Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Catcher Ryan Lavarnway is adjusting to Double-A baseball. In his fifth game with the Sea Dogs, Lavarnway is 2-for-3 with a single, double and five RBI ... and we're only in the fourth inning.
Lavarnway is batting .437 (7-for-16) with nine RBI.
The Sea Dogs lead New Hampshire 11-4. Anthony Rizzo is also 2-for-3 so far, with two RBI.
New Hampshire's Travis Snider had a three-run homer in the third. Snider has finished his rehab assignment, but then the Jays optioned him to the Fisher Cats.
An interesting moment came when Che-Hsuan Lin took a called strike on an inside pitch in the second inning. Lin does not know much English, but apparently he knows enough. As Lin stood in the box awaiting the next pitch, he must have said something, because home plate umpire Matt Cunningham abruptly turned and threw Lin out of the game.
Matt Sheely, who replaced Lin, has two RBI singles.
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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