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Rumors swirled around the Pawtucket Red Sox when they arrived Thursday morning at Coca-Cola Field, where they lost to the Buffalo Bisons, 4-1, before an announced paid crowd of 10,368. Box score
The Internet rumor mill was alive with reports that young PawSox pitcher Michael Bowden would be included in a trade by the parent Boston Red Sox — either to Toronto for pitcher Roy Halladay or to Cleveland for switch-hitting catcher/first baseman Victor Martinez — before today's 4 p.m. trading deadline.
Bowden and his teammates were getting a few laughs from all the frenzy.
"We're having fun with it," said the 22-year-old Bowden, who turned in an impressive seven- inning performance despite the Pawtucket loss. "I was a few minutes late getting here today and Javey Lopez (PawSox pitcher) told everybody I wasn't there because I was scratched. See you later


Friday, July 31 Akron 7:05 pm RHP Jake Ruckle (1-2, 7.50) vs. LHP Bobby Livingston (1-4, 7.89)

Saturday, August 1 Akron 7:05 pm RHP Dylan Owen (3-6, 5.24) vs. LHP Ryan Edell (3-1, 2.48)

Sunday, August 2 Akron 6:35 pm RHP Brad Holt (2-4, 5.49) vs. RHP Jeanmar Gomez (8-3, 3.47)

Tuesday, August 4 at Harrisburg 7:00 pm LHP Eric Niesen (1-5, 7.36) vs. TBA

Ike Davis extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a two-run home run that helped lead the Binghamton Mets to a 5-1 victory over the Altoona Curve in the second game of an Eastern League doubleheader on Thursday night at Blair County Stadium.
Davis also had a single in the B-Mets' 2-1 loss to the Curve in the first game.
Davis, who had three RBIs on the day, has five home runs and 11 RBIs during his hitting streak. His 14-game hitting streak is tied for the second longest on the team this season. Lucas Duda hit in an Eastern League-best 19 consecutive games earlier this month. Jose Coronado had his 14-game hitting streak snapped in the second game of the doubleheader.
In Thursday's nightcap, the B-Mets trailed, 1-0, heading into the fifth inning when they rallied. Jonathan Malo's double scored D.J. Wabick to tie the game, and Ruben Tejada's single scored Malo and gave the B-Mets the lead.

The Brooklyn Cyclones (27-14) lost the first game, but rebounded to win the second, as they split Thursday's doubleheader with the Staten Island Yankees (22-19).Box ScoreGAME 1The first game of the doubleheader got off to an unusual start as Staten Island scored four times in the top of the first inning, and Brooklyn answered with three runs in the bottom of the frame. The first inning saw the Cyclones make one error, and the Yankees make two. A potential third error in what was ruled an out resulted in Cyclones manager Pedro Lopez being ejected on the controversial play. Starting pitcher Darin Gorski allowed four runs in the first inning, and five more runs in the second -- including another controversial home run that the Cyclones argued was a foul ball. In his two innings of work, Gorski allowed eight hits, nine runs, five earned, one walk, and struck out one batter.RHP Samuel Martinez pitched three innings in relief of Gorski, and allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits, walking one and striking out five batters.The newest Cyclone, RHP Bobby Gagg -- who joined the team today -- started the sixth inning in relief of Martinez. Over two innings he allowed no runs on one hit, walked one and struck out one.The Cyclones scored three runs on five hits. CF Justin Garber, 1B Sam Honeck, LF Nick Santomauro, RF Luis Rivera and 3B Tyler Vaughn had one base hit apiece. Vaughn's hit was an RBI double in the first inning. Box Score

Carlos Beltran (8/15)Carlos Beltran is coming back. That was always the plan, but how he's going about it speaks a lot to where he might be in the future. Beltran has decided to accelerate the pace of his rehab, hoping to come back towards mid-August, matching up closely with Jose Reyes, Carlos Delgado, and Billy Wagner. That's an infusion of talent no team will be able to match with trades, but it might also be too little, too late as the Mets continue to slip. Beltran made the informed decision based on the near certainty that he will need microfracture surgery and could miss much, if not all, of the 2010 season. He'll do everything he can to avoid it, but that's the worst case scenario and he's willing to give it a go. His success will be based on pain tolerance and management, as well as Jerry Manuel's ability to spot him in and out. It's unlikely he can play CF, though no one has said much about where he will actually play. It's a calculated risk that Beltran and the Mets are taking. Given the success - or lack thereof - with microfracture in MLB, it's a big risk and perhaps Beltran's last hurrah.


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