Wright will start opener against the Yankees

Wright will start opener against the Yankees

BALTIMORE -- Knuckleballer Steven Wright hasn't gotten the same hype as some of the other prospects in Boston's farm system. But the right-hander has earned a start against the Yankees on Friday night at Fenway.

Rubby De La Rosa, who is at his career high in innings pitched, won't make another start this season, but might be used in the bullpen.

"As much as we wanted to continue to start him, to not shut him down, he's at an innings threshold or an innings amount right now that's been a sizable jump over last year," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "There's been some extremely positive signs inside his year's work -- and yet there's still quite a bit of development left to do."

De La Rosa made his final start of the season on Saturday night against the Orioles, giving up six hits and four runs over four innings in a loss. He has thrown 100 innings for the Red Sox and 60 for Triple-A Pawtucket.

The 28-year-old Wright is a converted knuckleballer. He had an impressive relief stint against the Orioles on Saturday, as well, striking out six over three innings.

For the final homestand of the season, Farrell will pitch Clay Buchholz, Anthony Ranaudo and Allen Webster against the Rays, and then Wright, Joe Kelly and Buchholz against the Yankees.

Worth noting
• Outfielder Bryce Brentz, who got his first Major League hit earlier in the week in Pittsburgh, got his first career start in Sunday's finale against the Orioles.

"He's got well above-average power as a right-handed hitter," said Farrell. "In talking with him as he's come up here -- and talking with [Pawtucket manager] Kevin Boles throughout the course of the season -- some of the adjustments that he's made at the plate, where he's opened up his stance a little bit and can maybe see the ball with a little bit more clarity, ... I think it's translated into maybe a little more frequency of hard contact. He's always been an impressive kid, in terms of strength of the bat."

• Of late, rookies Mookie Betts and Xander Bogaerts have formed a solid 1-2 tandem at the top of the batting order. Perhaps that's something that could be a common sight in the coming years.

"For a period of time, they're probably our two most consistent, hottest hitters," said Farrell. "They've been getting on base ahead of the guys in the middle of the order."

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