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Red Sox minor lines: Huge nights for top names

Anthony Ranaudo went six scoreless, Blake Swihart picked up three hits, and Sean Coyle reached base four times in seven plate appearances. And those are the performances that didn't earn mentions below.

Pawtucket W 8-5

Mookie Betts: 4-5, 2B, BB
Travis Shaw: 2-5, 2 2B
Garin Cecchini: 0-3, BB, 2 K
Deven Marrero: 1-4, 2B, BB, 2 K
Alex Hassan: 1-4, 3 K

Anthony Ranaudo: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
Drake Britton: 2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Pawtucket W 8-5

Mookie Betts: 2-5, HR, K
Will Middlebrooks: 0-5
Travis Shaw: 1-4, 2B, BB, 2 K
Alex Hassan: 2-3, BB
Deven Marrero: 4-4, 2B

Alex Wilson: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

Somehow Deven Marrero already has two four-hit nights in Pawtucket. We still haven't seen any of the power he flashed in Portland to start the season, but nights like this can make up for quite a few more mediocre days.

Less noticeable is the drop in power from Mookie Betts, though it is a real thing given that his slugging has dropped some 67 points since his promotion to Pawtucket. Still, if he's slowed down since Portland, that doesn't diminish his .336/.421/.484 performance.

Portland W 1-0

Blake Swihart: 3-4, SB
Sean Coyle: 1-2, 2B, BB
Michael Almanzar: 0-4
Keury De La Cruz: 1-4, K

Brian Johnson: 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 12 K
Noe Ramirez: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Portland L 0-7

Blake Swihart: 1-4, K
Sean Coyle: 2-4
Michael Almanzar: 1-3, K

Brian Johnson had struck out all of 11 batters in his last four starts combined. The results have always been there--he's allowed at most one earned run in eight of his last nine starts--but this is certainly the best we've seen from him this season. Johnson produced quite a bit of apathy for a first-round pick, but he's certainly demanding some spotlight in 2014.

Salem W 6-0

Carlos Asuaje: 2-4, 3B, BB, K

Salem L 2-4

Carlos Asuaje: 2-5, K

Justin Haley: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR
Corey Littrell: 4 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

I'm desperate for Carlos Asuaje to keep this up. Portland is full of prospects who will start the next year in Pawtucket, meaning Asuaje is basically our only hope to have someone reasonably interesting playing every day in Double-A to start 2015.

Greenville L 2-5

Cole Sturgeon: 1-5, 3 K, E
Wendell Rijo: 1-2, HR, 2 BB
Manuel Margot: 1-4, 2B, 2 K

Trey Ball: 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

Greenville W 6-5

Wendell Rijo: 0-3, BB
Manuel Margot: 0-3, BB, 2 K, SB, CS

Teddy Stankiewicz: 6 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Seven homers in fewer than 300 at bats for Wendell Rijo now. Not bad for an 18-year-old who wasn't supposed to have much power potential, nevermind present pop.

Lowell W 7-4

Danny Mars: 1-5, 2 K
Sam Travis: 0-2, 2 K

Lowell W 9-5

Sam Travis: 1-4, HR

Sam Travis got plunked twice in one game. I'm already set to declare him the next Kevin Youkilis as a result.

GCL Red Sox W 5-3

Rafael Devers: 2-4, K
Luis Alexander Basabe: 0-4, K, 3 A
Michael Chavis: 2-3, 2B, K
Trenton Kemp: 1-3, K

Michael Kopech: 1.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

GCL Red Sox L 2-5

Rafael Devers: 2-3, 2 2B, BB, E
Luis Alexander Basabe: 0-4
Michael Chavis: 0-4

If Luis Alexander Basabe can record three outfield assists per game, he can hit .100 for all I care.

(Luis Alexander Basabe cannot record three outfield assists per game.)