Saturday May 19, 2012 | 12:12 AM

Jose Iglesias needs to improve his hitting to reach the majors this year. He may be getting there. In the last 15 games, he is batting .433 (26-of-60) to up his average to .283. He went 4-for-6 on Friday. Strangely though, he committed two errors.

Kevin Youkilis played for Pawtucket, going 1-for-3 with 2 strikeouts. He reportedly played well at third base ... Junichi Tazawa pitched 1 2/3 innings - 4 H, 4 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 2 K.

The Sea Dogs won 4-0 Friday on a trio of fine pitching performances. Starter Billy Buckner: 6 IP, 3 H, 3 BB, 3 K; Aaron Kurcz: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K; Josh Fields: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 3 K.

For more on Buckner and the Sea Dogs, see today's story.

Lefty Drake Britton, 22, pitched five stellar innings for Salem, but did not get out of the sixth. Through five, Britton's line was: 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K. He pitched 2/3 of the sixth inning: 3 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 1 K.

Lefty Henry Owens, 19, pitched 5 innings for Greenville: 7 H, 4 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 5 K ... Outfielder Keury De La Cruz, 20, went 3-for-5 to up his average to .329.


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