Thursday, April 24, 2014
Daisuke Matsuzaka took another successful step in his rehab appearance In Portland, going 4 2/3 innings (3 H, 2 BB, 7 K). One of the hits was a blinding-sun, misplayed fly ball to right.
When Dice-K is ready, the Red Sox will have to figure out what to do with him, assuming all five of their starters are healthy and productive.
For now, Boston needs to make a decision on Aaron Cook, who pitched for Pawtucket Saturday (6 1/3 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 5 K). He has an opt-out clause in his contract if he is not promoted to the majors on May 1.
Andrew Miller was a strike-throwing machine in relief (10 pitches/8 strikes), as was Alex Wilson (5/3). Both pitched 2/3 of an inning, Miller allowed a hit and struck out 2.
Among those getting two hits for Pawtucket were Will Middlebrooks (.365), Mauro Gomez (.337), Daniel Nava (.250) and Alex Hassan (.246). Both Nava and Hassan are picking it up after slow starts.
Sea Dogs second baseman Heiker Meneses injured his shoulder diving for a ball ... Infielder Zach Gentile, on the inactive list in Salem, sent a tweet that he is headed to Portland.
Chris Hernandez pitches for Portland today.
Another lefty, Andy Pettitte, will not be coming to Portland after all. He was scheduled to pitch for the Trenton Thunder Monday, but the Yankees decided that they did not want him pitching in cold weather.
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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