Sunday, April 20, 2014
When the Red Sox traded former Sea Dogs first baseman Lars Anderson for knuckleball pitcher Steven Wright (see Tuesday's blog), it was another example of Boston creating something out of (almost) nothing.
In each of the following cases, the Red Sox obtained a pitcher that may eventually help out.
Two years, reliever Manny Delcarmen seemed on the decline. The Red Sox traded him to Colorado for sinker ball pitcher Chris Balcom-Miller.
This past off-season, shortstop Marco Scutaro was a dependable, but expendable shortstop. Boston traded him to Colorado for pitcher Clay Mortensen.
General manager Theo Epstein bolted for the Cubs. For compensation, the Red Sox got Chris Carpenter and Aaron Kurcz.
When third baseman Kevin Youkilis was put on the trading block, Boston sent him to the White Sox for Zach Stewart.
And when Anderson was stuck in Triple-A, Boston sent him to the Indians for Wright.
Four of those pitchers were on the mound Tuesday night.
Balcom-Miller picked up the win for Portland with two innings of one-hit relief. He is adapting to the bullpen, and should be in Pawtucket next year.
Mortensen relieved an injured Josh Beckett and pitched out of a bases-loaded jam. Mortensen got the win with one-hit relief over 2 2/3 innings (3 BB, 1 K). His major league ERA is 1.17.
Carpenter relieved in Pawtucket and pitched a scoreless inning (2 H, 1 K).
Stewart started for Pawtucket: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 8K.
The Red Sox are on a four-game winning streak. They send Aaron Cook (2-4, 4.50 ERA) out tonight, against Detroit and Rick Porcello (7-6, 4.56).
Here are the standings:
Orioles 55-49 (5.5 back)
Rays 54-50 (6.5)
Red Sox 53-51 (7.5)
Blue Jays 51-52 (9)
Orioles 55-49 (1.5)
Tigers 54-50 (2.5 back)
Rays 54-50 (2.5)
Red Sox 53-51 (3.5)
Blue Jays 51-52 (5)
Indians 50-53 (6)
The Sea Dogs are at Hadlock tonight at 7 p.m. Mike MacDonald gets the start.
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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