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  • Tuesday Jun 28, 2011 | 11:14 am

    A promising first base prospect

    With Adrian Gonzalez signed through 2018, the Red Sox don’t have an immediate need to develop a first baseman, except in an emergency situation. Still, it’s interesting to note today’s minor league transaction as low Class A Greenville and advanced Class A Salem switched first basemen. Miles Head, 20, got the promotion. He was hitting .338 in Greenville with 15 home runs and a 1.022 OPS. Head was a 26th-round […]

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  • Monday Jun 27, 2011 | 6:42 am

    Tazawa tonight; more Lavarnway; Greenville’s clout

    When I left Portland manage Kevin Boles’ office Sunday in New Hampshire, I said I hope T-B-A gives him a quality start on Monday. Boles smiled. While today’s starter is To Be Announced, the announced name is expected to be Junichi Tazawa. Since Tazawa is not yet on the Sea Dogs roster, the team cannot officially say who is starting today. The Red Sox organization usually waits until the last minute to announce […]

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  • Sunday Jun 26, 2011 | 3:02 am

    Small market power; Lavarnway homer; Chiang slam

    In today’s Baseball Column, we talked to former Red Sox scouting director Jason McLeod about the challenges of being with a small market team like San Diego. Of course, after the Red Sox have lost four straight – two to the Padres and two to the Pirates – maybe it isn’t such a challenge for the little guys. But we all know better. Big-market teams like Boston will always have […]

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  • Saturday Jun 25, 2011 | 6:37 am

    Lin makes nice comeback; Lavarnway still hitting

    Che-Hsuan Lin, in his third day since coming back from a wrist injury, went 3-for-5 with 5 RBI for Pawtucket. He is batting .292. Another Pawtucket player who began the year in Portland, Ryan Lavarnway, hit two doubles to up his average to .361. Kyle Weiland (3.33) started for Pawtucket: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 1 K … Blake Maxwell (2.81) pitched the final 2 innings: 3 H 1 R […]

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  • Friday Jun 24, 2011 | 6:51 am

    Tazawa in Portland will mean moves; maybe a promotion for Wilson?

    Junichi Tazawa stepped out of the Sea Dogs clubhouse at Hadlock Field Thursday afternoon and uttered one word. "Cold." Tazawa, who spent most of the 2009 season in Portland (before eventually reaching the majors), knows it can be colder here – but he expected warmth in June, instead of the damp 57-degrees he was greeted with. Tazawa is not officially activated onto the Sea Dogs roster, but he will be, […]

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  • Thursday Jun 23, 2011 | 3:10 pm

    Dogs lineup; Hassan hitting again

    The tarp is on at Hadlock Field, but the Sea Dogs expect to play baseball tonight at 6 p.m. This is the last time Trenton and Portland face each other this season, so they will do everything possible to play – or the game will be canceled. Alex Hassan, who was flirting with a .400 average for so long, took a dip in June. He was batting .207 this month, […]

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  • Wednesday Jun 22, 2011 | 6:39 am

    Reddick’s value is not as trade bait

    Josh Reddick went 2-for-4 Tuesday night, with a double and triple at Fenway Park. One of the first comments I read was that "Reddick keeps increasing his trade value." Um, I don’t think so. Once upon a time, Reddick was certainly a trade candidate. The Red Sox already had five outfielders in Boston, and Ryan Kalish was in Pawtucket, awaiting his return to Fenway. But Kalish has been on the disabled list […]

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  • Tuesday Jun 21, 2011 | 10:26 am

    The polite & powerful Rizzo; Kelly & Fuentes; Miller & Lowrie; Hanley benched; remember Sanchez for Suppan?

    Anthony Rizzo strolled through the cozy visitors’ clubhouse at Fenway Park when he spotted a group of recognizable reporters from his minor league days with the Red Sox. He approached and shook hands, before facing a reporter from Boston he did not know. Rizzo stuck out hand, smiled and said, "Hi, I’m Anthony." Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Rizzo for teaching your son manners. The Padres people speak highly of […]

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  • Monday Jun 20, 2011 | 2:40 am

    Rizzo comes to Fenway; Weiland, Lavarnway and Fife

    Anthony Rizzo comes to Fenway Park today when the San Diego Padres open a 3-game series with Boston. Rizzo, 21, made a splash in his MLB debut two weeks ago with a triple. He homered in his third game. But since then, he has only one hit and is batting .148 (4-for-27). Still, Rizzo has a .361 on-base percentage because of his 8 walks. I will be at Fenway today, so there […]

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