Worth noting

Worth noting

• Farrell celebrated his 51st birthday in the dugout, as the Red Sox hosted the D-backs on Sunday afternoon. Farrell shares the same birthday (including the year) as Roger Clemens. President Barack Obama was also born on Aug. 4, one year earlier than Farrell.

• Left-hander Franklin Morales (left pectoral strain) made a big step toward returning to the Red Sox by throwing 2 1/3 shutout innings for Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday.

"The fact we're able to get him up multiple times now, 2 1/3 efficient innings, he'll have two days down and go two innings again. But the overall strike throwing, his comments coming out of it, how well he feels physically is encouraging," said Farrell. "Now that he's got the three outings under his belt, one being multiple innings, hopefully we're getting out of the woods, so to speak, with what he's been dealing with."

• With the Red Sox playing their next round of Interleague games in National League cities later this month (Aug. 19-25 at San Francisco and Los Angeles), the starting pitchers all took batting practice before Sunday's game.

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. Michael Periatt is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.