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May 31, 2008 at 8:52 PM

Buchholz activated, optioned


RHP Clay Buchholz has been activated from the disabled list and optioned to AAA Pawtucket. He had previously been rehabilitating with the Paw Sox, making starts May 25 against Rochester (4 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2BB/3K) and May 30 at Durham (4 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 4 BB/5K). Buchholz had been placed on the DL May 14 with a torn fingernail on his pitching hand.
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Jones fans 11 in Jethawks victory


5/31 Cup of Coffee: On Friday, Pawtucket was defeated by Durham 10-6. Clay Buchholz pitched a rehab assignment and went 4 innings giving up 3 earned runs on 2 hits while striking out 5 and walking 4. Eric Hull and Edgar Martinez combined to pitch 2 innings giving up 7 runs in total. Chris Carter went 2 for 3 with a home run and 2 RBI while Brandon Moss also went 1 for 4 with a home run. Sean Danielson went 3 for 5 with an RBI while Jonathan Van Every went 2 for 4 with a double.

Portland won a slug fest over New Hampshire 15-10. Kris Johnson pitched 2 2/3 innings giving up 7 runs (6 earned) on 8 hits while striking out 3 and walking 2. Mike James picked up the win in relief pitching 1 1/3 innings striking out 2. Beau Vaughan pitched 3 shutout innings striking out 5 to pick up his 6th save. Iggy Suarez went 4 for 6 with 3 doubles, 5 RBI and 3 runs scored while Tony Granadillo went 4 for 7 with a double and 4 RBI. Zach Daeges went 3 for 6 with 2 doubles and 3 RBI while Bubba Bell went 3 for 5 in the win.

Lancaster beat Inland Empire, 8-1. Chris Jones pitched 6 2/3 innings giving up 1 run on 5 hits while striking out 11 and walking 1. Jason Blackey pitched the final 2 1/3 innings giving up no runs on 1 hit while striking out 1. Argenis Diaz went 2 for 5 with a triple and 3 RBI while Aaron Reza went 3 for 5 with a double and an RBI. Josh Reddick went 2 for 5 with a home run, double and 1 RBI while Dennis Blackmon went 2 for 4 with a home run and 1 RBI.

And Greenville defeated Columbus, 6-3. Terumasa Matsuo pitched 4 innings giving up 3 earned runs on 5 hits while striking out 5 and walking 3. Kyle Fernandes picked up the win in relief by pitching 2 1/3 scoreless innings and Bryce Cox pitched 2 2/3 innings striking out 4 to pick up his 4th save of the season. Ryan Kalish went 3 for 5 with a double, RBI, and a stolen base while Che-Hsuan Lin went 2 for 4 with a triple, 2 RBI, and a stolen base in the win.

Player of the Night: Chris Jones who pitched 6 2/3 innings giving up 1 run on 5 hits while striking out 11 batters.
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May 30, 2008 at 6:00 PM

It's official: Dice-K to DL, Bailey activated


The Red Sox have placed RHP Diasuke Mastuzaka on the 15-day disabled list with a mild strain in his right shoulder rotator cuff, and have purchased the contract of RF/1B Jeff Bailey. Bailey, who hits right handed, could be called upon to pitch in as the Sox face Baltimore left handers Garrett Olson and Brian Burres.
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Bailey travelling with Red Sox


Pawtucket RF/1B/DH Jeff Bailey has joined the Red Sox in Baltimore, however the decision to activate him or not reportedly hinges on the results of RHP Diasuke Matsuzaka's MRI scheduled for this morning. It is expected that he would be activated in the event that Matsuzaka is placed on the disabled list. Matsuzaka left his May 27 start at Seattle after four innings with what has been reported as "shoulder fatigue." Pawtucket has shuffled it's rotation, shifting RHP Justin Masterson's next start to Tuesday, which coincides with Matsuzaka's spot in the Sox rotation, indicating that he is the most likely call-up if need be. Bailey would likely stay with the Sox until until then.
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Bailey homers twice in PawSox win


5/30 Cup of Coffee: Pawtucket defeated Scranton/WB 5-2 on Thursday. Justin Masterson (1-0) went 6 innings allowing 2 runs on 4 hits and a BB. He had 4 Ks. Hunter Jones threw 2.1 scoreless innings. He allowed 2 hits and a BB. He had 1 K. Chris Smith struck out the final 2 batters in the 9th. Jeff Bailey went 2 for 4 with 2 home runs and 3 RBI.

Binghampton got by Portland by a score of 6-2. Mike Bowden went 6.2 scoreless frames. He gave up 3 hits and 2 BB. He had 5 Ks. Chad Rhoades lasted 0.2 of an inning allowing 6 runs on 6 hits and a BB. He had 1 K. Daniel Bard pitched the final 1.2 innings and did not allow a run on 1 hit and a BB. He had 1 K. Zach Daeges went 2 for 4 with a run scored. Aaron Bates went 2 for 4.

Inland Empire defeated Lancaster 4-2. Adam Mills (5-4) went 4.1 innings allowing 4 runs on 9 hits and 2 BB. He had 3 Ks. Blake Maxwell went 2.2 frames and did not allow a run on 1 hit and a BB. He had 1 K. Cody McAllister threw a scoreless inning allowing 1 hit. Josh Reddick went 3 for 4 at the plate.

Greenville defeated Columbus 7-5 in 10 innings. Eammon Portice went 6 innings giving up 4 runs on 5 hits and 3 BB. He had 2 Ks. Ryne Lawson went 1.1 frames and gave up a run on 1 hit and a BB. He had 1 K. Felix Ventura (1-0) went 1.2 innings and did not allow a run or a hit. He gave up 3 BB. Jordan Craft threw a clean 10th inning recording 1 K. Ryan Kalish went 3 for 5 and scored 2 runs. Yamaico Navarro went 2 for 5 with a run scored and 3 RBI. Mike Jones went 2 for 3 with a home run and 2 runs scored.

Player of the Night: Jeff Bailey who went 2 for 4 with 2 home runs and 3 RBI
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May 29, 2008 at 5:53 AM

Haigwood throws 5 scoreless innings in rare start


5/29 Cup of Coffee: Scranton defeated Pawtucket 9-4. Devern Hansack (2-6) went 6 innings allowing 4 runs on 7 hits and 2 BB. He had 8 Ks. Jon Switzer went 1.2 frames giving up 4 runs on 3 hits and 2 BB. He had 1 K. Chris Smith threw 0.1 of an inning and allowed 1 run on 3 hits. He had 1 K. Eric Hull pitched a scoreless 9th allowing 1 hit while fanning 3. Chris Carter went 2 for 3 with a home run. Brandon Moss went 2 for 4 with a RBI. Gil Velazquez went 2 for 3.

Portland downed Binghampton 3-1. Daniel Haigwood made a rare start and threw 5 scoreless innings allowing 2 hits and a BB. He had 6 Ks. Miquel Asencio went 2 innings allowing 1 run on 1 hit and a BB. Carlos Vasquez threw 2 scoreless innings giving up 3 hits. He had 1 K. John Otness went 2 for 3 with a RBI.

Lancaster defeated Inland Empire 8-2. Tony Bajoczky (2-1) went 5.1 innings allowing 2 runs on 9 hits and 2 BB. He had 3 Ks. Richie Lentz threw 2.2 innings and did not allow a run or a hit. He gave up 1 BB and had 4 Ks. TJ Large pitched a clean 9th. Jason Place went 3 for 6 with 2 runs scored and a RBI. Jorge Jimenez went 3 for 4 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBI. Josh Reddick went 2 for 5. Argenis Diaz went 2 for 5 and scored a run.

Player of the Night: Daniel Haigwood who threw 5 scoreless innings allowing just 2 hits while fanning 6 in Sea Dog win
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May 28, 2008 at 6:01 AM

Bell continues to swing hot bat for Sea Dogs


5/28 Cup of Coffee: Scranton edged Pawtucket 9-8 in action on Tuesday. Kyle Synder (1-2) started and went 1.2 innings giving up 5 runs on 3 hits and 3 BB. He had a K. Michael Tejera went 2.2 frames and allowed 3 runs on 7 hits and a BB. He had 1 K. Edgar Martinez went 2 innings allowing 1 run on 2 hits and a BB. He had a K. Jose Vaquedano threw 2.2 scoreless, hitless innings. He allowed a BB while recording 2 Ks. Joe Thurston went 2 for 4 with a home run, 2 runs scored and 2 RBI. Chris Carter went 3 for 5 and scored a run. Dusty Brown went 2 for 5 with a home run and 4 RBI.

Portland defeated Binghampton 6-2. Dustin Richardson (4-4) went 5.1 innings allowing 2 runs on 4 hits and 4 BB. He had 7 Ks. Mike James went 2.2 frames and did not give up a run on 1 hit and 1 BB. Daniel Bard pitched a clean 9th recording 1 K. Bubba Bell went 2 for 4 with a home run, 2 runs scored and 3 RBI. After a dreadful start to the season, he has now raised his BA to .285. Tony Granadillo went 2 for 3 with a run scored and a RBI.

Lake Elsinore took the measure of Lancaster by a score of 7-1. Travis Beazley (3-5) threw 5 innings allowing 3 runs on 4 hits and 3 BB. He had 6 Ks. Scott Lonergan went 1.2 innings giving up 4 runs on 1 hit and 3 BB. Josh Papelbon threw 1.1 scoreless, hitless innings. He allowed 1 BB while fanning 2. The Jethawks managed only 3 hits in the game.

Greenville downed Savannah 8-2. Felix Doubront (6-2) went 5.1 innings giving up 2 runs on 5 hits and a BB. He had 6 Ks. Chad Povich went 3.2 frames and did not allow a run on 2 hits. He had 4 Ks. Luis Exposito went 3 for 4 with 3 runs scored and a RBI. Will Vazquez went 3 for 3 with a run scored and 2 RBI. Manny Arambarris went 3 for 4 with 4 RBI.

Player of the Night: Bubba Bell for the second straight night captures the honours with a 2 for 4 performance including a home run, 2 runs scored and 3 RBI
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Pitcher of the Week, 4/19-25: Michael Bowden


Portland RHP Michael Bowden worked seven runs of one hit ball against New Britain (Twins) May 24, allowing one run and striking out five while walking none, earning the win and the SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week nod for May 19-25 (his sixth such honor in two seasons, leading all others). Bowden, 21, owns a 4-3 record with a 2.47 ERA (15 ER) in 54.2 IP over 10 starts, allowing 36 hits (.183 BAA) while striking out 53 and walking 14, with Portland in 2008. He is currently the #2 ranked prospect in the organization by SoxProspects.com and previously won Pitcher of the Week honors for the week of April 28-May 5.


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Player of the Week, 4/19-25: Chris Carter


Pawtucket LF/DH Chris Carter posted a dominant .478/.519/.957 (1.474 OPS) line in 23 ABs (11 hits), mashing three home runs and two doubles, batting in seven runs and scoring nine, drawing 80.6 percent of SoxProspects.com community's votes and winning (Position) Player of the Week honors for May 19-25 by acclamation. Carter, 25, acquired last fall for Wily Mo Pena, is hitting .313/.363/.490 for a .853 OPS with Pawtucket in 2008.




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May 27, 2008 at 11:59 PM

Anderson to DL


Lancaster 1B Lars Anderson was placed on the disabled list today, reportedly suffering from wrist tindinitis.
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Bell has 4 hits and 3 RBI in Sea Dog win


4/27 Cup of Coffee: In action on Memorial Day, Pawtucket
defeated Scranton/WB 11-5. Charlie Zink (6-2) went 8 innings allowing 4 runs on 5 hits and 2 BB. He had 3 Ks. Jon Switzer pitched the final inning giving up 1 run on 2 hits and a BB. He had 1 K. Jeff Bailey went 2 for 5 with 2 home runs and 3 RBI. George Kottaras went 2 for 4 with 2 runs scored and a RBI. Joe Thurston went 2 for2 and scored 2 runs. Brandon Moss went 2 for 4 with a run scored and a RBI. Keith Ginter went 2 for 5 with a home run and 4 RBI.

In a slugfest, Portland defeated New Britain 15-11. Matt Goodson went 3.2 frames giving up 4 runs on 4 hits and 3 BB. He had 1 K. Kyle Jackson (3-0) threw 2 innings and gave up 6 runs on 4 hits and 3 BB. He had 3 Ks. Chad Rhoades went 1.2 innings giving up 1 run on 3 hits and 2 BB. Beau Vaughn went 1.2 scoreless innings allowing 1 hit and a BB. He had 3 Ks. Jeff Corsaletti went 2 for 6 and scored 2 runs. Tony Granadillo went 3 for 4 with 3 runs scored and 3 RBI. Zach Daeges went 3 for 4 with 2 runs scored and a RBI. Sandy Madera went 2 for 5 with a home run, 2 runs scored and 3 RBI. Aaron Bates went 3 for 4 with 2 runs scored. Bubba Bell went 4 for 5 with a home run, 2 runs scored and 3 RBI. Mark Wagner went 2 for 5 with a run scored and 2 RBI.

Lancaster blanked Lake Elsinore 5-0. Brian Steinocher (2-1) went 6 scoreless innings allowing 1 hit and 2 BB. Blake Maxwell threw the final 3 innings and did not allow a run on 2 hits. He had 1 K. Jorge Jimenez went 2 for 5 with a RBI. Josh Reddick went 2 for 5 with 2 runs scored and a RBI. Daniel Nava went 2 for 3 with a RBI. Argenis Diaz went 2 for 4 and scored a run.

Savannah shutout Greenville 7-0. Jose Alvarez (2-7) threw 6 innings allowing 2 runs on 3 hits and 2 BB. He had 8 Ks. Ryne Miller went 1.2 innings giving up 2 runs on 4 hits and a BB. He had 2 Ks. Felix Ventura pitched the final 1.1 innings and gave up 3 runs on 3 hits. The Drive only had 4 hits and they were spread among 4 different players.

Player of the Night: Bubba Bell who had 4 hits, a home run, 2 runs scored and 3 RBI in the Sea Dog win
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May 26, 2008 at 6:21 AM

Stanley homers twice in Drive loss


5/26 Cup of Coffee: Pawtucket hammered Rochester 11-1 on Sunday. Clay Buchholz went 4 innings allowing 1 run on 3 hits and 2 BB. He had 3 Ks. Hunter Jones (1-1) threw 2 perfect innings striking out 3. Miquel Asencio threw 3 scoreless innings allowing 1 hit. Chris Carter went 2 for 4 with a home run, 3 runs scored and 2 RBI. Brandon Moss went 2 for 3 with a home run, 2 runs scored and 2 RBI. Gil Velazquez went 2 for 4 with a run scored. Sean Danielson went 2 for 4 with a run scored and 3 RBI.

New Britain defeated Portland 6-3. Kris Johnson (3-2) went 5.1 frames giving up 2 runs on 6 hits and 2 BB. He had 3 Ks. Carlos Vasquez went 1.2 innings allowing 4 runs on 5 hits and 3 BB. He had 1 K. Daniel Haigwood pitched 2 scoreless frames allowing 1 hit and 1 BB. He had 3 Ks. Tony Granadillo went 2 for 5. Aaron Bates went 1 for 3 with a home run.

Lancaster got by Lake Elsinore by the score of 5-3. Chris Jones went 4 innings giving up 2 runs on 4 hits and a BB. He had 3 Ks. Cody McAllister went 1 inning giving up 1 run on 4 BB. Richie Lentz (1-2) threw 3 scoreless innings giving up 1 hit. He had 3 Ks. TJ Large pitched a scoreless 9th allowing 1 hit. Jorge Jimenez went 2 for 5 with a run scored. Josh Reddick went 3 for 5 with a home run and 3 RBI. Argenis Diaz went 2 for 4 with a run scored and a RBI. Luis Segovia went 2 for 4 with a RBI.

Savannah defeated Greenville 9-5. Chris Province (3-3) went 5.1 innings allowing 5 runs on 10 hits. He had 3 Ks. Ryne Lawson went 0.1 frames giving up 4 runs on 1 hit and 4 BB. Kyle Fernandes threw 3.1 scoreless frames giving up 2 hits. He had 4 Ks. Luis Exposito went 2 for 3 with a run scored and a RBI. Jared Stanley went 3 for 4 with 2 homers and 4 RBI.

Player of the Night: Jared Stanley who had 3 hits including 2 home runs and 4 RBI in the Drive loss
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May 25, 2008 at 6:42 AM

Bowden dominant in Sea Dog win


5/25 Cup of Coffee: Pawtucket downed Rochester on Saturday 9-1. David Pauley (6-2) went 6 innings giving up 1 run on 4 hits and 4 BB. He had 6 Ks. Eric Hull threw 2 scoreless innings of relief allowing 2 hits and a BB. He had 1 K. Chris Smith pitched a scoreless 9th allowing 1 hit. He fanned 1. Joe Thurston went 2 for 4 with 2 runs scored and a RBI. Chris Carter went 3 for 4 and scored a run. Brandon Moss went 2 for 5 with 3 runs scored and a RBI. Chad Spann went 1 for 3 with 5 RBI.

Portland defeated New Britain 4-1 behind the strong start of Michael Bowden. He went 7 innings giving up 1 run on 1 hit. He did not walk a batter while fanning 5. Daniel Bard threw 2 scoreless innings of relief. He gave up 1 hit and struck out 2. Jeff Corsaletti went 2 for 3 with a run scored.

Lancaster blanked Stockton 2-0. Adam Mills (5-3) went 6.2 scoreless innings allowing 3 hits. He had 5 Ks. Josh Papelbon threw 2.1 scoreless frames giving up 1 hit and 1 BB. He had 3 Ks. Josh Reddick went 1 for 4 with a home run. Daniel Nava went 1 for 3 with a home run.

Savannah defeated Greenville 4-2. Terumasa Matsuo (2-1) threw 5 innings giving up 1 run on 3 hits and 2 BB. He had 7 Ks. Bryce Cox went 1.2 innings and gave up 3 runs on 4 hits and a BB. He had 1 K. Chad Povich threw the final 2.1 frames. He retired the 7 batters he faced striking out 4 of them. Ryan Kalish went 2 for 4. Jared Stanley went 2 for 4 with a home run.

Player of the Night: Michael Bowden who threw 7 innings of 1 hit ball and did not allow a BB while fanning 5.
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May 24, 2008 at 6:16 PM

Tavarez chooses free agency


Just days after accepting an assignment to AAA Pawtucket in the hopes of being traded or recalled, RHP Julian Tavarez has opted for free agency.
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Corsaletti homers twice in Sea Dog win


5/24 Cup of Coffee: Action on Friday saw Rochester defeat Pawtucket 6-4. Devern Hansack (2-5) started and was charged with giving up 4 runs on 7 hits and a BB in 5.1 innings. He had 1 K. Jon Switzer went 0.1 of an inning and allowed 2 runs on 2 hits. Jose Vaquedano threw 1.1 scoreless frames allowing 1 hit and 1 BB. Edgar Martinez threw 2 scoreless frames allowing 1 hit. He had 2 Ks. Joe Thurston went 2 for 3 with a run scored. Chris Carter went 2 for 4 with a RBI. Brandon Moss went 2 for 3 with a run scored and 2 RBI.

Portland edged New Britain 7-6. Tommy Hottovy went 4 innings giving up 5 runs on 5 hits and 2 BB. He had 2 Ks. Mike James (1-1) threw 3 scoreless, hitless innings. He gave up a BB and had 1 K. Chad Rhoades threw 1 inning allowing a run on 1 hit and 1 BB. He had 2 Ks. Beau Vaughn pitched a 1-2-3 9th with a K. Jeff Corsaletti went 3 for 5 with 2 homers and 3 runs scored. Mark Wagner went 2 for 4 with a home run.

Lancaster downed Stockton 6-2. Tony Bajoczky threw 5 innings giving up 2 runs on 7 hits and a BB. He had 4 Ks. Jason Blackey (2-2) pitched 3 scoreless innings. He allowed 1 hit. Blake Maxwell pitched a scoreless 9th. He allowed 1 hit. Zak Farkes went 2 for 4 with a home run and 2 RBI. Argenis Diaz went 2 for 4 with a run scored and a RBI. Aaron Reza went 2 for 4 with a home run and 2 RBI.

Charleston edged Greenville 6-5. Eammon Portice threw 5 innings allowing 4 runs on 4 hits and 3 BB. He had 8 Ks. Jordan Craft (0-1) went 3 innings and gave up 2 runs on 2 hits and a BB. Ryne Miller threw a scoreless 9th giving up 1 BB. He had 1 K. Che-Hsuan Lin went 3 for 5 and scored a run. David Mailman went 2 for 4 and scored a run.

Player of the Night: Jeff Corsaletti who had 2 homers and 3 runs scored in the Sea Dog's win
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May 23, 2008 at 6:02 AM

Bailey continues to swing hot bat for PawSox


5/23 Cup of Coffee: Pawtucket defeated Rochester 11-3 on Thursday. Michael Tejera (3-3) threw 5 innings allowing 0 runs on 3 hits and 3 BB. He had 2 Ks. Hunter Jones went 2 innings giving up 1 run on 1 hit. He had a K. Miguel Asencio pitchedan inning and gave up 2 runs on a hit and a BB. He had 1 K. Chris Smith pitched a scoreless 9th giving up 1 hit. He had a K. Jeff Bailey went 3 for 5 with 2 home runs, 3 runs scored and 5 RBI. Joe Thurston went 2 for 5 with 4 RBI. Chris Carter went 3 for 3 with a home run and 4 runs scored. Gil Velazquez went 2 for 3 with 2 runs scored and a RBI.

New Hampshire downed Portland 7-3. Dustin Richardson (3-4) went 5 innings giving up 4 runs on 6 hits and 2 BB. He had 5 Ks. Kyle Jackson threw 3 innings and gave up 3 runs on 5 hits. He had 2 Ks. John Otness went 1 for 3 with 1 run scored.

Lancaster doubled Stockton 6-3. Travis Beazley went 4 innings allowing 2 runs on 4 hits and 2 BB. He had 3 Ks. Richie Lentz threw 2 scoreless innings giving up 1 hit and a BB. He had 5 Ks. Cody McAllister (1-0) got the win going an inning giving up 1 run on 1 hit and 2 BB. TJ Large threw 2 scoreless, hitless frames. He gave up a BB and had 1 K. Jorge Jimenez went 2 for 4 with 2 runs scored and a RBI. Josh Reddick went 3 for 4 with a run scored and 2 RBI. Jon Still went 1 for 3 with a home run.

Charleston defeated Greenville 5-2. Felix Doubront (5-2) went 6 innings giving up 1 run on 5 hits. He had 5 Ks. Ryne Lawson threw 2 innings allowing 2 runs on 3 hits. He had 2 Ks. Felix Ventura pitched the final inning and gave up 2 runs on 2 hits and 2 BB. The offence produced only 4 hits with no one have multiple hits.

Player of the Night: Jeff Bailey who had 2 homers, 3 runs scored and 5 RBI
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May 22, 2008 at 12:10 PM

Buchholz, Moss to rehab with Paw Sox


Terry Francona announced this morning that RHP Clay Buchholz is scheduled to to make a rehab start at Pawtucket Sunday night (6:05 PM) vs. Rochester (Twins). He has been sidelined since May 12 with a torn fingernail ... 1B/OF Brandon Moss is slated to begin a rehab stint today with the Paw Sox today after playing three extended spring training games. Moss had an emergency appendectomy May 3.
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Bell goes 4 for 5 in Sea Dog win


5/22 Cup of Coffee: Pawtucket was not scheduled last night.

Portland defeated New Hampshire 9-5. Matt Goodson went 4.1 innings allowing 4 runs on 6 hits and 2 BB. He had 2 Ks. Daniel Haigwood threw 1.2 scoreless frames giving up 1 hit and 1 BB. He had 1 K. Daniel Bard (1-0) blew the save but picked up the win. He went 2 innings giving up 1 run on 1 hit and 1 BB. He had 3 Ks. Beau Vaughn pitched a scoreless 9th allowing 1 hit. He had 1 K. Aaron Bates went 2 for 4 with a home run, 3 runs scored and 3 RBI. Bubba Bell went 4 for 5 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBI. Ryan Khoury went 2 for 4 with a RBI.

Stockton downed Lancaster 6-2 in the Cal League. Brian Steinocher (1-1) went 3.2 frames allowing 4 runs on 4 hits and 4 BB. He had 1 K. Scott Lonergan threw 3.1 innings giving up 2 runs on 2 hits and a BB. He had 1 K. Blake Maxwell threw 2 perfect innings recording 2 Ks. Reid Engel went 1 for 4 with a home run.

Charleston hammered Greenville 20-2. Jose Alvarez (2-6) threw 3.1 innings and gave up 6 runs on 6 hits and 2 BB. He had 1 K. Chad Povich retired 1 batter and gave up 6 runs on 4 hits and 2 BB. Kyle Fernandes threw 2 innings giving up 7 runs on 5 hits and 2 BB. He had 2 Ks. Bryce Cox went 1.1 frames and did not allow a run on 1 hit. He had 2 Ks. Ryne Miller threw a scoreless inning allowing 1 hit and a BB. Catcher Matt Cooney pitched the final inning and gave up 1 run on 1 hit and 2 BB. The Drive had only 3 hits in the game with Oscar Tejeda going 1 for 4 with a RBI.

Player of the Night: Bubba Bell who went 4 for 5 with 2 runs scored and 4 RBI
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May 21, 2008 at 3:32 PM

Masterson to Pawtucket


As expected, RHP Justin Masterson was returned to the minors after Tuesday night's win over Kansas City and was assigned to AAA Pawtucket. With the exception of his April 24 start against the Angels, Masterson had spent the beginning of 2008 in Portland.
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Pinckney has 3 hits and 2 RBI in Sea Dog win


5/21 Cup of Coffee: Pawtucket edged Scranton/WB 3-2 on Tuesday. Charlie Zink (5-2) went 6 innings allowing 2 runs on 1 hit and 4 BB. He had 4 Ks. Eric Hull threw 2 scoreless innings allowing 1 hit while fanning 4. Jon Switzer faced 1 batter and gave up a hit. Edgar Martinez retired the three batters he faced. Keith Ginter went 2 for 4 and scored a run. Chris Carter went 1 for 4 with a home run and 2 RBI.

Portland edged New Hampshire 3-2 in 11 innings. Kris Johnson went 6 innings giving up 1 run on 6 hits and 2 BB. He had 4 Ks. Mike James went 2.1 frames and gave up 1 run on 1 hit. Carlos Vasquez threw 1.2 scoreless innings allowing 1 hit. He fanned 2. Chad Rhoades threw a scoreless inning allowing 1 BB. He had 2 Ks. Jeff Corsaletti went 3 for 6. Mark Wagner went 2 for 4 and scored a run. Andrew Pinckney went 3 for 5 with 2 RBI.

Lancaster did not play on Tuesday.

Greenville fell 7-1 to Charleston. Chris Province (3-2) threw 5.2 innings and gave up 2 runs on 8 hits and a BB. He had 6 Ks. Jordan Craft went 1.2 frames allowing 1 run on 1 hit and a BB. He had 2 Ks. Felix Ventura went 1.2 innings allowing 4 runs on 2 hits and 2 BB. Yamaico Navarro went 2 for 4. Ryan Kalish went 1 for 4 with a home run.

Player of the Night: Andrew Pinckney who had 3 hits and 2 RBI in Sea Dog win
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May 20, 2008 at 7:39 PM

Tavarez accepts assignment to Pawtucket


RHP Julian Tavarez has cleared waivers and accepted an outright assignment to AAA Pawtucket, rather than opting to become a free agent. He reportedly has done so to give the Red Sox more time to facilitate a trade to a team with big league work. Tavarez was designated for assignment May 12 to clear a roster spot for the returning Sean Casey.
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Player of the Week, May 12-18: Jeff Bailey


In a week that boasted many outstanding offensive performances, Pawtucket 1B/RF Jeff Bailey distinguished himself with four home runs, two doubles and two triples while posting a .429/.484/.1.071 (1.555 OPS) line, batting in eight runs while scoring nine, and running away with SoxProspects.com Player of the Week voting for May 12-18. This is Bailey's second player of the week award, he previously won for April 28-May 5. He is .327/.410/.613 (1.024 OPS) with 10 HR, nine doubles and two triples, in 150 ABs (49 hits), scoring 32 runs and batting in 32 with Pawtucket on the season.
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Pitcher of the Week, May 12-18: Daniel Bard


RHP Daniel Bard bade farewell to Greenville with a pair of characteristically dominant performances, pitching three perfect innings and striking out four, and picked right up where he left off two levels higher in his Portland debut, throwing a scoreless frame (three strikeouts), and earning his third SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week nod for May 12-18. Bard booked a 1-0 record with an 0.64 ERA in 15 appearances with Greenville, allowing two earned runs on 12 hits (.129 BAA), striking out 43 and walking four. Bard was previously voted Pitcher of the Week for April 3-6 and 21-27, and Pitcher of the Month for April. Honorable Mention: Bryce Cox--three games, 8.0 IP one unearned run and one hit, and striking out seven.
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Still homers twice and drives in 6


5/20 Cup of Coffee: Pawtucket defeated Scranton/WB on Monday 5-3. David Pauley (5-2) went 5.1 innings giving up 3 runs on 7 hits and 3 BB. He had 5 Ks. Hunter Jones threw 1.2 scoreless hitless innings. He had a K. Jose Vaquedano went 1.2 scoreless frames and gave up a hit and 2 BB. He had 1 K. Jon Switzer faced the final batter and struck him out. Sandy Madera went 2 for 4 with a run scored and a RBI. Keith Ginter went 2 for with 2 RBI. Gil Velazquez went 2 for 4.

Portland did not play on Monday.

Bakersfield edged Lancaster 10-9. Chris Jones (2-4) threw 4.2 innings allowing 6 runs on 11 hits. He had 2 Ks. Josh Papelbon went 2 innings and gave up 1 run on 2 hits. He had 1 K. Cody McAllister went 2.1 innings allowing 3 runs on 2 hits. He had 2 Ks. Jorge Jimenez went 4 for 5 with 2 runs scored and a RBI. Josh Reddick went 2 for 5 with a run scored and a RBI. Jon Still went 3 for 4 with 2 home runs, 2 runs scored and 6 RBI.

Greenville defeated Savannah 7-5. Terumasa Matsuo (2-0) threw 5 innings and gave up 2 runs on 5 hits and 2 BB. He had 8 Ks. Ryne Miller went 1.1 frames allowing 2 runs on 2 hits and a BB. He had 2 Ks. Ryne Lawson pitched the final 2.2 frames. He allowed 1 run on 2 hits. He had 3 Ks. Kris Negron went 3 for 5 with 2 runs scored. Mike Jones went 2 for 5 with a run scored and 3 RBI. Oscar Tejeda went 3 for 4 and scored a run.

Player of the Night: Jon Still who hit 2 homers and drove in 6 runs
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May 19, 2008 at 9:39 PM

Lester no-hits Royals


LHP Jon Lester no-hit the Kansas City Royals tonight, allowing only two walks on 130 pitches (86 strikes) as the Red Sox cruised to a 7-0 victory. Billy Butler walked in the second inning and Esteban German walked to lead off the ninth. Rather than tiring, Lester, who struck out nine, continued to throw in the mid-90s through the ninth inning of what is also his first career complete game. With the victory Lester, 24, improved to 3-2 and lowered his ERA to 3.41.


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at 7:47 AM

Sox affiliates win 4 out of 5 games on Sunday


5/19 Cup of Coffee: Pawtucket split a doubleheader with Scranton/WB taking the first game 7-1 behind the complete game of Devern Hansack (2-4). He went 7 innings allowing 1 run on 6 hits and 2 BB. He had 5 Ks. Jeff Bailey went 4 for 4 with 2 runs scored. Joe Thurston went 2 for 4 with a run scored and 2 RBI. Chris Carter went 2 for 4 with a home run and 4 RBI. They lost the second game 7-3. Michael Tejera (2-3) went 3 innings giving up 6 runs on 6 hits, including 4 home runs, and a BB. He had 3 Ks. Miquel Asencio threw 2 innings allowing a run on 1 hit and 1 BB. He had 2 Ks. Edgar Martinez pitched a scoreless inning giving up 1 BB. Joe Thurston went 2 for 4 with a run scored. Chris Carter went 2 for 3. Keith Ginter went 2 for 3 with a run scored. Chad Spann went 2 for 3.

Portland edged New Britain 7-6. Michael Bowden threw 5.2 innings allowing 3 runs on 5 hits and 2 BB. He had 7 Ks. Daniel Haigwood was credited with the win (1-0) pitching 0.1 of an inning. He gave up a run on 2 hits. Kyle Jackson went 1 inning allowing a hit. He fanned 1. Daniel Bard threw a clean inning striking out the 3 hitters he faced. Beau Vaughn pitched the final inning allowing 2 runs on 3 hits and a BB. He had 1 K. Zach Daeges went 3 for 5 with a run scored and 3 RBI. Aaron Bates went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI.

Lancaster edged Bakersfield 7-6. Adam Mills started and went 6 innings giving up 1 run on 3 hits. He did not allow a BB while fanning 4. Richie Lentz threw 1.2 innings allowing 4 runs on 3 hits and a BB. He had a K. TJ Large (2-1) blew the save but was credited with the win. He threw 1.1 frames allowing 1 run on 2 hits. Jason Place went 2 for 5 with a home run and 3 RBI. Lars Anderson went 3 for 5 with a home run and 2 RBI.

Greenville blasted Savannah 13-5. Eammon Portice (3-4) went 5 innings giving up 4 runs on 6 hits and a BB. He had 8 Ks. Kyle Fernandes went 3 innings allowing 1 run on 4 hits. He had 3 Ks. Bryce Cox threw a clean inning to end the game. Ryan Kalish went 3 for 4 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBI. Mike Jones went 2 for 5 with 2 runs scored and a RBI. Ty Weeden went 2 for 4 with a RBI. David Marks went 3 for 5 with 2 runs scored and a RBI. Manny Arambarris went 2 for 5 with a home run, 2 runs scored and 2 RBI. William Vasquez went 3 for 5 with 2 runs scored and a RBI.

Player of the Night: Adam Mills who threw 6 innings giving up 1 run on 3 hits. He did not allow a BB while fanning 4.
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May 18, 2008 at 5:50 PM

Masterson, Colon to start against Royals


RHP Justin Masterson will be called up and start for the Red Sox against the Royals Tuesday (vs. Gil Meche), and RHP Bartolo Colon will take his place on the roster for Wednesday's start (v.s Brett Tomko). RHP Chris Smith, who was called up to bolster the 'pen (OF Jon Van Every was returned to Pawtucket) will be sent down before Tuesday's game to make room for Masterson.
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at 7:10 AM

Hottovy returns from DL to post win


5/18 Cup of Coffee: Pawtucket had their game against Scranton/WB rained out yesterday.

Portland split a doubleheader with New Britain. They lost the first game 8-4. Dustin Richardson went 5 innings and gave up 4 runs on 6 hits and a BB. He had 4 Ks. Carlos Vasquez threw an inning allowing 4 runs on 4 hits. He had a K. Zach Daeges went 2 for with a home run, 2 runs scored and 2 RBI. In the second game, Tommy Hottovy made his return form the DL and had a strong start. He went 5 innings allowing 2 runs on 4 hits. He had 2 Ks. Chad Rhoades threw a scoreless inning allowing 2 hits. He had a K. Beau Vaughn pitched the final inning retiring the three hitters he faced. He had 2 Ks. Ryan Khoury went 2 for 3 with a run scored and 3 RBI. Mickey Hall went 2 for 3 with a run scored.

Despite pounding out 15 hits, Lancaster lost in a slugfest to Bakersfield 11-10. Tony Bajoczky went 3.1 innings giving up 8 runs on 12 hits. He had 2 Ks. Blake Maxwell threw 2.2 frames and did not allow a run. He gave up 3 hits and 2 BB. He had a K. Jason Blackey pitched the final 3 innings allowing 3 runs on 4 hits. Jason Place went 3 for 6 with 2 runs scored and 3 RBI. Jorge Jimenez went 2 for 5 with 2 RBI. Lars Anderson went 2 for 4 with a run scored and 2 RBI. Daniel Nava went 2 for 5 and scored a run. Argenis Diaz went 3 for 4 and scored 2 runs.

Greenville defeated Savannah 6-2. Felix Doubront earned his 5th win of the season going 6 innings. He allowed 2 runs on 7 hits and a BB. He had 2 Ks. Chad Povich pitched the final 3 innings and did not allow a run. He gave up 2 hits and a BB. He fanned 3. Kris Negron went 2 for 3 with a run scored and a RBI. Mike Jones went 2 for 3 with 2 RBI. Luis Exposito went 2 for 4 with a run scored and a RBI.

Player of the Night: Tommy Hottovy who made a successful return from the DL to earn his first win of the season and earn the Sea Dogs a split in their doubleheader
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May 17, 2008 at 2:11 PM

Rizzo diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma


Red Sox Press Release:

BOSTON -- Boston Red Sox Minor League first baseman Anthony Rizzo has been diagnosed with Limited Stage Classical Hodgkin's Lymphoma. At the present time,
he is being treated as an out-patient at Massachusetts General Hospital's Oncology Unit by Dr. Ephraim Hochberg, Dr. Taylor Ortiz and Dr. David Steele. Rizzo will be returning to his home in the Miami, Fla., area in the next few days to continue his treatment, which is expected to take 6-8 months. He has an excellent chance of cure and complete recovery.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Anthony and his family at this very difficult time," commented Red Sox Executive Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein. "We are optimistic about his recovery and look forward to the day he can return to the playing field." Rizzo, 18, is in his second year in the Boston organization after being selected in the sixth round of the 2007 First Year Player Draft out of Majory Stoneman Douglas High School. In 2008, he was hitting .373 with 11 RBI at Single-A Greenville and last played in a game on April 26.
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at 7:10 AM

Lancaster pounds out 14 hits in 9-2 win


5/17 Cup of Coffee: Buffalo doubled Pawtucket last night 4-2. Charlie Zink threw 5.1 innings allowing 2 runs on 3 hits and 3 BB. He had 3 Ks. Hunter Jones seeing his first action at AAA pitched 1 inning and gave up 1 run on 3 hits. Jose Vaquedano retired the 2 hitters he faced recording 1 K. Jon Switzer threw 1 inning and allowed 1 run on 2 hits. He had 1 K. No PawSox hitter had multiple hits.

The Portland /New Britain game was postponed due to rain.

Lancaster defeated Bakersfield 9-2. Travis Beazley (3-4) went 6 innings and gave up 2 runs on 8 hits. He had 5 Ks. Cody McAllister pitched 2 perfect innings of relief. Scott Lonergan threw a clean 9th with 1 K. Jorge Jimenez went 2 for 5 with a run scored. Lars Anderson went 3 for 5 with 2 runs score. Josh Reddick went 2 for 5 and scored a run. Chih-Hsien Chiang went 3 for 5 with a run scored and 4 RBI.

Greenville edged Savannah 5-4. Jose Alvarez (2-5) threw 6 innings allowing 4 runs on 4 hits and 3 BB. He had 5 Ks. Jordan Craft went 1 inning allowing a hit and a BB. He had 2 Ks. Daniel Bard threw a clean inning with 1 K. Felix Ventura also threw a 1-2-3 inning with 2 Ks. Mike Jones went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI. David Mailman went 2 for 3. Manny Arambarris went 2 for 4 with a run scored and a RBI.

Player of the Night: Chih-Hsien Chiang who had 3 hits, a run scored and 4 RBI
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at 3:55 AM

Bard promoted to Portland


RHP Daniel Bard, SoxProspects.com 10th rated prospect and Pitcher of the Month of April, was promoted to AA Portland from low-A Greenville on Friday. The move skips Bard over high-A Lancaster where he pitched so poorly in 2007. Bard, 22, the owner of a long scoreless inning streak to begin the season, went 1-0 with a 0.64 ERA in 15 appearances with the Drive, allowing two runs on 12 hits (.129 BAA), striking out 43 while walking only four, over 28 innings of work.


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May 16, 2008 at 5:41 AM

Colon throws 6 scoreless 1 hit innings


5/16 Cup of Coffee: Pawtucket swept a doubleheader from Buffalo yesterday. They took the first game 9-1. David Pauley (4-2) went 5 scoreless innings allowing 5 hits and a BB. He had 2 Ks. Michael Tejera threw an inning giving up 1 run on 1 hit. He had 2 Ks. Eric Hull pitched the final inning allowing 2 hits. Jeff Bailey went 2 for 5 with a home run, 2 runs scored and 2 RBI. Joe Thurston went 3 for 4 with 2 runs scored. Sandy Madera went 2 for 4 with a RBI. Dusty Brown went 3 for 4 with a run scored. In the second game, Bartolo Colon was dominant in a 2-0 win. He threw 6 scoreless, 1 hit innings. He did not allow a BB while striking out 4. Chris Smith pitched a 1-2-3 final inning. The PawSox only had 2 hits themselves.

Trenton defeated Portland 7-2. Justin Masterson (1-3) threw 6 innings giving up 7 runs on 9 hits and 2 BB. He had 3 Ks. Mike James pitched 2 clean innings fanning 2. Andrew Pinckney went 2 for 3 and scored a run.

Visalia edged Lancaster 4-3. Brian Steinocher threw 5 innings allowing 2 runs on 3 hits. He had 4 Ks. Richie Lentz (0-2) blew the save and took the loss. He allowed 2 runs on 3 hits in 2 innings of work. He had 2 Ks. TJ Large threw a scoreless frame allowing 2 hits and a BB. Lars Anderson went 2 for 4 with a home run. Chih-Hsien Chiang went 2 for 3 with a run scored. Zak Farkes went 2 for 4. Daniel Nava went 3 for 3 with a home run.

Charleston edged Greenville 2-1. Chris Province went 6 innings giving up 2 runs on 3 hits and a BB. He had 4 Ks. Bryce Cox threw 2 perfect innings of relief. He had 4 Ks. Ryan Kalish went 2 for 4.

Player of the Night: Bartolo Colon who threw 6 scoreless, 1 hit innings




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May 15, 2008 at 5:49 PM

Q&A with Mark Wagner


Mark Wagner is rated by Baseball America as the top catching prospect and the best defensive catcher in the Red Sox organization. Boston’s pick in the 9th round of the 2005 draft, the 23-year-old Wagner is currently with the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs where he’s hitting .283/.374/.402 through May 15. David Laurila sat down with Wagner at Hadlock Field this past weekend.

David Laurila: How is your season going so far?
Mark Wagner: It’s going well. We’ve made some adjustments that needed to be made, because as you move up there are things you need to deal with. There are things you need to overcome in order to move up and move on, you know? But it’s been going well, going well.

DL: What have some of the adjustments been?
MW: Dealing with circumstances that you can’t control, and what not. The weather, outside influences, stuff like that. As you’re getting closer to Boston – I was in the Cal League last year, and being so far away from Boston it wasn’t the same kind of atmosphere as it is here in Portland. But it’s a fun place to play.

DL: What was it like coming here from Lancaster from a mental standpoint?
MW: It wasn’t so much of a mental adjustment as just making sure that you take care of your business. If you do that, both mentally and physically, you’ll be fine. It’s not really a big adjustment baseball-wise per se, because it’s still baseball. The pitcher has to throw the ball over the white plate, and we still have to swing, run and throw.

DL: What’s the biggest improvement you’ve made to your game over the past year?
MW: Oh, wow. I don’t think there have been any huge improvements, just gradual improvements in each and every area. I’m just coming out here every single day ready to work and get after it. As long as you’re working hard and going about your business, I think everything should continue to improve.

DL: Has any facet of your defensive game taken a notable step forward?
MW: Again, I don’t think there’s been one certain part. I feel that I’ve had to elevate all of my levels, because as we’re getting closer to Boston, we’re working on everything. We’re going over game calling, situational stuff; we’re making sure that we’re stepping it all up.

DL: Are you going over more than you did at the lower levels?
MW: I don’t know about more of it, but there’s maybe more precision, if that makes any sense. Here you can’t get away with as many mistakes. If your game calling is “we can either do this or we can do that,” up here you’re going to find out which one was wrong if you call the wrong pitch.

DL: Where are you offensively right now?
MW: I’m feeling good, feeling good. Offense is something you have to take day-to-day, because there are some days where you just don’t feel it, but do you know what? You have to be mentally ready to go out there and give it all you’ve got.

DL: What kind of hitter would you call yourself?
MW
: What kind of hitter am I? A good one. No, but to be honest – I don’t know. It depends on the situation and what not. I feel like I’m a hitter who can go up there and do whatever needs to be done at the plate. If there are runners on base, I feel that I can drive them in, and if we’re in a situation where we need to start an inning and get something going, I feel like I can be the guy to do that. I feel like I can pretty much step up to whatever needs to be done.

DL: Developmentally, where is your power right now?
MW: Power is one thing that I’m continuing to work on, from the weight room on down. But as long as you’re squaring the ball up, good things will happen. Obviously we have the nice big Green Monster here, where you have to hit it more in the air as opposed to line drives. We’ve already learned a few lessons from smashing some line drives off of it, trying to stretch things and getting thrown out. But the power is good. I’m still shooting the gaps, so things are working out pretty well.

DL: Let’s talk about a few of the guys you catch, starting with Dustin Richardson.
MW: D-Rich is a hell of a competitor. He goes out there and gives us a chance to win every time, just like the rest of our pitchers. He’s a guy who really plays with his hair on fire; he gets after it every day. The fast, the curve, the change -- they’re all plus pitches for him, so it’s always fun to be on the receiving end.

DL: What is Richardson’s best pitch?
MW: Like all of our guys, I’d say his fastball. When you’re throwing your fastball well it makes everything else look better. Like most of our lefties, he wants to get that good two-seam action. When he stays through it, right down to me, I’ll tell you what -- he gets some good action on it. It opens up the plate for the rest of his stuff.

DL: How about Hunter Jones?
MW: Hunter Jones is another lefty that comes right at you. It’s “here it is.” He’s got the type of mentality you need out of the bullpen, because he comes out there and knows that he’s going to get it done.

DL: What about Chad Rhoades?
MW
: Chad Rhoades, same thing. All of our guys out of the bullpen, man – they bull their neck and give us all they’ve got. Hunter Jones, Chad Rhoades; all the guys out there -- they come in and know that the job has to be done.

DL: Who has the best changeup on the staff?
MW: The best changeup on the staff? I’ll tell you what – it could be anyone on any given day, because we have some guys with pretty filthy stuff. I can’t really try to compare the quality of pitches they have. When our guys are on, they’re all overpowering. That’s what’s so fun about catching them -- their stuff is lights out. It’s just a matter of them being on.

DL: What is Mark Wagner doing away from the baseball field these days?
MW: Away from the baseball field? I don’t even know what that is. What is that? I’m always at the baseball field, working out and staying in shape. If I do that, I’ll get to stay on the baseball field.
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