• Maddon admitted that "normally" he would have started the left-handed-hitting Matt Joyce at designated hitter against Red Sox right-hander John Lackey, but he went with the right-handed-hitting Delmon Young, for a few reasons.
First, Lackey has been somewhat of a reverse-splits righty this year, meaning that right-handed hitters have been better against him (.258/.297/.463) than lefties (.238/.285/.374). Second, Young has had some "really good at-bats against some tough right-handers," including Cleveland's Danny Salazar in the Wild Card Game.
On top of all that, Maddon said, "Delmon's really demonstrated the ability to come through in key moments at the end of the season. I believe in that, too, beyond numbers.
"Right now I think Delmon is playing at a different level when it comes to a mental at-bat, quite frankly."
• Friday's game drew a 15.5 local rating in Tampa, the highest rating for any Major League game in the market since Game 3 of the 2011 ALDS, against Texas. Near the end of the game, 34 percent of TVs on in Tampa were tuned into Boston's 12-2 victory.
• The Rays allowed 12 runs on Friday without giving up a home run, only the eighth time in postseason history a team has scored that many runs without a homer. It hadn't happened since Game 6 of the 2001 World Series, when the D-backs beat the Yankees, 15-2.
• Ben Zobrist entered Saturday with a nine-game postseason hitting streak, tied with B.J. Upton for the longest such streak in Rays history.