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Posted: Jun 11, 2014

Workman demonstrates Red Sox strength

Clearing the Bases

American League East teams scored a total of four runs Tuesday night (and all five teams played). The Yankees beat Seattle 3-2, and Boston beat Baltimore 1-0. Tampa Bay and Toronto were shutout.

Good pitching wins most of the time.

That is why Brandon Workman's outing was encouraging. He carried a no-hitter into the sixth (broken up by Portland native Ryan Flaherty with two outs). Workman's line: 6 2/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K. Workman needed only 67 pitches (42 strikes) and probably could have gone further were it not for the rain delays, which had Workman throwing a couple of simulated innings to stay loose.

Workman is 1-0 with a 2.86 ERA. Hard to see him leaving the Red Sox rotation. Pitching remains a strength of the Red Sox.

Felix Doubront, meanwhile, made his second rehab start, needing 75 pitches (44 strikes) to get through 4 2/3 innings for Pawtucket: 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 5 K ... Garin Cecchini (.271) was 3-for-5 with his second home run ... Travis Shaw (.290) was also 3-for-5 ... Mookie Betts (.258) was 1-for-5.

Another lefty, Brian Johnson, keeps looking good for Portland. He pitched 6 innings: 4 H, 1 R, 1 Bb, 6 K. Johnson (4-1, 1.96) allowed two of the hits and the run in the sixth ... Derrik Gibson (.312 / .398 OBP) continued his roll, going 3-for-3 with a walk ... Deven Marrero (.268) was 2-for-5 ... Blake Swihart (.286) doubled.

David Chester was activated from the DL and joined Portland. Chester, a 6-foot-5, 270-pound first baseman, was a 33rd-round draft pick in 2011 out of the University of Pittsburgh. He was batting .220 in Salem and had not played since April. So, naturally, Chester went 3-for-4 with a double in his Double-A debut.

Salem first baseman Mario Martinez, who has played in the Seattle and Detroit organizations, went 3-for-5, his fourth straight multi-hit game, to up his average to .300 ... Lefty Cody Kukuk (1-4, 6.18) continued to struggle since his promotion: 1 2/3 IP, 5 H, 7 R, 3 BB, 0 K.

Greenville infielder Carlos Asuaje (.304) took a turn in left field. He was also 2-for-5 ... Outfielder Kenrick Perkins (.333) was 3-for-3 ... Reliever Pete Ruiz is hopefully a step closer to getting back to Portland. Ruiz (1.54 ERA) threw two scoreless innings  (1 BB, 3 K).

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