Dave D'Onfrio's Sox Beat: NH's Carpenter peddles advice
"Just don't let the distractions get the best of you," Wacha remembers being told by the veteran. "Try and use those fans in your favor; use them as adrenaline to help you succeed out there."
Carpenter is taking his cues from the veterans who nestled him under their wings when he came with the Blue Jays — Roger Clemens and David Wells among them — and who taught him how to be a professional when he broke into the majors at 22.
Even without throwing a pitch, he certainly is.
If Clay Buchholz was fully healthy there's no question he would be pitching Game 3 ahead of Jake Peavy — so that the Sox remain undecided about Saturday's starter says something is bugging the right-hander. But manager John Farrell insisted Wednesday that Buchholz is healthy enough to start in this series, and that remains the plan despite contradictory speculation.
The Red Sox made no changes to the roster they've used throughout these playoffs, sticking with 11 pitchers — most notably Franklin Morales over Matt Thornton as a third lefty.
This week signifies Wacha's second time at Fenway Park. The first was while a member of the United States Collegiate National Team, which in 2011 came to Boston and lost an exhibition game to all-stars from the New England Collegiate Baseball League — which currently has teams in Keene and Laconia, and formerly had a club in Concord.
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