• Farrell said catchers Christian Vazquez and David Ross will continue to split time, but they won't alternate days. The Red Sox still want Ross to catch Jon Lester. Farrell added that it helps Vazquez when Ross starts the first game of a series, so the rookie can see how the veteran prepares and approaches a new opponent.
• After three games this weekend against the Royals, the Red Sox will play their next 13 games against divisional opponents. Boston entered Friday 9 1/2 games back of the first-place Orioles, tied for last in the AL East with Tampa Bay and nine games under .500.
Boston will play four at Toronto and three at Tampa Bay, then start a six-game homestand with three-game series against the Blue Jays and Yankees. So there's surely some added significance to that stretch, which ends on Aug. 3.
• Since becoming the team's leadoff batter on May 23, Brock Holt's 71 hits entering Friday were the most in baseball during that span. He had played all 460 innings of Boston's previous 49 games and has played every position except pitcher and catcher in 2014.
Steve Petrella is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.