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Red Sox minor lines: Too little, too late for Garin Cecchini?

Garin Cecchini seems to do better in the second half these days. But when the first half is such a disaster, that's not saying much.

Pawtucket L 1-3

Deven Marrero: 0-4, 2 K
Allen Craig: 1-4, 2 K
Garin Cecchini: 3-3, 2B, BB
Marco Hernandez: 2-4

Garin Cecchini has looked at least passable since the All-Star break. That's right in line with what happened last year, though, and clearly it wasn't momentum he managed to carry over into 2015. He'll actually have to put a good first half on the table again at some point, and time is running out.

Portland L 0-3

Manuel Margot: 0-3, K
Carlos Asuaje: 1-4
Sam Travis: 1-4, 2B

Every extra-base hit is noteworthy for Sam Travis as he looks to make his recent power surge an actual sustained improvement rather than just a blip on the radar. Since the All-Star break--a period which includes more than half his at bats in Portland--Travis has produced a .514 slugging percentage. It's a period which has also seen his strikeout rate pop up, but not into unreasonable territories, and if a few more whiffs produce a better all-around game, that seems like a reasonable tradeoff.

Salem L 4-8

Trey Ball: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 5 BB, 3 K

Welcome back to train wreck territory, Mr. Ball. The signs were there with that six-walk game a couple weeks back, but after a decent stretch in the middle months, this feels like quite the step back.

Lowell W 5-1

Luis Alexander Basabe: 2-3, 2B, BB, K
Andrew Benintendi: 0-3, K
Tucker Tubbs: 0-3, BB, K, SB
Josh Ockimey: 0-3, 2 K, E
Mitchell Gunsolus: 1-4, K
Austin Rei: 0-3, BB, K

Jake Cosart: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

No idea why Cosart didn't return for the second inning, but that's certainly not a great sign after an excellent first.

GCL Red Sox W 10-2

Yoan Aybar: 2-4

GCL Red Sox W 2-1

Yoan Aybar: 1-3
Jagger Rusconi: 1-2, 3B, BB, K

The GCL Red Sox actually managed to play games? What madness is this?