Thursday, April 24, 2014
Clay Buchholz is 10-4. On Sunday night, when Boston needed him to be especially sharp, he was: 6 2/3, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K; after he got out of the first-inning jam.
It is a formula for success - solid starting pitching, then handing it over to Daniel Bard (1 1/3 IP, 1 H, 1 K) and Jonathan Papelbon (1 IP, 1 K).
The AL East: Yankees 43-26; Rays 42-27 and Red Sox 43-38 (both 1 back). New York is at Arizona. On Tuesday, Rays are home to San Diego, and Red Sox are in Colorado. Nice Wednesday match-up: John Lackey vs. Ulbado Jimenez (13-1, 1.15 ERA).
Jeremy Hermida is scheduled to come of the disabled list this week. Who goes? Daniel Nava, after going 1-for-2 Sunday with a HBP, is batting .370.
Pawtucket's game was suspended in the sixth inning because of rain. Bubba Bell (.283) was 2-for-2 with his third HR.
Salem's Stolmy Pimentel (3.61 ERA) was solid in a loss: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 3 K.
Greenville 1B/DH Chris McGuiness (.291) was 4-for-5.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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