Red Sox: J.D. Drew continued his torrid early-season pace by going 3-for-3 with two RBI and Sean Casey went 3-for-5 with two RBI as the Sox pounded the Tigers, 12-6, in front of another sellout crowd of 37,612 at Fenway Park. The Sox enjoyed a trio of four-run innings—in the fourth, seventh and eighth—and racked up 13 hits. Coco Crisp, Kevin Youkilis and Manny Ramirez all had two RBI apiece while Crisp and Dustin Pedroia each had two hits for the Sox, who received at least one hit from every starter except the reeling David Ortiz, who went 0-for-3 and is 3-for-36 this season. Tim Wakefield survived some control issues to earn the win by allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits and five walks while striking out five in five innings. Wakefield also hit two batters. Jonathan Papelbon earned his third save by allowing two hits and striking out two in 1 1/3 innings. Papelbon was forced into action when Julian Tavarez allowed three runs on three hits and two walks in two-thirds of an inning. The Sox begin a three-game series against the Yankees tonight, when Clay Buchholz takes the mound at Fenway for the first time since his no-hitter against the Orioles Sept. 1.
Triple-A Pawtucket: Jonathan Van Every hit a two-run homer and finished with three RBI as the PawSox completed a four-game sweep of Lehigh Valley with a 5-2 win in front of 1,974 at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, RI. Brandon Moss and Dusty Brown each had two hits for the PawSox while Jed Lowrie, who made his first—and, for now, last—start at third base, went 1-for-4 with an RBI before he was promoted to the Sox to replace the injured Mike Lowell. Lincoln Holdzkom, the second of five PawSox pitchers, earned the win after he allowed one hit and two walks and struck out one in 1 2/3 innings. Abe Alvarez struck out two in two perfect innings and Jon Switzer recorded the final out for his first save. Starter David Pauley allowed one run on five hits and two walks while striking out one in 4 1/3 innings. PawSox pitchers allowed just six runs in the series. The PawSox begin their first road trip of the season tonight, when they visit Louisville. Devern Hansack is scheduled to start for the PawSox.
Double-A Portland: The Sea Dogs were off Thursday. They open the first homestand of 2008 tonight, when Michael Bowden is scheduled to start against New Hampshire.
Single-A Lancaster: The JetHawks scored five runs in the first and six more in the third as they hammered Lake Elsinore, 14-5, in the home opener in front of 1,677 in Lancaster, CA. Daniel Nava had a perfect day at the plate as he went 4-for-4 with a homer, four RBI and two runs scored. Zak Farkes hit a three-run homer in the first and finished 2-for-5 with four runs scored. Lars Anderson was 3-for-5 with three RBI while the scorching Reid Engel went 2-for-5—his sixth multi-hit game of the season—with a homer and two runs scored. Every JetHawks starter had a hit except Argenis Diaz. Starting pitcher Jimmy James benefited from the outburst and earned the win after allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits and three walks while striking out one in five innings. Richie Lentz allowed one run and struck out three in three innings of relief. The JetHawks host Lake Elsinore again tonight, when Chris Jones takes the mound.
Single-A Greenville: Nick Hagadone's second start of the year was far better than his first as he allowed only two hits and walked none while striking out seven in five innings to earn his first professional win as the Drive beat Lexington, 5-2, in front of 4,544 in Lexington, KY. Hagadone gave up three unearned runs and walked four in 2 2/3 his first start Apr. 5. Mike Jones and Ty Weeden hit solo homers for the Drive while Anthony Rizzo had two hits and two RBI. Josh Reddick had three hits, an RBI and a stolen base. Ryan Colvin tossed 3 1/3 shutout innings, during which he allowed only one hit and one walk while striking out three, to earn the save. The Drive's road trip continues tonight, when they visit West Virginia for the opener of a four-game series.
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