Sunday, March 9, 2014
When I left Portland manage Kevin Boles' office Sunday in New Hampshire, I said I hope T-B-A gives him a quality start on Monday. Boles smiled.
While today's starter is To Be Announced, the announced name is expected to be Junichi Tazawa.
Since Tazawa is not yet on the Sea Dogs roster, the team cannot officially say who is starting today. The Red Sox organization usually waits until the last minute to announce roster moves because moves sometimes have a Domino effect, and the Red Sox want to make sure everything is in order.
Remember last year when the Red Sox were expected to designated Darnell McDonald for assignment? He was saying good-bye to his teammates. But Jacoby Ellsbury's rib injury was not healing as well as expected and he was put back on the disabled list. The Red Sox never officially took McDonald off the roster, so he stayed.
On Sunday, Tommy Hottovy was reported to be saying good-bye his Boston teammates, as he is headed to Pawtucket, making room for Bobby Jenks' return. Of course, the Red Sox have not yet announced the move.
Don't know what the corresponding move will be when Tazawa officially joins the Sea Dogs. I originally thought Alex Wilson might be going up to Pawtucket. But Wilson is scheduled to pitch Tuesday ... at least that is what the schedule says.
For more on the Sea Dogs and Tazawa, see today's Press Herald.
Ryan Lavarnway, who was recently promoted from Portland to Pawtucket, continues to hit (.356 in 11 games). He went 2-for-4 Sunday with a walk (.420 on-base percentage).
Felix Doubront had a rocky outing for Pawtucket, but he still went 6 innings: 7 H, 6 R (4 ER), 2 BB, 3 K.
Salem's Bryce Brentz his his fourth home in 11 games since being promoted.
But the power on Sunday came from Greenville in the eighth inning.
Lexington reliever Gabriel Garcia entered the game and Greenville greeted him with a Miles Head double, and the back-to-back-to-back home runs by Brandon Jacobs, Christian Vazquez and Xander Bogaerts.
Head (.338/1,022 OPS) went 2-for-5 with 2 doubles. Both Jacobs and Vazquez have 10 home runs this year, while Bogaerts hit his second. Bogaerts, 18, is a shortstop you will likely hearing about more in the future.
In Lowell, Will Middlebrooks was the DH, on a rehab assignment from Portland. He homered and hit a sacrifice fly.
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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