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Red Sox Minor Lines: Hector Velazquez is ramping things up.

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Hector Velazquez’ workload is increasing.

Pawtucket L 1-3

Rusney Castillo: 0-4

Brock Holt: 0-4, 2 K

Steve Selsky: 1-4, 1 K

Sam Travis: 0-3, 1 BB

Hector Velazquez: 7 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 3 K

Noe Ramirez: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K

For the first month of the season, the Red Sox were clearly managing Velazquez’ workload after him throwing so much over the last calendar season. He only made three starts in the month of April and threw fewer than 60 pitches in two of them. In his first two May starts, however, he has gone over 90 pitches and has looked pretty good in the process. He doesn’t have big-time strikeout stuff, but his control/command lifts his floor. It’s becoming more and more likely we’ll see him in the majors this season.

Portland PPD

Salem G1 L 0-6

Tate Matheny: 0-4, 2 K

Michael Chavis: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 K

Josh Ockimey: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 K

Austin Rei: 0-3, 2 K

Kyri Washington: 1-2, 1 BB, 1 K

Yankory Pimentel: 3.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K

Salem G2 W 3-2

Tate Matheny: 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 K

Michael Chavis: 0-4

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

It was a rough doubleheader for the Salem offense, although their big bats are still mostly trending in the wrong direction. Chavis, for example, is only a few days removed from a three-hit game. There are some streaky players on this roster, and there are going to be days when no one hits.

Greenville W 3-2

Lorenzo Cedrola: 1-4, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB

Yoan Aybar: 0-4, 2 K

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

Bobby Dalbec remains out of the lineup in Greenville and he’s now played just once in the last five days. Elsewhere in the lineup, we’re continuing to see the separation of Cedrola and Aybar. Two young outfielders, the former has been impressive at the plate and has jumped up to the leadoff spot in the lineup. The latter remains at the bottom and hasn’t been able to build off his raw talent.