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Minor League Update - 08/31/05

The Results
Pawtucket at Ottawa - L, 5-2
Portland at Altoona - L, 3-2
Wilmington at Salem - PPD, rain
Greenville at Savannah - PPD, rain
Lowell vs Vermont - W, 6-4

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

The Starters
name IP H R ER BB SO HR Dec
Anastacio Martinez 5 9 4 4 3 5 0 L
David Pauley 6 7 3 3 1 3 2 L
JT Zink 4 4 1 1 2 3 0 ND

Other Notables
Adam Stern - 1-1, r, 2b
Shawn Wooten - 2-4, r, 2b
Jay Johnson - 4-4, r, 2b, 3b, rbi

Randall Beam - 2 IP, 1 K
Keith Foulke - 1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 K

News and Notes
Anyone expecting Keith Foulke to come back and be lights out, once again leading the team to a World Series win? Well, quit dreaming. Foulke pitched another game in Lowell (that's rookie ball...about as low as it gets) and his ERA there jumped to 7.36 as he allowed 2 runs in a single inning of work. He allowed 4 hits without walking a batter. The only good news is that he did manage to get all three outs via the K.

Free Craig Hansen!!! Oh...really? Ok. Nevermind. Hansen has been shut down for the season ending any speculation that he'll be helping the big league club down the stretch. Thanks to a heavy workload in college Hansen is suffering from a tired arm and rather than risk problems down the road, the Sox have given him the rest of the season off.

It was bound to happen, but Dustin Pedroia is finally showing signs of slowing down. Between the wrist injury he suffered and a little bit of trouble adjusting to AAA, he has just not been as good as he is capable of. His line in AAA is down to .263/.359/.408 in 179 AB's which isn't bad, especially for a second baseman, but Pedroia is better than that. He is still keeping his K numbers down with only 14 strike outs compared to 21 walks so there is no need to panic. He just needs a few balls to bounce the right way.

When you look at the box scores you're usually expecting to see Brandon Moss with a 4 strike out game. Last night he surprised the fans with a 4 hit game going 4 for 4 with a solo home run. He now has a .261/.331/.436 line in 479 AB's. He's displaying a bit of power, but his 126 K's are a huge disappointment.

Abe Alvarez was up and pitched in a couple of games, but didn't impress enough to stick around. After being knocked around a bit in his last game he was sent down and replaced by Manny Delcarmen. Delcarmen managed appeared in one game, but the musical chairs continued as now Kevin Youkilis is in Boston. Delcarmen and Alvarez, along with several others, will be up within the next couple of days as the rosters expand tomorrow. There is still no word about who, exactly, will be up, but I have a feeling we will be seeing Dustin Pedroia getting a few AB's.