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PawSox Roster Moves – August 21, 2012

The PawSox have the following roster moves before Tuesday night’s game against Rochester:

  • First baseman Reynaldo Rodriguez has been placed on the seven-day disabled list with a broken left hand. The 26-year-old was hit on the hand by a pitch on August 14 against Scranton-Wilkes/Barre and has not played since. In 12 games with Pawtucket, Rodriguez is hitting .186 with three doubles and four runs batted in. He has come up feet shy of his first Triple-A home run on a number of occasions.
  • Rehabbing outfielder Daniel Nava (wrist) has been recalled by the Red Sox. In his two rehab efforts with the PawSox, Nava finished 1-for-4 with two walks and a homer. In 65 games with Boston this year, the switch-hitter is batting .251 with four home runs, 27 RBI, and a .373 OBP.

In other news, Jose Iglesias and J.C. Linares remain out of the PawSox lineup Tuesday night. Iglesias, who has a bruise on his leg, fielded some pop flys earlier Tuesday before participating in batting practice. Linares, hit on the thumb and bicep by a pitch, remains day-to-day, as well.

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

In 90 games with Double-A Portland, Rodriguez hit 16 homers, 27 doubles, and drove in 49 runs. (Kelly O’Connor)

Kalish, Lavarnway Going Deep

The PawSox have mashed five home runs in their last two games against Indianapolis - Ryan Kalish and Ryan Lavarnway have combined for four of them.

The rehabbing Kalish has gone 4-for-5 over his first two games in Pawtucket with two homers, four runs batted in, four walks, and five runs scored. He reached base in his first eight appearances, four shy of the club’s all-time record (12, Andy Dominique, 2003).

Talking about his homer in his first at-bat Tuesday night, Kalish remarked, “anytime you can hit a home run in your first at-bat…you feel good, you feel comfortable. You feel like you’re in control of what you’re going to do up there.”

Kalish continues his rehab with the PawSox tonight at McCoy Stadium. He played in three games for High-A Salem and Double-A Portland before joining Pawtucket. (Kelly O’Connor)

Meanwhile, Lavarnway is hitting better than he has all season. Since May 22, the PawSox catcher is the top hitter in the International League, batting .415 (17-for-41) with eight extra-base hits, including three homers, and ten RBI.

For the second-time this season, Lavarnway has homered in back-to-back games, with the last time happening April 16 and 17 at Syracuse.

PawSox Notebook:

  • The PawSox lead the I.L. with 65 home runs in 60 games. They have the third-most homers in all of Triple-A (Oklahoma City, 71; Sacramento, 69).
  • After batting .214 (15-for-70) over 19 games in April, Che-Hsuan Lin hit .299 (20-for-67) in May where he played 20 games. The speedster from Taiwan saw his 22-game Triple-A on-base streak snapped May 31, and has at least one hit in 21 of his last 28 games.
  • Remember Yamaico Navarro? The Dominican Republic native was signed by the Red Sox in September of 2005, and appeared in 36 games over two seasons with the Red Sox before being traded to Kansas City (along with minor leaguer Kendal Volz) for shortstop Mike Aviles. During the recent off-season, Navarro was then traded to Pittsburgh for a pair of prospects.

Navarro played in a combined 50 games for the PawSox between 2010-11. He made at least one start in every outfield position, and every infield position besides first base. (Kelly O’Connor)

  • Short-season Lowell will be represented at Fenway Park tonight. The “Voice of LeLacheur Park,” Mike Riley, will serve as the “Voice of Fenway Park” this evening. Riley also works as a Sports Flash anchor for WEEI, and is a traffic reporter for WRKO. Add to that PA duties for the Spinners, Boston Blazers, and Bentley University.
  • We had a chance to conduct a phone interview today with Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava. He talked about his second trip to the Big Leagues and even gave a couple of fitness tips. The entire interview can be heard this Saturday at 2:00 on PawSox Insider, aired on 920 WHJJ.

The PawSox and Indians continue their four-game series tonight from McCoy. Righty Brandon Duckworth (5-1, 4.34) will be opposed by right-hander Jeff Karstens (0-2, 4.82). First pitch is set for 7:05, we hit the air at 6:50.

Talk with you then.

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

Top-10 PawSox Moments in May

Between the late nights, early morning flights, bumpy bus rides, and countless other factors, a minor league baseball season can quickly become a blur. Today, as we flip the calendar to the start of June, we’ll begin by rewinding to the beginning of May to rank the Top-10 moments from the month that was.

#10 – Nava Gets Second Call-Up to Boston (May 10)

Even though there wasn’t a grand slam this time, Daniel Nava’s return to the Major Leagues was, to some, maybe as unthinkable as his historic slam in his big league debut in 2010.

Never mind the fact that Nava wasn’t invited to Major League camp, he wasn’t even in the PawSox Opening Day lineup. After a slow start to the year, Nava caught fire and has continued to produce with Boston.

#9 – Gomez Delivers in the Eighth Inning (May 10)

The PawSox trailed the Rochester Red Wings at McCoy Stadium by a run going into the bottom of the eighth inning. With two outs, Jose Iglesias singled, then Lars Anderson reached on an error by former PawSox second baseman, Joe Thurston. That’s when Mauro Gomez ripped a two-run double that bounced off the right-field wall to plate two runs and give the PawSox the lead and the eventual win, 7-6.

Gomez has had plenty to smile about this season. Not only has he received his first Major League call-up, but he leads the PawSox in home runs, runs batted in, doubles, and hits. (Kelly O’Connor).

#8 – Mathis Nearly Perfect, Youkilis Rehabs (May 21)

After struggling in April, Doug Mathis flipped the switch in May and dominated the Norfolk Tides in his ninth start of the year.

The former Texas Ranger had maybe the best outing of any Pawtucket starter this year by tossing seven-innings scoreless, allowing just one hit – a fifth-inning triple that was almost caught with two outs.

The PawSox blanked the Tides 4-0 and were aided by rehabbing Kevin Youkilis who finished 1-for-2 with an RBI double and a pair of walks.

#7 – Middlebrooks Gets the Call (May 2)

After thrashing International League pitching throughout April, PawSox third baseman, and Red Sox No. 1 prospect, Will Middlebrooks received his first-ever call-up to Boston.

Since joining the Red Sox, Middlebrooks is batting .316 (30-for-95) in 24 games with six homers and 21 runs batted in. Safe to say it’s looking less likely he’ll see Pawtucket again this season.

In 24 games with the PawSox, Middlebrooks hit .333 with nine homers and 27 runs batted in. Five of is home runs came with two men on base. (Kelly O’Connor)

#6 – Hassan Delivers on Mother’s Day (May 13)

On a beautiful Mother’s Day at McCoy, the PawSox and Columbus Clippers were tied 4-4 in the bottom of the eighth inning. With his mom in the stands, Alex Hassan homered to left-field with one out to give Pawtucket a 5-4 lead and the eventual win.

Hassan finished the day 3-for-3 with two runs batted in, three runs scored, and was a triple shy of the cycle.

#5 – PawSox and Bulls Take Center Stage in Japan (May 17)

In front of over 10,000 fans, plus thousands more watching on Japanese sports cable channel J SPORTS, two of the Pacific Rim’s biggest  baseball stars squared off at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

Rehabbing Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched for the PawSox as Hideki Matsui played his third-career game in the Tampa Bay Rays’ system. Although Pawtucket lost 5-0 and never moved a runner past second base, the media hype and overall buzz within the ballpark made it one of the more memorable games this season.

There were over 35 Japanese media members in Durham to report on Matsuzaka vs. Matsui. (Kelly O’Connor).

#4 – PawSox Homer Five Times (May 27)

Not only did the PawSox club five home runs, but three of the first four batters in the bottom of the first inning went deep.

Pedro Ciriaco hit a lead-off homer to left, followed by Nate Spears’ home run to right. After Darnell McDonald smoked a line drive to third base, Lars Anderson went deep to right field.

Anderson homered again to begin the sixth inning, followed by Alex Hassan’s 2-run shot in the eighth. For Anderson, it was his third-career two-homer game, his first since 2009.

#3 – PawSox Take Down Andy Pettitte (May 6)  

Originally scheduled to be played at Dwyer Stadium in Batavia, Ny., the PawsSox and Yankees dueled in front of a record crowd at Frontier Field in Rochester. Because of the media and fan interest, the Yankees, PawSox, and Red Wings all agreed to move the contest to Rochester where, in a matter of days, the Wings sold 13,584 tickets to watch Andy Pettitte.

With the Triple-A Yankees’ ballpark under season-long construction, the PawSox dealt the five-time World Series champion a loss. In fact, the first four PawSox batters recorded hits off Pettitte: Pedro Ciriaco (double), Jose Iglesias (infield single), Ryan Lavarnway (RBI double), and Lars Anderson (RBI single).

Iglesias went 2-for-3 with an RBI against Pettitte and the Yankees. Even more impressive, the PawSox shortstop hit .341 in May with his second-career homer and nine runs batted in. (Kelly O’Connor)

#2 – Lavarnway’s Bomb Caps Seven-Run Inning, and the Win (May 26)

The PawSox went into the bottom of the eighth inning trailing Toledo 5-1. When the inning was over, they lead 8-5. Ryan Lavarnway’s 3-run homer was the bow on top of  a 7-run, 7-hit inning – the most runs scored in a single frame this season by Pawtucket.

Not only was Lavarnway’s home run a first pitch no-doubter, it was his first home run since April 17 (99 at-bats).

#1 – Lars Anderson Makes SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays (May 29)

For the first time in the history of McCoy Stadium, a home run was hit of the HD video board in right-center field. As part of his third-career, five-RBI night, Anderson pounded a two-run shot in the fourth inning that blew out a small portion of the two-year old board.

Photo taken of the video board at McCoy Stadium seconds after Anderson’s blast. (Jillian Souza)

For his efforts, Anderson was among the Top-10 plays that night (and the next morning) on SportsCenter.

There were plenty of noteworthy moments throughout May for the PawSox, who ended the month 18-12. Tonight June begins with Game 1 of a brief four-game road trip to Lehigh Valley to face the Iron Pigs. Brandon Duckworth (5-1, 4.22) will be opposed by righty Scott Elarton (5-2, 3.44).

First pitch tonight from Coca-Cola Park is scheduled for 7:05, we hit the air with the pre-game show at 6:50.

Talk with you then.

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

Inside Daniel Nava’s Surge

Just about two weeks ago, PawSox outfielder Daniel Nava was batting .188 in the International League. Through April 28, the switch-hitter was just 1-for-30 on the road. Unlike Will Middlebrooks, Nava got off to anything but a hot start.

However, since April 23, Nava has been on fire and has raised his average from .188 to .316 over the course of 14 games. Here are his numbers over that stretch:

  • Nava went undrafted out of Santa Clara University and was playing independent league baseball in California when the Red Sox signed him. (Kelly O’Connor)

    Batting .420 (21-for-50)

  • Of his 21 hits, 10 have been for extra bases (7-doubles, 1-triple, 2-home runs)
  • In his last 14 games, Nava has connected on at least two hits seven times

Over 27 games this season, Nava …

  • Has 14 walks to 15 strikeouts
  • Has a staggering on-base plus slugging (OPS) of .926
  • Is second among active PawSox hitters with 30 hits (Mauro Gomez has 39)

To be clear, the Red Sox are yet to send out an official release stating that Nava has been promoted. That said, virtually every Boston media outlet is reporting that Daniel has not only been called up, but is in tonight’s lineup batting sixth and playing left field.

If true, who knows what could happen …



-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

The Sliding Catch: Tom Brunansky at McCoy

In 1990, he was traded by the St. Louis Cardinals to the Red Sox for closer Lee Smith. Although he played just fourseasons for Boston, Tom Burnansky will always be remembered for his sliding catch in the right field corner to end the final regular season game of 1990. That tremendous play robbed Ozzie Guillen of a hit and propelled the Red Sox to the ALCS.


Burnansky, now in his first year as the Rochester Red Wings hitting coach, will be honored tonight at Fenway Park as part of the Red Sox celebration of Fenway’s 100th year. The Red Sox have designated May as “Memorable Moments Month” and will have a special pre-game ceremony featuring Burnansky before tonight’s 7:10 first pitch against Cleveland.

PawSox Notebook:

  • Jose Iglesias now has two hits in six of his last seven games and ranks 3rd among active PawSox hitters with 27 hits over 28 starts. The Pawtucket shortstop has two more hits than Ryan Lavarnway, three fewer than Daniel Nava. 24 of his hits have been singles.
  • Entering yesterday, just four of Che-Hsuan Lin’s 20 hits had come at McCoy Stadium over his first nine home games.  Last night he collected half that amount, going 2-for-4.
  • Mark Melancon has now tossed 9.2 scoreless innings with 0-BB and 17-K. He converted his second save in as many tries last night despite allowing two hits with two outs.
  • The PawSox have clubbed 13 hits three times in the last five games. Last night was the first time in that stretch they’ve done so without hitting a home run.
  • Seven of the PawSox nine batters registered a hit last night against Rochester. Iglesias, Lars Anderson, and Lin all had two hits, Nava had three.
  • Speaking of Nava, the PawSox outfielder has raised his average from .188 to .316 over the last two weeks. Almost equally impressive, Daniel is pounding the ball at home, batting .486 (18-for-37).
  • Lars Anderson now has 5 doubles in his last 5 games. 10 of his 22 hits this year have been doubles.

The PawSox have a chance to win their second-straight series with a win this afternoon against Rochester. Pawtucket right-hander Brandon Duckworth (4-0, 3.34) will be opposed by lefty Luke French (0-0, 5.40). First pitch from McCoy crosses home plate at 12:05 this afternoon. We’ll hit the air at 11:50 with the pre-game show.

Talk with you then.

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

Brunansky played a combined 14 major league seasons with Minnesota, Boston, St. Louis, Milwaukee, and the California Angels. He was a career .245 hitter and a 1985 all-star selection. (Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images)

Beaneater Home Run History

What Josh Hamilton did last night in Baltimore is almost unreal. Hamilton became the 16th player in MLB history to homer four times in a single game – the first since Carlos Delgado did it with Toronto on September 25, 2003.

Head shot of Bobby Lowe. If this isn’t the look of a guy who will go deep four times in a game, I don’t know what is.

Although a Boston Red Sox batter has never accomplished the feat, someone else from The Hub actually has. In fact, he was the first to ever accomplish the feat. On May 30, 1894, Bobby Lowe of the Boston Beaneaters homered four times against Cincinnati.

I wish I could make this stuff up.

The Pawtucket Red Sox have been playing baseball since 1973 and have never had a player hit four home runs in a single game. The last time a PawSox batter homered three times in a game was when Mike Lowell did it on rehab assignment on July 27, 2010 in Toledo.

PawSox Notebook:

  • Infielder Pedro Ciriaco is batting .579 (11-for-19) vs. LHP and .467 (7-for-15) with RISP. He’s currently riding an 8-game hitting streak – tied for the club’s longest this season (Josh Kroeger, April 18 -27).
  • Tuesday night, Ryan Lavarnway suddenly started wearing his red socks pulled up to his knees. The result: he went 3-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. He fashioned the same look last night with a different outcome: 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. As a result, the most intriguing storyline going into tonight’s game is what will Ryan do with his socks?
  • Behind 5.0+ innings pitched from Ross Ohlendorf last night, the PawSox offense managed just one run for the fourth time this season. The last time it happened was on April 27 at Columbus in 4-1 loss. Pawtucket’s starting pitcher that night? Ross Ohlendorf.
  • The always steady Mauro Gomez is currently in his longest offensive drought of the season. He’s 2-for-21 (.095) over his last five games with one home run and two runs batted in.  Gomez has been an offensive force this year and is currently the International League’s active leader in homer runs (10). Of his 35 hits this year, 19 have been for extra-bases (54%).
  • This may surprise you, but among active PawSox players, Jose Iglesias is tied for third on the club with 25 hits.  Only Gomez (35) and Daniel Nava (27) rank ahead of him. He’s tied with Josh Kroeger.

If the skies clear tonight, the PawSox will play Game 3 against Rochester from McCoy. Right-hander Justin Germano (3-1, 2.16) starts for Pawtucket and will be opposed by righty Cole DeVries (0-2, 2.89). First pitch is set for 6:15, we hit the air at 6:00.

Talk with you then.

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

Hamilton set an American League record last night with 18 total bases. All four home runs were two-run blasts with Elvis Andrus standing on first base. (Joy R. Absalon/US PRESSWIRE)

PawSox Players on Twitter

If you’re not on Twitter yet, what are you waiting for? (New Media Blog)

Although the PawSox have dropped the first two games here in downtown Toledo, I’m sure many of you might be interested in knowing what the guys are up to day-in and day-out. With that in mind, what better way to get to know the PawSox than by following them on Twitter? Of the club’s 25 players, here are the socialites chatting on Twitter.

Daniel Nava (@dnavs33): One of the nicest guys in all of baseball, Daniel has over 7,000 followers.

Justin Germano (@JustGerm): With over 1,000 tweets, Justin is one of the most active PawSox players on Twitter.

Jose Iglesias (@JoseIglesias_SS): Jose announced his recent call-up via Twitter, “Got the call to the Majors! Thanks to all for your well wishes. Looking forward to help the #redsox put up more W’s.”

Will Middlebrooks (@16WMBrooks): Yeah, yeah, I know. Will is with Boston now, but come on!

Tony Thomas (@GoldGlover2B): Not only is Tony active on Twitter, but he posts plenty of pictures.

Alex Hassan (@AEHassan27): A Milton, Ma. native, Alex is a must-follow for all New England Red Sox fans.

Let me know if I missed anyone, and be sure to give these guys a follow. By the way, the PawSox Twitter account (@PawSox) is approaching 10,100 followers.

Pawtucket has dropped six of its last seven games and looks to turn things around with Tony Pena Jr. making his first start of the year tonight. First pitch in Game 3 of the series is set for 6:30, we hit the air at 6:15

Talk with you then.

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

Homestand Photos

The PawSox first homestand of 2012 wraps up this afternoon with a 12:05 first pitch against Lehigh Valley. Here are some photos from the first five games of the season at McCoy Stadium thanks to photographer Kelly O’Connor.

PawSox manager Arnie Beyler and hitting coach Gerald Perry share a laugh during the player introductions on Opening Night.

Pawtucket outfielder Daniel Nava being introduced on Opening Night.

Pre-Game ceremonies on the field prior to Opening Night at McCoy on Thursday.

Easter Candy Hunt! Thousands of pieces of candy were picked up in minutes in-between Saturday’s doubleheader.

Smores, anyone? Nate Spears stays warm during Game 2 of the doubleheader.

Alex Hassan, in his first Triple-A start in right field, gunned down speedy Dominic Brown at home trying to score on a sacrifice fly attempt.

PawSox first baseman Lars Anderson showing off some pre-game ball skills.

Shortstop Jose Iglesias has already dazzled defensively this season.

It seems as if center fielder Che-Hsuan Lin makes a catch like this every night.

Nate Spears signing autographs for some kids above.

Catcher Ryan Lavarnway makes time to sign for some young fans in a sutie.

Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg is in his second season managing Lehigh Valley.

Second baseman Nate Spears makes a diving stop on a ball in Game 2 of Saturday’s doubleheader.

Thanks again to Kelly O’Connor for bundling up and taking these great pics. Steve and I hit the air at 11:50 this morning for the series finale versus the IronPigs.

Talk with you then.

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

From the Backfields to the Broadcast Booth

Yesterday was as much fun as I thought it would be. Not only did I get to watch the PawSox game in Port Charlotte followed by the Red Sox game at JetBlue Park, I had the great privilege of watching the majority of the Red Sox game from the WEEI broadcast booth above home plate.

Joe Castiglione is entering his 30th year as the “Voice of the Red Sox” and it was a real thrill to be in the booth next to him while he was calling the game.  Joe and his broadcast partner Jon Rish are terrific guys and they were even kind enough to answer some of my questions between innings.  What I maybe found most interesting is that Joe carries with him a small blue three-ring binder that contains a hand-written notecard with information on every Red Sox player and every opposing player as well.

Joe writes down things he reads in the media guide, online, or that he gets directly from a player.  He told me that when he physically writes it down, he retains the information much better than when he types it (I’m the same way).  Throughout the game he would write new information on certain players’ cards for use later in the season.

Here’s a look inside the Red Sox broadcast booth at JetBlue Park.  To the left is Jon Rish, on the right is Joe Castiglione. Through the glass to the right you can see former PawSox broadcaster and current Red Sox TV broadcaster on NESN, Don Orsillo.  Next to him in the navy shirt is the one-and-only Jerry Remy.

Today the Red Sox are on the road playing the Pirates at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, but I’ll be in attendance for the PawSox 1:00 game this afternoon at home against Rochester.  But before I leave for the ballpark I wanted to share with you some more pictures I took from yesterday’s game in Port Charlotte.

Not many hot dogs were served from this concession stand behind the minor league field where the PawSox and Durham Bulls played yesterday.  It did, however, provide some shade which was in short supply.

So much for the shade! This was my view for most of the game (throwing a Gatorade towel over my head never seemed like such a good idea).  Although it got a little warm at times, I was at least grateful that they had bleachers set up for spectators to sit on.

PawSox outfielder Daniel Nava getting loose before the start of the sixth inning.

Only in Spring Training can you find a dugout as charming as this one.

Eammon Portice pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning including two strikeouts, but before he took the mound he was busy charting pitches behind home plate.

The Texas Rangers called Port Charlotte their Spring Training home for 15 years before leaving in 2002 for a newer ballpark in Surprise, Arizona.  In 2009 the Tampa Bay Rays reached an agreement with the county to invest over $27 million in renovation costs in order to bring Charlotte Sports Park up to state-of-the-art standards. The renovation costs were more than five times the ballpark’s original cost of $5 million.

I’ll talk with you again late this afternoon/early evening to update the blog on today’s PawSox game.  For live updates during the game you can follow me on Twitter.  Have a great day!

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

Live From Ft. Myers: Day 2

David Ortiz is at the plate as the Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays play in front of a sellout crowd tonight at JetBlue Park.  I’ll watch the game soon enough but right now, from my seat in the press box, I want to get you up to speed with what happened earlier today in Port Charlotte between the PawSox and Durham Bulls.

Chris Balcom-Miller (left) started for Pawtucket and went four innings, allowing two runs.  The PawSox scored their first run thanks to a 2nd-inning solo shot off the bat of catcher Matt Spring (below). Unfortunately, that was half of the club’s run production on the afternoon.   In the 6th inning first baseman Mauro Gomez singled and scored on an RBI double by right fielder J.C. Linares.

Caleb Clay (0-1) came on and worked a scoreless 5th inning but then allowed the go-ahead run in the 6th inning to suffer the loss.  Lefty Hunter Jones could not keep things close and was charged with five runs over  two innings. Eammon Portice tossed the bottom of the ninth inning (even though the Bulls were up by six) and retired the side in order, including a pair of strikeouts.

Today’s loss marks the first of the Spring for the PawSox who are now 5-1 in Grapefruit League play.

PawSox Notebook

  • Daniel Nava’s solid hitting continued today with a double to center field (the wind helped it some).
  • Will Middlebrooks did not play in today’s game; Gomez played only as the DH.
  • Parking at JetBlue Park is $9.00.  That’s $9.00 more than you’ll pay for parking at McCoy Stadium.
  • Tomorrow I’ll be in attendance for the PawSox 1:00 p.m. first pitch against Rochester.
  • I’m on the hunt for the best local fish taco.  If you happen to know where that might be, please let me know!
Time for me to go be a fly on the wall in the Red Sox radio booth with Joe Castiglione and Jon Rish.  Tomorrow morning I’ll post some more photos from today’s game.

Talk with you then.

-AG

agoldsmith@pawsox.com
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