Buchholz coming along fine

BOSTON -- Some quick hits from Fenway Park, while waiting for Jonathan Papelbon to pop out of the Phillies clubhouse to renew acquaintances:

* Clay Buchholz did some light throwing Monday, and manager John Farrell reiterated it should only be a couple of days before Buchholz is slotted back into the rotation. He said he has yet to decide on which day Buchholz will make his next start. Buchholz had some minor irritation in his collarbone area, the result, he said, of sleeping in an awkward position.

* With the Sox playing in Philadelphia Thursday and Friday, their first games this season in a National League park, Farrell said David Ortiz and Mike Napoli will play a game apiece at first base. Teams do not use a DH in NL parks. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel employed Delmon Young as his DH Monday night, slotting him in the fifth spot in the order. Young comes into the game batting .211 with 3 home runs.

The Sox were 11-7 vs. National League teams last season, and since 2003, the Sox are 116-64, a winning percentage of .644 that is the best in the majors.

* Dustin Pedroia has started each of the team’s first 51 games, and was in the lineup again Monday night. No one in the big leagues has played in more games, and Farrell said, “At this point, he wants to play every day. That means no injuries. He takes care of himself physically.’’

In his last 9 home games, Pedroia is batting .487 (17 for 35) with 4 doubles, 6 RBIs, and 7 runs.

* Jose Iglesias did early work at three infield positions -- second, short and third -- and showed superior actions at all three. Iglesias was scheduled to play third base Monday night and bat ninth.

* Farrell said that Ryan Dempster, who has had problems with command in his last two starts (10 walks in his last 7 2/3 innings), had a positive side session prior to Tuesday night’s start. Farrell said Dempster’s issues stem primarily from the “shape and execution” of his secondary pitches, especially his slider and cutter, and said the timing of his delivery has been out of synch.