Brandon Moss had four hits, helping his 2005 Sea Dogs teammate, Jon Lester, pick up another win with the Oakland A's.
Moss had been slumping recently and took his bat home for extra work. Susan Slusher of the San Francisco Chronicle relates how Moss explained about slumps to this son.
We talked to Moss back in May for a column about leaving the Red Sox organization and eventually finding success. This season, Moss has 23 home runs and an .811 OPS.
While the A's (73-46) have the best record in baseball, other teams are trying to figure out how to reach the playoffs. The Yankees (61-57) have the exact same record at this time as last year, when New York failed to make the post-season. Ken Davidoff of the New York Post figures the Yanks have to go 28-16 the rest of the way to get a playoff berth.
The Red Sox called up Anthony Ranaudo to make his second major league start, today at 12:30. Ranaudo made an impressive debut on Aug. 1, beating the Yankees, allowing four hits and two runs over six innings.
Pawtucket's Steven Wright (2.76 ERA) had given up six hits and one run through 7 2/3 innings. Then he allowed three straight hits. Another batter reached by error. Wright finished after 8 innings: 9 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K ... Mookie Betts (.340) was 2-for-3 with a walk ... Garin Cecchini (.249) was 2-for-4.
Brian Johnson(1.87 ERA) is the Sea Dogs new ace, and he remains dominant: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 5 K
Greenville showcased a couple of prospects Tuesday. Outfielder Manuel Margot, 19, is hitting .285 (.458 in August), with an .802 OPS. He went 3-for-4 with a double, triple and walk ... Pitcher Teddy Stankiewicz, 20, a second-round pick in 2013 (after Trey Ball), is 9-7 with a 3.86 ERA. He went 7 innings: 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 7 K.
The Sea Dogs are scheduled to play at 7 p.m. tonight (weather permitting).