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• Farrell said that Will Middlebrooks' right calf is continuing to improve as he gets treatment. Placed on the 15-day DL Sunday, the third baseman's discomfort is settling down with each passing day.

• Second baseman Dustin Pedroia has a hit in all six of Boston's games this season. Pedroia's 10 hits so far mark the most on the club and are tied for second in the American League.

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• Farrell said that Will Middlebrooks' right calf is continuing to improve as he gets treatment. Placed on the 15-day DL Sunday, the third baseman's discomfort is settling down with each passing day.

• Second baseman Dustin Pedroia has a hit in all six of Boston's games this season. Pedroia's 10 hits so far mark the most on the club and are tied for second in the American League.

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• Monday's game between the Rangers and Red Sox marks the earliest in a calendar year that the two clubs have met at Fenway Park.

• The Red Sox are tied for the sixth-most hits in the AL with 54, but are second to last in the AL with 19 runs scored.

• Hall of Famer and Red Sox legend Bobby Doerr turned 96 on Monday. Doerr was a nine-time All-Star and spent his entire career with the Red Sox.

• Lefty reliever Craig Breslow fired a scoreless inning for Triple-A Pawtucket on Monday, perhaps the final step before he is activated by the Red Sox.

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com

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