Daniel Nava, Ryan Kalish and Will Middlebrooks impress their manager and make it easy to put the rookies in the lineup day after day.
Carl Crawford is on schedule to start a 20-day rehab assignment on Saturday.
Bobby Valentine rides the hot hand and gives Will Middlebrooks the start at third base while Kevin Youkilis sits.
Daniel Bard tells reporters in Pawtucket that he's no longer a starting pitcher, and Bobby Valentine confirms the news in Boston.
Red Sox minor league right-handed pitcher Marco Duarte has been suspended 50 games for testing positive for an amphetamine.