Bailey (biceps) still unavailable

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Andrew Bailey was not available for the middle game of the series with the Rangers.

The Red Sox closer did not pass a final throwing test 90 minutes before game time.

Manager John Farrell said prior to Bailey’s throwing session that he expected to have his closer, who has been sidelined with biceps soreness.

Bailey last worked on April 28 and is working on a streak of four straight scoreless appearances.

Before Friday’s opener of the three-game series matching division leaders, Farrell said Bailey would be used only in an emergency situation.

Soreness is good: Shane Victorino said he was sore following his first game action in seven days, but called it a good kind of sore.

“When you haven’t played for seven games, you are going to be a little sore,’’ Victorino said. “That’s the soreness you want.’’

But it isn’t keeping him out of the lineup. Victorino started in right field and was batting second in the Red Sox order.

And the best news, no problem at all with back stiffness that kept him out of the lineup for seven games.

“I didn’t hurt at all when I swung,’’ Victorino said, who went 1-for-4 with one of the six hits off Derek Holland.

He had a leadoff single in the fourth, but was erased on David Ortiz’ inning-ending double play.

Defensively, Victorino put his back to a test in the first inning, making a strong throw to catch Elvis Andrus, who took too wide a turn at second base.

“The thing you have to do is keep the ball low on that throw,’’ Victorino said. “Pedro Ciriaco made a good tag to get the out.’’

Breslow news: Farrell said reports were positive concerning a one-inning outing for right-handed reliever Craig Breslow on Saturday.

The 32-year-old Breslow, a seven-year veteran, threw a scoreless inning for Pawtucket against Durham. He needed only nine pitches.

“The most important thing, each outing he’s getting more crisp,’’ Farrell said.

Breslow was placed on the DL retroactively to March 22 with left shoulder tendinitis.

Farrell said Breslow’s experience would be an important addition to bullpen.

As far as Breslow's role, Farrell said, “I wouldn’t say he’s a multi-inning guy, but I wouldn’t say a situational guy, either.’’

Doubront feels OK: Farrell said there was no additonal soreness for Felix Doubront a day after being roughed up for six earned runs in 3 2/3 innings.

Speaking after the game, Farrell said Doubront’s arm speed was the problem.

However, the manager didn’t seem to be interested in any major changes to Doubront’s between-starts routine or the notion of skipping him for a turn. The Red Sox's next off day isn’t until May 13.

Feeling the love: Mike Napoli said the cheers he received from Rangers fans when he was introduced before his first at-bat on Friday was “awesome.’’

Napoli, 31, spent his last two seasons in Texas before signing a one-year, incentive-laden $5 million deal with the Red Sox.

“I didn’t show any emotion because that’s just the way I am on the field,’’ Napoli said. “But it was a great feeling.’’