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Worth noting

• Clay Buchholz is scheduled to make his third rehab start on Wednesday for Triple-A Pawtucket in Game 1 of the Governors' Cup playoffs. But that may be out of his control since his wife, Lindsay, is scheduled to give birth to the couple's second child Wednesday.

"I think this probably has more to do with Lindsay," Farrell said in an understatement. "She's due on Wednesday. We're flexible enough both here and at Pawtucket that we can adjust by a day without disrupting any of their plans."

• Detroit's one-man wrecking crew, Miguel Cabrera, missed his third consecutive game Monday with a strained abdominal muscle. Even though Cabrera leads the American League in hits (173), RBIs (130) and batting average (.358), he hasn't been overly successful at Fenway Park. Before this series, Cabrera was hitting .260 with three home runs and 11 RBIs in 77 career at-bats.

 • Koji Uehara continues to be dominant in his role as Boston's closer -- a role that's been amplified by the loss of Andrew Bailey and Joel Hanrahan to injuries. Uehara's streak of 24 consecutive scoreless innings is the second-longest active run in all of Major League Baseball.

• When Ellsbury stole his 51st base Sunday against the White Sox, it gave him a Major League-leading 92.7 percent success rate. Ellsbury has been successful in all but four stolen-base attempts.

Mike Scandura is a contributor to
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