The Portland Sea Dogs begin a six-day home stand tonight at 7 p.m. Will this be the last week for Mookie Betts at Hadlock Field?
Betts, 21, has dominated in Double-A (.355 average; .994 OPS). When previous Sea Dogs showed that kind of consistency, they have usually moved on after 60 to 70 games (we're talking prospects like Pedroia, Ellsbury, Bradley, Bogaerts and Cecchini).
Betts has played 54 games in Double.A. This might be a good week to make it to Hadlock ... Mike Augliera starts tonight ... Will Middlebrooks bobblehead dolls to the first 1,000 fans.
The Red Sox loaded the bases in the first inning, and had runners on in the second and third. But Justin Masterson pitched out of the jams and then got nasty (actually, the thought of using the words 'Justin Masterson' and 'nasty' brings a chuckle).
Masterson struck out three batters in the fourth - on nine pitches. He finished 7 innings: 3 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 10 K in Cleveland's 3-2 win over the Red Sox ... Masterson (3-4, 4.72) pitched parts of two seasons with the Sea Dogs and was one of the friendliest players ever to play in Portland.
Also high on that list is outfielder David Murphy. Now in Cleveland, Murphy (.282) went 3-for-3 against his old team ... Recent Sea Dogs slugger and good guy, Xander Bogaerts, went 2-for-4 for Boston, with his fourth home run.
Jake Peavy (1-2, 4.50) goes tonight for the Red Sox against Cleveland lefty T.J. House (0-1, 4.05).
Alex Wilson and Garin Cecchini recently were sent down from Boston to Triple-A Pawtucket, They got a wonderful re-introduction into life in the minors when their bus broke drown at 2:30 Tuesday morning, on the way from Norfolk, Virginia to Durham, North Carolina.
Pawtucket lost Monday. Matt Barnes (1-4, 5.01) went 6 innings: 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K.
Pat Light, a supplemental-round draft pick (37th overall) in 2012, had his best start in Salem since his promotion: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 3 K. His ERA is 4.74.
Greenville's Joe Gunkel (2-0, 2.31) went 6 innings for Greenville: 5 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 7 K ... Jantzen Witte (.363) hit his sixth home run.
And if you noticed, Boston's three minor league starters Monday did not walk a batter.
Rule One: You got to throw strikes.