Worth noting

• David Ortiz was scratched from a rehab start with Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday due to illness. Ortiz, who expected to get 20-25 at-bats before returning to Majors, is 3-for-7 in two games with Pawtucket. "The production is going to tell you about timing, how he feels in the box," Farrell said. "So far, so good. All the reports that have come out each day he's played, it's been very positive."

• Shortstop Stephen Drew is 1-for-10 with two walks in three games since returning from a concussion. Farrell said he's appeared fully healthy. "He's a very solid Major League player," Farrell said. "He's efficient with his actions. He's got good range at shortstop. He's exactly what we hoped and expected him to be."

• Jackie Bradley Jr. was back in the Red Sox's lineup Sunday, playing left field and batting ninth. He's been on the bench against the last two left-handed starters, but the Rays sent right-hander Alex Cobb to the mound Sunday.

• Red Sox starters have held opponents to three runs or fewer in all 10 games this year, entering Sunday. Boston is the first American League team since 1990 to begin a season that way.

Jason Mastrodonato is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @jmastrodonato. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.