Lovullo wants to manage, “but I’m not here to fast-forward or rush anything.”
ORTIZ ADMIRATION: Red Sox slugger David Ortiz doesn’t hesitate to praise the opposition.
The day before Game 3, Ortiz said the Cardinals’ Carlos Beltran was “one of the greatest outfielders I’ve ever seen.” He said it was “ridiculous” how good St. Louis’ young pitchers have been.
“Look at Wacha, that kid’s a stud,” Ortiz said. “The young age, this stage, you don’t see no 22-year-old performing like that.”
GIVE IT UP: Beltran’s sacrifice bunt in the first inning was his first in 48 career postseason games.
He has just two the last five regular seasons, one this year and one in 2012.
CATCHING ON: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina routinely wears out a couple gloves this season. There’s been no additional wear and tear this year despite all of those strong, young arms.
Team equipment manager Rip Rowan said Molina is on glove No. 2.