• Will Middlebrooks was originally in the lineup Sunday, but the Red Sox third baseman was scratched for precautionary reasons after experiencing soreness in his right hand while hitting in the cage prior to the game. He was on the hand by a pitch late in Saturday's game. He is considered day-to-day and is expected to be available when the Red Sox play at Minnesota on Tuesday.
"We'll see how he feels on Tuesday," manager John Farrell said. "If there's added tests or imaging that's needed, we'll take a look at it at that point. But today it was as much precautionary as anything."
• Boston's 13-9 record (.591) starting on April 16 is the third-best in the American League behind Detroit (15-7, .682) and Baltimore (14-7, .667). That followed a 5-9 start to the season.
• The Red Sox are getting another day off Monday, making it the fourth scheduled off-day the team will have in a 22-day span that began April 28. It will be their third day off in an eight-day stretch beginning last Monday.
"When you compare it to the stretch that we're going to embark on after Monday, when it's 38 of 39 -- you kind of wonder, where's the logic to it?" manager John Farrell said.
Dave Sessions is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.