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Red Sox minor lines: Kimbrel rehabs, Portland explodes (yet again)

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The Red Sox' closer is on his way back, and he might well not be the only one heading up from the minors given how Andrew Benintendi is playing in Portland.

Pawtucket W 8-7 (7/30)

Rusney Castillo: 2-3, 2B, SB
Marco Hernandez: 2-4, 2B, K, SB
Brennan Boesch: 2-4, HR, K

Craig Kimbrel: 0.1 IP, 1 H
Roenis Elias: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
Kyle Martin: 2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2 HR
Pat Light: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K

Pawtucket W 4-0 (7/31)

Rusney Castillo: 1-4, K
Marco Hernandez: 1-3, K
Brennan Boesch: 0-3, K
Christian Vazquez: 1-3, K

Justin Haley: 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
Heath Hembree: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

A brief outing for Kimbrel, yes, but he's pitching in a game as quickly as we heard he might. Hard to believe given that he underwent surgery, but not all procedures are created equally, obviously.

Portland L 1-2 (7/30)

Yoan Moncada: 1-4, SB
Mauricio Dubon: 0-3, BB, 2 K

Luis Ysla: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Portland W 8-1 (7/31)

Yoan Moncada: 3-4, 2B, 3B, BB
Mauricio Dubon: 2-5, HR, K
Andrew Benintendi: 4-5, 2 2B, 2 HR

Is that...is that good?

Yes, that is good.

That's eight homers now for Andrew Benintendi since making the jump to Portland after hitting only one in Salem. Keep in mind, Hadlock field is a Fenway replica, meaning that he's doing it in the (physical) environment that he'll be presented with when he makes the jump. Of course, both of these were pulled to right by Benintendi, so having that wall out there might not even be that big of a factor.

Also of note, this was a game where the rest of the Sea Dogs' lineup produced one hit. Sometimes you just see these guys joining in on a team-wide feast, but it's particularly nice when they set themselves apart. Rainy Lara had a very good night for the Mets against six members of the Sea Dogs, but could do nothing against the big three up top.

Salem L 4-15 (7/30)

Rafael Devers: 2-4, HR

Trey Ball: 6 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

Salem L 1-3 (7/31)

Joseph Monge: 2-4
Rafael Devers: 1-4
Nick Longhi: 0-4, 2 K

Yankory Pimentel: 3 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, E

Thus ends Rafael Devers' revitalizing July. .357/.408/.670. He played like a 19-year-old in High-A for the first half. Now hopefully he finishes off this second half as strong as he started it.

Greenville L 2-3 (7/30)

Luis Alexander Basabe: 0-3, BB, K
Michael Chavis: 1-4, K
Kyri Washington: 1-3, 2 K

Greenville L 3-6 (7/31)

Josh Ockimey: 1-4, K
Michael Chavis: 0-4, K
Kyri Washington: 2-4

Lowell W 4-3

Matt McLean: 0-3, BB, 2 K
Bobby Dalbec: 2-3, BB
C.J. Chatham: 0-4, K

Shaun Anderson: 1.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Stephen Nogosek: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

Not the most inspiring start to Shaun Anderson's career. Work on that. But Nogosek just keeps on recording outs, and holds 19 strikeouts in 12 innings, while Bobby Dalbec is still pushing not for .400, but .500 early on.