• At this time last year, there was much talk about the disconnect between manager Bobby Valentine, his coaches and the players. This year, there is nothing but cohesion with John Farrell and his staff. While Farrell has been mentioned in many circles as the top candidate for the American League's Manager of the Year Award, he emphasizes how key his coaches have been to the team's success.
"Maybe to the public they're behind the scenes, but to our guys, they're in the forefront," Farrell said. "We're fortunate to have a group of guys on our staff that are selfless and that are extremely prepared and are as much a part of the success. … This is about the players -- it always will be.
"At the same time, we've got guys who spend an incredible amount of time here with each and every one of the players. And the sacrifices they make, they probably don't get enough credit for the work that they've done. The unity, the camaraderie, the working relationship, I couldn't be more happy with the way that continues to grow. They've grown, because they've probably gotten to know the players better as well. We're able to better put them in position to succeed."
• Clay Buchholz was still in the process of traveling to New York before Saturday's game, and Farrell will probably wait until Sunday to announce when the righty will slot back into the rotation. Ryan Dempster or Felix Doubront will likely come out of the rotation.
• The Red Sox hoped catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia would return on Saturday, but he was out for a fourth straight game with back woes. Ryan Lavarnway started the day game after the night game. Saltalamacchia could return Sunday.
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