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Early notes for a long day ahead

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  April 21, 2013 11:27 AM

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Good morning from Fenway.

Let's start with Shane Victorino. John Farrell reported Victorino's back issue was improving but that Victorino was out of Game 1 and would not commit his status for Game 2. Best bet is that he'll miss the day. Victorino felt tightness on his sac bunt in the 6th inning to advance Jacoby Ellsbury.

Farrell said it was likely that David Ortiz would not play two games. He's hitting cleanup in the first game.

Daniel Nava is up in the two-hole playing right field. He remains one of the best stories in baseball. His outfield play has improved dramatically in two years. Has a very accurate arm. And he certainly has the flare for the dramatic, as witnessed by his three-run homer Saturday.

All eyes will be on rookie righthander Allen Webster in the nightcap. The 23-year-old flamethrower has impressed everyone in baseball who watched him in spring training and in his first two starts in Pawtucket. Could be a special No. 1 type pitcher...

By the way, the Red Sox do not have to make a roster move for Webster. Under the new rules teams playing a double-header can add a 26th player. The Royals are adding lefty reliever Will Smith.

-- Farrell said Lorenzo Cain, who had four hits against the Red Sox Saturday, reminds him of Reggie Sanders....

-- The Red Sox have won seven straight. They're 10-0 when they score first.

-- Joel Hanrahan, Franklin Morales, Craig Breslow and John Lackey are all progressing well from injuries. By next week, the Red Sox will have some interesting roster decisions to make.

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