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Thursday’s Mashup: John Farrell weighs in on Red Sox-Astros, says ‘these are two very good teams’

Lucy Burdge
October 11, 2018 - 5:41 am

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-- John Farrell was fired from his job as the Red Sox manager almost exactly one year ago and now he’s offering analysis on his former team for ESPN.

“When you look at the rotation of both these teams, (they’re) very talented (and) very deep,” Farrell said on SportsCenter after the Red Sox beat the Yankees to advance to the ALCS against the Astros. “ …These are two very good teams. They’re the best teams in the American League, maybe the best teams in baseball when you consider how thorough the roster is put together. They’re complete teams.”

On his successor, Alex Cora, Farrell said his use of pitchers in the rotation and bullpen will make for an “interesting” series.

“It’s going to be interesting how (Cora) spreads the use of that rotation over the course of that series,” Farrell said. “He’s not afraid to use them out of the bullpen. Obviously, they have to take the starts, but this is going to be an interesting series.”

“I think the one thing that you take from this New York-Boston series is the tightness of the games, the toughness, (and) the stage in which these guys play on,” he continued. “They’ll walk into a league championship series against the Astros — a team that they’re well aware of; we got knocked out by the Astros a year ago — with a chance to redeem themselves.”

-- While the Red Sox were busy beating the Yankees on Tuesday night, Robert Kraft was busy hosting a private party featuring a show headlined by Paul McCartney.  

McCartney played songs including Hey Jude and Band on the Run for 300 guests at Gillette Stadium.

And the media at Gillette noticed his arrival.

McCartney last performed in in Foxboro on July 24, 1990 at Foxboro Stadium.

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