• In advance of Game 1, which had a scheduled first pitch of 3:07 p.m. ET, Farrell got to his office at 7:45 a.m. Getting ready for the first postseason game of his managerial career, Farrell didn't seem to have any added weight on his shoulders. Like everyone else, he seemed excited.
"It's different for the fact we started out in February hoping we would be in this position and we've worked all year for the right to play in October," Farrell said. "I think everybody over the last four days has been building to this moment to get it started, and I'm no different."
Farrell joked about the fact that he arranged Wednesday's intrasquad game to start at 3:07 p.m. so his team could gauge the shadows. It was cloudy in the pregame hours for Game 1, but the skies had brightened a little by game time.
• The players who were on the bubble to make the postseason roster but didn't make it will stay active in case a need arises.
Jackie Bradley Jr., Brandon Snyder, Rubby De La Rosa and Drake Britton boarded a plane Friday to Fort Myers, Fla., where they will stay in baseball shape.
They would have an easy two-hour drive to Tropicana Field if an injury developed when the series shifts there.
Matt Thornton, Ryan Lavarnway and John McDonald will remain with the team and participate in pregame activities and will be in uniform, despite being inactive. Andrew Miller and Andrew Bailey, who are out for the season with injuries, will also remain with the team throughout the postseason.
• In Farrell's office, there are photos of every manager in team history. In the spot where Terry Francona's head shot should be, there is instead a framed photo of long-time clubhouse attendant Edward "Pookie" Jackson. It was a light-hearted prank by someone, considering that Francona adored Jackson during his time in Boston, and Farrell and Francona are close friends.
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.