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Red Sox's Bay enjoying first playoff appearance

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About a dozen fans camped against the brick facade of Fenway Park along Lansdowne Street on Sunday afternoon, hoping to have the chance to purchase day-of-game tickets for Game 3 of the ALCS today. There were sleeping bags and lawn chairs, puppies and bags of pretzels. An orange extension cord ran across the street and plugged into a hidden socket under the broken concrete steps of a parking garage. Three laptop computers fed off the free power. And judging by the stains on the brick wall behind a rusty concrete support, the diehards didn't trust their fellow zealots to stray too far from the line.

BOSTON — Jason Bay was used to vacationing in the fall until he was traded from the Pirates to the Red Sox in a three-way swap that sent Manny Ramirez to the Dodgers. He apparently enjoys staying busy.

The 30-year-old LF is batting .440 with three doubles, three homers and nine RBIs in his first six postseason games after going 3-for-5 on Saturday in a 9-8, 11-inning Game 2 loss at Tropicana Field. Bay's contributions against the Rays are intriguing since the team attempted to acquire him at the trade deadline.

The playoffs have "been an extension of the regular season for me, really," he said Sunday before a workout at Fenway Park. "I came to this situation and it was a lot different from where I'd come from, and all of a sudden it's a playoff-type atmosphere, and I think the last two months leading up to this point has kind of helped me prepare for it."

NEEDLED: The Boston Globe reported Sunday that Game 2 starter Josh Beckett had a pain-killing and anti-inflammatory injection for the right oblique he injured in his last regular-season bullpen session. Beckett allowed nine hits and eight earned runs in the worst outing of a splendid postseason career. Beckett has asserted he feels "fine" and seemed to grow agitated addressing the same questions as Saturday night, again injecting some salty adjectives into his terse responses. "Do you guys know something I don't?" he asked.

LONG NIGHT: Bay reflected the team norm in getting a few hours of sleep on the team charter and four or five more at home after the five-hour marathon at Tropicana Field. The Red Sox arrived back at Fenway Park at 7 a.m. Sunday.

"You come back, get a day to recoup, take it easy," he said. "Hit, take it easy a little bit and come get them tomorrow. But its okay, both teams are in the same boat, so it doesn't matter."

LAUNDRY: The Game 2 loss halted a six-game road winning streak in the postseason. … 3B Kevin Youkilis extended his LCS hitting streak to nine games in going 3-for-6. It's the longest such streak to start a career since Darin Erstad hit in his first nine from 2002-05. Greg Luzinski (13 games) set the record from 1976-80.

Red Sox's Bay enjoying first playoff appearance 10/12/08 [Last modified: Monday, October 13, 2008 6:20am]
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