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    De La Torre has a 1.56 ERA with 17 strikeouts and 10 walks in 17 1/3 innings pitched.

     
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    Jose Iglesias

    PawSox manager Gary DiSarcina admitted that Iglesias had a bit of a tough time adapting back to Triple-A when he was sent down in April, but that he seemed to come through that. Apparently that's changed in the last week. He has had some attitude issues in the past, so it's not entirely new that something would come up now.

     
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    Jose Iglesias

    PawSox manager Gary DiSarcina admitted that Iglesias had a bit of a tough time adapting back to Triple-A when he was sent down in April, but that he seemed to come through that. Apparently that's changed in the last week. He has had some attitude issues in the past, so it's not entirely new that something would come up now.



    What it appears is that he's having trouble dealing with the frustration of being sent back down; there were a couple of ground balls he failed to run out.

     
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    Jose Iglesias

    PawSox manager Gary DiSarcina admitted that Iglesias had a bit of a tough time adapting back to Triple-A when he was sent down in April, but that he seemed to come through that. Apparently that's changed in the last week. He has had some attitude issues in the past, so it's not entirely new that something would come up now.

     



     

    What it appears is that he's having trouble dealing with the frustration of being sent back down; there were a couple of ground balls he failed to run out.



    That said, whether Iglesias plays shortstop for the Red Sox in the future depends a lot less on his attitude than his ability to hit. Bogaerts has a higher ceiling, and Marrero seems like a safer bet. Iglesias has to hit if he's going to stick in the major leagues. The attitude is secondary.

     
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    Bogaerts

    Every indication is that the Red Sox want to keep Bogaerts at short as long as possible. If he can be adequate defensively, the offensive production he brings will be immensely valuable at the position. (Think of the potential of a Bogaerts-Middlebrooks left side of the infield, when you can bring in another quality hitter to play 1B.)

     
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    And Boston's lack of 3B depth is basically just in terms of a major-league ready backup. Double-A has Michael Almanzar and High-A has Garin Cecchini crushing the ball.

     
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    Garin Cecchini

    - The Red Sox promoted Anthony Rizzo to Portland around this time in 2010, but he'd played two months at High-A at the end of the previous season. There's no rush on Cecchini right now. If he's still raking like this in June or early July -- he's hitting .379/.467/.670 at the moment -- then maybe you see a move.

     
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    Garin Cecchini

    - The Red Sox promoted Anthony Rizzo to Portland around this time in 2010, but he'd played two months at High-A at the end of the previous season. There's no rush on Cecchini right now. If he's still raking like this in June or early July -- he's hitting .379/.467/.670 at the moment -- then maybe you see a move.

    And you've already got Almanzar at 3B in Portland, and he's not ready for an accompanying promotion to Pawtucket.

     
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    It'll be interesting to see what happens if Almanzar isn't ready for that promotion by the time Cecchini is ready to move up. They'll have to make room for Cecchini somehow. They're not going to let Almanzar block him indefinitely.

     
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    Maybe Travis Shaw is ready sooner than Almanzar, who shifts to 1B to make room?

    Pawtucket doesn't really have anyone at either corner-infield spot who's going to block any prospect who forces his way up.

     
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    Rubby De La Rosa

    If De La Rosa can continue to grow his pitch count throughout the course of the season without any setbacks, ideally he'd be a candidate for the 2014 rotation -- with a ceiling right around Webster's.

     
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    Rubby De La Rosa

    If De La Rosa can continue to grow his pitch count throughout the course of the season without any setbacks, ideally he'd be a candidate for the 2014 rotation -- with a ceiling right around Webster's.



    The other thing that can mess with that, though, would be if the Red Sox need a bullpen arm later in the year and decide De La Rosa is their best option.

     
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    2014 Opening Day rotation next year =Lester, Buchholz, Dempster, Webster and Lackey with De La Rosa serving the first-man-up role in Pawtucket along with Workman and Ranaudo. That's if RDLR isn't in the bullpen.

     
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    But: I wouldn't be surprised at all if Dempster, Lackey is traded next winter. That's why you amass young pitching depth -- so you can build surplus without relying on the likes of Aaron Cook.

     
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    The way Brandon Snyder is killing the ball at Triple-A Pawtucket now is fascinating. He's a former first-round pick who's never gotten a real shot in the major leagues, and he's still just 26. He very well could have a Carp-like breakout in him if he gets an opportunity.

     
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    The way Brandon Snyder is killing the ball at Triple-A Pawtucket now is fascinating. He's a former first-round pick who's never gotten a real shot in the major leagues, and he's still just 26. He very well could have a Carp-like breakout in him if he gets an opportunity.



    And who has some experience playing third. If Middlebrooks is in fact DL'd, promoting Snyder to take his place might be Boston's best option right now.

     
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    The way Brandon Snyder is killing the ball at Triple-A Pawtucket now is fascinating. He's a former first-round pick who's never gotten a real shot in the major leagues, and he's still just 26. He very well could have a Carp-like breakout in him if he gets an opportunity.

     



     

    And who has some experience playing third. If Middlebrooks is in fact DL'd, promoting Snyder to take his place might be Boston's best option right now.



    (Snyder isn't on the 40-man, but the Sox could DFA the injured Alex Hassan)

     
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    Christian Vazquez-

    There was a game last week in which Vazquez picked a runner off second base in the seventh inning and then picked a runner off first base in the eighth. He looks like a game-changing defensive talent behind the plate

     
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    Christian Vazquez-

    There was a game last week in which Vazquez picked a runner off second base in the seventh inning and then picked a runner off first base in the eighth. He looks like a game-changing defensive talent behind the plate



     The question with him -- as with Jose Iglesias -- is whether he can hit. So far this season as a 22-year-old at Double-A Portland, he has a.400 on-base percentage in 81 plate appearances, so that's a good sign.
    He looks like he's got a bright future.

     
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    Red Sox call up Jose De La Torre yet another hard thrower-excelled for PR in WBC

     
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    Red Sox call up Jose De La Torre yet another hard thrower-excelled for PR in WBC



    Webster will be sent down today

     
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    PawSox strike first in the 1st inning on an RBI sac-fly by Mark Hamilton scoring Jose Iglesias. The Knuckler Steven Wright taking the mound.

     
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    The PawSox tack on 3 more in the 2nd on a 2-run 2B by Jeremy Hazelbaker and another on a throwing error on Hazelbaker's steal of 3rd.

     
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    The Braves score twice in the 2nd on a 2-run HR by Matt Kennelly, but the Sox answer with a Mark Hamilton solo blast to make it a 5-2 lead

     
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    Wright escapes bases loaded jam without allowing a run...still 5-2 PawSox into the 4th

     

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