Friday, April 18, 2014
Anthony Rizzo comes to Fenway Park today when the San Diego Padres open a 3-game series with Boston.
Rizzo, 21, made a splash in his MLB debut two weeks ago with a triple. He homered in his third game. But since then, he has only one hit and is batting .148 (4-for-27). Still, Rizzo has a .361 on-base percentage because of his 8 walks.
I will be at Fenway today, so there will be more to report on Rizzo.
The other exciting aspect to tonight's game is the Red Sox debut of lefty Andrew Miller.
Acquired from the Marlins for former Sea Dogs lefty Dustin Richardson (3.66 ERA at Triple-A New Orleans), Miller had a 2.47 ERA for Pawtucket and 61 strikeouts.
Kyle Weiland (3.31) got the start for Pawtucket on Sunday: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 7 K. Weiland, who gave up all of the hits and runs in one inning, has 80 strikeouts in 73 1/3 innings.
Ryan Lavarnway (.417) doubled for Pawtucket. In six games, his OPS is 1.273.
With Miller to the majors, who will replace him in Pawtucket. Well ... Stephen Fife (2.92 ERA) improved to 8-3 for Portland on Sunday: 6 2/3 IP, 5 H. 1 R, 2 BB, 3 K.
Another player pushing for a promotion is Greenville first baseman Miles Head (.341). he hit his 14th home run on Sunday.Tweet
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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