Tuesday April 05, 2011 | 10:01 AM

While it was difficult for Red Sox fans to watch their team get swept in Texas, Sea Dogs followers could at least enjoy the success of David Murphy, one of the all-time good guys to have played at Hadlock Field.

Murphy, a potent left-handed-hitting outfielder for the Rangers, played in two of the games. He entered the opener as a pinch-hitter and swatting a game-winning, two-run double. In his other game, he drilled a home run. So far, he is batting 3-for-5 for the Rangers.

The Red Sox traded Murphy to Texas in 2007.

Another trade, in 2008, sent another former popular Sea Dogs player, pitcher Justin Masterson, to the Indians.

When the Red Sox begin their season in Cleveland tonight, they can be glad they are not facing Masterson (another member of that Sea Dogs' Good Guy club). Masterson (pictured below) helped the Indians to their only win, holding the White Sox to one run over seven innings on Sunday.

If you think that side-arm delivery of Masterson's is something, then you will enjoy another side-armer in Portland. We feature Blake Maxwell in today's Press Herald.

And one more good-guy story to pass on: Outfielder Austin Kearns signed with the Indians for reasons beyond baseball. He wanted his young son Brady to receive care at the Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital Center for Autism. See the story on MLB.com.


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