Game 3 setup forces Halos to adjust
Sunday's early start affects Saturday's workout schedule
ANAHEIM -- In an effort to avoid a situation manager Mike Scioscia called "dysfunctional" during last year's American League Division Series, the Angels will work out on Saturday morning at Angel Stadium, board a flight and reach Boston sometime between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. ET.Game 3 of the series is set for 9:07 a.m. PT on Sunday, to be televised by TBS.
"We'll get all our work done in the morning," Scioscia said. "Guys in that [clubhouse], there's something that needs to be done every day. We'll be on the field Sunday, ready to play."It is what it is. We play when they tell us to play. If they tell us to play at midnight, we're going to play at midnight." They just don't want to practice at midnight, something Allen Iverson certainly would understand. That came close to happening last year. After Game 2 at Angel Stadium -- the Red Sox carrying a 2-0 lead back home -- the Red Sox carrying a 2-0 lead back home, the Angels reached Fenway Park late and didn't get in a very productive workout. Even so, they came back to win Game 3 in 12 innings before the Red Sox claimed Game 4 and the series. "We didn't want to go through anything like that again, trying to get a workout in late at night," Scioscia said. "We'll get in with enough time for guys to get something to eat and get some rest." The Angels visited Boston recently, and it wasn't without incident. After losing the first of three games, 4-1, on Sept. 15, they watched one get away, 9-8, convinced it was taken from them by the umpiring crew. They rebounded to win the series finale, 4-3.
The Angels will get to the park early on Sunday and go through their normal pregame routines."Breakfast is going to be a little bit of a rush, I guess," Scioscia said. "But I know I'll overcome that. I'll work through that." In a more serious vein, he added that players are accustomed to making adjustments on the fly. It's the nature of their lives as road creatures half the year. "The schedule is not easy during the season," Scioscia said. "The schedule is not easy during the playoffs. We'll work around it. "We were aware of the 12 o'clock start. We found out a couple days ago about it. We're going to be ready to play. That's the bottom line."
Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.