Sunday, March 9, 2014
Detroit Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander brings his 2.15 ERA to Fenway Park tonight ... good time for Daniel Bard (4.69) to break out of his funk.
The Sea Dogs are in Harrisburg tonight and it will be interesting to see if the roster gets bolstered (maybe Ryan Kalish could join his old team).
Portland's pitchers and catchers are healthy. But two infielders - Ryan Dent (hamstring) and Kolbrin Vitek (rib muscle), and two outfielders - Oscar Tejeda (hamstring) and Peter Hissey (broken hand) are on the disabled list. Plus, outfielders Juan Carlos Linares (sick) and Jeremy Hazelbaker (tightness in his legs) were out of action on Monday.
Pawtucket's Nate Spears hit his fourth home run on Monday - and his third homer in his last 12 at-bats ... reliever Alex Wilson (3.82) pitched two innings: 1 H, 2 K.
Chris Hernandez (3.21) had a quality start for the Sea Dogs: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 2 K. Most of the hits were of the bloop variety, except for a 3-run homer over the left field wall ... reliever Brock Huntzinger (6.34) looked good with three near-perfect innings (1 HBP), striking out 2.
Salem reliever Andrew Jones (1.90) allowed one hit over 1 2/3 innings. Jones, 23, an 18th-round draft pick out of Samford last year, had a 0.87 ERA at Lowell and a 1.50 ERA in Greenville last season ... Both Kalish and outfielder Jackie Bradley went 1-for-4.
Greenville outfielder Keury De La Cruz (.306) hit his 11th home run.Tweet
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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