September 4, 2011

On Baseball: If end is near, a cornfield will appear

By Kevin Thomas kthomas@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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MAINERS IN THE MINORS

(Statistics through Sept. 2)

Ryan Baker, Portland, catcher (Yankees): Batting .138 in 10 games for Double-A Trenton of the Eastern League.

Ryan Flaherty, Portland, 3B (Cubs): Batting .245 with five home runs in 46 games for the Triple-A Iowa Cubs of the Pacific Coast League.

Andrew Giobbi, Portland, catcher (Mariners): Remains on the disabled list with advanced Class A High Desert of the California League.

Mike MacDonald, Camden, pitcher (Blue Jays): Remains on the disabled list with Triple-A Las Vegas; is 6-6 with a 6.67 ERA.

Ryan Reid, Portland, pitcher (Rays): Moved from the temporary inactive list to the disabled list with Triple-A Durham; is 1-1 with a 4.55 ERA.

Mark Rogers, Orrs Island, pitcher (Brewers): Compiled overall 0-5 record and 9.34 ERA in minors; suspended 25 games for stimulant use.

-- Kevin Thomas

The Red Sox are skipping Wakefield's turn in the rotation this weekend and instead will throw him this week in Toronto.

Wakefield recorded his 199th career win on July 24 and has been winless in his six starts since. The Red Sox want Wakefield to get No. 200, but they also want to keep Andrew Miller starting.

"I know what's on the line with (Wakefield) personally. I'm very aware of that," Boston Manager Terry Francona said. "I think it's my responsibility to always try to put our team in the best position. That's what we'll do."

JOSH BECKETT was the latest inductee into the Portland Sea Dogs Hall of Fame. Beckett pitched in Portland in 2001 when the Sea Dogs were a Florida Marlins affiliate. He went 8-1 with a 1.82 ERA and 102 strikeouts in 74 1/3 innings.

Wonder if another former Sea Dogs player from the Marlins era, who is now on the Red Sox, might be the next inductee?

NOTES: Baseball stat guru Bill Chuck points out that John Lackey is among 16 pitchers who have allowed four earned runs or more in at least 12 games. Lackey is 5-6 in those games. Of the rest, only the Mets' Chris Capuano has more than two wins (three). ... Shortstop Jose Iglesias hit his first career home run last week. He's still batting only .233. 

Staff Writer Kevin Thomas can be contacted at 791-6411 or at:

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Twitter: ClearTheBases

 

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