TORONTO -- The Sox are facing knuckleballer R.A. Dickey in the series finale in Toronto, but not a lot of their hitters have much experience hitting his signature pitch.
Only five Sox hitters had faced Dickey for more than two at-bats prior to Sunday, with Shane Victorino leading the way with 19 career at-bats (and five hits, including a homer).
"We don't have a lot," said manager John Farrell. "We didn't go back and look at the matchups against (former Sox knuckleballer Tim Wakefield) and see how they fared against him or who swung the bat well. Even though they're both knuckeballers, it's still a very different type of knuckleball between the two, so the uniqueness is clearly here."
- Wanting to move Mike Napoli from first base to DH to get him off the artificial turf at Rogers Centre, Farrell elected to go with Daniel Nava at first base rather than give Mike Carp his first start of the season.
"(Because of) the way he played in spring training," said Farrell of Nava, "the way he's adapted, the way he's swung the bat. All things considered, that's why he's at first base. I think he's made the transition and incorporated first base defensively pretty seamlessly."
Carp has yet to get a plate appearance through the first five games of the season.