• Kelly Johnson started at designated hitter Tuesday, his first start of the postseason. Maddon said Johnson "actually reads better, we think," against Red Sox starter Jake Peavy "for the beginning of the game." Maddon noted that Matt Joyce's struggles played into the decision, and he didn't think Peavy was a good matchup for Delmon Young.
Johnson has had one at-bat this postseason, and it ended with a triple off the Green Monster. He admitted it's been tough to not play but said he was "hopeful" he'd get a start at some point. And he actually found out from executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman before bench coach Dave Martinez told him he would be in the seventh spot in the order.
"We were talking, and then kind of at the end of it, he was like, 'All right, go have a good game,' before I knew," Johnson said. "So then I saw Davey one second after that, and he said, 'Hey, man, you're in there.' So it's kind of funny, I guess I found out from Friedman, in a way. He leaked it."
• First baseman James Loney went 3-for-3 on Monday night, raising his career postseason average to .373 (28-for-75) entering Tuesday. That ranks second all time in Major League postseason history for players with a minimum of 75 plate appearances, as only Lou Brock (.391) has posted a higher average.
• Game 3 drew a 16.7 TV rating in the Tampa Bay region, with 395,000 homes tuned in. At its peak, 10:15 p.m. ET ratings reached 21.6 with a 31.7 percent share of the market. For comparison: Game 3's ratings doubled those of Monday Night Football on ESPN and equaled the combined prime average ratings for NBC, CBS and ABC.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.