Thursday, December 12, 2013
It has not been a good week for former Sea Dogs. First, reliever Cla Meredith was designated for assignment by the Orioles, then the Marlins released reliever Hunter Jones, and follow that move with the firing of manager Fredi Gonzalez and bench coach Carlos Tosca.
Meredith had a 5.40 ERA for Baltimore before being demoted to Triple-A recently. If no team wants him, Meredith could still end up in the Orioles organization.
Jones made a brief appearance in the majors, but then hit Triple-A and landed on the Disabled list. He may need Tommy John surgery.
The Marlins are 34-36, and the Marlins said they want to be more competitive in the NL East. Good luck with that.
The Red Sox are scheduled to activate Daisuke Matsuzaka today for Boston's last game in Colorado. It was thought that Josh Reddick would be sent back to Triple-A, but J.D. Drew is apparently not ready to play.
Gordon Edes of ESPN/Boston speculated that the Red Sox would make a move regarding little-used Mike Lowell. For his part, Lowell did not deny the speculation with a maybe-yes, maybe-no answer.
Tough loss Wednesday after the Red Sox got to the remarkable Ubaldo Jimenez for 10 hits and six runs in 5 2/3 innings (his ERA is still only 1.60) ... Daniel Nava (.382) had two doubles. No way Boston can send him down if he stays even close to this level.
Jonathan Papelbon suffered his second blown save and fourth loss, giving up two homers in the ninth.
Meanwhile Mariano Rivera pitched two shutout innings in the Yankees' comeback win over Arizona. New York tied it 5-5 in the ninth (an inning that began with two walks) and took the lead in the top of the 10th (Curtis Granderson home run) ... Arizona loaded the bases with no outs in the 10th (single, double, intentional walk), but got out of it with two pop-ups and a strikeout.
AL East: NYY 45-27; Tampa Bay (42-29) and Boston (43-30) are 2 1/2 games back.
Pawtucket catcher Dusty Brown went on the disabled list with sprained thumb ... Sea Dogs catcher Juan Apodaca was summoned to Triple-A to fill in ... Portland got catcher Josie Peley from Lowell.
Pawtucket got three hits apiece from Jorge Jimenez (.240) and Lars Anderson (.207) ... Bubba Bell (.297) remained hot with a 2-for-4 night.
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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