"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.
• 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 MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.