Clay Buchholz (6-8, 5.40) threw a complete-game, three-hit shutout against the Rays. It was rare dominance for Buchholz against the AL East. Against the Yankees, Blue Jays and Orioles this season, Buchholz is 1-5 with a 6.99 ERA.
With obvious talent, but maddening inconsistency, Buchholz will be one of the mysteries heading into next season. What will the 2015 Buchholz be like?
Mookie Betts (.259) batted second for Boston and went 2-for-4. In August, Betts is batting .275, with a .383 on-base percentage and .834 OPS.
Pawtucket clinched a playoff spot (joining Portland and Salem as Red Sox teams in the post-season). Henry Owens (4-1, 4.03) gave up four runs over six innings, on three hits and two walks. He also struck out nine ... Alex Hassan (.287) was 3-for-4.
The Sea Dogs won behind Eduardo Rodriguez (6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K). He has a 3.60 ERA. But since coming to the Sea Dogs, his ERA is 1.19.
Rodriguez came to the Red Sox system in the Andrew Miller deal to Baltimore. Miller is a 6-foot-7 reliever.
Today, we talk about another Miller, the 5-foot-9 version. Mike Miller paced Portland with a home run and 3-run double. Miller is another one of those productive, smallish infielders (re: Pedroia, Holt, Betts, Coyle) that the Red Sox seem to go after. See today's column.
Catcher Jake Romanski is hitting .291 in 17 games since coming up to Salem. He had four doubles Sunday ... Simon Mercedes (5-10, 4.76) pitched 7 innings: 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 9 K.
In the Gulf Coast League, newly-signed Cuban outfielder Rusney Catillo made his debut with the Red Sox organization, going 1-for-2.
From the GCL, Castillo has three choice of minor league teas to join, in their playoff runs - Salem, Portland or Pawtucket (or maybe a combination).