Bogaerts, Middlebrooks late scratches; Weeks, Cecchini in

Bogaerts, Middlebrooks late scratches; Weeks, Cecchini in

BOSTON --- Shortstop Xander Bogaerts (stiff neck) and third baseman Will Middlebrooks (sprained right hand) were scratched from the Red Sox's lineup about 90 minutes before Tuesday night's 6-2 loss to the Rays. Both are day to day.

Bogaerts left Sunday's game against the Orioles with neck stiffness, though manager John Farrell expected the 21-year-old to return Tuesday. He was batting second in the team's original lineup, released at about 4:15 p.m. ET, and was scratched following batting practice.

"Xander, still some pinching sensation, stiff neck during BP today," Farrell said.

Middlebrooks has aggravated the right hand he hurt toward the end of July during batting practice Tuesday. It was not related to the right index finger he fractured in May --- an issue that caused him to miss more than two months.

Jemile Weeks played shortstop and batted second in Bogaerts' place. He went 1-for-2 with a walk and a sacrifice fly. Garin Cecchini filled in at third and hit seventh in favor of Middlebrooks, going 1-for-4 with a flyout to the warning track and a hard-hit line drive that Rays right fielder Wil Myers dove to grab.

Worth noting

• Knuckleballer Steven Wright, Joe Kelly and Clay Buchholz will start in Boston's three-game set against the Yankees this weekend. It will be Wright's second career start and first this season.

• Cuban defector Rusney Castillo made his Fenway debut, batting sixth and playing center field. He went 0-for-4 with a strikeout.

Steven Petrella is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.