The Boston Red Sox lost 4-3 in Oakland, dropping their record in one-run games to 11-16 (34-40 overall). It was the 10th time in 12 games that Boston has scored three runs or less.
So we can agree that it is not the pitching's fault. But there has to be disappointment in Felix Doubront going only 4 2/3 innings (2 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 4 K; 90 pitches/49 strikes) ... Reliever Andrew Miller has a 2.70 ERA and shows electric stuff. But when he hit consecutive batters with one out in the 8th, he opened the door for Oakland (leading to Coco Crisp's RBI single).
Rubby De La Rosa (2-2, 2.84) starts for Boston tonight. He figures to be the one sent down when Brandon Workman and/or Clay Buchholz comes back.
But what if De La Rosa spins a gem? It's nice to have pitching depth. Too bad there's little offense to go with it.
Anthony Ranaudo (2.58 ERA) looks ready in Pawtucket. He threw seven innings Friday: 4 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 6 K ... Mookie Betts (.324) was 3-for-5 and singled in two runs in the ninth for a 3-2 win ... Travis Shaw (.280) was 2-for-4 with a triple.
Henry Owens (9-3, 1.99) was masterful again for Portland: 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K. See today's story for more on Owens (so many swings and misses with his change-up) and a $10,000 home run.
The Sea Dogs play a doubleheader today, starting at 5 p.m. Brian Johnson (5-1, 1.71 ERA) starts the first game.
Salem infielder Reed Gragnani (.323) played left field Friday (seems to be a trend for Red Sox infielders this year). He went 2-for-3 with a walk (.419 OBP).
Greenville's Teddy Stankiewicz got just enough run support in Greenville's 21-1 win over Savannah (no problem with runners in scoring position for Greenville). Stankiewicz (6-4, 3.39) went 6 innings: 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K ... First baseman Tim Roberson, demoted from Salem two days ago, wants to get back. He was 4-for-6 with four doubles and seven RBI.