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May 28, 2017 at 11:51 AM

Cup of Coffee: Chavis, Ockimey homer, Velazquez bounces back



5/28 Cup of Coffee: Pawtucket was the only affiliate to win Saturday, as Bryce Brentz stayed hot with a home run. Hector Velazquez pitched seven strong innings in his first start back with Triple-A. Michael Chavis (pictured) and Josh Ockimey each went deep for Salem.

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After a rough outing in Oakland at the big-league level, Hector Velazquez bounced back nicely with seven innings of two-run ball. He struck out seven and walked only one. Jamie Callahan and Chandler Shepherd combined for two innings, three strikeouts, and no walks in relief. Steve Selsky and Bryce Brentz did most of the damage, with Selsky blasting a three-run shot and Brentz belting a two-run shot in a multi-hit effort. Pablo Sandoval was 0 for 3 with a walk in another rehab game.
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May 27, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Brentz walks off, Mata debuts in Greenville


5/27 Cup of Coffee: Three of the four games on Friday ended in walk-off fashion, with the PawSox being the only victorious one.  Bryce Brentz (pictured) had a big night at the plate and capped it with a walk-off single. Bryan Mata made his Greenville debut and impressed. 

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The PawSox bullpen saved the day after receiving seven solid frames from Kyle Kendrick. The righty allowed three earned runs while striking out five and walking none. Austin Maddox tossed three shutout innings in relief to lower his ERA to 1.23. Matt Dominguez homered and Bryce Brentz went 2 for 3 with three walks and the game-winning hit in the bottom of the 12th. Pablo Sandoval was 0 for 5 in a rehab game, but made some nice defensive plays. 
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May 26, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Chavis keeps rolling; Boyd deals gem


5/26 Cup of Coffee: If there have been two constants of the minor league season so far, they have been rainouts and Michael Chavis dominance. Thursday featured both. Chavis continued his torrid run at the plate, reaching base five times in Salem's doubleheader sweep. Meanwhile, Portland and Pawtucket were victims of weather, with both their contests getting rained out. Logan Boyd (pictured) led a trio of Greenville hurlers in a 1-0 shutout victory. 

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Pawtucket Red Sox vs. Louisville Bats (CIN), PPD rain
The PawSox were rained out for the eighth time this season. The Bats do not return to McCoy Stadium this year, so if the game is made up it will be with Pawtucket playing a "home" game in Louisville during their trip there in mid-August.
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May 25, 2017 at 4:54 PM

The Write-Up: David Price's second rehab start


PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- David Price made his second rehab start on Wednesday evening at McCoy Stadium against Reds affiliate Louisville. Here’s The Write-Up on his start.

Age: 31
Height: 6-5
Weight: 215
Throws: Left
How Acquired: Free agent, Dec. 2015

Line: 3.2 IP, 7 H, 6 R/3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K; 89 pitches, 61 strikes (68%); 14/20 first-pitch strikes (70%); 9 swing-and-misses.

The plan for David Price in this second rehab outing was to get in 85-90 pitches, ideally spread over five or six innings of work. Price instead ended up laboring through 3 2/3 innings to the line you see above.

Going into a rehab outing like this, I’m not necessarily concerned with results. There were two criteria I was looking for to determine whether Price is ready to return to the majors: Sustained arm strength and command of his arsenal. Unfortunately, I saw neither.
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at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Shawaryn fans 11 as Drive salvage split


5/25 Cup of Coffee: It's not quite the same pace as Chris Sale, but Mike Shawaryn continues to rack up the strikeouts in his full-season debut. The right-hander struck out 11 to help lead Greenville to victory after it fell in the opener of a doubleheader. Pawtucket lifted up David Price, who struggled in a rehab outing, with an 18-hit barrage. Portland got six shutout innings from its bullpen in a morning victory, while Salem's attempt to play a double-header was shortened by rain.

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Making his second rehab start, left-hander David Price allowed six runs (three earned) on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked one, and 61 of his 89 pitches were thrown for strikes. The Pawtucket bullpen shut down Louisville after Price departed, with Marcus Walden, Kyle Martin, and Blaine Boyer combining for 5 1/3 scoreless innings of work. Every member of the Pawtucket lineup got at least one hit as part of a 13-run rampage. Pablo Sandoval, also on a rehab assignment, got the start at third base and was 2 for 4 with two doubles and a walk. Bryce Brentz doubled and homered, picking up his first extra-base hit since April 30. Steve Selsky and Brian Bogusevic also went deep, while Matt Dominguez tallied three hits.
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May 24, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Lakins struggles again on slow night


5/23 Cup of Coffee: In an abbreviated schedule due to rainouts, Pawtucket and Portland both dropped their games. Allen Craig came off the bench to help out the PawSox. Travis Lakins (pictured) struggled again since his promotion to Double-A, taking a loss in game one of a doubleheader. Rafael Devers had a day to forget with an 0-for-8 performance over two games. Salem and Greenville were rained out.

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It was a frustrating night for the PawSox as they left 14 men on base. Allen Craig, who started the game with the night off, went 2 for 3 with a two-RBI double. He came into the game after Rusney Castillo was plunked in his right leg and was forced to exit. Shawn Haviland gave up four runs on six hits, striking out three and walking 2.

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May 23, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Chavis, Ockimey power Salem


5/23 Cup of Coffee: It was a light slate on Monday with Pawtucket off and Portland postponed. Michael ChavisJosh Ockimey (pictured), and the rest of Salem's offense came through in support of Roniel Raudes, and Greenville's bullpen kept the Drive in the game after a rocky start from Robby Sexton.

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Portland Sea Dogs vs. New Hampshire Fisher Cats (TOR), PPD
The opening game of Portland's four-game set with the Fisher Cats was postponed due to unplayable field conditions. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Tuesday at 5:35 p.m. 

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A late offensive outburst propelled Salem as they doubled up the Pelicans. It was the usual suspects doing damage, with Michael Chavis going 3 for 5 with two runs scored and two RBI. Chavis now has at least two hits in 11 of the 21 games he has played in May. Josh Ockimey launched a two-run home run, his fifth of the year, and Trenton Kemp went 2 for 5 to push his average up to .391. Chad De La Guerra continued to be an on-base machine, reaching base four times via a single and three walks as his on-base percentage rose to .415.
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May 22, 2017 at 1:00 PM

Minor Notes: Price and Sandoval join the PawSox, Chavis stays hot


Here are Monday's minor league notes:
  • There were a slew of roster moves the last few days, and Chris and Ian discussed them on the most recent episode of the SoxProspects Podcast. The guys also discussed some of the more notable players on the PawSox and also answered some mailbag questions. 
  • The roster moves were highlighted by David Price and Pablo Sandoval beginning rehab assignments in Pawtucket. Price allowed three runs in two innings in his first appearance, and he is scheduled to pitch again for the PawSox on Wednesday. Sandoval is 1 for 9 over his three games, and he has yet to record a walk or a strikeout. 
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Podcast Ep. #119: I'm abusing nothing!


Chris is back from Greenville to join Ian for a news heavy Podcast. Prospects are getting promoted. Chris and Ian analyze all the moves and all the injuries we're tracking in the system. Chris quizzes Ian on the players in the Sox system who launched at least 10 home runs last season. With an extra week, you answered the call and refilled the mailbag with gusto. We have a Devers update and more of your questions.

Listen In!

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Cup of Coffee: Stankiewicz, Anderson deal, Holt homers


5/22 Cup of Coffee: Offense was scarce on Sunday, as each team in action tallied just one run. Portland was able to win with just one run, however, thanks to great pitching from starter Teddy Stankiewicz and Yankory Pimentel. Brock Holt homered in another rehab game as well. Greenville's game was canceled due to inclement weather. 

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Henry Owens delivered a solid start in Buffalo by allowing just two earned runs in six innings, but it wasn't enough to overcome an anemic performance from the offense. He struck out seven and walked three. Blaine Boyer tossed two scoreless innings in relief with two strikeouts. In a rehab game, Brock Holt hit a solo home run as part of a 1-for-4 game. Steve Selsky added a double and Ryan Court reached twice with a single and a walk. 

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Teddy Stankiewicz was brilliant, hurling seven shutout innings while allowing just five hits (all singles) and two walks. He lowered his season ERA to 3.24. Yankory Pimentel finished it off with two scoreless innings and two strikeouts. Nick Longhi drove in the lone run with a fourth-inning single that scored Tzu-Wei Lin, who singled and walked. 
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