Red Sox minor lines: Rubby De La Rosa is no reliever

Rubby De La Rosa seemed destined for the bullpen. Now, four games into 2014, it's hard to imagine him as anything but a starter.

Pawtucket L 7-5

Shane Victorino: 0-4, 3 K, E
Alex Hassan: 0-3, BB, K
Christian Vazquez: 1-4, 2B, 2 K, E
Garin Cecchini: 1-4, 3 K, SB
Dan Butler: 0-2, BB

Rubby De La Rosa: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
Dalier Hinojosa: 0 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
Rich Hill: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
Drake Britton: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K

A lot of things are going to have to go very wrong for Rubby De La Rosa before the Red Sox even consider shifting him back into a relief role now. He's working efficiently, maintaining velocity deep into games, and has all his bases covered statistically so far.  It's a remarkable turnaround given that, after 2013, there was little expectation he'd start at all.


Portland W 5-3 (In 11)

Mookie Betts: 2-4, 2 BB, 2 SB
Deven Marrero: 1-5, K
Travis Shaw: 0-2, 3 BB, CS
Blake Swihart: 1-5, 2 K
Henry Ramos: 1-5, 2 K

Mookie is Mookie. Little more need be said there. And while Marrero and Swihart didn't exactly have the best performances last night, both have managed to maintain their strong starts to the season. This is bigger news for Marrero than for Swihart, since the latter had already shown some ability to perform at the plate, but regardless of past performance it's a strong introduction to arguably the hardest level to adjust to in the minor leagues.


Greenville L 2-4

Tzu-Wei Lin: 1-3, 2B, BB, SB
Manuel Margot: 2-4, 2 2B, K
Wendell Rijo: 0-4, 3 K

I'm going to refrain from hyping anyone up from here on in. I guarantee you if I hadn't said anything about him yesterday Rijo would have gone 2-for-3 with a walk.

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