Wednesday April 13, 2011 | 08:26 AM

In 1991, Minnesota fans were restless as their Twins began the season 2-9. The end result: a 95-67 regular season record and a World Series title.

Boston is 2-9 at the moment after another loss (although losing to David Price is no cause for panic). The Red Sox are five games behind Baltimore, four behind New York ... and, yes, it is way, way too early to be scoreboard watching.

Jed Lowrie was locked in on Price with two doubles. Lowrie is batting .438 (7-for-16).

Today's game could be a slugfest with James Shields (0-1, 4.73) vs. John Lackey (1-1, 15.58).

Now for the minors:

Lefty Kris Johnson was delayed coming out of spring training with a slight case of tendinitis. He made his 2011 debut for Pawtucket on Tuesday and was rocked (2 1/3, 8 H, 6 ER, BB, 0 K) ... Michael Bowden threw 3 innings of shutout relief (1 H, 0 BB, 2 K)

The Sea Dog excelled in a 7-0 win over Trenton. See the story.

Chris Balcom-Miller was the minor league pitcher the Red Sox obtained from Colorado in the Manny Delcarmen trade last year. So far, so good. Balcom-Miller threw 5 shutout innings for Salem (2 H, 2 BB, 5 K).

Manny Rivera, a 21-year-old from the Dominican, was 5-9 last year in Greenville, with a 4.10 ERA. He's back in Greenville but probably not for long. He threw 5 shutout innings (5 H, 2 BB, 8 K). He is now 2-0 with a 0.90 ERA.

Greenville features a pair of corner outfielders that are starting hot. Bryce Brentz, 22, went 2-for-4 with a homer. He is batting .444 with two HR. Brandon Jacobs, 20, did not have a home run Tuesday (1-for-3), but he has three for the year and is batting .400.


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