Saturday, March 8, 2014
Nice road trip for Boston:
Jake Peavy: 9 innings, 1 run.
Jon Lester: 7 1/3 innings, 1 run
John Lackey: 8 innings, 2 runs
Felix Doubront: 8 innings, 1 run
Peavy: 5 1/3 innings, 1 run
Lester: 8 1/3 innings, 0 runs
When the starters throw like that, teams usually win. So the Red Sox find themselves back in first place in the American League East.
Red Sox 77-55
Rays 74-54 (1 game back)
Orioles 70-59 (5.5)
Yankees 69-61 (7)
(The Rays still lead in the loss column. They play a make-up game in Kansas City today).
Xander Bogaerts (.333) went 2-for-4 with an RBI double on Sunday. Where will the Sox put him if he proves too valuable to take out of the lineup?
Clay Buchholz made his first rehab appearance, for Lowell. It was a brief one. The combination of three Lowell errors and Buchholz's lack of command had him leaving after 2/3 of an inning (38 pitches/19 strikes). Buchholz walked three and allowed one hit. Weei.com's Alex Speier was there.
Buchholz's next start is tentatively scheduled for Friday. Both the Sea Dogs and Pawtucket Red Sox are home.
Speaking of Pawtucket, outfielder Bryce Brentz, thought to be done for the year after knee surgery, returned Sunday and went 1-for-3 with his 17th home run ... Anthony Ranaudo had a rough start (3 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 1 K) ... Chris Martin (3-3, 3.26) got the win in relief: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 K.
The Sea Dogs lost 3-2 in 10 innings in a key game in Trenton ... Chris Hernandez (2.08) went six innings: 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K ... Garin Cecchini (.290/.416 OBP) went 0-for-4 but walked to keep his on-base streak alive, at 34 games.
EL East Wild Card Race
New Hampshire 66-67 (3 games back)
Portland 64-69 (5)
New Britain 62-72 (7.5)
Salem looks headed to the Carolina League playoffs. Two of its hottest hitters were at it again Sunday - catcher Blake Swihart (.293) was 3-for-5, and second-baseman Mookie Betts (.325) was 2-for-5.
The Red Sox are off today (Doubront goes against the Orioles Tuesday at Fenway). The Sea Dogs are at New Hampshire with lefty Mickey Pena (0.00 ERA) making his second start.
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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