Red Sox minor lines: Xander Bogaerts hates breaking balls

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Seriously. Xander is not a fan.

Pawtucket L 5-8

Box Score

Jeremy Hazelbaker: 0-5, K, E
Bryce Brentz: 2-4, 2B
Xander Bogaerts: 1-4, HR, E

I don't mean they give him problems, necessarily, but that he clearly dislikes him. Need proof? Look what he did to this one:

You just don't do that to something you don't hate. That thing was headed right for the dirt, and then it's just...gone.

Portland L 2-9

Box Score

Garin Cecchini: 1-4, 2B, E
Michael Almanzar: 1-4, 2 K
Travis Shaw: 0-4, K
Christian Vazquez: 0-4, K
Kolbrin Vitek: 1-3, BB

Drake Britton: 5.1 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

Garin Cecchini debuts with a decent effort. Not sure what changed for Britton after five scoreless (and five games with a total of 2 ER before that) to lead to an 8-run sixth. Happy hour?

Salem W 9-2

Box Score

Henry Ramos: 2-5, 2 3B, 2 K
Deven Marrero: 2-4, 2B, BB, K, SB
Keury De La Cruz: 1-5, 2 K, SB
Brandon Jacobs: 2-4, 2 HR, K
Blake Swihart: 1-4, 2B, K
Cody Koback: 1-4
David Renfroe: 0-4, 3 K

So I guess everyone's just going on a tear down in Salem now? Or near enough. Even Brandon Jacobs, who has been woeful all year, has five hits and four walks in four games including, well, this.

Greenville L 9-13

Box Score

Mookie Betts: 2-4, BB
Jose Vinicio: 1-3, BB

Francellis Montas: 4.1 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

Montas is certainly potential first, performance second right now. But would it be so much to ask to see a few half-decent outings here and there?

Lowell W 4-0

Box Score

Tzu-Wei Lin: 2-3
Manuel Margot: 1-4, 2B, K
Kendrick Perkins: 1-3, 2B, BB, 2 K
Williams Jerez: 0-3

Jamie Callahan: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

A decent enough debut for one of Boston's million right-handed pitchers from last year's draft.

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