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Minor League Update - 08/28/05

Sunday Standings Check-in
team W-L place GB
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Pawtucket 69-66 3rd 6.0
Portland 73-61 1st ---
Wilmington 26-33 4th 8.5
Greenville 31-31 4th 7.0
Lowell 36-27 2nd 4.0

The Results
Pawtucket at Rochester - W, 8-5
Portland vs New Hampshire - W, 8-0
Wilmington at Lynchburg - L, 10-1
Greenville vs Charleston - L, 11-3
Lowell vs Tri-City - L, 6-1

The Prospects
Manny Delcarmen - DNP
Jacoby Ellsbury - 1-4
Craig Hansen - DNP
Jed Lowrie - 1-4, r, k
Alejandro Machado - 1-5, r, rbi, k, sb
Cla Meredith - 1 IP, 1 BB, 2 K, SV
Brandon Moss - 2-4, 2r, 2b, hr, rbi, k
David Murphy - 3-4, 2r, hr, rbi
Dustin Pedroia - 0-4, r, 2bb
Hanley Ramirez - 1-4, r
Kelly Shoppach - 1-5, bb, 2k
Luis Soto - 1-3, 2b, rbi, cs

The Starters
name IP H R ER BB SO HR Dec
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Mark Malaska 4 5 4 4 3 3 0 ND
Jon Lester 7 2 0 0 1 7 0 W
Andrew Dobies 4.2 7 5 0 2 1 1 L
Mike Rozier 2.1 6 7 4 2 1 0 L
Clay Bucholz 2 3 1 1 1 1 0 L

Other Notables
Dave Berg - 3-4, 2r, 2b, 2rbi, bb
Kevin Youkilis - 2-3, 2r, hr, 2rbi, 3bb, k
Adam Hyzdu - 3-6, 2b, 3rbi, 2k
Matt Van Der Bosch - 2-5, k
Jeremy West - 2-4, 2r, k
Zach Borowiak - 2-3, 2b
Brett Levier - 2-3, r, bb
Jeff Corsaletti - 2-5, r, 2b, 2k
Jeff Natale - 2-5, 3rbi, 3k

Barry Hertzler - 2 IP, 2 H, 1 K
Keith Foulke - 1.2 IP, 3 H, r, k

News and Notes

With a little more than a week to go in minor league baseball, it's becoming more and more clear as to which teams in the Boston organization are going to make the play offs. The Sea Dogs have 8 games left and their magic number is 6 to clinch the division and just 3 to make the play offs. Unless disaster strikes they will be heading to the play offs. Lowell also still has a chance, but to be honest with you, I'm not sure how the rookie league playoff structure works, so I don't know how big of a chance they have. Pawtucket is still mathematically in the race, but they're a long shot to make it. They've had a season of mediocrity and that's just not good enough for the play offs.

The middle of the Pawtucket order did most of the damage as Dave Berg, Adam Hyzdu, and Kevin Youkilis combined to go 8-13 with 6 walks, 7 RBI, 2 doubles, and a home run. Youkilis was responsible for most of the damage with 3 walks and the home run. It's really too bad they can't make room for him on the roster. If only there was someone they could dump to make room for him. Someone who can't hit to save his life. Someone who can go months at a time without hitting home runs. Someone who is a huge fat ass who has very little range in the field. Someone that makes a jackass out of himself every time he opens his month. If only the Sox had someone on their team that was so utterly useless like that so that they could bring up Youkilis.

The experiment didn't really last very long. 35 year old vet Ricky Bottalico has been released by the club after appearing in just 6 games for Pawtucket. He had a 4.54 ERA in 41.2 IP for Milwaukee this year before the Sox got a hold of him and he had a 4.32 ERA in 8.1 IP in Pawtucket. He had control issues all year, but the sample size with the Red Sox is really too small to tell. I guess he just didn't have the stuff to help out the team.

Keith Foulke began his rehab assignment with Lowell yesterday and allowed 3 hits and an unearned run in 1.2 IP for the Spinners.

Up until last night, I forgot that I was making a huge oversight with my minor league updates. After his debut, I haven't mentioned El Guapo. So I looked into it and apparently there's not much to mention. I haven't heard any actual news about him, but he has only appeared in 3 games for the GCL Red Sox, pitching in 3 innings, allowing only 1 ER on a solo HR that has been the only hit he has allowed. I don't know why he hasn't been used more than that, but I'll keep my eye out for any more El Guapo news.