Thursday, April 24, 2014
Jon Lester looked fine Thursday night. While he gave up 4 runs in 7-plus innings, his stuff was good, carrying a no-hitter into the fifth inning. Lester allowed five hits and three walks, striking out five.
Allen Webster (0-2, 11.25) gets another chance to show he is major-league ready with tonight' start. It has been a rough adjustment so far for the prospect obtained in the mega-deal with the Dodgers.
The other pitching prospect acquired in that trade, Rubby De La Rosa, pitched a solid 5 2/3 innings on Thursday for Pawtucket: 6 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K. His ERA is down to 2.28.
In Pawtucket, shortstop Xavier Bogaerts is learning the fine art of playing third base from one Will Middlebrooks. See the Brendan McGair story in the Pawtucket Times.
Sea Dogs lefty Drake Britton had a quality start Thursday: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 4 K ... third baseman Garin Cecchini (.333) appears to have settled into Double-A ball, going 2-for-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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