Clay Buchholz makes no secret about the fact.



ANAHEIM, Calif. — The task is a monumental one. On Sunday, Clay Buchholz will be given the ball for his first career playoff start and asked to save the Red Sox’ season.



ANAHEIM, Calif. — For Dustin Pedroia, it was simple.

“Get hits,” he said.

David Ortiz offered an even more bare-bones explanation.



ANAHEIM, Calif. – Josh Beckett is the pitcher the Red Sox want on the mound when the outcome matters.



ANAHEIM, Calif. — From the beginning, the whole thing seemed a bit … off.



ANAHEIM, Calif. – The rumors were flying Thursday: Jason Varitek was going to get his start.



ANAHEIM, Calif. — As they limped through July, the question began blaring like a siren. Could the Red Sox offense be fixed?



ANAHEIM, Calif. — They were perhaps the most important few days of the Red Sox’ season.



ROB BRADFORD

 

ALDS

Sox over the Angels in 5

Yanks over Twins in 3

NLDS

Cardinals over the Dodgers in 5



ANAHEIM, Calif. — This was John Lackey following the fourth, and final, game of the 2008 American League Division Series.