--RHP Alfredo Aceves allowed one run in six innings Thursday to earn a victory in his second spot start in place of injured RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka. But it was most telling that manager Terry Francona, without provocation, twice referred to how well Aceves worked with C Jason Varitek. Aceves has been known to freelance on the mound, even crossing up Varitek during a recent appearance. But he worked smoothly with the veteran catcher Thursday. In two spot starts, Aceves has allowed two runs on only eight hits in 11 innings against the Cubs and Tigers. "I thought he followed Tek real well," Francona said. "It looked to me like he only shook off one time, which, to me, when Tek is catching is always a good thing. They were on the same page."
--RF Josh Reddick made the most of his eighth call-up to the Red Sox since the start of the 2009 season. Reddick, filling in for injured RF J.D. Drew (strained right hamstring) and OF Darnell McDonald (strained left quad), notched three hits, three RBI and three runs in a 14-1 rout of the Tigers on Thursday. Interestingly, Reddick noted before the game that being passed over last year for callups that went to Daniel Nava and Ryan Kalish was "a wake-up call." This season, he has exhibited more patience at the plate, already drawing 26 walks at Class AAA Pawtucket after drawing only 25 all of last season.
"It sounds like he is starting to understand his swing a little bit," manager Terry Francona said. "I think he always went through some periods where he'd get real hot and then he'd get real cold. It sounds like he's getting a little bit better understanding."
McDonald went on the disabled list to make room for Reddick. Drew, meanwhile, could miss a few days.
--INF Drew Sutton made his third consecutive start at a third different position Thursday. He also continued to deliver hits, picking up two more doubles to give him four in the last two games. Sutton filled in for Dustin Pedroia at second base Tuesday night in Cleveland, started for Kevin Youkilis at third Wednesday and gave SS Jed Lowrie a breather Thursday. What's next? "I know I'm here until (SS Marco Scutaro) comes off (the disabled list) or until whatever happens," Sutton said. "So, I'm just trying to do as much as I can with the opportunities I get and go from there."
--DH David Ortiz is on a roll in May, going 33-for-95 (.347) with eight home runs, a .400 on-base percentage and a .695 slugging percentage. Ortiz went 2-for-3 with two walks and three runs Thursday. "He's using all fields, and you can tell he's feeling good because he's getting ready early," LF Carl Crawford said. "He's getting his pitch, and right now, man, he's not missing it." Added manager Terry Francona, "He's getting good pitches, and you can see, he's fouling some balls back, but they're good swings. He's swinging himself into feeling good."
--RHP Bobby Jenks will take the next -- and, if all goes well, the last -- step in his recovery from a right biceps strain by pitching Friday night and Sunday for Class AAA Pawtucket. He hasn't appeared in a game since May 1. There's a chance Jenks may be activated from the disabled list early next week, which would render him available to face the Chicago White Sox, his former team, in Fenway Park. Jenks served as the White Sox's closer for parts of six seasons, including when they won the World Series in 2005.
--RHP John Lackey would start Tuesday for Class AAA Pawtucket if he has no difficulties in a Friday bullpen session. He is on the disabled list due to a right elbow strain.
BY THE NUMBERS
11 -- Wins for the Red Sox in their last 13 games.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"It was kind of a tough road once I saw guys like (Daniel) Nava and (Ryan) Kalish come up here. It kind of gave me a wakeup call to figure out that I need to step it up about five more notches to get it going." -- Red Sox OF Josh Reddick, on being passed over for callups early last season.
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