Monday, March 10, 2014
BOSTON - Tonight, Alfredo Aceves gets what could be his last start with the Boston Red Sox for a while. His likely move to the bullpen is not because of poor performance.
Aceves has excelled in his last two starts and is 2-0 with a 2.22 ERA for the Sox. Assuming John Lackey comes off the DL later this week, Aceves will go to the bullpen.
Aceves may be Boston's best bet to end a two-game losing streak because, simply, Aceves does not lose games. His career record is 16-1, with the loss coming in May of 2009.
Bobby Jenks will be in the bullpen and we will see if his rehab has fixed what ailed him (9.35 ERA).
To make room for Jenks, Michael Bowden got back on the Boston-Pawtucket shuttle for the fourth time this month.
Bowden, in his last year with minor league options, was sent from Pawtucket to the majors on May 18, and back on May 20. He was called up to the Red Sox again on May 29 and appeared in his first major league game this season on Monday (2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K).
Now he is back with the PawSox.
Pawtucket will draw a good crowd tonight with Lackey making his rehab start.
Over in Connecticut, Chris Balcom-Miller makes his Double-A debut with the Sea Dogs, in the first game of a doubleheader in New Britain.
Here in Boston, Jed Lowrie is back in the lineup after missing Monday with a sore shoulder.
Here is that Red Sox lineup: Ellsbury, Pedroia, Gonzalez, Youkilis, Ortiz, Crawford, Lowrie, Drew, Varitek (Aceves P).
I will be updating from Boston (while keeping an eye on the happenings in New Britain & Pawtucket) on tweeter @ClearTheBases
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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