• Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo, who was manager of Triple-A Pawtucket in 2010 and John Farrell's first-base coach in Toronto before returning to Boston with Farrell in 2013, could be the only member of the Red Sox's coaching staff who doesn't return in 2014. Lovullo has been linked to the managerial opening with the Chicago Cubs.
"I think Torey Lovullo is going to have some legitimate opportunities," said Farrell. "And whenever that interview process begins for him, he's deserving, and I certainly promote his next step in his career.
"Whoever else might be involved in that remains to be seen. If Torey doesn't secure another position elsewhere, our whole staff will be back."
• Will Middlebrooks said he's already forgotten about the bizarre ending to Game 3 in which he was called for obstruction as the Cardinals scored the game-winning run.
"Thank God," Middlebrooks said. "I had a guy asking me about it in the clubhouse. I was like, 'I don't know what you're talking about.'
"That was obviously a freak thing. I happened to find myself right in the middle of it. I don't know, that pretty much shows how our team is. Things will happen, things will go wrong, but it's not going to knock us down."