Saturday, April 19, 2014
While one former Sea Dogs player is enjoying his first trip to the majors (and Daniel Nava is still batting .500 after going 2-for-4 on Sunday), we wonder if Felix Doubront might be in line for his major league debut this weekend.
With both Josh Beckett and Daisuke Matsuzaka on the DL, the Red Sox need a starter for Friday or Saturday (Tim Wakefield could pitch on a normal four days' rest Friday, or Boston could given Wakefield an extra day).
Doubront is 2-1 with a 1.08 ERA since being being promoted from Portland to Pawtucket. He is currently on the disabled list with a "shin contusion" (Doubront really could be hurt, but such injuries are usually the Red Sox way of resting their minor league pitchers).
Boston has been playing pretty good ball lately. But the Yankees have been better. Notice that New York has tied Tampa Bay in the AL East (both at 40-23)? Boston is four back at 37-28.
In Pawtucket, Bubba Bell (.270) was 2-for-4 ... With Dustin Richardson called up to Boston, the PawSox received Robert Coello from Portland.
Stephen Fife (6 IP, 2 H, 5 K), Eammon Portice (2 IP, 1 H, 1 K), and Jason Rice (1 IP, 2 H, 1 K) combined for a shutout of Akron. Fife (3-1, 3.70) carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning ... Ray Chang (.325) was 3-for-4.
Salem's Ryan Lavarnway (.300) was 3-for-5.
Greenville scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth ... Derrick Gibson (.233) hit a walk-off two-run single ... Ronald Bermudez, 22, an outfielder from Venezuela, was 2-for-4 and is hitting .296.
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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