You're right, he's given us a lot. In situations where we've needed
multiple innings, he's bridged that where we don't get that line
moving in that bullpen and it kind of settles down and we have
some semblance of order out there.
How much of a factor was the delay in terms of how you
handled Beckett, and specifically as it pertained to the fourth inning
because I think you had Lopez up before he even went to the
mound that inning.
TERRY FRANCONA: The reason we did that, Josh didn't
complain or anything like that, but it was a long delay, and if he
goes out and struggles, when we rush Javi, that doesn't do any
good. So we wanted to give him a time to warm up, throw some
pitches so he didn't get rushed into a game. But it was just almost
like a rain delay. It was a short one, but it was kind of an oddity we
just wanted to be prepared for.
Especially given now Jason's struggles of late here, how big
was that home run he hit in the sixth?
TERRY FRANCONA: I don't think I could, from our side,
think of anything more appropriate. I mean, our whole dugout
went crazy. We'll take runs any way we can get it, but by that
means and by who hit it, it was not just a big run, it was a huge run.
But the way it happened, and as hard as he's worked, it meant a
lot to everybody.
Getting back to Jason, was there anything he might have said
to Josh while he was working through whatever injury he might or
might not have tonight?
TERRY FRANCONA: I'm sorry, could you maybe say
Was there anything specific that he was telling Beckett during
the game tonight?
TERRY FRANCONA: I don't know, I was in the dugout
staying out of the way. They communicate a lot. Just trying to
work through every inning and navigate his way through a pretty
dangerous lineup. I thought Josh did a very good job.
He got to the fifth and left a breaking ball out to Bartlett that at the
time ties it, but we come right back and put two on the board. I
thought Josh pitched with a lot of courage tonight.
Facing this team 24 times this year, including the playoffs, do
you think that gives someone like Jason an advantage because of
the work ethic he puts in, because of the way he studies opposing
TERRY FRANCONA: I think we always feel like we have
an advantage with Tek behind the plate. That's one of the reasons
I think he's such a huge asset to our pitching staff. We always
believe that, regardless of whether it's 24 or 2. He's been doing it
for a long time, and he's very good.
A performance like this, do you think that finally puts to rest
all the question about the healthier starting pitcher tonight and
everything, the way he threw?
TERRY FRANCONA: Well, I thought he threw with a lot
of guts. It's not vintage Josh Beckett, but he also proved who he is,
and again, that was -- he gave us what we needed. I don't think it
was real easy for him at times, but he pitched with a lot of
composure and a lot of guts.
You rarely, if ever, have anybody up behind Papelbon when
he enters a game. Delcarmen was throwing in the ninth. Is there
any sort of physical issue there, or what was going on?
TERRY FRANCONA: You know what, there's no reason
not to. Again, if something goes wrong, you're picking out your
Halloween costume. There's no reason not to.
It would seem obvious that experience has to be a factor in
your favor tomorrow. Is there any way that it isn't a factor in a
TERRY FRANCONA: I hope it is. Again, you know, any
way you can gain an advantage, you're going to try. They're going
to try to do the same thing.
It's going to come down to who plays better. It's probably pretty
appropriate. We come down to the last game, and whoever plays
better gets to move on.
We have a lot of respect for how good they've played, but we also
really like our ballclub. Like I said, it's probably appropriate.
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