Wednesday, April 16, 2014
PORTLAND — Sunny but brisk day for baseball. Lineups for both the Sea Dogs and Red Sox are below.
Boston is playing two today and the focus tonight will be on Allen Webster, making his major league debut.
Webster, 23, was included in the mega-deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers last Aug. 25. When that trade was announced, a scout turned to me at Hadlock Field and said the Red Sox got a steal in Webster.
“He’s still a little raw, but his stuff will play in the bigs,” the scout said.
Apparently the Red Sox think so. He is being called up today because of a major league rule that allows a team to add an extra player for a doubleheader. Webster looked great in major league spring training (1.64 ERA).
In two starts for Pawtucket, he’s gone a combined 10 innings, allowing only one run. He has also walked five and hit a batter ("still a little raw").
Webster features a sinking fastball that he didn’t show until late in his senior year in 2008(he was used mostly at shortstop). The Dodgers drafted him that year.
And last August, not only did the Dodgers accept the big contracts of Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez, they gave Boston a few gifts, including Allen Webster.
In today’s Sunday Telegram, we have a feature on Michael Almanzar, trying to re-claim his prospect status, and a game story feature Anthony Ranaudo recording another fine performance.
Now for the lineups:
Shannon Wilkerson CF
Xander Bogaerts SS
Travis Shaw 1B
Juan Carlos Linares LF
Michael Almanzar DH
Kolbrin Vitek 3B
Peter Hissey RF
Heiker Meneses 2B
Alberto Rosario C
(Drake Britton P)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Daniel Nava RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Mike Napoli 1B
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Will Middlebrooks 3B
Stephen Drew SS
Jonny Gomes LF
(Ryan Dempster P)
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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