World Series: Skippers don’t divulge plans for rotation
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter October 22, 2013 10:32PM
Updated: October 23, 2013 10:18AM
BOSTON — Beyond naming John Lackey and Michael Wacha the Game 2 starters, Red Sox manager John Farrell and Cardinals skipper Mike Matheny kept their pitching plans secret. However, Farrell said Clay Buchholz and Jake Peavy would pitch this weekend in St. Louis.
Wacha, 22, who began the season in the minors, has a 0.43 ERA in the postseason for the Cardinals. He took a no-hitter into the eighth inning against the Pirates in
Game 4 of the division series.
The Cardinals’ Adam Wainwright will oppose Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester in the opener Wednesday.
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Matheny said that Allen Craig, who has missed six weeks with a foot injury, is good to go and will be the designated hitter in the first two games in Boston. When the series switches to St. Louis, where there won’t be a DH, Craig might shift to first base.
Craig batted .454 with runners in scoring position this season, but he might be affected by the layoff.
“I’m hoping to be out there as much as I can,’’ said Craig, who hit .315 with 97 RBI.
◆ There was speculation that former White Sox left-hander Matt Thornton would replace Franklin Morales on the Red Sox’ 25-man roster, but Farrell kept it intact.
◆ John Hirschbeck is the chief of the umpiring crew for the World Series. He’ll work with Mark Wegner, Dana DeMuth, Paul Emmel, Bill Miller and Jim Joyce.