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Red Sox minor lines: Allen Craig finding a rhythm in Pawtucket

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Whatever you think of Allen Craig, there's no denying he looks like a different man in Pawtucket.

Pawtucket L 5-6 (In 10)

Rusney Castillo: 1-6, 2B, 2 K
Allen Craig: 3-4, 2B, 2 BB
Bryce Brentz: 1-5, BB, K
Travis Shaw: 2-6, K
Deven Marrero: 1-5, K, E
Garin Cecchini: 3-5, 2B

Rusney is going to get plenty of press outside of minor lines today, so let's focus in on Allen Craig instead. Eight games into his return to Triple-A, the only thing missing out of the outfielder is his power. He's putting up a .306 average with a .375 OBP. It's easy to discount this because, well, it's Triple-A, and there's no shortage of folks out there who probably dread the return of Allen Craig more than just about anything else.

But those same folks would also tell you he looked completely incapable of hitting a baseball at any level when he was in Boston. Sometimes it really is just a matter of getting in a rhythm with consistent playing time. Not saying the Red Sox should call him up tomorrow. But he's worth keeping in mind as an option given how badly everything is going in Fenway.

Portland W 4-1

Keury De La Cruz: 1-3, 2B, K

A public note on Oscar Tejeda, he of the 16-for-36 hot streak who seems to be turning some heads of late: fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on you. He's still the same player he was when he flared out after a decent season in Salem. Only now he's too old for his league to boot. Guys with no plate discipline, limited pop, and mediocre defense don't make it in this league.

Salem L 4-10

Sam Travis: 1-3, 2 BB, K, CS
Wendell Rijo: 1-4, K

Kevin McAvoy: 2.2 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 2 K

This is McAvoy's first unqualified disaster of the season, but his third or fourth start where he's really seemed to have no idea where the ball was going. Just when he was starting to turn those peripherals in the right direction, too...

Greenville W 8-0

Rafael Devers: 1-4, BB
Yoan Moncada: 1-3, BB, K
Javier Guerra: 1-3, 3B, BB, K
Michael Chavis: 0-3, BB, K

Guerra has struck out in about 30% of his plate appearances, but there is this...

We'll see if he can correct his major flaw before it actually starts hurting him.