS Brad Ziegler said the team was “com­pletely con­fi­dent” with Buch­holz on the mound and its sea­son on the line.

“He’s been throw­ing the ball great com­ing down the stretch and he’s got World Se­ries ex­pe­ri­ence,” Ziegler said. “If noth­ing else, maybe the day of rain gives ev­ery­body a day of rest and gives us a chance to bring those guys back.”

The In­di­ans won Games 1 and 2 at home by beat­ing the Red Sox’s two best pitch­ers, set­ting the stage for a sweep. The rain­out pushes that goal back one day — at least — and ex­tends David Or­tiz’s ca­reer for an­other day as well.

In­di­ans man­ager Terry Fran­cona said his ro­ta­tion is likely to stay the same for Games 4 and 5, if nec­es­sary. But now Game 1 starter Trevor Bauer would be back on the reg­u­lar amount of rest by Tues­day.

Corey Klu­ber can pitch in Game 5 — or, if the Red Sox don’t last that long, wait for AL Cham­pi­onship Se­ries.

In the Red Sox club­house, Or­tiz’s son, D’An­gelo, waited dressed at his locker for his dad to leave with him. Xan­der Bo­gaerts played cards with team­mates. Sandy Leon spoke while wear­ing a knit cap that was per­fect for the cool weather ahead.

With the rain­out, the Red Sox could come back to 22-game win­ner Rick Por­cello in Game 4 on the usual four days’ rest. David Price would be lined up to start a de­ci­sive fifth game, leav­ing Ed­uardo Ro­driguez as the odd man out.

Ro­driguez said he hadn’t been told of the team’s plans.

“I was go­ing to be in the bullpen to­day any­way, be­ing a starter, re­liever or what­ever,” he said. “I’ll throw my bullpens and get ready for what­ever they want me to do.”

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