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Thursday, May 23, 2013
Quick hits: Ross due to be activated

By Gordon Edes

BOSTON -- Some quick hits from Thursday night’s Titopalooza at Fenway Park, and for the record, bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr. brought the lineup card out to home plate.

-- Terry Francona waved and patted his heart in appreciation when the crowd accorded him a standing ovation at the end of the first inning, when a video tribute was played and the scoreboard flashed, "Welcome Back an Old Friend... Terry Francona."

-- Playing in a game at Portland that had an 11 a.m. start time, catcher David Ross (concussion) tuned up for his return to the Red Sox by doubling in three trips, scoring a run and knocking in another. He is expected to be activated prior to Friday night’s game against the Indians, manager John Farrell said.

Ross has missed 11 games after being struck in the catcher’s mask by two straight foul balls in the ninth inning of a game May 11 against the Blue Jays.

Thursday morning, he caught rehabbing left-hander Franklin Morales, who went five innings in his fifth rehab appearance, allowing an unearned run. Farrell said the club has yet to determine what the next move is for Morales, who got up to 77 pitches Thursday.

Ryan Lavarnway, who made two starts behind the plate in Ross’ absence, is expected to return to Pawtucket when Ross is activated.

-- Shane Victorino missed his third straight game with a left hamstring strain. Farrell said he is improving but still hasn’t ruled out Victorino going on the DL if he isn’t ready to play in the next few days. Mike Carp, who is 0 for his last 17, started in left field Thursday, with Daniel Nava in right. This was just the third start for Carp since May 2.

-- Agawam, the Western Massachusetts hometown of Carl Beane, the Sox PA announcer who died of a heart attack last year at the age of 59, has chosen to honor Beane in a meaningful way. The town recently renamed a Little League field the Carl Beane Baseball Field. A stone and granite marker was placed that reads: "Carl E. Beane 1952-2012. The 'Voice of Fenway Park.' A former Agawam Little League player, coach & hometown hero."

-- The Red Sox had just one save opportunity during their nine-game trip, one reason the work of the bullpen may have gone overlooked. Sox relievers posted a 1.04 ERA (26 innings, 3 earned runs) on the trip, and in one stretch had 16 1/3 straight scoreless innings.

-- Because of rain delays in Cleveland on Wednesday night, the Indians did not arrive at their Boston hotel until 4 a.m.