Thursday, April 24, 2014
It has been a good couple of days for former Sea Dogs pitchers facing the New York Yankees.
On Tuesday, three of the four Red Sox pitchers used to toil at Hadlock Field, starting with Felix Doubront, who pitched four shutout innings (2 H, 1 BB, 3 K).
Michael Bowden followed with a shutout inning (1 H, 3 K). It was the first hit allowed by Bowden this spring. He has not allowed a run in 3 2/3 innings.
Doubront is competing for the No. 5 starting spot, while Bowden is hoping to hang in the Boston bullpen. Both are out of minor league options.
Junichi Tazawa finished the 1-0 win over the Yankees with a 1-hit, 3-strikeout inning. Tazawa does have a minor league option and is expected to begin the season in Pawtucket.
The day before Boston faced the Yankees, Houston beat the Bombers as starter Kyle Weiland (Sea Dogs Class of 2010) pitched four no-hit innings (1 BB, 1 K). Known for his sinker, Weiland got nine ground-outs.
Weiland, obtained by Houston in the off-season deal involving reliever Mark Melancon, has not allowed a run in three appearances. Opponents are batting .111 against him.
Today is the first day of minor league spring training games. Several of this year's Sea Dogs players will be playing on the Triple-A team, until cuts are made in the major league camp and there is a trickle-Down effect.
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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