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BOOKWORM NOTE OF THE DAY

OF Jonny Gomes made a stop on his way to the ballpark the other day to pick up former teammate Josh Hamilton's book about his dramatic fall and recovery, Beyond Belief. "First time I've ever bought a book, like at Barnes & Noble, for myself," Gomes said.

Red Sox manager Terry Francona

On whether he can enjoy Game 7 as a fan

"I enjoy the heck out of it. I don't think I have the ability ... to stand back and look at it like a fan. But there's a lot of things that go through you during the day. There's some anxiety, you get nervous, you get excited. But I love it. ... It's not all, like, giggles, but it's thoroughly enjoyable, yeah."

Rays manager Joe Maddon

On the excitement of a Game 7

"When you're a kid in the playground or in the back yard playing, you're always playing Game 7. ... Well, here it is; it's Game 7. For me it's a wonderful opportunity for us to grow. It's a difficult moment based on the last couple days. However ... to get out there and get it done would mean a whole lot to us."

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