Saturday, March 8, 2014
The Red Sox have lost two straight to Philadelphia, while the Mets are rolling over the Yankees. The result is a tightening of the American League East.
Red Sox 32-22
Yankees 30-22 (1 game back)
Orioles 29-24 (2.5)
Rays 28-24 (3)
Jays 23-30 (8.5)
Meanwhile, Boston goes with Franklin Morales tonight, while wondering when Clay Buchholz will be recovered from his sore AC joint (collarbone area).
As expected, Jackie Bradley Jr. was called up from Pawtucket to Boston. He entered in the ninth as a pinch-hitter and struck out against Jonathan Papelbon.
Pawtucket's Bryce Brentz continues to mash. Brentz (.284) went 2-for-4 with his 10th home run ... Jeremy Hazelbaker (.288) also was 2-for-4, with a double.
Xander Bogaerts (.287) hit home runs in the first and second inning of the Sea Dogs' 9-1 romp Wednesday ... Michael Almanzar (.289) went 3-for-4 and Juan Carlos Linares (.234) went 3-for-5.
For more on Bogaerts and the performance of starting pitcher Anthony Ranaudo, see today's story.
Ranaudo put in his finest effort: 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K. His ERA is 1.48. One impressive observer was former Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez. Now an assistant to the Boston general manager, Martinez was in town to visit Portland's pitchers. See the story.
Salem got some nice performances from its prospects: third baseman Garin Cecchini (in a DH role Wednesday) went 2-for-5, upping his average to .356 ... catcher Blake Swihart (.287) went 3-for-4 ... outfielder Brandon Jacobs (.210) may be coming out of his slump, going 3-for-5.
The blog is taking a break for a couple of days (dropping off the eldest daughter at Notre Dame. Road trip!). Be back Sunday with updates and talk about the upcoming draft.
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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