PawSox manager Ron Johnson:
Pretty much everything [was working]. What I liked about it was he threw 70 out of 96 [pitches for] strikes. It wasn't like they were strikes with guys swinging at a bunch of bad pitches. It was really impressive to watch. ... When he's throwing fastballs for strikes, the other stuff just flows. He stayed on line. When he would spin off a little bit, the next pitch he would throw the fastball into the zone. It makes me a better manager when he throws like that.HH has nothing left to prove in AAA. He's making the hitters there look like Little Leaguers. He's allowed only three earned runs in his last 33.2 innings (those runs came in one start) and has held opponents to three hits or fewer in six of his eight starts. His season ERA is 1.30.
Yesterday afternoon, Brad Penny was vomiting after each inning. Francona: He'd come out, throw up, laugh and go get 'em. He said every time he threw up, he felt better." ... Penny said he had a sinus infection: "I was a little lethargic, maybe, but I felt I had good stuff. I felt pretty good all around."
Mike Lowell will get a day off tonight. David Ortiz will be back in the lineup, probably hitting 5th or 6th.
Jed Lowrie took 15 swings from each side of the plate yesterday:
Righthanded it felt better. Lefthanded, obviously, that's the swing that I'm going to have to continue to work on. That's the top hand. That's the hand that's affected me when I was - can't say healthy - but when I was playing. ... It was more fatigued after 15 swings from the left side than it was from the right side.The Red Sox streak of 57 straight games with at least one walk ended yesterday. There were no walks at all in the game.
John Smoltz makes his second rehab start today (roughly three innings/50 pitches) for Portland.