Felix Doubront re-joins the Red Sox rotation tonight when he replaces the suspended Brandon Workman, starting against the Oakland A's. Doubront had a 1.86 ERA in two starts for Pawtucket, so Boston hopes he is ready.
Meanwhile, Clay Buchholz threw six shutout innings for Pawtucket on Thursday: 2 H, 2 BB, 5 K. He has a 2.53 ERA in two starts for the PawSox, so it looks like he could re-join the Red Sox.
In the majors, Doubront had a 5.12 ERA this year, Buchholz 7.02. Can they turn it around so quickly?
One question is who will Doubront and Buchholz ultimately replace. Workman is gone for only one start. He is 1-0 with a 1.88 ERA. Rubby De La Rosa, who was called up when Buchholz when on the DL, is 2-2 with a 2.84 ERA.
Maybe the bigger question is: Does it really matter, given the way Boston is hitting? The Red Sox (34-39) got a decent outing from Jake Peavy ( 6 1/3 IP, 4 R, 3 ER), but lost 4-2 in Oakland when Boston managed only five hits.
Tonight, Doubront goes against lefty Brad Mills, making his A's debut. Mills was the odd-man out in Milwaukee and the Brewers basically gave him to Oakland, trading him for $1.
Also in Pawtucket, Travis Shaw (.270) hit his second home run and Mookie Betts (.302) was 1-for-5.
The Sea Dogs return to Hadlock Field tonight, featuring the second-best start in franchise history. See today's column.
Salem starter Pat Light (1-3, 6.06) had another tough outing: 4 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 1 BB, 1 K. Light was a sandwich draft pick (37th overall) in 2012.
Outfield prospect Manuel Margot, 19, had a slow May, but is getting hot again for Greenville. Margot (.267) was 2-for-4 with his fifth home run.