Wednesday, April 23, 2014
The Arizona Fall League began last week and the Red Sox prospects are doing fine for the most part. All but one was on the 2010 Sea Dogs roster.
Juan Carlos LInares is sizzling in three games (8-for-14, 3 doubles). Jose Iglesias is 5-for-15, and Ryan Lavarnway is also batting .333 (3-for-9, double and home run).
On the mound, Casey Kelly has made one start, going four innings (3 H, 2 R [0 ER], 0 BB, 3 K). Jason RIce has made two relief outings (3 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K).
Seth Garrison, the lone pitcher from Class A, has pitched two games (3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 K).
Dan Turpen and Eammon Portice have both pitched only one inning and struggled. Turpen: 3 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 1 K; Portice: 4 H, 5 R, 0 BB [2 HB], 1 K.
Also playing for the Peoria Javelinas is Koby Clemens, who is batting 4-for-16 ... Adam Loewen, the pitcher-turned-outfielder who played for New Hampshire last season, is 1-for-4.
Now that the Rangers have tied the series with New York, the pressure is on Yankees lefty Andy Pettitte (of course, if there is someone who has handled the pressure so well over the years, it's Pettitte).
It will be a great lefty match-up Monday night with Texas coming with Cliff Lee.
Game 4 on Tuesday will feature Tommy Hunter (13-4, 3.73 over the season) vs. A.J. Burnett (10-15, 5.26). While Hunter lost to the Rays last week, he is a solid starter. Burnett, obviously, has had his problems.Tweet
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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