Red Sox affiliates
Rochester Red Wings – Andrew Albers (2012: 5-3, 3.67 ERA, 76 Ks)
at Pawtucket Red Sox – Jeremy Kehrt (2012: 8-4, 4.31 ERA, 74 Ks)
Portland Sea Dogs – Matt Barnes (2012: 7-5, 2.86 ERA, 133 Ks)
at New Britain Rock Cats – Blake Martin (2012: 4-5, 4.68 ERA, 73 Ks)
Greenville Drive – Brian Johnson (2012: 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 4 Ks
at Lexington Legends – Daniel Stumpf (2012: 2-1, 1.55 ERA, 34 Ks)
Myrtle Beach Pelicans – Alec Asher (2012: 2-3, 3.09 ERA, 50 Ks)
at Salem Red Sox – Mike Augliera (2012: 1-3, 4.42 ERA, 43 Ks)
NOTES: The PawSox (8-1) are off to the best start in club history and will look to Jeremy Kehrt to help in locking down a four-game sweep of Rochester. This will be Kehrt's first outing of the season after being activated from the disabled list with a right calf strain. Yesterday Pawtucket pulled out a little deja vu, sweeping their doubleheader over the Red Wings, both with scores of 7-1 and with game times of 2 hours and 18 minutes...Matt Barnes gets his second start of the season for Portland (4-4). Because of a 33-pitch first inning last time out, he didn't get to see much action. However, his fastball was steady, topping out around 94-95 mph and he tossed a 77-mph breaking ball that was nipping at the corners of the plate while buckling some legs. Look for a much longer outing today...The Drive (6-4) had their four-game winning streak halted by the Legends on Saturday. They cap their four-game set in Lexington today, head home to Greenville for three games against West Virginia, then turn right back around and head back to Lexington for another four-game series starting on Thursday...Salem's (3-5) brief two-game win streak was snapped last night. Today Mike Augliera looks to get things back on track with his own personal two-game win streak. He went 6 innings in his debut to earn the victory of Potomac on Monday. Garin Cecchini will look to pitch in and extend his six-game hitting streak.
New England teams
New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Austin Bibens-Dirkx (2012: 2-4, 6.40 ERA, 63 Ks)
at Binghamton Mets – Rafael Montero (2012: 11-5, 2.36 ERA, 110 Ks)
NOTES: The only man in the Eastern League (and possibly all of baseball, I just don’t have the will to check) whose last name ends in ‘X’, hits the hill for his third Fisher Cats (6-4) start this season. Despite being hooked with the loss in his last outing, Austin Bibens-Dirkx has been great thus far. His 0.69 ERA is second best in the EL and he is currently holding down a 1.00 WHIP. He will be opposed by Rafael Montero who MLB.com ranks as the fourth best pitching prospect for the New York Mets. Last season between Savannah and St. Lucie he averaged 8.1 K/9 and had a 5.79:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Montero has struck out 15 batters in his first 11 2/3 innings pitched this season.
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