Wednesday May 11, 2011 | 09:30 AM

Good morning from Manchester, where the Portland Sea Dogs have a 10:30 a.m. game with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. I will be on twitter during the game (ClearTheBases).

The Red Sox lost in Toronto last night. Interesting to see Jose Iglesias run for Jed Lowrie for a second straight night. In Portland, Iglesias was not known for his speed (he was quick, not real fast).

Lowrie has always been consider a decent base runner.

Maybe it's a way for Iglesias to get into games. And maybe Terry Francona wanted to see Iglesias' defense in the later innings. Iglesias came to bat in the ninth inning. He struck out, although he reached first base because the third strike was a wild pitch.

In the minors on Tuesday night, Pawtucket reliever Kris Johnson (10.61) is just not doing well. He pitched 1/3 of an inning (4 H, 3 R).

Michael Bowden (1.83) and Blake Maxwell (0.00 in 3 outings) followed with scoreless outings.

Stephen Fife (3.00) pitched six scoreless innings (4 H, BB, K) for Portland. Tommy Hottovy (1.93) got the save (1 IP, 2 K) ... Ryan Lavarnway went 2-for-3. He's batting only .248 but has 6 HR and 19 RBI.

In Salem, Reynaldo Rodriguez (.340) hit his fifth home run.

Greenville slugger Bryan Brentz (.364) went 3-for-5 with 2 doubles, to up his OPS to 1.119.

I will check back after the Sea Dogs game. During the game: Twitter.


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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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