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MLB replay challenges are time-consuming

Through the first two weeks, baseball has had more than 80 replay challenges — far more than the four or five per week officials anticipated when the system was adopted.

The Sox have been involved in five challenges, the longest taking more than four minutes, 40 seconds and the shortest 22 seconds.

But the process adds additional time beyond the actual review as managers await advice from video assistants before deciding to challenge.

The Sox lost a challenge Saturday when Indians manager Terry Francona asked for a review of a pickoff call at first in the first inning. The call was overturned and instead of having two outs with no one on base, Sox starter Felipe Paulino walked the next two batters, and the Indians went on to score three runs.

The review took 22 seconds, but play stopped for more than two minutes.

Manager Robin Ventura said the system is part of the game now.

‘‘Nothing really is surprising,’’ he said. ‘‘[Challenges] could potentially [affect outcomes], but you don’t know until the play happens and you do it.’’

Old faces

The Red Sox arrive Tuesday for a three-game series as world champs and with a few familiar faces.

Jake Peavy, who was traded to Boston last July in the three-team deal that brought Avisail Garcia from Detroit, will make his first start at U.S. Cellular Field as a visitor. The Sox faced him in Boston in September.

‘‘It was definitely harder for him,’’ said Adam Dunn, one of Peavy’s closest friends. ‘‘For us, it was kind of fun, something new in September. But, for him, he’s trying to get his team in the playoffs, so it meant probably more to him because of the situation.’’

A.J. Pierzynski also returns, though he played here last season as a visitor with the Rangers.

‘‘We enjoyed having Jake here, and it’ll be strange seeing him [as an opponent] and A.J. back,’’ Ventura said. ‘‘I’m sure guys will try to do things to distract them.’’

Injury news

Garcia is slated to have surgery Tuesday to repair the torn left labrum he injured last week attempting a diving catch in Denver.

† Infielder Gordon Beckham (strained oblique) was cleared to resume his rehab Sunday at Class AA Birmingham.

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