Friday, April 18, 2014
Jose Iglesias, a.k.a. Iggy, is a player without a regular position for the Boston Red Sox, although he is hitting .449.
No, Iglesias is not the second coming of Ted Williams, but he is consistently one of the best players on the field for Boston, when he plays, like Tuesday when he was at third and Will Middlebrooks sat.
The Red Sox will have to be creative in getting Iglesias playing time. They would like the power-hitting Middlebrooks to get into a groove, and for shortstop Stephen Drew is bat more consistently. But Drew is batting .228.
One thought is a platoon at short with Iglesias starting against left-handers. But Boston's next five games, including tonight, is against right-handers. Drew needs to sit down for at least one or two of those.
Tonight: Alfredo Aceves (1-1, 4.91) vs. Tampa Bay's Chris Archer (1-1, 4.91). Aceves pitched well his last start (6 IP, 1 R) and Archer is very good at hoe (2-0, 2.84).
In the minors, it was another case of the B's shining (Bradley, Brentz, Bogaerts and Britton), and one C (Cecchini).
Bryce Brentz (.279) went 2-for-4 with his 12th home run, while Jackie Bradley Jr. (.348) also was 2-for-4 ... Pawtucket starter Steven Wright (2-4, 5.10 ERA) gave up seven hits and four runs over six innings ... Chris Hernandez (3.86) has moved to the bullpen. He pitched a scoreless inning Tuesday.
Sea Dogs shortstop Xander Bogaerts (.310) was 1-for-2 with a walk, upping his OPS to .913 ... Britton (5-5, 3.25) pitched a seven-inning shutout: 6 H, 1 BB, 3 K. He has allowed one earned run in the last 25 innings and seems on the threshold of a promotion. See today's story.
Salem third baseman Garin Cecchini (.355) also looks primed for promotion (after the Carolina League All-Star Game next week?). He went 2-for-3 and his OPS is now 1.014.
The Sea Dogs play a 6 p.m. doubleheader tonight.
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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