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Red Sox Minor Lines: It begins

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Well, for two affiliates anyway.

Worcester L 1-6

Jarren Duran, CF: 0-4, 1 K

Jeter Downs, SS: 0-4, 2 K

Connor Wong, C: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K

Michael Chavis, 1B: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 HBP, 1 R

Yairo Muñoz, 3B: 2-4, 2 K, 1 E

Marcus Wilson, LF: 1-3, 1 BB, 2 K

Jonathan Araúz, 2B: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 K

Tanner Houck (SP;L): 3 IP, 3 R, 8 H, 0 BB, 4 K

Ryan Weber: 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 3 K

Kevin McCarthy: 1 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 0 BB, 0 K

Tuesday was not only the first game of the season for the Worcester Red Sox, but it was the first game in the history of the franchise. They did not gett things off to the start they were hoping for against the Blue Jays Triple-A affiliate. Top prospect Nate Pearson kept the Worcester bats at bay, particularly at the top with Duran and Downs combining to go 0-8 with three strikeouts. On the mound, Houck did show nice control which was good to see, but the eight hits wasn’t just bad luck as three of them went for extra bases. The biggest bright spot here was probably Ryan Weber’s performance after Houck’s early exit.

Portland L 2-11

Jeisson Rosario, CF: 2-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB, 1 CS

Pedro Castellanos, LF: 1-4

Triston Casas, 1B: 2-4, 1 RBI, 2 K

Ronaldo Hernández, C: 1-3, 1 HBP, 1 E, 1 PB

A.J. Politi (SP;L): 4 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 2 BB, 4 K

Joan Martinez: 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 BB, 2 K

Durbin Feltman: 1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 3 K

Speaking of rough starts to 2021, the Sea Dogs had a brutal beginning to their season. Politi got through a scoreless first, but then allowed a run in the second before giving up three in the third and his night was pretty much over at that point. The righty has had some helium leading into this season, so it was tough to see this kind of start to the year. He’ll need to bounce back next time out to keep that momentum going in the right direction. On a more positive note, it was a strong day at the plate for Jeisson Rosario, who came over in the Mitch Moreland trade last summer. His stock has been trending in the wrong direction recently, but he showed that he can get on base and create some havoc on the bases from the leadoff position. And finally, Triston Casas did strike out twice in his Double-A debut, but he also contributed a pair of singles so it was a solid start to his 2021.

Greenville PPD

Salem SUSP

Player of the Day: Jeisson Rosario