Friday, March 7, 2014
With Ryan Lavarnway catching in Pawtucket, Dan Butler has not seen a lot of playing time. Lavarnway is with Boston at the moment and Butler is taking advantage. He went 2-for-4 Wednesday, including the game-winning home run in the top of the 10th.
Butler (.226) got off to ta slow start, but is batting .314 in his last 10 games. He has four home runs.
Jackie Bradley Jr. (.310) went 3-for-5 for the PawSox and Alex Hassan (.500) had two doubles in his fourth game back from the DL ... Relievers Brock Huntzinger (0.00) and Chris Martin (3.18) both pitches two scoreless innings, Huntzinger recording three strikeouts, Martin five.
Ryan Rowland-Smith, 30, the Australian who last pitched in the majors in 2010, got the win for Pawtucket in relief. He is 5-0 with a 0.67 ERA in 23 games (40 1/3 innings).
Anthony Ranaudo (2.34) did not have his best start for Portland, but it was a quality outing: 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 BB. The two earned runs came from a pair of Jim Murphy home runs (Murphy has hit 3 of the 5 home runs Ranaudo has allowed this season).
Ranaudo left with an 8-4 lead but the bullpen gave it up, in a 9-8 loss ... Travis Shaw (.231) continued his tear, going 2-for-5 with his fifth home run ... In his last six games, Shaw is 10-for-24 (.417) with two home runs.
John Lackey (4-5, 3.08) goes for Boston tonight in Detroit, against lefty Jose Alvarez (1-0, 1.50), making his second major league appearance.
The AL East standings:
Red Sox 44-30
Orioles 42-31 (1.5 games back)
Yankees 39-32 (3.5)
Rays 37-35 (6)
Jays 35-36 (7.5)
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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