July 29, 2011

On Baseball: Life is fine on next rung of the ladder

By Kevin Thomas kthomas@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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"I'm excited about it," Bowden said. "I will have a true opportunity after this year."

FELIX DOUBRONT, 23, probably should have been in the Boston rotation the last few weeks, but he's been off and on the disabled list. He's currently slowed by a tight hamstring.

"Those things happen," Doubront said. "I've been doing well (3.28 ERA in 13 starts). I'm getting healthy."

JOSE IGLESIAS, 21, may be considered the Red Sox shortstop of the future because of his exceptional defense. But he's batting only .227.

"He's adapting to Triple-A," Beyeler said. Iglesias batted .285 in 57 games in an injury-filled season in Portland last year.

Iglesias said he's working hard with hitting coach Chili Davis and believes he's improving (8 for 27 his last nine games).

LARS ANDERSON, 23, is the forgotten first-base prospect mainly because of the seven-year contract extension handed out to Adrian Gonzalez.

"Focusing on that doesn't lead to anything constructive," Anderson said.

Anderson is batting .259 with eight home runs (.300 with four homers in July).

LUIS EXPOSITO, 24, may be the forgotten catcher because of Lavarnway's emergence and his .220 average hasn't helped. Beyeler said Exposito's defense is better than ever but he needs "a consistent plan" at the plate.

CHE-HSUAN LIN, 22, is hitting .268 in 45 games. Beyeler said he's "handling certain pitches better. He's learning."

OTHER EX-DOGS include outfielder Daniel Nava (.255), who was taken off the 40-man roster; infielder Nate Spears (.236); outfielder Matt Sheely (.224); and reliever Jason Rice (3.75).

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