Red Sox: Josh Beckett pitched eight innings and Manny Ramirez blasted two homers as the Sox edged the Yankees, 7-5, at Yankee Stadium. A recap of that game appears elsewhere on this site.
Triple-A Pawtucket: George Kottaras hit a two-run homer with one out in the ninth, but the PawSox could not push across the tying run as Indianapolis won, 5-4, in front of 4,090 in Indianapolis, IN. Kottaras has homered in three of his last four games and has four blasts in that span. Kottaras, Chris Carter, Dusty Brown and Jonathan Van Every all had two hits apiece while Van Every and Jeff Natale each had an RBI. Michael Tejera took the loss for the PawSox after he allowed five runs on six hits and one walk while striking out three in 5 2/3 innings. Lincoln Holdzkom was impressive in relief as he allowed two hits and struck out one in 2 1/3 shutout innings. The PawSox complete the four-game series against Indianapolis tonight, when Charlie Zink is scheduled to start.
Double-A Portland: The marathon men flirted with extra innings, but Iggy Suarez' RBI single with two outs in the top of the ninth snapped a tie and lifted the Sea Dogs to a 5-4 win over Binghamton in front of 3,459 in Binghamton, NY. The Sea Dogs, who won the longest game in team history (17 innings) Wednesday, extended their winning streak to five games. Suarez finished with three hits while Sandy Madera, who was promoted from extended spring training earlier in the day, and Jeff Corsaletti, who was promoted from extended spring training Wednesday, each homered and finished with two RBI. Kyle Fernandes, who was also promoted from extended spring training Thursday, earned the win with two hitless innings in which he walked one and struck out two. Chad Rhoades allowed one run—the first time he's been scored upon this season—on three hits and one walk while striking out two in 2 2/3 innings in relief of starter Kris Johnson, who gave up three runs on five hits and three walks and struck out three in 4 1/3 innings. The Sea Dogs continue a four-game series tonight in Binghamton, where Dustin Richardson is scheduled to take the mound.
Single-A Lancaster: Jorge Jimenez hit a three-run homer and Jonathan Still hit his seventh blast of the season—tops among all minor leaguers—as the JetHawks beat Bakersfield, 5-3, in front of 852 in Bakersfield, CA. Jimenez and Still were each 2-for-4 in raising their averages to .444 and .345, respectively, while Reid Engel had an RBI. Mickey Hall stole two bases for the JetHawks. A trio of pitchers combined on a four-hitter for the JetHawks. Carlos Vasquez earned the win in his season debut after he allowed one run on two hits and struck out one in 2 1/3 innings. Brian Steinocher earned his second save by allowing one run on one hit and one walk while striking out three in two innings. Starter Jayme Russ allowed one run on one hit and struck out six but walked four in 4 2/3 innings. The JetHawks play at Bakersfield again tonight, when Travis Beazley is scheduled to get the start.
Single-A Greenville: Felix Doubront enjoyed another dominating outing as he allowed five hits and no walks while striking out eight in 5 2/3 shutout innings to lead the Drive past Greensboro, 6-0, in front of 5,125 in Greenville, SC. Doubront has won all three of his starts, during which he's allowed just two runs (one earned) while striking out 17 and walking only one in 15 2/3 innings. Chad Povich and Felix Ventura combined to allow two hits and no walks while striking out three in the final 3 1/3 innings. Mike Jones recorded fourth straight multi-hit game—and extended his hitting streak to nine games—in going 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBI. Ty Weeden hit a solo homer while Yamaico Navarro and Manuel Arambarris each had two hits. The Drive, which has won eight of nine, will host Greensboro in the finale of a four-game series tonight, when Terumasa Matsuo is scheduled to start.
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