Friday, March 7, 2014
Not many Red Sox teams playing Monday, except for Triple-A Pawtucket, and the season-opener for the Lowell Spinners.
Pawtucket won 4-0 with the help of several former Sea Dogs. Bryce Brentz (.272) hit his 14th home run ... Ryan Lavarnway (.261) has been slumping but he doubled and scored on a single by Jeremy Hazelbaker (.280).
Starter Rubby De La Rosa (not a former Sea Dog) went 5 1/3 innings. He was wild (5 walks) but effective: 2 H, 0 R, 5 K. His ERA is now 2.89 ... Relievers Alex Wilson (1 2/3 IP, 1 H, 3K) and Brock Huntzinger (2 IP, 1 K) took care of the rest.
Lowell won 1-0, scoring on an error in the ninth. Three pitchers combined for a 4-hit shutout. Starter Sergio Gomez, 19, struck out 8 in 5 innings ... Chris Carpenter (a Pawtucket pitcher just coming off the DL) pitching a scoreless inning, and Jonathan Aro, 22, struck out 6 in 3 innings.
This is the time of year, prospects begin to move around. The Sea Dogs have lost a few, but can expect to receive a few from Salem. See today's column.
The Orioles lost Monday, giving Boston some breathing room.
The Al East standings:
Red Sox 42-29
Orioles 40-31 (2 games back)
Yankees 38-31 (3)
Rays 36-33 (5)
Jays 33-36 (8)
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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