Found October 17, 2013 on NESN.com:
The Red Sox’ potential Game 5 “X factor” couldn’t be any more obvious. Xander Bogaerts should undoubtedly start Game 5 of the ALCS on Thursday. The only considerations should be who Bogaerts replaces in the starting lineup and where exactly he hits in the order. John Farrell said after the Red Sox’ 7-3 loss to the Tigers in Game 4 on Wednesday that he hasn’t figured out his starting lineup for Game 5, although he did suggest that Bogaerts could be part of the mix. “Haven’t made a decision on tomorrow’s lineup,” Farrell said after Game 4. “But given the way the left side of the infield, we’re struggling a little bit to get production out of that side. So it’s something that’s being considered, for sure. Farrell should save himself the hassle that comes with a lengthy deliberation, and just act. Jim Leyland shuffled his Game 4 lineup in search of a spark, and it worked out perfectly for the Tigers. Detroit more than doubled its run total for the series in the first four innings Wedne
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