All eyes will be on the city of Boston on Monday.
The Red Sox, who paid homage to the victims of last year's marathon attacks and the first responders in Sunday night's game, will be thrust into the nation's spotlight Monday morning as they take on the Orioles in an emotional anniversary game.
"There's certainly a recognition of what this weekend represents in Boston, and what we experienced a year ago," Boston's manager John Farrrell said. "The overriding thing is that we feel a greater sense of pride, having been part of a community that rallied around a tragic event and, on some small level, we were part of the healing process. Hopefully [Monday's] anniversary -- not by date but by event, the anniversary -- is another day of healing for those who have been a victim."
This might be the first time the Red Sox have played a Sunday night game before the traditional 11 a.m. ET Patriots Day start, and both teams will adjust their pregame schedules accordingly.
"It will be an abbreviated one," Farrell said. "Anything that we would do, hitting-wise, would be done in the cage. For marathon Monday, the traditional start time has been there, but this is the first time we're coming off a night game."
Boston is 4-1 against the Orioles on Patriots' Day, and while the O's are well aware, and very respectful of the Boston Strong messages all around the city, manager Buck Showalter's club won't be taking it easy against the Red Sox.
"Whether you are from Boston or Massachusetts or Texas or whatever, this is something that happened to our country. I think everybody [is respectful]," Showalter said of remembering that day's tragic events. "But we do have a job to do, something we want to deliver on. Everybody will take in the moment. I know I will. But sooner or later, they are going to play that song and we are going to compete."
The Orioles will send Wei-Yin Chen to the mound opposite Red Sox righty Clay Buchholz. Chen is coming off his best outing of the still-young season, holding Tampa Bay to one run over 6 1/3 innings while Buchholz is 0-1 with a 5.51 ERA.
Orioles: Gausman turns in best start of season
Orioles pitching prospect Kevin Gausman turned in his best outing of the season on Sunday afternoon despite picking up a no-decision in Triple-A Norfolk's 6-3 win over Durham.
The 23-year-old Gausman allowed four hits over five shutout innings, walking two and stiking out four. He threw 48 of his 74 pitches for strikes, lowering his ERA to 3.24 through four starts this season.
The five innings marked the longest outing of the season so far for Gausman, who dealt with a blister on his pitching hand in his last start.
"The last one was more blister than the one before that," Showalter said of the report on Gausman's outing. "I think they are managing his innings a little bit."
Red Sox: Buchholz rebounds nicely from rough debut
After Buchholz was rocked by the Brewers in his first start, he has bounced back to pitch well in his last two starts. The righty is still looking for his first win of the season.
"[His stuff] increases with every outing -- action to his stuff, consistency of velocity, consistency of location. All three things continue to improve each time he goes to the mound," said Farrell.
After suffering through shoulder injuries last season, Buchholz is still getting back to full strength.
"I feel good. The ball feels pretty good coming out of my hand right now," said Buchholz. "It's all about executing pitches in big situations. There was one pitch that I wish I could take back last time out, and that was the two-run home run, so if I can say that about every time that I go out there and start, there's only one pitch I can take back, everything is moving the right way."
• Boston third baseman Will Middlebrooks (right calf strain) will start his Minor League rehab assignment on Monday for Triple-A Pawtucket. Middlebrooks could be ready to rejoin the Red Sox on Friday in Toronto.
• Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino will play for Pawtucket on Monday and Tuesday after taking Sunday off, and he could return by Wednesday to face the Yankees.
• Orioles third baseman Manny Machado was scheduled off in his rehab Sunday and will play seven innings at third base on Monday, then serve as designated hitter in an extended spring game on Tuesday. He could be eligible to start a rehab assignment after that, although Showalter said a lot of that will be based off how Machado feels after playing nine innings.
• Orioles reliever Troy Patton will join Norfolk on Tuesday and stay there for his entire rehab assignment. His 25-game suspension ends on April 30.
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.