Tuesday April 23, 2013 | 09:40 AM

One pitcher is working to get healthy, to get back.

The first baseman finally proved himself worthy.

In Pawtucket, a trio is trying to show they will get back.

The Major Leagues is the Holy Grail for baseball players. So hard to get there. And, once there, you need to perform, and stay healthy.

Pitcher John Lackey made a rehab appearance in Portland on Monday, working his way back to Boston. See today's story.

Former Sea Dogs outfielder Brandon Moss was doubtful he would be given another chance to play regularly in the majors. Now he is Oakland's first baseman. See today's column.

In Pawtucket, three players who were in Boston, are doing their best on the Triple-A stage. Jackie Bradley Jr. (.333) went 3-for-4 Monday, Ryan Lavarnway (.310) 2-for-5, and Jose Iglesias (.263) 3-for-4.

In Boston, Moss (.271) struck out three times, but he also walked twice (.368 on-base percentage). He fellow former Dogs on the Oakland Roster are Jed Lowrie (.361), who was 0-for-4 with a walk, and Josh Reddick (.140) who was 2-for-4.

In Portland, Xander Bogaerts (.290) is starting to get his swing back. He was 3-for-5 ... Michael Almanzar (.338) was 2-for-4, and Travis Shaw (.304/.452 OBP) was 1-for-4 with a walk.

I'll check back later from Hadlock where Craig Breslow is making a rehab appearance tonight.




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