Jon Lester will start for Greenville (A) on Friday, travel to Boston for a Sunday side session, then be moved up to Pawtucket. He may pitch on Wednesday April 25 in Rochester.
Red Sox pitchers have allowed three or fewer runs in each of the last eight games. That matches a similar streak from May 11-19, 1994. In 1988, Boston pitchers had a streak of 11 such games. ... Also, the starters have earned the decision in each of the first 13 games, the first time that has happened since 1918.
Coco Crisp (.136):
Everybody's not going to hit .400. There are some guys hitting .400 right now. They're not going to hit .400 the whole year. There's a lot of guys hitting in the .100s, they're not going to hit there. It's going to kind of balance out. Obviously, you'd like to start up near the .400s and slowly come down -- or stay up there -- instead of going uphill, but who is last can become first.Portland (AA) has had 7 of its 10 home games (and 9 of 14 games overall) postponed because of inclement weather.
The Yankees are still not sure who will be pitching for them in Boston this weekend (LOOGY Mike Myers has volunteered to start), but Friday night's matchup will be Curt Schilling/Andy Pettitte.
Doug Mirabelli on Wakefield's knuckleball last night:
His knuckleball was unbelievable. It's been like that every start he's had. It's almost scary back there. It's moving a lot more than normal. I don't know where it's going to go.When Lyle Overbay walked on four pitches in the 4th inning, Mirabelli could not catch any of the pitches cleanly.
David Ortiz's 7th inning home run was the 178th of his Red Sox career. He's tied with Nomar for 10th on the team's all-time list.