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Napoli under the weather and out of the lineup

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  June 14, 2013 06:19 PM

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BALTIMORE A few Red Sox updates from Camden Yards:

Mike Napoli remains under the weather with a virus of some sort. He didn't take batting practice and won't play tonight.

Rubby De La Rosa is here and will be available in relief if needed. Ideally, manager John Farrell said, it would be to start an inning. De La Rosa and Alfredo Aceves are candidates to start one of the games Tuesday when the Sox host a doubleheader against the Rays.

Jose Iglesias volunteered to pitch on Thursday night. Not happening, Farrell said. If it ever comes to that, Jonny Gomes would be the choice.

Clay Buchholz played long toss today and had a more intense throwing session than in previous days. He's set for a bullpen session on Sunday and, if that goes well, will start Tuesday.

Farrell thought Andrew Miller looked as good as he has all season in his two innings Thursday. Hard to dispute that. He fanned four, walked two, and didn't give up a hit.

David Ross is catching because Jarrod Saltalamacchia caught all 13 innings Thursday.

Farrell said he was looking to get Stephen Drew a day off. Left unsaid was that Drew is really struggling. If Iglesias has another big night at the plate, could they sit him down again?

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