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Red Sox Minor Lines: Welcome Rafael Devers back into our lives

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Rafael Devers didn’t take long to acquaint himself to Double-A pitching.

Pawtucket W 14-7

Rusney Castillo: 2-5, 1 BB, 2 RBI, 2 K

Blake Swihart: 0-4, 1 BB, 1 RBI

Sam Travis: 2-4, 2 2B, 2 BB, 2 R, 2 K

Bryce Brentz: 0-4, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Brian Bogusevic: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 BB, 3 R, 3 RBI

Chandler Shepherd: 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K

Kyle Martin: 1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 1 K

Pawtucket apparently stole the run production from the Red Sox on Friday, as they got production up and down their lineup. Most notably, they got production from Travis who jumped out of the gate strong after his strong spring. This is the kind of game that makes believers out of even those who don’t believe in the power. If he’s able to smack doubles and draw walks on anything close to a regular basis, he’s going to be a major-league first baseman even if he can’t hit 20+ homers on a yearly basis.

Portland W 4-2

Aneury Tavarez: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 R, 2 RBI

Rafael Devers: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI

Nick Longhi: 0-3, 2 K

Teddy Stankiewicz: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 K

Austin Maddox: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Portland’s roster isn’t all that exciting this year, but they have Rafael Devers, and he didn’t take long to make his presence known. In his very first at bat of the season, the best player in Boston’s farm system smacked a home run to right center field. It was his only hit of the day, but he sure as hell made it count. As I’ve said before, I think there’s an outside chance we’ll see him in Boston at the end of this year. He started making his case for that to happen on day one.

Salem W 11-10

Josh Tobias: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 K

Josh Ockimey: 0-2, 2 BB, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 K

Kyri Washington: 1-1, 1 RBI

Austin Rei: 2-4, 1 BB, 3 RBI

Austin Glorius: 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Salem won an exciting game on Friday, walking it off with a six-run ninth inning. They were able to score 11 runs thanks to a string of singles and walks, with Tobias’ double being the only extra-base hit of the game. Austin Rei was the hero as his single knocked in the winning run. Ockimey lived up to his three-true-outcome reputation by either walking or striking out in all four of his plate appearances.

As for Washington, he only had one at bat because of an apparent shoulder injury on a defensive play in the second inning. I can’t find much more on the injury, but I’ll keep an eye out for more info.

Greenville W 3-2

Tyler Hill: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 K

Bobby Dalbec: 2-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 K

Roldani Baldwin: 0-4

Lorenzo Cedrola: 0-3, 1 R, 1 K

Darwinzon Hernandez: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K

Hernandez is still flying somewhat under the radar, but he’s an intriguing pitcher to keep an eye on this year. He struck out almost 11 batters per nine innings in his stateside debut with Lowell last year, and the 20-year-old southpaw was impressive in his full-season debut this year. Meanwhile, Dalbec had a typical Dalbec day with a couple knocks and a couple strikeouts.