Friday, March 7, 2014
Boston's Clay Buchholz (8-4, 2.52) and Arizona's Ian Kennedy (3-3, 3.17) both pitched in the Eastern League in 2007 but did not face each other. Buchholz was the Portland Sea Dogs' ace and moved on to Fenway Park that year (I recall something about a no-hitter).
Kennedy was a Yankees product, New York's first-round pick in 2006. He also made it to the majors that year. And, like Buchholz, was given a chance in the rotation in 2008.
Both Buchholz and Kennedy faltered in 2008. New York finally gave up on Kennedy after last season, trading him to Arizona in the three-team deal that brought Curtis Granderson from Detroit to the Yankees.
Kennedy seems to be rebounding with the Diamondbacks, while Buchholz is a legitimate candidate for the All-Star Game.
They oppose each other tonight in Fenway.
The Sea Dogs return to Hadlock Field tonight. The starter is TBA. One possibility is 2009 second-round draft choice Alex Wilson, 23. Wilson joined the Sea Dogs while they were on the road in Erie last week. He is currently on the DL but is expected to be activated soon.
In 11 starts with Salem, Wilson was 2-1 with a 3.40 ERA, and 50 strikeouts/15 walks in 55 2/3 innings.
In Pawtucket Monday night, Kris Johnson (4.77) left with his team winning but saw the bullpen lose it. He pitched 5 1/3 innings (7 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 3 K) ... Josh Reddick (.208) showed positive signs with three hits ... both Bubba Bell (.275) and Jorge Jimenez (.235) had two hits.
I'll check in later from Hadlock.
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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