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Worth noting

• Clay Buchholz will try throwing at some point this weekend, though if it's unsuccessful, he could get a second opinion on Monday. Farrell said that opinion would come from noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews.

• Mike Napoli received a normal day off on Saturday as the Red Sox wanted to get another left-handed bat in the lineup against Hiroki Kuroda. Mike Carp got the start at first base. Napoli has three homers since the beginning of June.

• Farrell said he's noticed a drop in velocity from right-handed reliever Junichi Tazawa, who has allowed at least one run in four of his last nine appearances. After striking out 31 batters in his first 23 1/3 innings this season, Tazawa had fanned 16 in his last 19 innings entering play Saturday.

"He's probably not as powerful as he was last year when everyone saw him," Farrell said.

• Jonny Gomes homered Friday, and he's been on a tear since scuffling in April and May. Since the beginning of June, Gomes had hit .325 with eight doubles and four homers in 24 games before Saturday's game.

Jason Mastrodonato is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @jmastrodonato. Michael Periatt is an associate reporter for Follow him on Twitter @Michael Periatt.
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