With four long days away from the flow and the grind of baseball, many wondered if the Red Sox would be rusty when they finally took the field for Game 1 of the ALDS. After all, when you play every day from February through September, it can be a disadvantage to sit idly while your competition plays two games with great emotion and intensity during the week.
Nevertheless, the Red Sox all said they’d be fine and ready to go once Game 1 began, and that included a message from Red Sox manager John Farrell to the media hours before first pitch. Yet they didn’t exactly come out of the gates, and they fell behind 2-0 to the Rays in the first three innings.
So maybe there was a little rust from the rest, but it sure disappeared rather quickly in the bottom of the fourth inning. It was then that Dustin Pedroia led off with a lined single up the middle, and it was then just about everything started working in the Red Sox’ favor "
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