Wednesday May 04, 2011 | 08:16 AM

About the same time I was posting a blog Tuesday about the impressive play of Pawtucket's Yamaico Navarro, he was reaching for his back, after beating out a bunt single in the first inning of Tuesday's noon game.

Navarro left the game with what is hoped to be no more than a back strain ... in other Pawtucket injury news, the team is awaiting the results of a MRI done on Juan Carlos Linares, who injured an ankle Monday night while sliding into second base.

Standing out for Pawtucket on Wednesday was lefty reliever Rich Hill. He faced two batters, throwing seven pitches (all strikes) to record two strikeouts. Hill (1.13 ERA) has not allowed a hit in four outings. The only runs he's allowed came on a two-run homer back on April 20.

Portland's Alex Hassan has yet to slow down. He went 3-for-4 Wednesday to up the average to .427.

Alex Wilson (4-1, 4.13) got the win (4 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 3 K)

Greenville starter Manny Rivera(4-1, 1.45)  is in his second season with the Drive. He will be up for a promotion soon with outings like the one on Tuesday (5 IP, 2 H, 0R, 0 BB, 7 K).

But the story in Greenville lately is first baseman Miles Head (.330). Head, 20, went 3-for-4 Tuesday with his ninth home run. In his last seven games, Head is batting .569 (16-for--28) with 5 home runs.

Red Sox go with Josh Beckett (2-1, 2.65) tonight against the Angels.


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