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Minor League Update 07/25/05

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I've decided to try out a new approach to the minor league updates. For now I'm going to try a daily update using the same format. The way I see it, I won't neglect the lower levels of the system as much and I'll be talking about more news as it happens instead of waiting for the weekly update. Let me know what you guys think.

The Results
Pawtucket vs. Ottawa - W, 5-4
Portland at New Hampshire - W, 5-3
Wilmington at Lynchburg - L, 6-5
Greenville at Greensboro - W, 12-1
Lowell vs. Staten Island - W, 13-5
GCL Red Sox - off day

The Prospects
Jed Lowrie - 1-3, bb, k
Alejandro Machado - 0-4
Brandon Moss - 2-5, 2r, 1hr, 1rbi, 1k
Hanley Ramirez - 1-4
Kelly Shoppach - 1-4, r, rbi

The Starters
name IP H R ER BB SO HR
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Tim Kester | 5 | 8 | 4 | 4 | 1 | 2 | 0 | W
Kason Gabbard | 7 | 3 | 3 | 1 | 1 | 4 | 2 | ND
Matt Goodson | 2 | 6 | 5 | 5 | 2 | 2 | 2 | ND
Beau Vaughan | 6 | 3 | 2 | 2 | 3 | 5 | 0 | W
JT Zink | 3 | 4 | 2 | 2 | 2 | 1 | 0 | ND

Other Notables
Gabe Kapler - 1-4, 1 K and 1 R
Kevin Youkilis - 2-3, 1r, 1 2b, 1 rbi, and 1 bb
George Lombard - 2-4, 1r, 1rbi, 2k
David Murphy - 3-5, r, 2b, hr, 3rbi, k
Kenny Perez - 2-5, 2r, hr, rbi, 3k
Zach Borowiak - 2-4, r, 2b, 3b, 3 RBI
John Otness - 4-6, 3r, hr, rbi
Andrew Pinckney - 2-5, 2r, 2rbi, bb
Claudio Arias - 3-5, 2r, 2b, 2rbi, k
Dominic Ramos - 3-5, r, 2b
Luis Soto - 2-4, 2r, 2b, bb
Matt Mercurio - 3-5, 3rbi

Juan Perez - 2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2K, 0 ER
Jim Mann - 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 3K, 0 ER, W
Barry Hertzler - 5 IP, 3 H, 4 K, 0 BB, 0 ER
Pete Fisher - 3 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 ER
Kyle Jackson - 2.1 IP, 4 K's, 0 ER

The Bad Guys
org W-L place GB runs(rank) RA(rank)
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OTT | BAL (AAA) | 49-51 | 6th | 8.0 | 437 (12 of 14) | 477 (5 of 14)
NH | TOR (AA) | 51-49 | 3rd | 1.5 | 385 (11 of 12) | 385 (1 of 12)
LYN | PIT (hiA) | 18-10 | 1st | --- | 512 (2 of 8) | 503 (8 of 8)
GRE | FLA (loA) | 11-17 | 7th | 9.0 | 443 (13 of 16) | 476 (12 of 16)
STI | NYY (ssA) | 21-10 | 1st | --- | 154 (6 of 14) | 105 (1 of 16)

News and Notes
After 5 games at second base last week, last night's game saw Hanley Ramirez getting some action at third base. The organization is trying to increase his value by getting some other positions under his belt. "I'm comfortable anywhere," he said. "It's just baseball.", Ramirez said about the move. He had only two balls hit to him, but handled them both cleanly. Todd Claus, manager of the Sea Dogs said that Ramirez will likely see some time all over the place, ruling out only pitching and catching.

The last time the Paw Sox won a 1 run game before last night was June 28th. They've lost 8 since that day. The win was their third straight win overall. Tim Kester earned his 10th victory, tops on the team. He's 5-0 in his last 7 starts, sporting a 3.50 ERA. He started off that stretch with 4 quality starts, going 7 innings each time, but despite the fact that he's still winning, he has struggled a little bit in his last 3, not making it past the 6th.

Alejandro Machado saw a couple of games in center field last week. The speedy switch hitting middle infielder is trying to increase his value and his chances of making it to the big leagues. He seemed right at home with the new position. He was back at shortstop last night.

The Sox signed their number 2 pick, Craig Hansen and now have signed all the players they drafted in the first 13 rounds. I'm not positive about the details of the contract, but I have heard that it's a $4 million major league deal. If anyone knows where I can find the particulars about draft signings, let me know. Hansen is a hard-throwing aggressive player with a closer's mentality. He is supposed to be nearly ready for the major leagues despite the fact that he's only 21 years old and just out of college. He should make quick work of the Red Sox minor league system.

You likely won't notice, but 25 year old Stefan Bailie hung up his cleats and walked away from the game of baseball. The first baseman was batting .147/.197/.302 for Portland in a year that has included three trips to the DL. His four year professional career, spent entirely in the Red Sox organization, has been thoroughly unimpressive.