Hanley Ramirez waved a “Believe in Boston” flag during pregame introductions, drawing cheers from a Fenway Park crowd fearful of a second straight postseason sweep.
Then he gave the Red Sox exactly what they wished for: more October baseball.
“I just tried to wake everybody up,” Ramirez said after delivering four hits and three RBI to lead the AL East champions to a 10-3 victory over the Houston Astros in Game 3 of the AL Division Series on Sunday.
“I’m pushing through it right now,” James said. “I just wanted to try and test my foot, test my ankle to see how I would come out tonight. So, obviously tonight and tomorrow morning it’s going to be a telltale sign of how I came out tonight. I’m still fresh from the game so it’s OK now but you never know when you wake up the next morning how it can flare up or if it can stiffen on you. So, I’ll know more about it tomorrow but I definitely wanted to test it tonight knowing that at least if I tested it tonight I have a week until the regular season started if I don’t play in the game on Friday.”
James reiterated that he’s still not 100 percent but said he was motivated to return to the lineup to gauge where he is at.
“I got to play at some point so I wanted to test it out and understand that and see how I feel,” he said.
“We went on a rough patch early on this year because he was still working himself back into football shape,” Rivera said. “Now he’s starting to feel better and better and stronger and stronger. He’s getting his arm strength back. Now we see it and we know he can throw. I think it will open up more and more things.”
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