Intrasquad scrimmage likely part of Red Sox' plan during four-day hiatus

Rob Bradford
September 24, 2013 - 4:05 am

DENVER '€“ The Red Sox are intent on not letting four days off derail their momentum. According to team sources, part of the Sox'€™ preparation for their postseason-opener on Oct. 4 will likely be an intrasquad scrimmage two days before kicking off their best-of-five American League Division Series. With the Red Sox finishing their regular season Sunday, the notion of not getting a chance to play again until later in the week has John Farrell'€™s team planning accordingly. They'€™ve looked at some examples of teams who have been presented similar scenarios, attempting to identify what has worked and what didn'€™t. '€œWe'€™ve been reaching out and talking and trying to figure out the best game-plan,'€ Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo said Monday night on '€œThe Road to October Show'€ on WEEI. '€œFirst and foremost, I think John Farrell is going to stay on the gas pedal. He gave a couple of guys days off after the celebration, but I know his focus is not to change a thing and go out there and play our type of baseball that we'€™ve played every single day that has helped us to 95 wins. '€œThat being said, after we do have this little break '€“ and it'€™s inevitable we'€™ll have four days in there '€“ he'€™s going to give them Monday off and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday we will have workouts. There will be structure to those workouts. There will be intensity. We'€™re planning on Wednesday to have more of a heavy-lifting day and just make sure to get after these guys so when the bell rings you haven'€™t missed a beat. Inside of those daily workouts we haven'€™t decided what we want to do. We'€™ve been reaching out to teams in other situations that have been similar to make sure you do take advantage of those three days and get some things done and accomplished to make sure you'€™re ready for that Friday night ballgame.'€ Perhaps the most notable comparisons both involve the Tigers, who had six days off prior to the 2006 World Series and five days without playing leading into last season'€™s Fall Classic. After the disaster of '€™06 (a series sweep at the hands of the Cardinals), in which the Tigers not only faced inactivity but was forced to practice inside a football stadium (Ford Field) due to weather issues, Detroit changed things up a bit last season. In the hiatus prior to their '€™12 World Series showdown with San Francisco, Jim Leyland'€™s team brought in minor leaguers to helped simulate game conditions. Unfortunately for the Tigers, both instances offered the same kind of results '€“ decisive series losses, one to the Cardinals the other to the Giants.