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Red Sox minor lines: Rubby De La Rosa, Matt Barnes steal the show

After slow starts to their seasons, Matt Barnes and Rubby De La Rosa have both picked up the pace in May.

J. Meric

Pawtucket W 5-1

Ryan Lavarnway: 2-4
Jeremy Hazelbaker: 1-3, BB, K
Brock Holt: 2-4, 2 K

Rubby De La Rosa: 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K
Chris Hernandez: 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Rubby's pitch count has been ramped up, and he's responded with easily his best outing of the season. Put together with his last start, Rubby has pitched seven scoreless innings with six hits and eleven strikeouts, and is looking entirely healthy again, even if his season stats don't quite reflect that yet.

Portland W 4-3

Travis Shaw: 1-3, BB, K, SB
Michael Almanzar: 1-3, BB, K, E
Christian Vazquez: 0-1, BB

Matt Barnes: 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
Daniel Bard: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
Keith Couch: 1.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Matt Barnes does not have the same Tommy John excuse that Rubby has to pass off his slow start, but he's also gotten back in the driver's seat over his last two games, with 12 innings of one-run ball. It seems as though the two weak links in Boston's ridiculous cadre of minor league starters have picked it up, and are ready to join in the fun.