Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell isn't ready to announce his rotation for the AL division series.
It would be a surprise, though, if Jon Lester didn't throw the first pitch in Friday's opener at Fenway Park.
''We all gain confidence from every starting pitcher that goes out and keeps a game under control,'' Farrell said Tuesday. ''He's done it very consistently, particularly in the second half. When he walks to the mound, we feel pretty good about our chances that night.''
Farrell is waiting until after the team's simulated game on Wednesday to settle on his rotation and roster for the best-of-five series. The Red Sox will face the winner of Wednesday night's wild-card game between the Cleveland Indians and Tampa Bay Rays.
Lester's strong finish helped the Red Sox to the best record in the AL at 97-65, one game better than the Oakland Athletics, and home field advantage throughout the postseason.
He was 5-1 with a 2...