Thursday, April 24, 2014
Dustin Pedroia will next be swinging a bat in Fenway. He went 0-for-3 as the Pawtucket DH on Sunday, with two deep fly outs (right and left field) and a weak grounder back to the pitcher (for a double play). Pedroia declared himself ready. Look for him in Tuesday's lineup.
Boston needs him after going 5-5 on the road trip (7-3 would have been nice, especially after the Sox blew two games with comfortable leads.
The Sea Dogs seem to be following the parent club in that trend, after Richmond scored five runs in the bottom of the ninth to beat Portland 5-4 Sunday night.
Nate Spears hit a three-run homer. Starter Jeremy Kehrt allowed only one hit over six innings. Eammon Portice followed with two scoreless innings.
Relievers Bryce Cox and Ryne Reynoso gave it up in the ninth. Portland won 4-of-6 games on the road trip, which is good, except for the lousy taste from Sunday's loss.
Both Boston and Portland are off Monday and both return home Tuesday.
Kevin Thomas covers baseball and basketball for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He wisely moved to Maine in 1994 after working for the St. Petersburg Times. He is married to Nancy and they have nine children.
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