Boston Red Sox Manager Terry Francona, his team already trailing 2-0 in its best-of-five American League Division Series against the Chicago White Sox, played coy yesterday when discussing his pitching options, not just for today's Game 3, but also for the remainder of the series.
After Game 1 starter Matt Clement was shelled on Tuesday it seemed unlikely he would pitch again this playoff series. But on Wednesday, Francona left open the idea of using Clement in the bullpen this weekend and might even use him tonight if the situation dictates.
"We probably don't know yet," Francona said. "As far as where we used him in game, I don't know that I would give an advance warning on how we're going to use our bullpen. I don't think that helps us competitively."
Game 2 starter David Wells went 62/3 innings on Wednesday but said he was open to pitching Game 5 if the series was still going on. Francona has said he hasn't made a decision that far ahead. . . .
Chicago Manager Ozzie Guillen and outfielder Carl Everett both tried to play down the idea that they bickered over Guillen's dropping Everett to sixth in the White Sox lineup for a few days late in the season. Everett has been moved up to a more respectable No. 5 spot in the order.
He had been batting third.
"I was making the best lineup I could to help us win," Guillen said. "I didn't think he was the hitter who should be hitting third at that time. Thank God I had the guts to do it." . . .
If the Red Sox are beaten tonight it will be the first time they would have dropped three straight since July 16-18.
Torre Has DH Options
New York Yankees Manager Joe Torre is leaning toward using Ruben Sierra as his designated hitter tonight in Game 3 against the Los Angeles Angels.
Sierra, a switch-hitter who turned 40 yesterday, would be the Yankees' third DH of the series.
"Ruben, he's probably the most adept at it. He's had the most experience. You know, he loves the pressure and all that," Torre said. Bernie Williams, who played center field in Game 2 after serving as the DH in the first game, is 5 for 15 against Byrd, also with two homers. Another possibility for the DH slot is catcher Jorge Posada. Because John Flaherty will be catching starter Randy Johnson, Posada will be out of the lineup. But it seems likely he'll be relegated to pinch-hitting duty.
Surgery for Boston's Foulke
Red Sox closer Keith Foulke underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, three months after a similar procedure was performed on his left knee. Foulke will begin a rehabilitation program immediately and is expected to be at full strength for the start of spring training, the team said in a news release.
News services contributed to this report.