• Although the Red Sox needed 4 2/3 innings out of their bullpen in Saturday's heartbreaking defeat, Farrell expected to have all of his relievers available for Game 4. That included Felix Doubront, who worked two innings. In fact, there was also an addition to the normal mix of relievers.
John Lackey, the scheduled starter for Game 6, will also be available if needed, said Farrell. The only silver lining to Saturday's game ending so abruptly is that closer Koji Uehara only faced two batters and he could give Farrell as many as two innings in Game 4.
• Mike Napoli, Boston's starting first baseman who has been reduced to bench duty for the World Series games in St. Louis, has been taking grounders at third base during batting practice.
However, Napoli wouldn't be an option to start a game at third, where he has never played in his Major League career and has just one game of experience at the Minors. If he plays at third in the World Series, it would be for an abbreviated stint, and not a start.
"At this point, probably more late-inning flexibility," Farrell said.
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