Organizational One-Stop: Apr. 19

The Red Sox and all four minor league affiliates played Thursday for the first time since Apr. 11. The Sox came back late to beat the Blue Jays, the PawSox split a doubleheader, the Sea Dogs fell in their first game in five days, the JetHawks were two-hit in defeat and the Drive continued its hot hitting in a win. The Sox also swapped minor league pitchers with the Rangers. Here's the recap:

Sox acquire Rangers hurler: The Sox made their first trade of the season Thursday when they sent Double-A Portland right-handed pitcher Scott Shoemaker and cash considerations to the Rangers in exchange for left-handed pitcher Daniel Haigwood. The Sox added Haigwood to their 40-man roster and optioned him to Double-A Portland, where he is expected to occupy a rotation spot. Haigwood, 23, is 35-18 with a 3.43 ERA in 88 minor league games (all starts) in the Rangers and Phillies organizations. Haigwood, who was acquired by the Rangers from the Phillies June 29, 2006 went 3-7 with a 3.58 ERA in 27 Double-A starts last season. Haigwood was ranked 20th by RangersInsider.com, the Rangers site on the Scout.com network. To read that profile, please click here: Rangers Prospect No. 20: Daniel Haigwood

Shoemaker, whom the Sox signed as an undrafted free agent in 2004, won 11 games last season—tied with Clay Buchholz for the most among Sox minor leagues—between Single-A Wilmington, Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket. Shoemaker, 25, was 0-0 with a 10.80 ERA in two games with the Sea Dogs this season and is 19-10 with a 4.27 ERA in 71 career games (36 starts). He was not ranked in Diehard's 2007 prospect issue.


RED SOX 5, BLUE JAYS 3
The Sox scored twice apiece in the eighth and ninth innings to come back and beat the Jays in Toronto. Manny Ramirez hit his first homer of the season, a two-run shot with two outs in the eighth, to tie the game before Alex Cora delivered an RBI triple in the ninth. Coco Crisp's sacrifice fly brought Cora home with an insurance run. Cora and Crisp had two hits apiece. Entering the game, the two were a combined 7-for-51 (.137). Mike Timlin (1-0), the fourth of five Sox pitchers, earned the win by tossing a scoreless eighth inning while Jonathan Papelbon notched his fourth save—and second in a span of 18 hours—by striking out two in a scoreless ninth. Julian Tavarez, making his first start in 12 days, allowed three runs on six hits and no walks while striking out four in 5 1/3 innings. Curt Schilling is scheduled to start tonight against Andy Pettitte as the Sox and Yankees begin another hotly anticipated series at Fenway Park at 7:05 p.m.


ROCHESTER 3, PAWSOX 0
PAWSOX 4, ROCHESTER 0
Brandon Moss hit a solo homer and a quartet of pitchers combined on a four-hitter as the PawSox salvaged a split of an International League doubleheader and snapped a five-game losing streak by winning the nightcap in Pawtucket, RI. Moss and Kerry Robinson had two hits each while Luis Jimenez had an RBI for the PawSox, who benefited from three Rochester errors. Craig Breslow (1-0), the second PawSox pitcher, earned the win in relief of starter Mike Burns, who tossed two hitless innings but left when he was hit in the face by a line drive. Edgar Martinez allowed two hits and one walk but struck out three over 1 1/3 innings to earn his third save.

The PawSox were blanked on four hits in the opener as only one runner got as far as third base. Devern Hansack (1-1) took the loss by allowing three runs—two earned—on eight hits and one walk while striking out three in 5 1/3 innings. Craig Hansen allowed a hit and a walk while striking out two in 1 2/3 scoreless frames. David Pauley is scheduled to start tonight for the PawSox, who host Rochester in the homestand finale at 6:15 p.m.


NEW HAMPSHIRE 6, SEA DOGS 1
Mother Nature finally relented and allowed the Sea Dogs to play for the first time since Saturday, but New Hampshire scored three runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh to break open a tie game and defeat the Sea Dogs in an Eastern League contest in Manchester, NH. Jed Lowrie hit a solo homer for the Sea Dogs while Jacoby Ellsbury went 3-for-3 to raise his average to .452. Barry Hertzler (1-1) walked the only batter he faced in the sixth and was tagged with the loss when Dustin Majewski came around to score the winning run. Clay Buchholz was impressive in his second Double-A start as he allowed one run—on a leadoff homer by Majewski in the first inning—on just three hits and one walk while striking out eight. The Sea Dogs are scheduled to play New Hampshire in the second game of a four-game series tonight at 6:35 p.m.


VISALIA 3, JETHAWKS 1
A quartet of Visalia pitchers combined on a two-hitter as the potent JetHawks were quieted in a California League game in Visalia, CA. Ryan Khoury doubled leading off the sixth for the JetHawks' first hit and scored two outs later on Zach Daegas' ground out. Mark Wagner doubled leading off the seventh, but the JetHawks left the bases loaded when Bubba Bell flied out to end the frame. The JetHawks were held to three or fewer runs for only the fourth time in 14 games. Justin Masterson (0-1) took the loss for the JetHawks after allowing two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out three in five innings. The JetHawks are scheduled to open a seven-game homestand tonight, when they host Inland Empire at 9:30 pm EST.


DRIVE 13, SAVANNAH 9
The Drive hit five homers—two apiece by Jon Still and Zak Farkes and one by Pedro Vazquez—and scored multiple runs in five different innings as it withstood a late comeback by Savannah to win a slugfest in a South Atlantic League game in Savannah, GA. The Drive, who entered the game with just six homers in 14 games, set a season-high in runs scored and have scored 29 runs in the last three games after scoring just 35 runs in their first 12 games. Still had four RBI while Farkes had three RBI. Vazquez had two RBI, three hits and four runs scored while Lars Anderson had three hits. Every player but one had at least one hit for the Drive, who scored eight runs in the first two innings and added two runs in the seventh and three more in the eighth. Kyle Fernandes (2-0), the second of four Drive pitchers, allowed one run and one walk while striking out two in 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Starter Jordan Craft allowed two runs on three hits and four walks while striking out one in 4 1/3 innings. Savannah scored seven runs (four earned) in the final three innings off Drive relievers Eric Beattie and Josh Papelbon. Jon Lester is scheduled to make his fourth—and probably final—rehab start for the Drive tonight when it faces Savannah in the finale of the four-game series at 7:05 p.m.


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