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Red Sox minor lines: Garin Cecchini lives?

Signs of life where we haven't seen them in a long while.

Pawtucket L 5-15

Jackie Bradley Jr.: 0-5, K
Deven Marrero: 3-5, 2B, K
Allen Craig: 1-3, 2 BB, K
Garin Cecchini: 4-5, 2 HR, K
Sean Coyle: 1-4, BB, K

Keith Couch: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 0 K
Edwin Escobar: 1 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 0 H, 1 HR
Matt Barnes: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
Pat Light: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Don't look directly into the pitching--be very happy that this was not a Brian Johnson or Henry Owens start--but do check out Garin Cecchini. It's crazy how completely out of nowhere this came from. To give you an idea, even with this huge game, he's hitting to a .743 OPS in June. But in a season that's been almost completely bereft of positive signs for the once highly-touted prospect, this is one of those games that makes you start thinking "turnaround".

Portland L 1-7

Carlos Asuaje: 1-3, 2B, 2 BB

Carlos Asuaje has seen his numbers dip precipitously since late May. The period has been marked by nothing so much as a lack of walks. So seeing two here after one in his last game is a positive sign.

Salem W 8-2

Manuel Margot: 2-4, 2B, BB
Sam Travis: 0-4, BB
Wendell Rijo: 0-4, BB, 2 K

Ty Buttrey: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
Williams Jerez: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

How to describe Manuel Margot since his return? Two steps forward and one step back seems close. His heights have been higher than his lows have been low, and they've lasted longer. If he keeps doing that the rest of the season, he should finish the year looking pretty good.

Ty Buttrey, on the other hand, just doesn't have lows. Or at least his lows look a lot like the middle-of-the-road for everyone else. He probably has no business being in High-A at this point.

Greenville W 4-3

Rafael Devers: 1-4, 2B, K
Nick Longhi: 0-4, K
Javier Guerra: 1-2, 2B, BB, CS, E
Michael Chavis: 2-4, K

Michael Kopech: 4.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

Guerra has cut down on those strikeout totals some in June, if they're still too high, while Michael Chavis is at least riding a good week of games. The red flags still fly high, but at least they're not flying any higher these days than before.