Thursday, April 17, 2014
After a 3-4 road trip, where are the Boston Red Sox? Still in first place, with an even bigger lead in the AL East. That is because of the Tampa Bay Rays had a worse time on the road, going 0-5 on their trip out west.
Red Sox 71-49
Rays 66-50 (3 games back)
Orioles 65-52 (4.5)
Yankees 59-57 (10)
Jays 54-63 (15.5)
Pawtucket own as knuckleballer Steven Wright (3.65) went 7 innings: 7 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K ... Brock Huntzinger (1.62) finished it, allowing three hits, but no runs in the ninth.
Garin Cecchini had been in a little slump but there he is back above .300. Cecchini found his stroke recently and after going 3-for-4 Sunday, he's batting .301. Cecchini also walked in the game, as his OBP climbed to .424.
Juan Carlos Linares went 3-for-5 with his fourth home run of the year. Linares (.252) is having a challenging year. Factor in his 14 games with Pawtucket, and his overall average is .243. Linares, who turns 29 next month, batted a combined .316 last year in his first full season (a Cuban defector, Linares signed with Boston in July of 2010 and was hurt most of the 2011 season).
Shortstop Heiker Meneses (.255) was promoted to Pawtucket after the game.
Matt Barnes pitched well (see today's story), but the Sea Dogs bullpen lost another one. Portland is falling fast out of playoff contention.
EL East Wild Card Race
New Britain 57-63 (6 games back)
Portland 57-63 (6)
New Hampshire 56-62 (6)
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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