5/6/2014 7:11 P.M. ET
Local woman named club's Honorary Bat Girl
By Quinn Roberts / MLB.com
BOSTON -- Barbara Knox of Braintree, Mass., was announced as the Red Sox's 2014 Honorary Bat Girl.
The contest recognizes baseball fans who have been affected by breast cancer and who demonstrate a commitment to eradicating the disease.
A diehard Red Sox fan her entire life, Knox is a sixth grade English teacher at Thayer Academy in Braintree. Diagnosed with breast cancer at the beginning of the 2013-14 school year, she continued to teach while undergoing chemotherapy and radiation, missing only a short period of the year.
Knox was nominated by one of her students, sixth grader Cam Mannion of Braintree.
Since the Red Sox will be on the road on Mother's Day, Knox will take part in pregame activities, be honored during an on-field ceremony and receive pink MLB merchandise with two tickets to the game at a future game at Fenway this month.
On Sunday, players and on-field personnel will wear the symbolic pink ribbon on their uniforms along with pink wrist bands. Commemorative base jewels and dugout lineup cards will also be pink. Games will use a pink stitched Rawlings baseball, the official ball of MLB, as the official game day baseball.
Numerous players will use pink bats and pink Louisville Slugger bats, the official bat of Major League Baseball, will be stamped with the MLB breast cancer awareness logo. Many game-used Louisville Slugger pink bats from Mother's Day games that have been authenticated by MLB will be auctioned exclusively on MLB.com to benefit the fight against breast cancer.
Mujica making progress from strained oblique
BOSTON -- After successfully passing a series of tests on his right oblique the past few days, Red Sox right-hander Edward Mujica had one final hurdle to cross before Tuesday's game against the Reds.
"He is throwing right now. He is going through stretch with pitchers," manager John Farrell said before the game. "We needed to get him on the mound to test and see where he is. That is important."
Mujica injured his right oblique while warming up in the bullpen during Saturday's 6-3 win over the A's. Mujica said he threw about 15 fastballs as he warmed up in the bullpen, but he felt discomfort on the first changeup he threw.
Mujica threw from 90 feet on Sunday and had treatment on the oblique Monday with no issues.
"At this point, it would be a surprise if he didn't pass today," said Farrell.
After signing a two-year, $9.5 million contract this offseason, Mujica has struggled this season. He's 1-1 with a 9.00 ERA in 11 appearances, allowing 10 runs in 10 innings of work.
Despite lack of familiarity, Farrell confident vs. Reds
BOSTON -- Tuesday's game between the Reds and Red Sox at Fenway Park marked the most unfamiliar opponent Boston has faced this season.
The two teams last met June 13-15, 2008, at Great American Ball Park and last played at Fenway from June 13-15, 2005.
Red Sox manager John Farrell understands the challenges, but he isn't concerned.
"The benefit of the system is that everyone has access to it," Farrell said. "You don't have to see them personally. It is there to use at your disposal. It'll give us a starting point."
The clubs have faced off just six times in Interleague action, with the Red Sox going 5-1 in those matchups. After a two-game series in Boston, the clubs will play again from Aug. 12-13 in Cincinnati.
"This is a two-game look," Farrell said. "We'll see them later on. You are going to use and employ the info you have. As we have done before, we adjust in-game if that is required.
"When you consider the infield shift, that's [third-base coach] Brian Butterfield. Regardless of who we play, because of lack of familiarity across the field, there's not going to be a change in how he arrives at the position. We're completely trusting of that."
Plenty of Red Sox players are relying on their knowledge of particular players to determine how they will play them in the field.
"Personal familiarity goes a long way, particularly in-game reading swings. Maybe a guy who is swinging later than normal, there might be a step or two that a guy would give naturally in his position," Farrell said. "In this case, we have to trust our process."
Futures at Fenway set to return July 13
BOSTON -- The Red Sox will host the ninth annual Futures at Fenway game at Fenway Park on July 13 and also screen the baseball classic "Field of Dreams."
The Lowell Spinners, the Red Sox's Class A Short affiliate, will make their sixth appearance at Futures at Fenway, taking on the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, who are an affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. The gates will open at 2 p.m. ET for the 3:30 p.m. game.
Admission is $15 for the game and the movie, with tickets going on sale Thursday at noon at redsox.com/futures.
For the second straight year, fans are welcome to bring their dogs to the ballpark. Fans interested in bringing their dog can purchase a special ticket available over the phone at 877-REDSOX9, or in person at the Red Sox's ticket office. Those attending with pets may enter through Gate E.
Approximately 30 minutes after the game ends, fans can enjoy "Field of Dreams" on the video board. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the 1989 story that stars Kevin Costner and James Earl Jones, features Amy Madigan, Ray Liotta, Burt Lancaster, and Dwier Brown, and includes a memorable scene filmed at Fenway Park.
Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.