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David Price expects to be ‘sharp’ in potential series-clinching Game 5

The Boston Red Sox can punch their ticket for the World Series in Thursday night’s Game 5 by closing out the Houston Astros in a dramatic and controversy-filled ALCS.

The Red Sox have made the intriguing decision to start David Price on short rest in the potential series clincher. The Boston starter, though, has revealed how something that occurred on Wednesday night could pay dividends.

Interestingly, Price believes warming up in the bullpen during the eighth and ninth innings — but of course not entering the game — will actually help, not hinder his preparedness for Thursday’s start.

“I think it will just make me a little more sharp for (Thursday),”Price told WEEI Wednesday night after Boston’s dramatic 8-6 Game 4, via NESN. “It might be a new thing for me to do the day before I pitch.”

As noted, Price gets the nod on three days’ rest, having last started Sunday in Boston’s 7-5 Game 2 win, pitching 4.2 innings and giving up four runs on five hits with four strikeouts and four walks.

Price of course has been tagged with the unflattering reputation of wilting under the bright lights of postseason baseball. Although the Red Sox do have a slight margin for error being up 3-1 in the series. Further, Boston’s hand has been forced somewhat due to Chris Sale’s stomach ailment that ended up seeing the ace hospitalized. If necessary, Sale will start in Saturday’s Game 6 back at Fenway Park.

As it stands and regardless of circumstances, Price is grateful for the chance to close out the Astros in Game 5.

“To have that opportunity to punch our ticket to the World Series is very cool,” Price said.