Friday, April 18, 2014
Both the streaking Red Sox and Sea Dogs are off today, but tonight will be a huge day for the organization, when the major league draft begins. In case you missed it, Sunday's column featured Theo Epstein's thoughts, and a handful of players we think the Red Sox might draft.
The Red Sox, fresh from a sweep of the A's, get back to business in a big way Tuesday, starting a series in the Bronx. Jon Lester (7-2) opposes Freddy Garcia (4-4).
The Sea Dogs return to Portland for a home stand Tuesday, hoping to continue their undefeated June (5-0, so far). Not bad for a team that is now 19-36.
Chris Balcom-Miller (1-1, 2.45) won his second Double-A start on Sunday, going five innings (3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 7 K).
And the Portland bats generated 17 hits. Among the leaders:
Alex Hassan (.340) 2-for-5, with his fourth home run.
Chih-Hsien Chiang (.313) 2-for-5, 9th home run. Chiang, in Portland since the start of the 2010 season, is looking for a promotion. In the last 10 games, he is batting .436 with four home runs.
Will Middlebrooks (.305), 3-for-5.
Ryan Lavarnway (.287) 2-for-5.
Salem left-hander Drake Britton (1-6, 6.75) looked like he had another tough outing (4 IP, 7 H, 5 R), but he is showing promise. In three scoreless innings, he retired 9-of-11 batters. Through four innings, he allowed 3 hits and 1 run. The first four batters in the fifth inning reached (all eventually scoring) and Britton left the game.
Greenville first baseman/DH Miles Head (.338) went 2-for-4.
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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