BALTIMORE — The Red Sox will start Jon Lester against the Orioles on Sunday afternoon. There was a possibility of Clay Buchholz getting the start but that idea was scratched when he played catch Wednesday and still felt some stiffness.
Then there is this: Lester is 14-1, 2.63 in 21 starts against Baltimore, 7-0, 2.52 in 10 starts at Camden Yards.
The tentative plan now is for Buchholz to start Tuesday at Fenway Park against the Rays.
“I wouldn’t say it’s going to be a concrete thing for Tuesday, but we feel like two additional days would be an adequate time to get over the soreness,” manager John Farrell said. “But we won’t put him out there until he’s symptom-free.”
• The Red Sox optioned Alfredo Aceves back to Triple A Pawtucket after his strong six innings against the Rays Wednesday. Righthanded reliever Alex Wilson was recalled.
Wilson pitched well (16 appearances, 18 IP, 19 H, 5 ER, 9 BB, 15 K) during his stint with the Sox. He was optioned May 28 when Franklin Morales came off the disabled list.
“He did a good job, threw strikes,” Farrell said. “He seemed to attack lefties and righties both. He was starting to get his feet on the ground for a young guy.”
• Aceves and RHP Rubby De La Rosa are the candidates to be the 26th man for the doubleheader on Tuesday. The player picked would start one of the games.
• Farrell on 20-year-old Xander Bogaerts being promoted to Triple A: “It’s exciting. We get the daily reports and kind of read up on how guys are doing, guys you’ve been exposed to in spring training. Certainly all the attention, and rightfully so, that he’s generated across the game, not only inside out own organization, this looks to be a pretty special player. He’s well ahead of the age curve.”
Bogaerts made a big impression on Farrell and the major league coaches during spring training.
“You see the ability,” said Farrell. “But you get to know the guy and see how he acts. The guy lights up a room when he walks into it. He’s got that charisma. He’s got a lot going for him.”