May 5, 2013

On Baseball: Red Sox future is well-armed, a fearsome foursome at Hadlock

By Kevin Thomas
Staff Writer

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Kyle Kaminska (0-3, 9.00) began the season as Portland's fifth starter. He was sent to Class A Salem to make room for veteran knuckleballer Charlie Haeger, 29, recently sent down from Triple A.

THE NEXT STARTER expected to shine at Hadlock is left-hander Henry Owens, 20, who is in his second pro season. Owens, heading into his scheduled start late Saturday night, was 2-1 in Salem with a 2.08 ERA (30 strikeouts/eight walks in 26 innings).

JON HEE CAME to Portland in 2011 as a utility infielder. Because of injuries to others, he ended up playing in 98 games and batted .275. But those would be peaks for Hee, who retired last week.

A 21st-round pick in 2008 after a four-year career at the University of Hawaii, Hee was promoted to Pawtucket early last season, in the same utility role. He got in 64 games, batting .253.

This year, Hee, 27, played in only two games. Playing time would be a challenge. He announced his retirement last week and flew home to Hawaii.

"He lost his passion to play," PawSox Manager Gary DiSarcina told the Pawtucket Times.

NUMBER OF THE WEEK: $92.5 million. That is how much the New York Yankees are paying Alex Rodriguez ($28 million), Mark Teixeira (22.5), Derek Jeter (17), Curtis Granderson (13) and Kevin Youkilis (12), all of whom are on the disabled list. That is more than the entire payroll of 16 major league teams.

But pitchers CC Sabathia, Andy Pettitte and Hiroki Kuroda are healthy and the Yankees keep winning.

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