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Minor League Update - 08/07/05

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Sunday Standings Check-in
team lst wk W-L place GB
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Pawtucket 2-5 55-53 4th 6.0
Portland 5-4 59-52 1st ---
Wilmington 6-2 17-23 4th 6.0
Greenville 2-5 18-23 7th 6.5
Lowell 5-1 26-19 1st ---

The Results
Pawtucket vs Buffalo - W, 16-9
Portland at Binghamton - L, 3-1 and L, 8-7
Wilmington at Potomoc - W, 9-4
Greenville at Charleston - L, 5-1
Lowell vs Williamsport - W, 3-1

The Prospects
Jacoby Ellsbury - DNP
Christian Lara - 0-4, k
Jed Lowrie - 1-4
Alejandro Machado - 2-4, 2r, rbi, sb
Cla Meredith - DNP
Brandon Moss - 3-7, 2b, 2r, 2k
Jon Papelbon - DNP
Dustin Pedroia - 2-4, 2r, 2b, 2bb
Hanley Ramirez - 2-6, 2rbi, bb, e
Kelly Shoppach - DNP
Luis Soto - 1-4, rbi, CS

The Starters
name IP H R ER BB SO HR Dec
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Anastacio Martinez 2.2 4 3 3 2 2 0 ND
Jon Lester 5 2 3 2 4 5 1 L
Scott Shoemaker 3.2 6 5 5 2 5 1 L
Felix Romero 4 3 1 1 0 8 0 ND
Henry Cabrera 2.1 6 5 5 3 3 2 L
Clay Bucholz 3 2 1 1 0 3 0 ND

Other Notables
Mark Bellhorn - 2-6, 2b, 2rbi, 2k
Kevin Youkilis - 3-4, 4r, 2hr, 3rbi, 2bb, k
Adam Hyzdu - 2-5, 2r, hr, 5rbi
Dave Berg - 3-5, r, rbi, k
Shawn Wooten - 3-5, rbi
Luis Figueroa - 2-4, 2r, hr, 2rbi, bb
Raul Nieves - 3-6, r, 2b, rbi, k, sb
Jeremy West - 2-7, 2r, hr, rbi, k
Matt Van Der Bosch - 2-4, 3r, 2bb
Brad Pritz - 2-3, r, 2b, rbi, 2bb
Brant Ust - 1-4, r, hr, 3rbi, k
Chad Spann - 2-4, 3r, 2b, hr, rbi, bb
Jeff Corsaletti - 2-4
John Otness - 2-4, rbi, k
Chris Turner - 2-4, k
Dominic Ramos - 2-5, 2rbi
Jason Tromley - 2-4, 3b

Edgar Martinez - 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K
Randy Newson - 3.2 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 1 K

The Bad Guys
org W-L place GB runs(rank) RA(rank)
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BUF CLE (AAA) 63-52 1st --- 641(1 of 14) 571(10 of 14)

News and Notes
The Pawtucket bats exploded yesterday and it's a good thing because the pitching wasn't all that great. Anastacio Martinez didn't even make it 3 full innings. Mark Malaska pitched 4 unimpressive innings in relief, giving up 3 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks and Jack Cressend was hit hard in his 1 inning of work, giving up 3 runs. On the offensive side of the ball, everyone on the team besides Justin Sherrod, who went 0-4, had at least two hits. Kevin Youkilis had a great game with 2 home runs and Adam Hyzdu knocked in 5, 4 of those on a grand slam. The leadoff man, Dustin Pedroia, managed to get on base 4 times, 2 by hit, 2 by walk. Even Mark Bellhorn jumped in on the action collecting his first 2 hits during his rehab assignment, although he also struck out twice. According to the Providence Journal the double that he hit could've been caught, but Andy Abad took a bad route to the ball and it dropped in. It was a season high in runs and hits for the Paw Sox.

Today the World Series trophy will be in Pawtucket. If you have tickets, you'll be able to see it. Tuesday will be autograph day as ticket holders will be given a poster and allowed on the field before the game to get autographs from the players.

After missing 4 games, Alejandro Machado, was back in the line up for the Paw Sox. I never did find out why he was out for those games, but if he's suffering from any injury he didn't show it, going 2-4 with a steal while playing in left field.

Jon Lester took the loss last night. Despite allowing only 2 hits, Binghamton managed to get home 3 runners, thanks to 4 walks. Hanley Ramirez had a fielding error that resulting in one of those runs being unearned. Edgar Martinez came on for an inning to finish the game and wasn't scored on, allowing only 1 hit. Martinez has allowed only 2 hits and 2 walks in 4.2 scoreless innings so far as a member of the Sea Dogs after putting up a 2.10 ERA in 34.1 IP as a member of the Blue Rocks. Portland lost the pitcher's duel as well as losing the offensive battle later in the day to be swept in the double header.

25 year old Blue Rocks starter, Felix Romero, pitched 4 solid innings yesterday striking out 8 in 4 innings allowing only 1 run on 3 hits and no walks. Romero has been very impressive this year, getting most of his work in in the bullpen with only 2 starts in 27 games for 55.2 IP. He has a 2.75 ERA and has struck out 67 while walking only 9.

If you're interested in the Portland bullpen then check out this article in today's Maine Today by Sea Dog beat writer Kevin Thomas. He talks about all the turnover with the club's bullpen and the possibility of Craig Hansen joining the team in the near future.