Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Today's baseball column in the Telegram speaks of the need for the Boston Red Sox starters to go deep so the bullpen is lined up effectively, specifically Daniel Bard pitching the eighth, and Jonathan Papelbon the ninth.
Then Clay Buchholz goes out and proves the point with emphasis, pitching seven shutout innings, before Bard and Papelbon took over.
The Red Sox are still dealing with injuries. Josh Beckett's return has been pushed back, and Jacoby Ellsbury is back on the DL.
Thought Josh Reddick might be a replacement for Ellsbury, but he is still slumping in Pawtucket. He went 0-for-4 and is hitting .181.
Pawtucket starter Adam Mills went 6 innings (6 H, 1 ER, 2 K), lowering his ERA to 3.86 ... Bubba Bell (.297), Dusty Brown (.268) and Lars Anderson (.235) all had two hits.
Salem won a wild one (literally) Saturday, beating Potomac 4-3 in 11 innings.
In the top of the 11th, Ryan Lavarnway walked with two outs. He stole second and advanced to third on the catcher's throwing error. Tim Federowicz then struck out, but the pitch was wild and got past the catcher. Lavarnway scored and Federowicz was safe on first.
I'll check back from Hadlock with news of Jose Iglesias' hand.
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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