BOSTON -- Considering how much praise they've received for their poise, it's easy to forget that Xander Bogaerts is 21 years old and Jackie Bradley Jr. just turned 24. Neither player is perfect, and they've both made some fundamental errors in recent games.
Bogaerts got thrown out trying to steal third in a critical spot in Monday's 7-6 loss to the Orioles and Bradley missed the cutoff man on a throw to the plate.
"I think there's a certain expectancy that some of that might take place," said manager John Farrell, "but what we do with it and how we respond to it is most important. That requires more individual conversation, and that took place yesterday as well as today."
The only way Bogaerts and Bradley are going to learn how to respond to every situation is to go through them.
"You're taking guys that are gaining experience at the Major League level, which is going to be different than any Minor League setting that they've ever been involved in," said Farrell. "The talent is there, the work ethic is there. And yet we've got to ride the ebb and flow a little bit, because of the inexperience, which is fully expected on our part."
Playing two rookies at key positions in the middle of the diamond can be a challenge, but one the Red Sox are fully confident they can work through.
"You're talking about the two positions on the field with respect to outfield or infield that are going to see the most action," said Farrell. "As their learning curve is fairly steep at this point, you may see some things that a veteran player isn't going to show you. That's part of the game and that's part of a young player becoming an everyday big leaguer."
Gomes gets nod in left vs. Tanaka over struggling Nava
BOSTON -- In a lineup move reminiscent of last October, Jonny Gomes started in left field on Tuesday night against the Yankees, even though right-hander Masahiro Tanaka was on the mound.
For the most part over the past two years, Daniel Nava has been the primary option against righties.
However, Nava has struggled coming out of the gate this season, hitting .149 with two homers, three RBIs and a .240 on-base percentage.
"I don't think there's a whole lot of difference between righties and lefties against this guy," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "He's a very talented pitcher. Jonny has been putting up a lot of quality at-bats of late. I know the easy target is going to be, 'Why is Daniel Nava not in this game tonight?' Well, we're trying to get him going offensively and Jonny gives us a little bit more of that right now."
What differences have the Red Sox noticed with Nava after having career year in 2013, when he hit .303 with 12 homers and 66 RBIs.
"He's probably swung the bat a little bit more earlier in counts than we've seen in the past, and that might be some reflection of the current level of confidence," said Farrell. "When he's squared up some balls, he hasn't seen the fruits of that too much. Like all players, they go through a little bit of a peak and valley and we're trying to get him out of that right now. Fundamentally, I can't say it's any one thing that he's breaking down from a swing mechanic standpoint."
With starters struggling, bullpen help might be needed
BOSTON -- The Red Sox are likely to make a roster move prior to Wednesday's game against the Yankees, but the activation of right fielder Shane Victorino might have to wait until Thursday.
With their starting pitchers going less than five innings the past two games, the Red Sox might need to call up a reliever for Wednesday's game.
It remains to be seen how Boston will open up a roster spot, but struggling outfielder Daniel Nava did meet with manager John Farrell after Tuesday's 9-3 loss with the door closed.
Nava's back was also taped up, leaving open the possibility he could be optioned to the Minors or placed on the 15-day disabled list.
If the Red Sox do call up a pitcher, it could be just for one day, with Victorino filling that roster spot Thursday, when lefty CC Sabathia takes the ball for the Yankees.
Victorino went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts for Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday, the third game of his Minor League rehab assignment.
"We may have a pitching move because of how deep we've had to go in the bullpen the last couple of days, so Shane is not a given for tomorrow," said Farrell.
NCAA champion Napier throws out first pitch
BOSTON -- While John Farrell is admittedly not much of a college basketball fan, the Red Sox manager was impressed with the run the University of Connecticut men's basketball team had to claim the 2014 NCAA Championship.
"They seemed to find so much momentum late in the season. They played with so much confidence," said Farrell.
The Red Sox honored the team at Fenway Park before Tuesday's game against the Yankees. Huskies senior guard Shabazz Napier, who graduated from Lawrence Academy in Groton, Mass., threw out the ceremonial first pitch, and Connecticut governor Dannel P. Malloy also participated in the ceremony.
The Huskies had an unprecedented run to the title after coming into the tournament as a No. 7 seed. They beat five teams before beating Kentucky, 60-54, in the championship game.
Farrell saw many similar traits between the 2014 Huskies and the '13 Red Sox.
"You could see that they had such momentum regardless of the seeding. Nothing was going to stop them," Farrell said. "More than anything, it was their energy and confidence. It was evident when they went on the court."
Red Sox do their part on Earth Day
BOSTON -- In celebration of Earth Day on Tuesday, the Red Sox, in partnership with National Grid, did their part to help the environment.
The Red Sox made sure that Tuesday's game against the Yankees was carbon neutral. The team did this by purchasing renewable energy credits to offset all emissions generated from the game. That included electric and gas consumption, waste disposal and transportation.
The ballclub has been doing its part to help the planet since 2008, when it created the Poland Spring Green Team and installed solar thermal panels at Fenway Park. The team's field maintenance features include timed irrigation, diagnostic controls to minimize water and fertilizer use and biodiesel-powered lawn mowers.
The Poland Spring Green Team also collected recyclables throughout Tuesday's game and helped educate fans on the importance of recycling.
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.