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Red Sox minor lines: The old and improved Blake Swihart

Blake Swihart was looking like a completely different player in the early days of the season. Now, though, the old Swihart seems to be back, and better than ever.

Pawtucket W 3-2

Mookie Betts: 0-4, K
Will Middlebrooks: 2-4, K
Travis Shaw: 1-2, HR, BB, SB
Alex Hassan: 1-3, K
Deven Marrero: 0-3

Anthony Ranaudo: 6.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
Drake Britton: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

Pawtucket W 4-3

Mookie Betts: 2-5, 2B, K, CS
Will Middlebrooks: 1-4, BB, 2 K
Alex Hassan: 1-4, 2 K
Garin Cecchini: 1-4
Deven Marrero: 1-4, K, CS

Allen Webster: 7 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
Alex Wilson: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

It's been an excellent month for Travis Shaw, who has hit .302/.392/.540 in 63 at bats, walking nearly as often as he's struck out and producing four homers in the process. This after June saw him strike out in roughly a third of his plate appearances. If the big first baseman already has the level figured out, he'll actually have made the jump right around the age expected even after spending parts of three different seasons in Portland.

Portland L 2-3

Sean Coyle: 2-4, K

Brian Johnson: 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

Portland W 6-4

Blake Swihart: 1-3, 2 BB, SB
Sean Coyle: 2-5, K

Back in April, Blake Swihart drew all of two walks. This became a point of some concern when his torrent of hits slowed down to a more reasonable rate. Now he's got a perfectly sustainable .295 batting average, and a .351 OBP to go with it. It's good to have the old Swihart back, just a little better accross the board.

It's also nice to see Sean Coyle get right back to hitting after a two-week long slump. Thanks to the sizable nest egg he built up in May and June his season numbers still look stellar even with a .608 OPS in July.

Salem L 2-3

Carlos Asuaje: 0-4, K

Salem L 2-5

Carlos Asuaje: 0-3, K

Corey Littrell: 5.1 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

Carlos Asuaje finally gets the bump up to Salem. He's still behind the curve age-wise, and he's not off to the best start, but Salem is in such desperate straits in terms of talent that I'll take anything at this point.

Greenville L 1-3

Cole Sturgeon: 1-4
Wendell Rijo: 0-4, K

Teddy Stankiewicz: 6.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K

Greenville L 2-3 (In 7)

Cole Sturgeon: 0-3
Wendell Rijo: 2-3, 2 HR

Greenville L 0-2

Cole Sturgeon: 1-5
Wendell Rijo: 1-4, 2B, 2 K

Jamie Callahan: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 7 K

Four homers in 76 games and then two in one for Wendell Rijo. An odd turn of events, but a welcome one as Rijo continues to push back up towards his early-season heights.

Lowell W 6-5

Danny Mars: 1-5
Sam Travis: 1-5
Nick Loghi: 2-5

Lowell W 10-2

Sam Travis: 1-5
Nick Longhi: 1-1, 3 BB
Danny Mars: 1-1, HR

Danny Mars just keeps on plugging away. He just can' be kept off base for a whole game, it seems. His baserunning abilities haven't really played up at all so far--he's been caught five times in nine stolen base attempts--but given the way he's swinging the bat he seems an easy early pick for this year's middle-round breakout.

GCL Red Sox W 7-6

Josh Ockimey: 2-4, K
Rafael Deers: 1-3, K
Victor Acosta: 3-4
Trenton Kemp: 2-3, 2B, K

GCL Red Sox W 4-1 (In 7)

Rafael Devers: 1-4, 2 K
Victor Acosta: 1-3, BB
Michael Chavis: 0-3, K

The GCL team finally manages to get some games in. They've basically been playing every other day since July 16, and had an even longer layoff before that.