Saturday, December 7, 2013
Welcome to 1 BE (1 day before Ellsbury).
While the Sea Dogs are off today, the .500 Red Sox are in the Bronx for the first time this year. After losses by Lester and Lackey, Boston is counting on Matsuzaka (how strange does that sound?).
In Pawtucket, underdog outfielder Daniel Nava went 2-for-4 to up his average to .320 ... Bubba Bell (.261) also had 2 hits ... Jorge Jimenez (.279) looks like he is past his early struggles with a 4-for-4 game ... Adam Mills started for the PawSox (5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 3 K).
Salem has plenty of solid performers. Third baseman Will Middlebrooks (.352) went 2-for-5 ... second baseman Oscar Tejeda (.340) and catcher/DH Ryan Lavarnway (.336) saw their averages drop after one hit apiece ... catcher Tim Federowicz (.273) is getting hotter with two hits ... reliever Kyle Fernandes (1.91 ERA) was one of those figured to start the year in Portland, continues to do well (1 1/3 IP, 1 H, 1 K).
Greenville outfielder Reymond Fuentes, 19, the first-round draft pick from last year, went 4-for-5 and is batting .287.Tweet
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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