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    Craig Breslow needed only nine pitches to toss a 1-2-3 sixth inning for the PawSox yesterday.

    “[He’s] getting closer,” manager John Farrell said. “Certainly we’ll review that internally and determine if that’s going to be when we return immediately on the homestand or is there an additional need for another appearance. Still, the most important thing is, with each outing, he’s gotten more crisp with all his pitches and moving in the right direction.”

    “Craig is a proven mid- to late-inning reliever. So any time you can add that experience and that performance level, that’s going to be a good thing,” Farrell said.

     
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    Once Breslow does return, Alex Wilson will almost certainly be the odd man out sent back to Pawtucket.

     
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    Portland Sea Dogs

    2005: Jon Lester, Jonathan Papelbon, David Pauley and Kason Gabbard.

     
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    The 2010 rotation featured Doubront, Casey Kelly, Stephen Fife and Kyle Weiland.

     
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    But for talent and promise in Portland, the 2013 rotation may be the best bunch of arms 

     
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    Anthony Ranaudo, Brandon Workman, Drake Britton and Matt Barnes.

     
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    Anthony Ranaudo, Brandon Workman, Drake Britton and Matt Barnes.




    They are all capable of dominating a game and they all have the major leagues in their future

     
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    Anthony Ranaudo, Brandon Workman, Drake Britton and Matt Barnes.

     




    They are all capable of dominating a game and they all have the major leagues in their future

     



    All show off plus fastballs and developing change-ups, along with an assortment of breaking balls.

     
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    Ranaudo, 23, drafted in sandwich round, 2011 ($2.5 million signing bonus). Once the Red Sox top pitching prospect, Ranaudo is rebounding from an injury-filled 2012. He is 4-0 with a 1.00 ERA; 30 strikeouts/six walks in 27 innings.

     
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    Workman, 24, drafted in second round, 2010 ($800,000 signing bonus). Working in the shadows of higher-profile prospects, Workman's command is drawing attention. He is 4-0 with a 2.73 ERA (34 strikeouts/six walks in 292/3 innings). His cut fastball can be brilliant at times.

     
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     Britton, 23, drafted in 23rd round, 2007 ($700,000 signing bonus). Britton, a left-hander, may be the first to be promoted from Portland because this is his second year on the 40-man roster and he will be out of minor league options after next year. Britton is 2-2 with a 4.75 ERA (30 strikeouts/11 walks in 30 1/3 innings). Has been dominant at times; lost command at others.

     
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    Barnes, 22, drafted in first round, 2011 ($1.5 million signing bonus). Considered Boston's top pitching prospect, Barnes is the only one of the four who is new to Double-A this year. Barnes (2-1, 6.75 ERA) has had some clunkers, but also some lights-out performances. Has 27 strikeouts/eight walks in 20 innings.

     
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    The next starter expected to shine at Portland is left-hander Henry Owens, 20, who is in his second pro season. Yesterday Owens'  had dazzling stuff against Winston-Salem; he sstruck out a career-high 10 batters in his six-inning, 94-pitch performance. Owens surrendered a two-run shot to Jeremy Farrell in the last of the second, but he did not permit another hit in his final four innings. He permitted just two hits and three walks, striking out double digits for the first time all season. And he struck out the side in the third inning. Owens improved to 3-1 with a 2.25 ERA in six starts.

     
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    Sea Dogs Manager Kevin Boles managed in the Twins' system, in Class A. He had Matt Garza, Kevin Slowey and Anthony Swarzak in 2005 and '06.

     

     
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    Sea Dogs Manager Kevin Boles managed in the Twins' system, in Class A. He had Matt Garza, Kevin Slowey and Anthony Swarzak in 2005 and '06.

     



    "But this rotation (in Portland) looks like it could be better," Boles said.

     
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    "Look how hard it is to develop a No. 1, 2 or 3 starter," Boles said. "Not many guys have the mix or are wired to get 15 to 21 outs in a game."

     
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    "Look at the cost of a No. 3 or 4 starter in the free-agent market," Boles said. "They are big money."

     
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    To sign Ranaudo, Workman, Britton and Barnes, Boston paid out $5.5 million in signing bonuses, but that is still a bargain if they reach their potential.

     
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    When any of the current foursome gets called up, they will be at the major league minimum ($490,000).

     
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    Yesterday Garin Cecchini continued his remarkable tear with two singles and a walk.

    Average up to .394... Last 14 games: 24-for-51 (.471) w/ 12 XBH, 15 BB (.591 OBP)...

     
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    Sea Dogs lineup: Bermudez-CF, Meneses-SS, Shaw-1B, Linares-RF, Thomas-LF, Almanzar-3B, Vitek-DH, Vazquez-C, Gibson-2B, Workman-P

     
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    Sea Dogs lineup: Bermudez-CF, Meneses-SS, Shaw-1B, Linares-RF, Thomas-LF, Almanzar-3B, Vitek-DH, Vazquez-C, Gibson-2B, Workman-P



    Rock Cats lineup: Richardson 8, Petterson 4, Ortiz 7, Pinto 2, Rodriguez 3, Sobolewski 5, Santana 6, Smith DH, Goncalves 9, Meyer 1

     
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     Salem Red Sox (13-14) vs Winston-Salem Dash (15-14) Game #28

    Here’s today’s lineup:

    1. Coyle 2B
    2. Natoli 1B
    3. Cecchini 3B
    4. De La Cruz DH
    5. Jacobs LF
    6. Swihart C
    7. Ramos CF
    8. Johns SS
    9. Johnson RF

     

     
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    Two more hits and a walk on Saturday night brought Garin Cecchini(.394) even closer to a .400 batting average for the full season. Last night’s performance also perpetuated a pair of streaks, giving Cecchini an 11-game hitting streak and a 14-game on-base streak. Since April 18, Cecchini has reached base 39 times in 14 games. That includes 24 hits, 12 for extra bases, and 15 walks (with just seven strikeouts). Since April 18, he’s hitting .471 with a .591 OBP. In his last 23 games, Cecchini has gone 37-for-87 (.425), and when you include his 0-for-7 start to the season, his .394 season clip is still far and away the best in the league. Cecchini also leads the league with 16 extra-base hits and his .486 OBP.

     
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    Brandon Workman allows 3 hits, one run, but fans 3. 'Dogs coming to bat against Alex Meyer.

     

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