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“I always have the utmost confidence when David pitches. I really do,” Maddon said. “Every time he pitches we feel like we’re going to win that night. I know some things have not necessarily gone his way this year, but in a very tight moment, you always feel very comfortable about how David will pitch.”

Despite squandering their big lead with a miserable September, the Red Sox are excited about still having a chance to make the postseason on the final day.

“I think it’s really good for baseball (but) not so good for my stomach,” Boston manager Terry Francona said. “It’s exciting. If you don’t want to show up (Wednesday) and play, you’ve got no pulse.”