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Red Sox minor lines: Brandon Workman highlights a short slate

Brandon Workman had a big game on a night with relatively little to offer.


Only two games today, with Salem on an off-day and Greenville being rained out.

Pawtucket W 5-4

Box Score

Brock Holt: 1-4, K
Jose Iglesias: 1-4, HR, 2 K
David Ortiz: 2-3, K
Jeremy Hazelbaker: 0-3, 2 K
Juan Carlos Linares: 1-4, 2B, K

Chris Hernandez: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Jose Iglesias goes down and immediately homers, because apparently that's a thing. And how nice is it to see David Ortiz' name again? He's probably only about a week away, which is good news for a Red Sox team that has been dealing with some inconsistency in the old lineup.

Portland W 9-3

Box Score

Xander Bogaerts: 0-5, BB, K
Travis Shaw: 1-4, K, E
Kolbrin Vitek: 4-5, 2B, 2 SB

Brandon Workman: 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HR
Daniel Bard: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, K

Xander Bogaerts' tough start to the season continues as Double-A pitching catches up to him. He'll need to figure out their off-speed offerings before he's back on top. Kolbrin Vitek's big night, meanwhile, boosts his average up to .357, but he's going to have to sustain it before anyone gets on board his bandwagon after disappointing seasons in 2011 and 2012.

On the pitching side of things, this is actually a dip in strikeout rate for Brandon Workman from his first game. Pretty hard to complain, though. He's got to keep the ball in the park, but if he keeps baserunners to a minimum like he has, even the times opposing batters get ahold of one should stop hurting him quite so much.