Monday June 06, 2011 | 02:46 AM

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.




About this Blog

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.

Follow his thoughts on the Boston Red Sox and Portland Sea Dogs on Clearing the Bases

Follow his thoughts on the Boston Celtics and Maine Red Claws on Holding Court

Subscribe to the
Holding Court RSS

Subscribe to the
Clearing the Bases RSS

Previous entries

April 2014

March 2014

January 2014

December 2013

November 2013

October 2013


September 2013

August 2013

July 2013

June 2013

May 2013

April 2013

March 2013

February 2013

January 2013

December 2012

November 2012

October 2012

September 2012

August 2012

July 2012

June 2012

May 2012

April 2012

March 2012

February 2012

January 2012

November 2011

October 2011

September 2011

August 2011

July 2011

June 2011

May 2011

April 2011

March 2011

Further Discussion

Here at we value our readers and are committed to growing our community by encouraging you to add to the discussion. To ensure conscientious dialogue we have implemented a strict no-bullying policy. To participate, you must follow our Terms of Use.

Questions about the article? Add them below and we’ll try to answer them or do a follow-up post as soon as we can. Technical problems? Email them to us with an exact description of the problem. Make sure to include:
  • type of computer or mobile device your are using
  • exact operating system and browser you are viewing the site on (TIP: You can easily determine your operating system here.)
Prefer to respond privately? Email us here.