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Red Sox minor lines: Matt Barnes joins the bullpen

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On a day with no shortage of big performances, Matt Barnes' move to relief pitching stole the spotlight.

Pawtucket W 6-1

Jackie Bradley Jr.: 2-5, K, SB
Deven Marrero: 0-5, 3 K
Bryce Brentz: 0-3, 2 BB, K
Travis Shaw: 1-4, HR, K
Garin Cecchini: 1-4, 2B, K
Sean Coyle: 0-2, 2 BB

Steven Wright: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K
Matt Barnes: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Heath Hembree: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Welcome to the bullpen, Mr. Barnes. It's a move that's been coming for quite a while now, but the Red Sox have finally pulled the trigger 100% it seems. He's looked good in the role in the major leagues, and

Portland W 6-3

Carlos Asuaje: 2-4, BB, K, SB
Keury De La Cruz: 3-3, HR, BB

Have yourself a day, Keury. Or a month, really. De La Cruz has stubbornly refused to go quietly into that good night for years now, and while he may be repeating Portland after a sub-standard 2014 (where he only managed to play 80 games), he's at least destroying it the way you'd hope. Not every successful prospect comes in heralded to the heavens. Some of them just chug along and pop out of nowhere at the last second.

Salem Game 1 W 5-4 (In 7)

Manuel Margot: 1-3
Sam Travis: 1-3, SB

Salem Game 2 L 2-4 (In 7)

Manuel Margot: 1-3, K, POCS
Sam Travis: 2-3, HR, CS

Sam Travis on April 24: .173/.254/.288

Sam Travis today: .301/.346/.462

Took him a while, but one of the big sleeper picks for 2015 seems to finally be showing why the Sox picked him so highly.

Greenville L 3-8

Nick Longhi: 0-4, K
Rafael Devers: 2-4, 2B, 3B, 2 K
Michael Chavis: 2-4, 2B, 2 K

Devers' transformation hasn't been quite as dramatic as Travis', since he never dropped nearly so low. But on the other hand, his turnaround has taken all of three games. Three games which have seen him produce 10 hits, six of them for extra bases. Welcome back, Devers of 2014. We missed you.