• One underrated aspect the Red Sox have at home is the comfort their outfielders have playing the Green Monster compared to the opposition. Sean Rodriguez, in particular, had a rough Game 1 trying to judge the caroms.
"Our work in the outfield is daily with balls off the wall," said Farrell, "because you've got so many different angles. You get team plates [the ball bounces off of]. You've got different things that are hanging on that, so there's going to be a lot of potential caroms that are going to be inconsistent. So it's a matter of getting comfortable with a space that an outfielder plays with out there. That's part of why it's home-field advantage."
• Though the Red Sox were happy to win Game 1, it doesn't mean a whole lot from a historical perspective. In the 16 previous times the Sox have won Game 1 in October, they are 8-7-1 in the series.
• Despite being 0-for-10 against Price, the left-handed-hitting Stephen Drew again got the nod at shortstop in Game 2. Right-handed-hitting Xander Bogaerts has never faced Price.