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Minor League Update - 7/30/05

I'm a bit later than usual because I had to work this morning. Stupid waking up at 6:30 am to work a morning shift on my day off. It ain't right I tell ya.

The Results
Pawtucket at Buffalo - L, 7-2
Portland vs New Hampshire - W, 5-3
Wilmington at Kinston - W, 6-2
Greenville at Augusta - , L 8-3
Lowell at Vermont - W, 7-3

The Prospects
Jacob Ellsbury - DNP
Christian Lara - 1-5, k
Jed Lowrie - 2-4, 2b, 2rbi, bb
Alejandro Machado - 1-4, k
Cla Meredith - DNP
Brandon Moss - 1-4, r
Dustin Pedroia - DNP
Hanley Ramirez - 1-3, r, rbi, bb, sb
Kelly Shoppach - 1-4, RBI, 2K
Luis Soto - 2-4, r, 2b, bb, k

The Starters
name IP H R ER BB SO HR Dec
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Tim Kester 5.2 10 6 6 1 7 2 L
David Pauley 5 8 2 1 2 3 0 W
Jose Vaquedano 5 4 2 2 2 6 0 ND
Beau Vaughan 5.3 8 4 4 2 9 0 L
James Zink 4 2 0 0 0 5 0 ND

Other Notables
Gabe Kapler 2-2
Justin Sherrod 2-4, r, 2b, hr, rbi, 2k
Matt Van Der Bosch - 2-4, r, bb, k, sb
Brant Ust - 2-5, r, 3rbi, k
Ian Bladergroen - 2-4, k
Dominic Ramos - 1-3, 2r, 2bb, k, 2sb

Argimiro Guanchez 2.1 IP, 4 H, 1 K

The Bad Guys
org W-L place GB runs(rank) RA(rank)
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NH TOR (AA) 51-53 3rd 3.5 395 (12 of 12) 404 (1 of 12)

News and Notes
Kevin Youkilis got in a little bit more time at second base, covering for the injured Dustin Pedroia. He had a long night, however, as he committed two errors. One was a fielding error and the other was a bad throw, but I don't know how severe either of the errors were.

Gabe Kapler finished his rehab stint with the Paw Sox and should be called up to Boston for tonight's game. Adam Hyzdu will likely be sent packing. Kapler put up some outstanding numbers in Pawtucket with a .636/.636/1.136 line in 22 AB's. He didn't walk, but he did have 6 extra base hits, including 2 home runs. One thing is for sure, he did a lot better in Pawtucket than he did in Japan. Let's hope that he is able to keep the momentum as he makes the jump to Boston.

I wouldn't say that Ian Bladergroen is coming around, but he has gone 8-12 with 2 K's over his last 3 games. All 8 hits have been singles, however, and he didn't draw a walk. Still, his line has climbed to .240/.337/.295. That's a pathetically depressing line, but it's better than he has been doing all year.

I'm glad that we haven't heard the names Jon Papelbon, Jon Lester, and Dustin Pedroia in any trade rumors. As far as I'm concerned those are the three completely untouchables in the Sox system. Anibal Sanchez is another one that I don't want to see traded, but he is supposedly a big part of the Manny trade. Hanley Ramirez's name has also been brought into that trade. The noon deadline has passed, but the three teams are still trying to work something out.

Speaking of Hanley Ramirez, he is currently suffering from a minor groin pull. The injury isn't severe enough to keep him out of action, but manager Todd Claus has said that until Ramirez is 100% healthy, he will be playing exclusively at shortstop and will not be tried out at any new positions.