Monday, April 21, 2014
Back in May of 2007, when Jed Lowrie was batting .149 in Portland, he learned how things can turnaround in baseball. Like striking out three times before hitting a triple that a superb outfielder lost in the sun. And he knows how a slumping Carl Crawford can turn things around. See today's column.
In the minors, Andrew Miller struggled in Pawtucket (3 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 5 BB, 4 K), but some of his relief was fine. Michael Bowden (1.65): 3 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 6 K; Rich Hill (1,17): 1 IP, 2 K).
Portland lost Ryan Dent to the DL as his history of hamstring trouble has re-appeared. Utility infielder Vladimir Frias is up from Salem. Dent's injury means Jon Hee will get more playing him. He went 1-for-4 Sunday, but is still hitting .450.
And Alex Hassan is at .408 after going 1-for-3.
Salem first baseman Reynaldo Rodriguez (.382) hit his 13th double on Sunday.
But the first baseman we want to point out today is in Greenville. Miles Head, a 26th-round draft pick in 2009 out of high school, celebrates his 20th birthday today. On Sunday, he went 3-for-5 with two home runs. He is batting .281, with 8 home runs.
I'll check back later from Fenway.
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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