Monday May 02, 2011 | 08:43 AM

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.



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