ARLINGTON, Texas -- Despite being spiked in the left leg on a stolen base attempt in the fourth inning Friday night, Xander Bogaerts was back in the lineup Saturday night.
"Once I got hit,'' said Bogaerts Friday night, "I felt some pain, but then it cooled down. As the innings went on, it got a lot more sore. I got a few spikes in my knee. But it'll be OK.''
Indeed, Bogaerts was able to survive the collision with Texas Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin.
"I don't know that he necessarily thinks that he dropped his knee to block the bag,'' said John Farrell. "But we're going to teach our middle infielders to straddle the bag to receive the throw on a stolen base (attempt). But because of the closeness of the play, he was in the middle of it.''
Bogaerts has had some minor injuries of late, but has insisted on playing through them.
"He's a young guy who wants to play every day,'' said Farrell, "and when he does get banged up with some minor things, he's certainly not looking to come out of the lineup.''
* Clay Buchholz was tagged for 10 hits and six runs in just 4 1/3 innings Friday, but maintained that he pitched better than his line indicated.
"Ten hits (but) nine singles,'' said Buchholz. "They did a good job putting the ball in play. There were just a lot of balls through the infield in key situations for them. That's what I took out of it.''
Prior to Friday night, Buchholz had appeared to turn a corner, with improved velocity, better command and just one run allowed in his previous 12 1/3 innings.
Catcher A.J. Pierzynski blamed Buchholz's struggles Friday on location.
"He was up (in the strike zone),'' said Pierzynski. "The last couple of starts, he's been really good being down in the zone. But tonight he was up a little bit and (the Rangers) didn't miss.''
"Obviously, I wasn't as sharp as I would have liked,'' said Buchholz. "But at some point, you're not going to go out there with your best stuff every time out. I felt good with a lot of the pitches they hit. There were a couple of mislocations, but that's not really what hurt me. It was the balls put in play.''
* After playing for the last weeks or so, Shane Victorino has yet to make much of an impact offensively.
Victorino went into last night with a slash line of .250/.315/.354 in 11 games, after missing most of April recovering from a hamstring pull.
"There's been no restrictions as far as the way he's move, the range he's shown in right field,'' said Farrell. "He's responded daily. (His physical condition) is what's been expected.''
* Jon Lester was back on the mound Saturday night, seven days after striking out a career-high 15 hitters a week ago.
Lester threw 119 pitches in eight innings, but Farrell said the Sox weren't going be watching him any more closely than usual.
"When you look at how consistent his location was,'' said Farrell, "a number of those strikeouts were called strike threes. So it wasn't like he was trying to gain added rotation to his cutter or reach back for added velocity. He was in very good rhythm, so he wasn't over-working or trying to work out of any jams. Looking at Jon going to the mound tonight is much like any of the other starts he's made this year.''