Sunday, March 9, 2014
With the Yankees loss to Toronto Thursday, the Red Sox can completely claim first place in the AL East, both in the standings and the loss column. Boston (55-35) leads New York (53-36) by 1.5 games.
In the minors, Ryan Lavarnway (.350) continues to hit for Pawtucket, going 2-for-4.
In Portland, both Will Middlebrooks and Jeremy Hazelbaker homered. The poor-luck loser was Junichi Tazawa (1-2), who actually pitched well over 3 1/3 innings (3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 4 K). See the Press Herald game story.
Salem got a decent start out of Drake Britton, whose innings are being limited. He threw 3 innings (5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 K).
Greenville's Keith Couch (3.10 ERA) threw 7 innings (3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 8 K).
And Lowell's Jason Garcia, 18, pitched 5 innings - 3 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 7 K. His ERA is 1.13.
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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