Rain­out lets Red Sox, In­di­ans rest for Game 3

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Jimmy Golen

BOS­TON » Josh Tom­lin is just fine 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 AL Di­vi­sion Se­ries against Bos­ton. But in­stead of build­ing on the suc­cess from the 2-0 lead in the best-of-five se­ries, he will take the mound af­ter both teams 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 vis­i­tor’s 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 4:08 p.m. start was called off around 2 p.m. — long be­fore the gates had opened or the start­ing pitch­ers had be­gun to warm up; it will be made up at 6:08 p.m. on Mon­day.

Cleve­land out­fielder Lon­nie Chisen­hall said hav­ing two days off in a row was “like a short Al­lS­tar 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.”

Tom­lin said he had gone through his usual pregame rou­tine but hadn’t gone to the bullpen to start throw­ing like he would be­fore a start.

Red Sox man­ager John Far­rell said he would stick with Clay Buch­holz for Game 3 but wouldn’t com­mit beyond that. Bos­ton re­liever Brad Ziegler said the team was “com­pletely con­fi­dent” with Buch­holz on the mound and the sea­son on the line.

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

The In­di­ans won Games 1 and 2 at home, beating Bos­ton’s two best pitch­ers and set­ting the stage for a sweep at Fen­way on Sun­day. The rain­out pushes that back one day — at least — and could ex­tend David Or­tiz’s ca­reer for another day as well.

In­di­ans man­ager Terry Fran­cona said the In­di­ans 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 on 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 — maybe for one of the last times. Xan­der Bo­gaerts played cards with team­mates. Sandy Leon spoke wear­ing a knit cap per­fect for the cool weather ahead.

With the rain­out, the Red Sox could come back to 22game win­ner Rick Por­cello in Game 4 on the usual four days of 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.”


Grounds crew work­ers se­cure a tarp at Fen­way Park, Sun­day in Bos­ton.

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