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So far, the Sox have stuck to a five-man rotation and not skipping their turns when a day off approaches. Dylan Axelrod was inserted into the rotation Saturday in part to give Quintana extra rest.
The one difference between Sale and Quintana is that Quintana, 23, has been extremely efficient. He has exceeded 92 pitches only twice in his six starts.
"We're watching (Quintana) like we're watching everyone else," Cooper said. "We're aware that Quintana and Sale, as far as our starting pitchers, have a limited track record."
Second fiddle: Despite batting .327 over his last 14 games, Gordon Beckham didn't mind being moved out of the second spot in the lineup to make room for newly acquired Kevin Youkilis.
"They obviously feel like this is a good spot for him," said Beckham, who returned to ninth. "I'm excited we got somebody like him to play, and he's an incredible player. I'm excited to still be in the lineup wherever."
Beckham, who raised his batting average from .228 to .249 during the 14 games, seemed just as satisfied working deep counts as he has with his increase in batting average.
"I've felt good since May, to be honest," Beckham said. "I have a lot of confidence. It's not usually like a pitch or two is thrown to me, and then getting out."
Number change: Rookie outfielder Jordan Danks was happy to surrender jersey number 20 to Youkilis.
Danks said equipment manager Vince Fresso informed him after Sunday's game that he no longer would be wearing the number.
"I said that's fine as long as I have a number," said Danks, who now will wear No. 7.
Danks was impressed after meeting Youkilis for the first time and coming away with the impression he would get compensated for surrendering the number.
"(Youkilis) said he'll hook me up," Danks said. "I don't know what that means. Dream big, I guess."
Injury update: Philip Humber (right elbow flexor strain) will throw a bullpen session Wednesday.
Left-hander John Danks (left shoulder strain) reported progress after playing catch.