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Results and Highlights from 5/29/12

29 May

Norfolk (21-30) – 8
Pawtucket (33-20) – 11
WP: Junichi Tazawa (3-1, 3.13)
LP: Eddie Gamboa (1-1, 7.59)
S: Will Inman (4)
HR: Norfolk – Miller, Ja (6), Bill Hall (3)
Pawtucket – Josh Kroeger (7), Lars Anderson (6)

HIGHLIGHTS: Reliever Junichi Tazawa worked two innings for his third win of the season. He struck out 4 and allowed 1 run on 2 hits … Marc Melancon allowed only his second run in 18 appearances … Jose Iglesias missed his fourth straight game as he deals with back stiffness … Lars Anderson went 2 for 4 with a home run, 2 runs and a season-high 5 RBIs. He has hit half of his home runs this year in his last three games. … The win put the PawSox at 17-11 for the month of May, one win more than their 16-9 April … Ryan Lavanway went 3 for 4 with an RBI and 2 runs. It was his third 3-hit game of the season.

Portland (20-30) –
Harrisburg (27-23) – PPD

HIGHLIGHTS: The two will play a double header on Wednesday with game one starting at 6:00 p.m.

New Britain (29-21) –
New Hampshire (20-29) – PPD

HIGHLIGHTS: No makeup date has been scheduled.

Results and Highlights from 5/19/12

20 May

Binghamton (20-20) – 6
Portland (15-26) – 5 (10 inn.)
WP: Brad Holt (2-0)
LP: Will Latimer (1-3)
S: Adrian Rosario (1)
HR: Binghamton – Pedro Zapata (1), Raul Reyes (2)
Portland – Reynaldo Rodriguez (8), Bryce Brentz (4)

HIGHLIGHTS: Sea Dogs’ starter Stolmy Pimentel threw 6 scoreless innings, scattering 4 hits and 2 walks to go along with 6 strikeouts … Portland center fielder Ronald Bermudez was the only player in the game without a hit … Reynaldo Rodriguez was 1 for 4 with a 2-run homer, his seventh in the month of May. The franchise mark for home runs in May was set by Ryan Lavarnway last season when he hit eight … Jeremy Hazelbaker stole his team-high 7th base of the season. He is tied for seventh in the E.L. … Both teams struck out ten times. Binghamton leads the Eastern League having struck out as a team 322 times. Portland is a close second with 317 whiffs.

Trenton (21-18) – 3
New Hampshire (16-24) – 1
WP: Preston Claiborne (2-2)
LP: Randy Boone (0-2)
S: Ryan Flannery (5)
HR: New Hampshire – John Tolisano (1)

HIGHLIGHTS: New Hampshire starter Randy Boone, who is working his way back after Tommy John surgery, left the game in the first inning after experiencing some discomfort. He allowed 1 run on 3 hits in a 1/3 of an inning … John Tolisano went 2 for 3 and connected for his first home run of the season and first since August of last year … Catcher Sean Ochinko picked up his first AA hit, a line-drive single up the middle in the ninth inning … Brian Van Kirk went 1 for 4 to extend his hit streak to seven games … The Fisher Cats move to 6-11 in May with the loss.

New Britain (25-16) – 3
Reading (23-17) – 2
WP: Blake Martin (1-1)
LP: Michael Cisco (2-2)
S: Luis Perdomo (1)
HR: Reading – Leandro Castro (2)

HIGHLIGHTS: Starter Andrew Albers pitched 6 innings, allowed 2 earned runs, 9 hits and walk. After allowing only 1 walk in his first five starts, he has allowed 1 in each of his last three … Luis Perdomo worked a perfect ninth inning for his first save of the season … Chris Herrmann went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI … Aaron Hicks went 2 for 4 with a double, a run scored and his 10th stolen base. He is tied for fourth in the Eastern League in steals.

Pawtucket (27-17) – 4
Norfolk (18-24) –8
WP: Pat Neshek (2-0)
LP: Justin Germano (4-3)
HR: Norfolk – Brandon Waring (1)

HIGHLIGHTS: Starter Justin Germano had his shortest outing of the season, going only 3 innings after allowing 6 runs on 7 hits and two walks. His ERA jumped from 1.99 to 2.98 … Scott Podsednik went 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs, a run and his 2nd stolen base with the PawSox. He has hit safely in six of the seven games since joining Pawtucket … The rehabbing Kevin Youkilis played his second straight game at third base, but was not tested in the field. He went 1 for 4 at the plate with 2 strikeouts … Jose Iglesias went 1 for 4 and is now batting .282 on the season when he was at just .200 heading into the month. He has hit safely in five straight games and has 10 hits in that span … It is the third time this season that the PawSox have dropped 3 or more games in a row.

Results and Highlights from 5/17/12

18 May

New Hampshire (16-22) – 3
New Britain (23-16) – 1
WP: Deck McGuire (2-5)
LP: David Bromberg (1-1)
S: Clint Everts (1)

HIGHLIGHTS: New Hampshire starter Deck McGuire pitched a strong six innings, allowing 1 run on 3 hits and 2 walks. He earned his first win since April 18th … Brad Thompson worked a scoreless inning of relief with 2 strikeouts for the Rock Cats. It was his first appearance of the year after some extended spring training following Tommy John surgery in 2011 … New Britain center fielder Joe Benson finally lashed out a bit at the plate, going 2 for 3 with an RBI and a walk. He came into the game having gone 2 for 24 in his previous six games with the Rock Cats … Ryan Goins went 1 for 2 with a double, RBI and walk. He extended his hitting streak to seven games and his .336 batting average is fifth best in the Eastern League … New Hampshire’s John Tolisano went 1 for 5 with an RBI and Brian Van Kirk went 2 for 4. Both players extended their hit streaks to five games.

Pawtucket (27-15) – 0
Durham (16-26) – 5
WP: Jim Paduch (2-1)
LP: Daisuke Matsuzaka (0-1)
HR: Durham – Jesus Feliciano (1), Henry Wrigley (2)

HIGHLIGHTS: In his third rehab start with the PawSox, Daisuke Matsuzaka allowed 7 hits (2 home runs) and 4 earned runs over 6 2/3 innings. He threw 95 pitches – the most thus far in five rehab starts overall – and did not allow a walk … Pedro Ciriaco, Jose Iglesias and Scott Podsednik each had a single and Ryan Lavarnway had a double for the only PawSox hits on the night. Iglesias stole his sixth base of the season on seven attempts and Podsednik swiped his first with Pawtucket and seventh of the season … It was only the second time this season that the PawSox have been shutout. The first coming back on April 9th, a 1-0 loss to Lehigh Valley … Kevin Youkilis, who is on a rehab assignments with Pawtucket, had a scheduled off day. He is expected to get some time at third base this weekend.

Results and Highlights 5/16/12

16 May

Portland (14-25) – 3
Reading (23-15) – 7
WP: Michael Cisco (2-1)
LP: Chris Hernandez (2-3)
S: J.C. Ramirez (3)
HR: Reading – Miguel Abreu (3)

HIGHLIGHTS: Portland starter Chris Hernandez allowed 4 earned runs and 7 hits over 6 innings to run his record to 2-3. All five decisions have come on the road … Shortstop Derrik Gibson went 1 for 2 with two walks and a stolen base. He extended his hitting streak to nine games and his stolen base streak to four games … Sea Dogs batters struck out 7 times, bringing their league-leading total to 298 … Portland is the only team in the Eastern League without a shutout. They also have the highest team ERA (4.66), have given up the most hits (366) and have the second highest team WHIP (1.45) … Ryan Dent went 1 for 3 with a run scored and has collected a single in each of his last four games.

New Hampshire 3 GAME 1
New Britain – 0
WP: Brett Cecil (1-2, 5.06)
LP: Steve Hirschfeld (2-4, 3.28)
S: Aaron Loup (2)
HR: New Hampshire – Mike McDade (5), Mark Sobolewski (9)

New Hampshire (15-22) – 3 GAME 2
New Britain (23-15) – 6
WP: Logan Darnell (4-2)
LP: Danny Farquhar (0-1)
S: Daniel Turpen (3)
HR: New Hampshire – Brad Glenn (5), Ryan Goins (2)
New Britain – Estarlin De Los Santos (1)

HIGHLIGHTS: Fisher Cats game one starter Brett Cecil threw 5 scoreless innings and allowed 2 hits and 1 walk … Aaron Loup pitched two perfect innings in game one to notch his second save for New Hampshire … New Britain’s game two starter Logan Darnell struck out 8 batters and allowed 3 runs on 6 hits in 6 innings … Rock Cats’ second baseman Estarlin De Los Santos went 2 for 3 in game two with a double, 3 RBIs, a run and his first home run of the season … Mark Sobolewski hit his team-leading ninth home run for the Fisher Cats in game one … Brian Jeroloman came into the day having only caught 9 games for the Fisher Cats, but was behind the dish for both seven-inning affairs on Wednesday and even went 2 for 2 in game one, his first multi-hit game of the year … Matt Rizzotti and Chris Herrmann were the only two Rock Cats with hits in game one and Rizzotti the only one with hits in both games … New Britain’s Joe Benson went 0 for 3 with a walk and 2 strikeouts in game two. Since being sent down from Triple-A Rochester, Benson is batting .083 in six games played … Joel Carreno went 3 innings and allowed 3 runs on 3 hits and a walk in game two. It was his first start with New Hampshire this season. Carreno was slated to start the season with the Fisher Cats before he became a last second call-up to the Blue Jays.

Pawtucket (27-14) – 5
Durham (15-26) – 4
WP: Alex Wilson (4-0)
LP: John Gaub (0-1)
S: Mark Melancon (5)
HR: Pawtucket – Lars Anderson (3)

HIGHLIGHTS: In his first rehab start since going on the disabled list for a back strain Kevin Youkilis went 1 for 2 as the designated hitter, with a double, run and walk … Alex Wilson pitched 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief to nab his second win in his last three appearances … Mark Melancon pitched a perfect ninth for his fifth save and fourth in his last five outings. In 12 relief appearances Melancon’s line reads: 0-0, 5 saves, 12 IP, 9 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 20 Ks … Jose Iglesias went 2 for 5 with a run scored. He has 6 multi-hit games in his last ten played … Lars Anderson went 1 for 2 with a 3-run homer. He has hit safely in five straight games … Ryan Lavarnway went 1 for 5 to extend his hitting streak to six games.

Results and Highlights from 4/30/12

1 May

Trenton (11-12) – 6
Portland (7-18) – 3
WP: Francisco Rondon (1-0)
LP: Eammon Portice (0-1)
S: Kelvin Perez (1)
HR: Trenton – Ronnier Mustelier (2), Melky Mesa (5)
Portland – Kolbrin Vitek (1)

HIGHLIGHTS: Kolbrin Vitek, the Red Sox first round pick in 2010, went 2 for 4 and hit his first AA home run … Shortstop Derrick Gibson made 2 errors, giving him a team-high 6 … Juan Carlos Linares went 2 for 4 with a run scored. His .362 batting average is fifth best in the Eastern League … The Sea Dogs have league-high 4.86 team ERA.

New Britain (15-9) – 1
Harrisburg (14-10) – 0 (12 inn.)
WP: Luis Perdomo (1-2)
LP: Erik Davis (3-1)
S: Caleb Thielbar (0)

HIGHLIGHTS: Rock Cats pitchers allowed only 2 hits over 12 innings and struck out 16 batters. At one point they retired 17 straight batters before a 12th inning walk, 1 of only 2 on the night … Pedro Florimon, who reached on a bunt single in the top of the 12th, scored the game winner on a wild pitch from Erik Davis .. Caleb Theilbar, who was called up from Ft. Myers to replace Luke French (promoted to Rochester), earned his first AA save in his first AA appearance.

Pawtucket (16-9) – 6
Columbus (13-11) – 4
WP: Garrett Mock (1-1)
LP: Frank Herrmann (1-1)
HR: Pawtucket – Mauro Gomez (8)
Columbus – Matt LaPorta 2 (8), Beau Mills (3)

HIGHLIGHTS: Daniel Nava followed Josh Kroeger’s ninth-inning double with one of his own to break the 4-4 tie. Che-Hsuan Lin drove in Nava with a single to help the PawSox halt their season-high four game losing streak … Catcher Ryan Lavarnway went 0 for 3 and struck out twice. He is 2 for his last 14 with 5 strikeouts … Jose Iglesias pulls his batting average up to .200 with a 2 for 4 effort … Marc Melancon came on in the bottom of the seventh and threw two pitches to Cord Phelps – the only batter he would face – who grounded out to third base for the final out of the inning.

Reading (16-7) – 3
New Hampshire (10-13)-2
WP: Trevor May (5-0)
LP: Deck McGuire (1-4)
S: Jordan Whatcott (1)

HIGHLIGHTS: See game story below.

Results and Highlights from 4/27/12

27 Apr

Reading (14-6) – 5
Portland (6-16) – 4
WP: Jordan Whatcott (1-0)
LP: Aaron Kurcz (0-2)
S: Justin Friend (4)
HR: Reading – Miguel Abreu (1)
Portland – Juan Carlos Linares (4)

HIGHLIGHTS: In his first start of the season, Stolmy Pimentel lasted 5 innings for the Sea Dogs, allowing 2 earned runs on 7 hits while striking out 7. He ran into trouble in the third inning when three runs scored, but he managed 1-2-3 innings in the second and fourth. He induced 5 ground ball outs and 1 fly out … Aaron Kurcz – one of two players sent to the Red Sox by the Chicago Cubs as compensation for Theo Epstein – blew his second save of the season, allowing two runs over the last two innings, including the game-winning home run by Miguel Abreu with two outs in the top of the ninth … Portland shortstop Juan Carlos Linares went 2 for 4 with a solo home run, his fourth of the season … Bryce Brentz came into the game batting .198, but went 2 for 4 with 2 doubles and 2 runs scored and raised his average to .212.

New Britain (13-8) – 4
Richmond (10-11) – 5
WP: Daryl Maday (2-1)
LP: Bobby Lanigan (1-2)
HR: New Britain – Aaron Hicks (4)

HIGHLIGHTS: The Rock Cats were down to their last out, trailing 2-0 in the top of the ninth when Aaron Hicks drove in Chris Herrmann with a single and Diebinson Romero followed up with a double to plate Hicks, who went on to hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the top of the 13th. The Flying Squirrels clawed back in the bottom of the 13th and Juan Perez hit a walk-off, two-run homer off of Bobby Lanigan … Rock Cats right fielder Evan Bigley went 1 for 4 and has hit safely in seven straight games … New Britain shortstop Estarlin De Los Santos stole his third base and was caught stealing for the second time this season … New Britain batters struck out 14 times.

Trenton (9-11) – 1
New Hampshire (9-11) – 2
WP: Ryan Tepera (2-1)
LP: Shaeffer Hall (2-3)
S: Ronald Uviedo (5)

HIGHLIGHTS: New Hampshire starter Ryan Tepera allowed 5 walks in 5 innings, but only let up 1 run and earned his second win of the season … Ronald Uviedo worked a scoreless ninth for his league-leading fifth save of the year .. Fisher Cats left fielder John Tolisano went 3 for 3 with 3 doubles, an RBI, a run and a stolen base. He came into the game with 3 doubles on the season … After reaching base in his last 10 games, first baseman Mike McDade’s streak ended when he went 0 for 4 with no free passes … New Hampshire reliever Clint Everts pitched 1 2/3 innings of scoreless ball. In four appearances with the Cats he has pitched 6 innings, allowing 0 runs, 4 hits and 4 walks  to go with 11 strikeouts … It was the seventh time the Fisher Cats won by two runs or less this year.

Pawtucket (15-7) – 1
Columbus (11-10) - 4
WP: Zach McAllister (2-1)
LP: Ross Ohlendorf (3-1)
S: Chris Ray (4)
HR: Pawtucket – Josh Kroeger (1)
Columbus – Matt LaPorta (6)

HIGHLIGHTS: Only three PawSox players collected hits on the night, Jose Iglesias (1 for 4), Ryan Lavarnway (2 for 4) and Josh Kroeger (1 for 3, solo HR) … Pawtucket starter Ross Ohlendorf let up a season-high 10 hits over 6 innings … Andrew Miller pitched an inning in relief and served up a two-run homer to Matt LaPorta, but also recorded three strikeouts … Reliever Mark Melancon pitched a scoreless eighth in his fourth appearance with the PawSox since being demoted. He has tossed 6 1/3 innings with Pawtucket and has not allowed a run or a walk and has struck out 8 … Left fielder Alex Hassan went 0 for 2 and is now 3 for his last 16 after hitting a grand slam – his only HR of the year – back on April 20th.

Results and Notes from 4/17/12

18 Apr

Pawtucket (8-5) – 1
Syracuse (3-9) – 0
WP: Brandon Duckworth (2-0)
LP: Josh Wilkie (0-1)
HR: Pawtucket – Ryan Lavarnway (2)

HIGHLIGHTS: Justin Germano (7 innings) and Brandon Duckworth (2 innings) combined for a five-hit shutout, allowing no walks and striking out 8 … PawSox catcher Ryan Lavarnway went 2 for 4 and blasted his second home run in as many games … Shortstop Jose Iglesias went 0 for 4, his sixth game without a hit this season … Jonathan Hee made his AAA debut at third base for the PawSox. He went 0 for 2 with a walk.

New Britain (10-3) – 6
Portland (3-10) – 3
WP: Bobby Lanigan (1-1)
LP: Brock Huntzinger (0-3)
HR: New Britain – Chris Colabello 2 (4)
Portland – Jeremy Hazelbaker (1)

HIGHLIGHTS: New Britain has won six straight games, all on the road, and are now tied with Reading for the best record in the Eastern League. Portland, losers of three straight, possess the worst record in the league … Rock Cats first baseman Chris Colabello went 2 for 3 with 2 home runs, 3 RBIs and 3 runs. His 4 home runs and 11 RBIs – all coming in the last six games – are tied for second in the E.L. … Sea Dogs right fielder Bryce Brentz went 2 for 4 with a triple and 2 RBIs. He is batting .304 over his last six games … New Britain reliever Deolis Guerra made his fifth appearance on the year, tossing two scoreless innings while striking out 2.

Binghamton (5-6) – 10
New Hampshire (4-8) – 6
WP: Collin McHugh (2-1)
LP: Chad Jenkins (1-2)
HR: Binghamton – Josh Rodriguez (1)
New Hampshire – Mark Sobolewski (1), Brad Glenn (2)

HIGHLIGHTS: New Hampshire starter Chad Jenkins saw his ERA balloon to 8.04 after allowing 8 earned runs over 2 2/3 innings … Fisher Cats center fielder Justin Jackson hit leadoff for the first time this season, going 2 for 5 with a run scored … Shortstop Ryan Goins went 3 for 5 with a single, double, triple and 3 RBIs.

Results and Notes for 4/11/12

11 Apr

Harrisburg – 8
New Britain – 4
WP: Erik Davis (2-0)
LP: Bobby Lanigan (0-1)

HIGHLIGHTS: Harrisburg scored four runs in the fifth and seventh innings to sink the Rock Cats who finished their season opening home stand with a 4-3 record … Shortstop Pedro Florimon was bumped up to the second spot in the Rock Cats order and for the first time all season he failed to get at least one hit in a game. Florimon had batted in either the seventh or eighth slot in the prior six games … Outfielder Darin Mastroianni swiped his fourth base of the season for New Britain … Aaron Hicks doubled and scored a run as the DH for the Rock Cats. He has scored 5 runs in the last three games and is tied for the league lead with 6 … New Britain reliever Lester Oliveros made his third appearance of the season and did not allow a run in one inning of work. In 3 1/3 innings this year, Oliveros has yet to allow a run and has yielded 3 hits and 1 walk while striking out 4.

Portland – 1
Trenton – 10
WP: Shaeffer Hall (1-1)
LP: Chris Martin (0-2)
HR: Trenton – Ronnier Mustelier (1)

HIGHLIGHTS: Up 4-1 heading into the bottom of the eighth inning, Trenton put 6 more runs on the board to put the game out of reach for Portland. The Sea Dogs return to Hadlock Field on Thursday for Opening Day after a dismal 1-6 start to the season on the road … Left fielder Juan Carlos Linares went 1 for 4 for Portland. His .407 batting average if fifth best in the Eastern League … Shortstop Derrik Gibson got his first start of the year for the Sea Dogs. The 2008 Red Sox second rounder went 0 for 4 and made an error on a Gustavo Molina grounder in the fifth inning … Bryce Brentz went 0 for 4 and is now 1 for his last 20 with 8 strikeouts and 3 walks … Catcher Matt Spring got his third start and for the third time he went 0 for 4 at the plate.

New Hampshire – 2
Reading – 4
WP: Tyler Cloyd (1-0)
LP: Matt Daly (0-1)
S: Justin Friend (3)
HR: New Hampshire – Brian Van Kirk (1)

HIGHLIGHTS: The RPhils tied the game with two runs in the bottom of the fourth, then broke that tie with two more in the sixth thanks to a Cesar Hernandez 2-RBI single … The Fisher Cats had a season high 3 errors on the day, bringing their season total to 10 … Brad Glenn has hit safely in four straight games and Mike McDade in five straight. Both players have 8 hits to lead the Fisher Cats … Brian Van Kirk hit the first pitch that he saw from Tyler Cloyd over the left field wall for his first AA home run, a 2-run shot … Koby Clemens and Justin Jackson struck out a combined five times and were the only two hitless Fisher Cats … The Fisher Cats will raise their 2011 Eastern League Championship banner prior to tomorrow’s home opener against New Britain. Ceremonies are slated to begin at 6:00 p.m.

Pawtucket – 1
Rochester – 2
WP: Scott Diamond (2-0)
LP: Justin Germano (1-1)
S: Anthony Slama (3)

HIGHLIGHTS: Despite picking up a run in the top of the eighth, the PawSox could not catch up to the Red Wings early 2-0 lead. Pawtucket is now 3-4 on the year … Alex Hassan’s struggles continue as the PawSox left fielder went 0 for 3 and is now hitless in 14 at-bats. On the bright side he has picked up 5 walks in his last three games … First baseman Lars Anderson struck out 3 times and has now whiffed at least once in the last six games … After back-to-back 0 for 4’s, PawSox catcher Ryan Lavarnway notched his first multi-hit game of the season … Pawtucket left 9 men on base. It is the sixth time this season that they’ve stranded 7 or more runners.

PawSox Preview

3 Apr

After a long offseason in which yours truly was entrenched in the worlds of high school soccer and hockey, I have finally regained some much needed baseball momentum, just in time for the start of the season this Thursday.

With rosters nearly finalized and four New England teams back home ready to kick up some dust around the local ballparks,  it’s time for us to shake off the rust and take a look at what to expect heading into the 2012 season, starting with our lone AAA club down in Pawtucket…

PawSox (2011: 81-61, North Division Champs) – Arnie Beyeler’s bunch will have some top talent in tow as they look to defend their International League North Division title.

Despite the media pining for Jose Iglesias to take the starting shortstop job with the big club, he will return to Pawtucket to start the season. Many pundits feel that it is a chance for him to work on his at-bats, but ultimately it’s a chance for the PawSox fans to enjoy one of the slickest fielders in the game. Go enjoy it now before it’s too late!

Lars Anderson and Ryan Lavarnway will also join Iglesias on the return trip to McCoy, and will be looked at to provide a good portion of the PawSox offensive firepower.

Adding to the lineup will be third baseman Will Middlebrooks – ranked as the top Red Sox prospect by Baseball America – who popped 23 homers and added 91 RBI in three different stops a year ago. He can hit to all fields with power, is very solid defensively, and with Kevin Youkilis holding things down at Fenway, the PawSox faithful should be comfortable in the notion that Middlebrooks will be in town for much of the season.

Massachusetts native and B.C. High grad Alex Hassan will look to make his mark on the next level after batting .291 with 13 home runs in 126 games with Portland last year. In playing all three outfield positions – 97 games in left field – Hassan only made one error during the 2011 campaign.

The pitching staff is another place that will have a déjà vu vibe to it. Brandon Duckworth, Scott Atchison and Tony Pena Jr. all return after combining for 91 appearances with Pawtucket last year.

Alex Wilson and Junichi Tazawa both spent a portion of their 2011 seasons with Pawtucket and are expected to go the distance with the PawSox this year, barring any call-ups to Boston.

An interesting addition to the staff is journeyman pitcher John Maine who will make Pawtucket his fourth I.L. home after going 1-3 with a 7.31 ERA in 11 starts with the Colorado Sky Sox (AAA) a year ago. It’s been a long time since Maine posted a solid 15-10 mark with the Mets in 2007, but after leaving Colorado and contemplating retirement last year, he is looking to give it one last shot.

Newcomers Aaron Cook and Ross Ohlendorf will provide a boost to the starting rotation and will look look to impress early and often as they try to scrape their way back to the bigs. Given the early injury woes of the Red Sox pitching staff, these two may not be long for the PawSox rotation.

All things considered, the PawSox could be in line for a repeat in the I.L. North thanks to a bevy of experience, especially on this level. If Iglesias, Middlebrooks and Lavarnway continue on their paths towards Boston, they should make Pawtucket a tough out for their opponents.

- Craig Forde

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