6:20 p.m.: The Red Sox will honor Mariano Rivera with a pregame ceremony Sunday.
John Farrell had nothing but good things to say about Rivera before Sunday’s game. Then again, has anyone really ever said a bad thing about the Yankees closer?
Farrell said that Rivera has set the standard throughout his illustrious career. However, Farrell also noted that he hopes Rivera doesn’t pitch Sunday, as the Red Sox would like to take care of business.
5:45 p.m.: Mike Carp will get the start in left field Sunday. He’ll also bat cleanup — in between David Ortiz and Mike Napoli.
A couple of rookies will round out the Red Sox’ lineup. Xander Bogaerts will start at third base and bat eighth, while Jackie Bradley Jr. will play center field and bat ninth. Will Middlebrooks is battling a little flu bug that’s going around the Red Sox’ clubhouse, according to John Farrell.
Sunday’s complete lineups are below.
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Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Daniel Nava, RF
David Ortiz, DH
Mike Carp, LF
Mike Napoli, 1B
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
Stephen Drew, SS
Xander Bogaerts, 3B
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
Curtis Granderson, CF
Alex Rodriguez, DH
Robinson Cano, 2B
Alfonso Soriano, LF
Lyle Overbay, 1B
Mark Reynolds, 3B
Ichiro Suzuki, RF
Brendan Ryan, SS
Chris Stewart, C
Ivan Nova, RHP (8-4, 3.17 ERA)
8 a.m. ET: The Red Sox clinched their MLB-best 32nd series victory with a win Saturday. They’ve got their eyes on a sweep, though.
Clay Buchholz will take the ball Sunday as the Red Sox look to break out the brooms against the Yankees. Buchholz, who was sharp in his first start off the disabled list Tuesday, will go up against Ivan Nova on the national stage.
Buchholz tossed five shutouts innings against the Rays on Tuesday. He threw 74 pitches in that outing, and he’ll be expected to take another step forward Sunday. John Farrell said that there will not be a specific pitch count for Buchholz.
The Red Sox enter Sunday’s action a season-high 32 games over .500. They haven’t been as many as 32 games over .500 since ending the 2004 season at 98-64. I heard that something special happened that season.
Sunday’s first pitch is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. Feel free to stick around.
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