5/26/2013 3:40 P.M. ET
Red Sox to honor military on Memorial Day
By Ian Browne / MLB.com
BOSTON -- For their Memorial Day tribute before Monday night's game against the Phillies at Fenway Park, the Red Sox will recognize several Gold Star wives.
The color guard will be performed by the West Roxbury VFW Post 2902. The national anthem will be performed by New Hampshire Army National Guard First Class Sergeant Michelle Lowes.
The first pitch will be thrown by U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Vic Beck.
There will be a hats off to heroes tribute at the end of the fourth, with Ann Brown, U.S. Army SGT First Class, being honored. God Bless America will be performed by Lowes before the bottom of the seventh inning.
The Red Sox will have a large American flag on display, accompanied by members of Hanscom Air Force base.
The Red Sox will wear specially designed caps and jerseys.
Morales expected to be back in bullpen Tuesday
BOSTON -- The Red Sox are expected to activate Franklin Morales on Tuesday, ending the lefty's prolonged quest to get off the disabled list.
Morales, who had shoulder weakness late last season, experienced back woes in Spring Training.
Once he started to get healthy, Morales suffered a left pec injury.
Of late, Morales has pitched well in his Minor League rehab assignment.
Though the Red Sox were stretching him out as a starter in the Minors, Morales will return in a relief capacity. There are currently no openings in the rotation.
Morales will join Andrew Miller and Craig Breslow to give the Sox three lefties in the 'pen.
Carp taking advantage of increased role
BOSTON -- The injury to Shane Victorino has at least provided the chance for Mike Carp to play somewhat regularly, and the Red Sox outfielder is taking advantage of the opportunity.
In Friday's win over the Indians, Carp belted a three-run homer. He was again in the lineup on Sunday.
"Well in the absence of Shane, the combination of he and Jonny [Gomes] have been productive," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "I think there's become a little bit of a flow and understanding by both guys, knowing where their spot in the game and certainly against certain starters, where they're going to get a start on a given day.
"But to their credit, the guys that have been coming off the bench or spot starting, they've contributed," said Farrell. "We've gotten contributions from really every guy on this roster, and in Mike's situation, it's probably been in some moments of the game were they've been a little more focal or against a very good right-handed starter in [Justin] Masterson. He's given us a huge lift coming off the bench."
During Victorino's absence, Daniel Nava has moved from left field to right field.
"[Daniel has played] to the best of his abilities," Farrell said. "Shane has shown us exceptional range and very good play in right field. We don't compare Daniel against Shane. Daniel is going to give us the best of his abilities that that he has on a given day. All around, though, when you look at the way he's swung the bat, the way he's played defensively, he's having a very good year."