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Red Sox Minor Line: Jalen Beeks owns the Eastern League

Jalen Beeks and Stephen Nogosek are ready to move on up.

Pawtucket L 2-3

Rusney Castillo: 0-4, 1 K

Brock Holt: 1-4, 1 2B, 2 K

Steve Selsky: 0-4, 2 K

Sam Travis: 2-4, 1 R

Jantzen Witte: 1-4

Edgar Olmos: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 K

Brandon Workman: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 0 K

Brock Holt hasn’t really had one great game since re-starting his rehab assignment on May 6, but he’s been mostly solid with at least one hit in three of his four games. Offensively, he’s probably ready to get back to the majors, particularly given how much help the team needs at third base. However, he has yet to play the infield on this assignment, so he’ll probably need at least another day or two before returning.

Portland W 5-0

Danny Mars: 2-5, 1 R

Josh Tobias: 3-5, 1 2B, 2 R, 1 K

Rafael Devers: 2-4, 2 2B, 1 BB, 1 R

Nick Longhi: 3-5, 3 RBI, 1 K

Jalen Beeks: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 7 K

Ty Buttrey: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K

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

When Travis Lakins was promoted from Salem to Portland, there was some speculation Beeks would be moved up the Pawtucket to make room. That didn’t end up being the case, but Beeks did nothing on Thursday to make anyone think he’s not ready. His control was as bad as it’s been all year, but he was still tough to square up and he’s still allowed runs in just one of his six starts. Whether or not he can stick as a starter is still a question, but his stuff is legit. Meanwhile, Buttrey and Devers are still doing everything right.

Salem W 10-8

Tate Matheny: 2-5, 1 2B, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Michael Chavis: 3-5, 2 2B, 1 R, 3 RBI

Josh Ockimey: 0-5, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 CS, 1 PO

Kyri Washington: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 BB, 2 R, 1 RBI

Roniel Raudes: 3.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

Another disappointing outing for Raudes, who has taken a step back in his jump to High-A. He is still only 19 years old, and thus it’s far too early to be really worried about him. Still, there was some hope this would be the year he’d break out, now out of Anderson Espinoza’s shadow, and it just hasn’t worked out this way. On the other hand, Washington had easily his best game of the year after mostly struggling since coming off the disabled list in late-April.

Greenville W 6-5

Lorenzo Cedrola: 0-4

Tyler Hill: 1-3, 1 BB, 2 R

Yoan Aybar: 0-0

Santiago Espinal: 0-0

Shaun Anderson: 5 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K

Stephen Nogosek: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K

Cedrola got the leadoff spot in Thursday’s lineup for the first time this season after hitting ninth all year. It didn’t go well, so he might not stay there for a long time, but he earned it with the way he’d been hitting before this game. Anderson, meanwhile, had his worst start of the year but one mediocre outing isn’t something to get worked up over. Nogosek was someone else who was a possibility to benefit from the chain reaction after Lakins’ promotion. He remains in Greenville, but he’ll surely be up in Salem soon enough.