Focus, hard work continue to define Sox

BOSTON -- For the Boston Red Sox, Tuesday was just another day in 2013, with the players and staff scattered all over Fenway Park. Before the workout began just after 5 p.m., Dustin Pedroia stood inside the batting cage, wearing a ski hat and chatting with others. The topic was baseball, naturally, the strategy deployed in the 2008 playoff between the Rays and Red Sox, about how it came to be that David Price threw the last pitch of that series.

Jonny Gomes was in the group, and bench coach Torey Lovullo and catchers David Ross and Jarrod Saltalamacchia and others. Nearby, third-base coach Brian Butterfield was doing what he has done most every day, hitting grounders to an infielder, with veteran infielder John McDonald serving as his catcher. McDonald had his back to Butterfield and flipped baseballs to him without looking, guessing -- with 100 percent accuracy -- when Butterfield was ready for the next toss.

Just another day. Except this wasn't really like any other day, because this was the scheduled travel day before tonight's Game 6 of the World Series. Traditionally, teams do not hold full workouts on this particular day.

But the Red Sox did.