• Shane Victorino's first game back following the World Baseball Classic saw him go 1-for-3 in the Red Sox's 5-1 win over the Rays on Sunday. Victorino said "disappointment" was a buzzword among his fellow Team USA participants, who were knocked out of the tournament by Puerto Rico on Friday.
"I think it's great for the game of baseball," Victorino said of the tournament. "Obviously it would be greater if the USA was in there, for the sake of, for our country. Very disappointing, but I look at it as another great experience to be with a bunch of great guys."
Victorino said he thought he got enough at-bats, although he would have liked to have been in the field more, and that he'll play wherever he's asked to, if that means left field on the road and right at home. He also said that worrying about whether he and Jacoby Ellsbury have enough time to get to know each other defensively is unnecessary.
"I gave you guys my answer," Victorino said. "When somebody gets traded over at the Deadline, I don't get to go and work with him. I don't get to say, 'OK let me now go take a week with whoever gets traded over.' Hunter Pence got traded over [and] I didn't get time to go work with him. Jacoby and I talked about that. Sometimes I think people, not necessarily naming people, but, you guys want to make it like, 'OK, we got to work together, you got to do this, you got to do that.'"
• Craig Breslow (left shoulder) is throwing out at 110 feet and continues to slowly make strength gains. Farrell reaffirmed that tests on Breslow showed no structural damage.
"I know for one it's been frustrating for Bres himself and we continually reexamine the situation internally, because of the amount of time it's taken," Farrell said.
• Red Sox Major League infielders on Monday will be working on the shift among other things at JetBlue Park while the Minor League infielders fill in for a Grapefruit League game in Bradenton. If a pull left-handed hitter worthy of the shift is up without a man on first, Farrell said he'll play Will Middlebrooks where the second baseman would be.
"[Dustin Pedroia] will be in short right field," Farrell said. "When there's a man on first, they'll swap to keep Pedroia around the bag."