Saturday, March 8, 2014
Felix Doubront has yet to pitch more than six innings in a start. Hopefully, that stat will improve but the Red Sox are hardly complaining at the moment. Boston has won three of his four starts.
Doubront got his first individual win Thursday night (6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 2 K). His ERA is 4.09, lowest among Boston starters.
Another former Sea Dogs pitcher, Junichi Tazawa, is becoming a valuable piece of the bullpen. He pitched three scoreless innings after Doubront (2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K).. See the story by Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal.
Both Pawtucket and Portland were off, so the focus goes to Class A.
Outfielder Jackie Bradley played only 10 minor league games after signing late, following his supplemental-round selection in the 2011 draft. In his first full season, Bradley, 22, is batting .371 so far for Salem, after going 4-for-4. He has a .476 on base percentage.
Salem shortstop Xander Bogaerts, 29, hit his second home run. He's batting .292, with a .523 slugging percentage. ... First baseman Travis Shaw (.389) went 2-for-4.
Madison Younginer, 21, is a pitching prospect who has not put up very good numbers. He recovered Thursday from a four-run/four-hit first innings to face only 12 batters over the next four innings (one walked and was caught stealing).
The Sea Dogs come home tonight. Before the excitement of Daisuke Matsuzaka pitching on Saturday, Portland will start the very interesting Chris Martin tonight. See his story in today's Press Herald.
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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