7/12/2014 12:36 A.M. ET
Everyday job working out well for Holt
By Mike Vernon / MLB.com
HOUSTON -- Brock Holt has already played nine more games this season than he played in his first two Major League campaigns combined.
Holt played a key role in Friday's 8-3 win, going 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, two runs and an RBI to raise his average to .309.
Holt had appeared in just 50 total games in his first two years in the Majors -- one season with the Pirates before joining the Red Sox in 2013.
Could the everyday work be wearing on Holt?
"He's been such an important part of our lineup in leading off for us that you check in with him regularly just how he's responding physically," manager John Farrell said. "For the first time in his Major League career, he's got an everyday opportunity and he's certainly not going to balk at that or ask out, which he has not."
Peavy not paying attention to trade rumors
HOUSTON -- Despite recent trade rumors, Jake Peavy and the Red Sox are proceeding as normal for the right-hander's start on Saturday in Houston.
Peavy's name has been tossed around in the rumors as Boston approaches the All-Star break 10 games under .500. Peavy is 1-7 with a 4.64 ERA so far this season, his 13th in the Majors.
"What's going to happen down the road really doesn't bother me," Peavy said. "Being moved is something I don't want to think about, but it's certainly a possibility and the reality of the situation."
The timing of the rumors comes at a potentially awkward time for the Red Sox and manager John Farrell, as Peavy is slated to start against the Astros in Boston's second-to-last game before the break.
Farrell, however, said there is no emergency plan in place for any sudden movements before Peavy's start.
"If I'm made aware that something is imminent, there will be a contingency plan," Farrell said. "There's no contingency for now."
Victorino to be evaluated at end of weekend
HOUSTON -- The Red Sox are waiting to see how rehabbing outfielder Shane Victorino feels at the end of the weekend.
Victorino logged his first rehab game on Thursday, going 0-for-2 with two strikeouts for Class A short-season Lowell. He batted leadoff and played five innings in right field.
Manager John Farrell said Victorino, recovering from hamstring and back injuries, was scheduled for three at-bats Friday. After Victorino plays Saturday and Sunday, the team will determine what to do next.
"Sunday we'll determine [the next step] based on how he responds physically to the work," Farrell said.
Mike Vernon is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.