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Red Sox minor lines: A sign of life from Swihart

Blake Swihart has gone very cold since returning to the minors. Hopefully, that's about to change.

Pawtucket W 2-1

Deven Marrero: 1-4, SB
Marco Hernandez: 0-4
Sam Travis: 2-4, 2B, K
Blake Swihart: 1-3, HR, BB
Rusney Castillo: 1-4

Joe Kelly: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
Anthony Varvaro: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
Pat Light: 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

And that, unfortunately, is Blake Swihart's first home run of the year. As with his time in Boston, Swihart doesn't actually strike you as a guy who should be struggling the way he is on first glance. 12 strikeouts in 81 ABs is perfectly reasonable, particularly when placed up against his nine walks. But struggle he has, and even this homer only pushes his OPS up to .590. Normally Christian Vazquez' glove would be what's keeping him afloat in Boston, but even with a batting line of .241/.290/.379, he's currently the best bat at the position as well, even if you don't expect that to continue.

On the mound, one wonders how long Joe Kelly will stay in Pawtucket. Eduardo Rodriguez' return has been delayed, but he seems likely to beat him back to Boston. And if Price pitches well tonight, it will probably come down to a question of whether or not the organization thinks Clay Buchholz would be helped by a DL stint or not. Kelly can be optioned to the minors, so he might be here for longer than a rehab assignment.

Portland L 1-2

Aaron Wilkerson: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
Luis Ysla: 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

After walking just three batters total in his first three outings, Wilkerson has surrendered as many free passes in each of three of his last four games. Unsurprisingly, that's also been where he allowed all the runs, though this time he managed to avoid that. Still, would prefer the more sustainable method he showed last time, and to begin the year.

Salem W 6-3

Yoan Moncada: 0-4, 3 K
Mauricio Dubon: 2-4, 2B, K, SB
Andrew Benintendi: 2-4, A
Nick Longhi: 2-4, 2B, K
Rafael Devers: 2-4

Trey Ball: 6 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

We now return you to your regularly scheduled Trey Ball season. No, you don't have a say in the matter.