ST. LOUIS -- Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester admits he has received some good-natured ribbing from his friends and his wife about his penchant for sweating profusely.
But Lester is more prepared for the scrutiny he will face Monday night in his first start since he was alleged to have a foreign substance on his glove when he pitched 72/3 shutout innings Wednesday to beat the Cardinals in Game 1 of the World Series.
"I'm sure there's going to be focus on my glove and focus on my hands and what I'm doing," Lester said Sunday. "But I've got to worry about the Cardinals. If I'm worried about what people are looking at, I'm worried about the wrong things."
Lester said he had rosin in his glove to help him grip the baseball, and Major League Baseball found Lester innocent of wrongdoing. The allegations, made on Twitter by a Cardinals minor league pitcher, later were erased.
Enjoying the ride: Veteran left-hander Matt Thornton isn't discouraged about being left off the Red Sox's World Series roster after reaching the postseason for the first time since 2008 with the White Sox.
"I just never found consistency," said Thornton, who posted a 3.52 ERA in 20 appearances with the Red Sox after the White Sox dealt him. "That's what has been a staple for me, being consistent. I never got that groove going, never got into a routine.
"But (Boston) is a great place to play. It's one of the more historical franchises in baseball, just like the White Sox. And a lot of fun to be a part of."
Defense comes first: Red Sox manager John Farrell says he has considered using Mike Napoli at third base -- mainly as a late-inning possibility.
Napoli, who has been relegated to the bench in St. Louis with designated hitter David Ortiz moving to first base, continued to work at third during batting practice even though he hasn't played there since 2004, when he played two games there at Class A Rancho Cucamonga.
"The defense on all parts, regardless of the position, is a premium," Farrell said. "And we're still trying to use that as a priority."
Dazed and confused: Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright said he didn't see the errant throw or the obstruction call on Will Middlebrooks from the dugout that enabled Allen Craig to score the winning run in Game 3.
"I got about halfway out there (on the field) and saw Craig out by a couple feet, and I started tiptoeing backward into the dugout and saw they called him safe," Wainwright said. "I thought, wow, I think I've just witnessed the worst call in the history of the game at home plate, only to find out there was obstruction.
"So there were four or five times I didn't know what the heck was going on."
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