Manager Bobby Valentine says the team is playing it by ear with Carl Crawford, that Jon Lester looks great, and that Daisuke Matsuzaka threw well.
Reliever Andrew Bailey took another step in the rehabilitation process, throwing live batting practice to two teammates Wednesday.
Bobby V isn't a huge fan of how Josh Beckett prepares for games. SRO has obtained a copy of the manager's complaints.
Sources say the Red Sox want to see where they stand in the playoff race early next week before determining whether to buy or sell at Tuesday's trade deadline.
The police chief in Leominster has recommended firing an officer whom his internal investigators say directed a racial slur at Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford.