Wednesday, April 23, 2014
The Boston Red Sox last won a series April 21-24 when they swept the Angels. Since then, Boston keeps threatening to break out, but then falls back, now with a 16-18 record.
Boston tries to win 3-of-4 against the Twins tonight at 7.
Josh Beckett pitches tonight, then Jon Lester and John Lackey in Toronto. Thursday is a day off, before the Red Sox visit Yankee Stadium for the weekend.
In the National League, former Sea Dogs right-hander Anibal Sanchez (shown left, in 2005) keeps coming close to pitching his second career no-hitter. For the second time this season, he carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning. He struck out 11 and is 2-1 with a 3.46. Sanchez came to the Marlins organization in the Josh Beckett/Mike Lowell-Hanley Ramirez trade.
The Sox minor league teams combined for 7 runs on Sunday - and Pawtucket scored five of them. Catcher Michael McKenry, who would likely be the one called up if there was an injury in Boston, went 1-for-3. He's batting .340, but in only 14 games played.
Michael Bowden (1.93) pitched one inning (2 K).
With the Pawtucket bullpen thin because of call-ups, Dennis Neuman, 21, was summoned from low Class A Greenville. He had a 6.59 ERA in Greenville, but threw two scoreless innings in Triple-A (1 H, 1 K).
The Sea Dogs got good pitching performances from Alex Wilson (now 3.68 ERA) and Tommy Hottovy (2.04), but lost 4-1. See the story.
Salem managed only four hits, but Reynaldo Rodriguez (.340) and Kolbrin Vitek (.333) had all of them, each with two.
Barring a change in itinerary, I will 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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