Worth noting

• The Red Sox are the only American League team that has used only five starting pitchers this season.

• Entering Friday, David Ortiz was batting .552 (16-for-29) with three doubles, five home runs and eight RBIs during his season-long eight-game hit streak.

• Boston has had 14 games decided by one run, which leads the AL. The team is 5-9 in those contests.

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