• If you venture inside the Red Sox's clubhouse, it's hard to miss the cigar-store statue that resembles a Native American. It has become a good-luck charm of sorts, considering Jake Peavy purchased it right before the Red Sox went on their torrid late-season run.
"We did some negotiating, and I carried him on to the ballpark and brought him in," said Peavy. "We had some guys banged up at the time. I came up with some elaborate story about how he had some healing spirit, so he started in the training room, getting some guys right. And he made his first appearance that night in San Francisco, or that day, and we ended up losing that game that I pitched.
"And we had a serious team talk with him and told him if he didn't show up tomorrow with a little bit better attitude and show us his powers, then we were going to have to lose him on the plane ride to L.A. But he showed up in a big way. [Felix Doubront] pitched well that day, and we took him to L.A. He showed up for us there in L.A, we won that big series, he got on the flight back with us."
And Peavy added this: "He's going to ride on my duck boat if we win the World Series."
• Rays lefty David Price reiterated how sorry he was to criticize David Ortiz for admiring his second home run in Game 2. Ortiz had said he and Price were fine after Sunday's workout. And Price elaborated on the situation to reporters before Game 3 on Monday.
"I reached out to him and I told him how much respect I have for him," said Price. "He's someone that's always smiling, he's always having a good time, he's always there for his teammates. We've all seen that over the years. He takes the time for the little people. Every time he sees my little nephew, he takes the time to talk to him. Every time they're in town here, he takes the time to go over to my parents and to speak to my mom and dad. It was just an extremely poor decision on my part. It stinks."
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.