When the Red Sox schedule is released, you always look to see where the Yankees series' are. Boston visit the Bronx for a three-game set today through Thursday. These are important games (for the Yankees).
New York (70-65) is tied for fourth place with Cleveland in the Wild Card standings, four games back.
The Red Sox? They're 60-77, tied with Minnesota for the fifth-worst record in baseball.
Joe Kelly goes tonight for the Red Sox.
The Twins' Triple-A club in Rochester beat Pawtucket, with a couple of former Sea Dogs lefties on the mound. Kris Johnson (10-7, 3.48) got the win for Rochester, allowing one run over six innings. Johnson has made three major league starts for the Twins this year (0-1, 4.73).
Chris Hernandez (5-9, 4.08) took the loss, allowing three runs on seven hits and three walks over six innings, striking out five.
The Sea Dogs lost 3-0 in a lackluster game. The big news came later as the Red Sox confirmed that newly-signed Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo will be joining Portland for the playoffs, beginning Wednesday in Binghamton, N.Y.
Castillo, 27, played two games for the rookie Red Sox team in the Gulf Coast League playoffs. He went a combined 1-for-5 with a walk. The Sox won the Gulf Coast League title Monday. First-round draft pick Michael Chavis hit a two-run homer.
Salem is headed to the Carolina League playoffs. Two of its best players began the season in Greenville. Infielder/outfielder Carlos Asuaje reached triple digits in RBI this year after a two-run double gave him 101 this year. He hit a combined .310 with a .927 OPS ... 19-year-old outfielder Manuel Margot is hitting .340 in 16 games with Salem.
Sam Travis went 2-for-5 for Greenville. The recent second-round draft pick batted a combined .316 for Lowell and Greenville with an .818 OPS.