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Red Sox minor lines: The ever-reliable Brian Johnson

Making just his second start back from injury, Brian Johnson looks like the same old pitcher on the mound.

Pawtucket W 5-2

Deven Marrero: 0-4, K
Rusney Castillo: 0-4, K, SB
Sam Travis: 1-5, 2 K

Brian Johnson: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR
Roman Mendez: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Pat Light: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Heath Hembree: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

No Blake Swihart back in Pawtucket just yet. Instead, we get a solid start from Brian Johnson. Henry Owens is probably the first man in line for a rotation spot should one open up *cough*Joe Kelly*cough* but Johnson could overtake him if Owens keeps walking guys and Johnson maintains a steady pace. Which is kind of what Johnson is known for.

Portland L 2-6

Wendell Rijo: 0-1, K

Ty Buttrey: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR
Williams Jerez: 2.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

Yeah...I mean, this isn't terrible, but Portland needs someone to step up if they're going to be interesting before promotions, and none of this really qualifies. Stupid gap in the system...

Salem W 3-2 (In 10)

Yoan Moncada: 1-4, 2B, BB, K
Mauricio Dubon: 1-3, BB
Andrew Benintendi: 1-3, 2B, BB, K, 2 POCS
Nick Longhi: 2-3, 2B, BB
Rafael Devers: 0-4

Not the best baserunning day for Andrew Benintendi, twice picked off, and he even got himself thrown out of the game in the late stages. But the train just keeps on chugging for Salem. These are downright mundane games for Moncada and Benintendi, which is saying something when you do the math and realize they work out to a .900 and 1.166 OPS respectively.

The train does not chug, however, for Rafael Devers, whose BABIP has dropped to .138. Tough luck, kid.

Greenville W 5-3

Michael Chavis: 1-4, BB, K
Luis Alexander Basabe: 0-4, K
Kyri Washington: 1-4, HR, K, E
Austin Rei: 0-1

Kyri Washington is showing the power that's expected of him early on. He's a little old for the league, which makes the still-high, if not egregious strikeout rate a bit more concerning than it otherwise would be. But these days where there's power there's potential.