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Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Spring Break

- PawSox notes: The PawSox have won five straight and are on top of their division, using a blend of good hitting and pretty good pitching. Losing top starter Jamie Brown to the Big Club in exchange for an occasional two inning stint BY Kim is not exactly a fair exchange, but that's the row an affiliated team has to hoe.
- Slow starts: if you or Theo are thinking Kelly Shoppach could replace Jason Varitek anytime soon - don't. Kelly is struggling at AAA, with a .227 BA.
- Question for Theo: Why was Daubach called up to the Big Club when Andy Dominique is batting over .350, with good power, and can play first and help behind the plate? Though Dauber is a left-handed bat, the Red Sox don't really have a shortage of that resource this year. Dominique leads the IL in RBIs, has more BB than Ks, and has a .451 OBP.
- BoSox: It is early yet but so far, Francona seems to be handling the club well both on and off the field. Rode out the Pedro firestorm and not afraid to jumble the lineup.
- BoSox: is the NESN camera angle slightly different this season, or has Theo stopped sitting behind the plate? I haven't seen him this year - have you? Up to the management box I guess.
- AA: Portland, at 13 and 17, occupies the cellar in the Eastern league North Division while the newly-moved Manchester New Hampshire Fisher Cats lead the division at 17 and 12. Remember though: this is the same New Haven franchise that went to the EL finals last year. The SeaDogs have only three pitchers in the top 40 in the EL in ERA, the best is Chris Smith at 8th: 3-0, 3.41. But, with an average attendance of 5,499, who cares?