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Thursday's pitching matchups, notes

Posted by Craig Forde  April 18, 2013 12:28 AM

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Red Sox affiliates
12:05 p.m.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs - Adam Morgan (1-0, 1.29 ERA, 9 Ks)
at Pawtucket Red Sox - Rubby De La Rosa (0-0, 11.57 ERA, 6 Ks)

6:00 p.m.
New Britain Rock Cats - Alex Meyer (0-0, 2.70 ERA, 14 Ks)
at Portland Sea Dogs - Kyle Kaminska (0-1, 8.10 ERA, 4 Ks)

6:05 p.m.
Salem Red Sox - Kyle Stroup (0-1, 5.00 ERA, 6Ks
at Lynchburg Hillcats - Mark Pope (0-0, 8.31 ERA, 3 Ks)

7:05 p.m.
Greenville Drive - Frank Montas (0-1, 6.48 ERA, 11 Ks)
at Lexington Legends - N/A

NOTES: For the second time in three days the PawSox (10-3) host a noon matinee at McCoy Stadium. Many are wondering if this will be David Ortiz's last rehab start before linking up with Boston, but based purely on results at the plate, it may take a few more ABs to prove he is 100% ready to go. Meanwhile Rubby De La Rosa will look to keep the ball in the park in his start today. He has allowed 3 home runs over 4 2/3 innings, one of which was the only hit he allowed in his last start versus Rochester. Today's opponent, Lehigh Valley, took De La Rosa deep twice back on April 8th...Portland (6-6) returns to Hadlock Field tonight against New England rival New Britain (7-6). Sea Dogs starter Kyle Kaminska has lasted 5 innings in his first two outings, but at the cost of allowing 16 hits and 9 earned runs. He has shown decent command, allowing only a walk, but unfortunately has left some hitable balls in the zone. He will face off against Alex Meyer who has struck out 14 batters in his first 10 innings pitched this season. Unfortunately, like Kaminska, he has been hit around a bit, allowing 12 hits over his two starts...Kyle Stroup looks to regroup in his third start for the Salem Sox (4-8). After a solid debut where he three 5 scoreless innings, Stroup was less reliable in his follow-up, yeilding 4 walks, 4 hits and 5 runs over 4 innings. Salem will need him to be on today in order to halt a three game slide...Frank Montas is another pitcher looking for a rebound. In his last start for the Drive (7-7) he last only 2 2/3 innings, allowing 4 runs off of 4 walks and 2 hits. Greenville heads to Lexington for their second straight four-game weekend series against the Legends. The teams split last weekend's series.

New England teams
6:35 p.m.
Binghamton Mets - Tyler Pill (0-1, 9.00 ERA, 8 Ks)
at New Hampshire Fisher Cats - Ryan Tepera (2-0, 2.45 ERA, 8 Ks)

NOTES: The Fisher Cats (7-7) return home after going 3-4 on their first road trip of the season. They will host the BMets who they split a four-game set with in Binghamton a week ago. Tonight's start Ryan Tepera was solid last Saturday versus the Mets, throwing 6 innings of 3-hit ball for his second win of the year. New Hampshire outfielder John Tolisano has reached base in all 14 games this season, smacking 16 hits and drawing 9 base-on-balls. His 7 doubles are tied for most in the Eastern League.

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