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Red Sox-Yankees rainout notes

Greetings from a wet Yankee Stadium. Thankfully, the game has been called, given the horrible forecast, and there'll be a day-night doubleheader on Sunday.

I spent some time in the Red Sox clubhouse, and it was pretty empty, but those around didn't show too much concern with their behavior. Dustin Pedroia, always lively, talked trash to a pair of diminutive Latino reporters who were hanging out with David Ortiz. 

"I could eat (bleeping) soup off those guys' heads," said Pedroia, who is of course quite short himself.

"These guys played ball," Ortiz said, pretending to defend them. "For the Smurfs' team."

Theo Epstein is here, and he denied the notion that he and manager Terry Francona are at odds. As for Francona, he was chipper until a reporter asked him what he thought "the breaking point" was in the team's recent fortunes.

"We're not broken," Francona said, his face stern. "We're up two games."

In actual news, Clay Buchholz, who has been out since June 16 with a back problem, threw a simulated game and could help the team out of the bullpen during next week's series in Baltimore.

Francona announced, prior to the rainout, that John Lackey will start Sunday; now, Boston's starters for that day will be Lackey and Tim Wakefield, in an order to be determined.

The decision to be made surrounding Lackey, Francona explained, involved former Yankee Alfredo Aceves. Would the Red Sox get more value from Aceves by starting him in one game? Or would it make more sense to have him available out of the bullpen in five of the remaining six games? Boston opted for the latter.

--On the Yankees' side, Joe Girardi essentially confirmed that CC Sabathia and Ivan Nova will start Game 2 of the playoffs. Freddy Garcia's start tomorrow figures to be one of a handful of factors in determining who starts Game 3.

Others: Phil Hughes' health, the chance that Bartolo Colon can have another cool Dominican surgery in time for the first round and the chance that A.J. Burnett can do the trick on the Yankees that Clark Kent did on Lois Lane in "Superman II," when he kissed her and made her forget everything that had transpired in the film to that point.

--Have a good night.



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