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Red Sox minor lines: Christian Vazquez starts hot

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Christian Vazquez probably won't get his shot to return to the majors in 2016 until someone gets hurt. But he could start putting some pressure on and auditioning for a role either here or elsewhere down the line in the meantime.

Pawtucket Game 1 L 1-3 (In 7)

Deven Marrero: 0-3, 3 K
Sam Travis: 1-3, 2 K
Sean Coyle: 0-2, K

Pawtucket Game 2 W 4-3 (In 7)

Marco Hernandez: 3-4, 2B, 3B, K
Christian Vazquez: 2-3, BB, SB
Sam Travis: 2-4, K
Sean Coyle: 0-3, 2 K

Edwin Escobar: 4 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Christian Vazquez' return to action is off to a good start. He's not about the bat, make no mistake, but there's certainly a lot to be gained if he can hit a bit. Reaching base six times in two games (one a seven-inning affair)? That certainly counts as hitting a bit.

Interesting to see Edwin Escobar trotted out as a starter. The question is whether this is the plan for him, or just a matter of needing a guy given the double-header.

Portland W 6-2

Wendell Rijo: 0-4, 3 K

Kevin McAvoy: 5 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
Luis Ysla: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

As one of the few semi-bright spots in Portland, Wendell Rijo is off to one awful start, with five strikeouts in eight hitless at bats. Is Salem the only thing that can save the Double-A team this year? Kevin McAvoy's still walking as many batters as he strikes out, so the signs aren't exactly positive there, either.

Greenville W 5-2

Michael Chavis: 2-4, K
Luis Alexander Basabe: 0-4
Kyri Washington: 1-4, HR, SB

Austin Glorius: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

It was actually the other Basabe brother who was crushing the ball on Saturday. He's actually put up big on-base numbers in his time with the system, though the scouting reports have generally not been enough to inspire too much interest. Still, we'll keep an eye on him just in case.

As for the guys who already have some amount of spotlight, for all that Michael Chavis' hits are nice to see, it's the strikeouts that will really tell the tale with him. He had a ridiculous number in 2015, and just isn't ever going to be much of a player if he's whiffing that often. So far this year, he's on two in 11 at bats, which is a much more viable rate. Keep it up, Michael.