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Red Sox minor lines: Heath Hembree wants his job back

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After winding up the odd-man out in Boston's bullpen, Heath Hembree is showing in Pawtucket he deserves to be back with the Sox.

Pawtucket W 3-1

Rusney Castillo: 4-4, 3B, CS
Marco Hernandez: 0-4, 3 K
Brennan Boesch: 1-4, K

Brian Johnson: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 1 HR
Heath Hembree: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

Well, four hits from Castillo, let's see if maybe he's actually started to show somethi--

Nope. Nevermind. Nothing to see here.

Let's instead look at the pitching, where things are going well! Brian Johnson continues to look more-or-less like his old self after taking time off to get mentally right, and Heath Hembree is pitching like a man angry to have lost his spot in the majors. With seven strikeouts in four innings of one-hit ball, the first time a spot opens up, one assumes it's his.

Portland L 3-9

Yoan Moncada: 1-5, K
Mauricio Dubon: 0-5, 2 K

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

Moncada makes his return, underwhelming though it was.

Salem L 3-7

Joseph Monge: 1-4, BB, SB
Rafael Devers: 1-5, E
Nick Longhi: 0-4, BB, K

Trey Ball: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 HR

I'm sure I've mentioned this before, but the silly thing is that Trey Ball actually 3.93 ERA. Now if only the earned runs weren't the only part of this line that's typical for his outings.

Greenville L 1-2

Josh Ockimey: 0-4, 2 K
Kyri Washington: 1-4, HR, K
Austin Rei: 0-4, K

Marc Brakeman: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Lowell W 10-7

Matt McLean: 1-1, 2B, 3 BB, SB
Ryan Scott: 1-4, HR, K

Shaun Anderson: 1.1 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR
Brandon Workman: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Shaun Anderson is solidly in "forget this happened" territory when it comes to his debut half-season. The amnesia-inducing effects of short-season ball be blessed.

GCL Red Sox L 3-15

Santiago Espinal: 0-4, K