Before this year, Roy Oswalt had not made multiple relief appearances in the same season since he was a rookie in 2001, when eight of his 28 outings were out of the bullpen. Oswalt, after six starts, is a reliever once again following the Rangers' acquisition of Ryan Dempster and the team choosing to keep Scott Feldman in the rotation. Oswalt tossed four scoreless innings over two relief outings, but he still thinks of himself as a starting pitcher. "I've never done this before and I'm still learning," Oswalt said. "If you asked anybody who has been starting for 10-12 years, they wouldn't be happy with moving to the bullpen. If they were, they're not competitors." Red Sox: Bailey set to continue rehab assignment
Andrew Bailey, who has not pitched this season while recovering from right thumb surgery, will continue his rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket on Wednesday. He will need to pitch back-to-back days before the Red Sox consider activating him. Bailey allowed one run and fanned two in one inning for Double-A Portland on Saturday. He is one of three Boston relievers currently on the disabled list, the others being Scott Atchison and Rich Hill, who threw a bullpen session on Friday and could start a rehab assignment of his own soon. "This whole year has been a snail's pace," Bailey said. "I'm just looking forward to the next step in the program and getting back. ... I'm very confident that I'll be here soon and I definitely took a lot of positives out of [Saturday's outing]." Worth noting
Josh Hamilton has eight hits in 20 career at-bats against Beckett with two home runs and seven RBIs. He's 2-for-6 against Beckett this year.
Adrian Beltre's .337 batting average in day games this year is the seventh best in the AL. He needs one more home run to become the ninth third baseman in Major League history to have 10 seasons with at least 20 home runs.
Mark Lowe retired the side in the seventh inning for Triple-A Round Rock in his fifth rehab outing on Tuesday night, striking out two and throwing nine of 10 pitches for strikes. He has been on the disabled list since June 26 with a strained right intercostal muscle and could return Friday.
The first three hitters in the Sox's lineup -- Jacoby Ellsbury, Carl Crawford and Dustin Pedroia -- combined to go 9-for-13 with seven doubles, six runs and five RBIs in Boston's 9-2 win over the Rangers on Monday night. It was the first time in Red Sox history that the top three hitters in their lineup each had two doubles in the same game. The seven doubles allowed by Yu Darvish in that game was the most by a pitcher in Rangers history.