BOSTON -- Andrew Bailey, on the DL since April 29 with right biceps strain, threw again Sunday morning, the fourth consecutive day. He threw a long-toss session, from about 160 feet, and then had a 10-pitch session on flat ground. Both Bailey and pitching coach Juan Nieves said after the outing they were pleased. Bailey is expected to pitch from a mound on Tuesday. It is not known yet if Bailey will require a rehab outing, or if he would be able to get enough work in simulated games and settings to be activated.
- For the fourth time this season, Mike Napoli will serve as the designated hitter. Napoli, who was diagnosed with avascular necrosis in both hips during the offseason, has appeared in all 37 of the team’s games this season. He is batting .255 with a .503 slugging percentage and .316 on-base percentage. In the DH role he is batting .333, going 5-for-15, with three runs scored, six RBI, two doubles and a home run.
- The Red Sox were 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position in yesterday’s 3-2 loss to the Jays, leaving eight runners on base. They are 13-for-71, batting .183, in their last nine games with runners in scoring position, leaving 65 runners on base. They are 2-7 in that stretch.
- Ryan Dempster gets the start Sunday afternoon in the home stand finale against the Blue Jays. He is 2-3 with a 2.93 ERA in seven starts this season. In four career games against the Blue Jays he is 1-0 with a 4.12 ERA, giving up nine earned runs in 19 2/3 innings. Dempster, from British Columbia, is 6-0 against Canadian teams in his 16-season career, including 5-0 against the Expos. He faced the Blue Jays once this season, on May 2 at Rogers Centre, earning the win while posting a quality start, going six innings, giving up one run, on five hits and three walks with four strikeouts.
- As part of today’s Mother’s Day celebration, players will wear pink wristbands and symbolic pink ribbons on their uniforms to help raise awareness for breast cancer . . . For the first time ever, a new baseball with pink stitching and graphics will serve as the official game ball and some players will also raise awareness with pink bats and batting gloves, pink cleats, pink necklaces, and pink arm sleeves.