Friday, March 7, 2014
When the Boston Red Sox began this trip to Colorado and then San Francisco, they were a half-game behind the Yankees and full of momentum.
But the Yankees keep winning and Boston not only experienced its third loss in four games on Friday, but may have lost second baseman Dustin Pedroia for a significant amount of time.
Pedroia fouled a ball off his left foot and will undergo more tests today. Red Sox Nation holds its breath.
Meanwhile, one-game games were the norm Friday. The Yankees beat the Dodgers 2-1, SanFran topped Boston 5-4, and the Diamondbacks beat Tampa Bay 1-0 on Edwin Jackson's no-hitter (despite 149 pitches and eight walks).
Boston and Tampa Bay are both three behind New York.
In Triple-A, Felix Doubront had his first less-than-stellar start, although he allowed only two hits in five innings (but three runs and two walks), along with five strikeouts ... Tommy Hottovy pitched 1 1/3 hitless innings (1 K) ... Bubba Bell (.308) was 2-for-3.
The Sea Dogs lost their fifth straight game, despite the efforts of losing pitcher Kyle Weiland (6 1/3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 7 K). His ERA dropped to 3.70.
And finally, the rookie-level Gulf Coast League has 16-year-old Jose Vinicio starting at shortstop. Vinicio, who signed with Boston for about $2-million, went 5-for-5 on Friday, and is now batting .389 (7-for-18).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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