We continue the buildup towards Friday night’s game one of the ALCS at Fenway Park…

Tony Massarotti says that Jonathan Papelbon gives the Red Sox a Rivera-like advantage in this series. Gordon Edes suggests that Jason Varitek might not only be the Red Sox catcher of the present, he could well be their catcher of the future as well. Joe McDonald has a look at the man who used to the future catcher of the Red Sox, the Indian Kelly Shoppach.

Michael Silverman says that the Red Sox see a lot of Grady Sizemore in Jacoby Ellsbury. Dan Shaughnessy catches on that this Manny Ramirez guy is actually pretty good. Jeff Goldberg has Ramirez looking strong thus far in the postseason. Steven Krasner examines Bobby Kielty’s success against C.C. Sabathia.

Massarotti also looks at hometown kid Manny Delcarmen, who is enjoying every minute of the postseason.

Horrigan’s notebook has Bobby Kielty still looking to be in the lineup tomorrow night against Sabathia and the Indians. Edes’ notebook has more on the choice of Kielty to start game one. The Projo notebook has Daisuke Matsuzaka feeling good going into his game 3 start in Cleveland.

And boom…just like that, I am called away to a work emergency. Dave will be back with afternoon links so keep checking back here…

Bill Barnwell over at Patriots Daily crunches the numbers on undefeated streaks to start the season…he looks at the odds of going 16-0, he looks at playoff probabilities at 5-0 as compared to 5-1, and some other stats.

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