Thursday, April 17, 2014
Turns out Portland Sea Dogs outfielder Che-Hsuan Lin said nothing to get ejected from Tuesday night's game. When an inside pitch was called a strike by umpire Matt Cunningham, Lin did not utter a word. He made not obvious gestures and he did not turn around to face the ump.
What Lin did was draw a line in the clay, supposedly where he thought the ball was. He did it quickly because no one noticed it, not even manager Arnie Beyeler, who was in the third base coach's box.
Usually certain words, or demonstrative actions that show up an umpire will get a player tossed.
What Lin did was quietly disagree with a call. The ump decided to made it an issue.
Oh well. Everyone is learning in the minors, right?
A couple of special pitchers going today for the Red Sox organization.
Clay Buchholz (10-4, 2.45) tries to give Boston a needed series win in Oakland. The game is at 3:30 p.m. My guess is that Dusty brown will be catching, and it would not be surprising to see Jed Lowrie in the infield, maybe a short to give Marco Scutaro a day off ... When Lowrie is activated, it is expected that Ryan Shealy will be designated for assignment.
The other gold arm going today is in Manchester, when Casey Kelly takes the mound for the Sea Dogs. Kelly (2-4, 5.11) is hoping to get on a roll in the second half.
The Sea Dogs' bats were rolling Tuesday night. See the story.
In Pawtucket, Kris Johnson pitched six innings - five of them scoreless, but also four runs in the third ... Lars Anderson (.256) and Aaron Bates and Josh Reddick (both at .221) all had two hits.
I'll check back later from Manchester.
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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