Roger Brown on Baseball: Salem grad Terry Doyle, now a Sea Dog, hitting the 'reset' button
Portland Sea Dogs pitcher Terry Doyle, a Salem High School graduate, gathers with his teammates before Monday night's Fisher Cats game in Manchester. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
Doyle, who played varsity baseball and basketball at Salem High School, was released by the Chicago White Sox organization in 2012, and he spent the rest of last season pitching in Japan. He signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox in November and things looked promising when he got off to a strong start with Pawtucket this season, but Doyle began to struggle with his control in May and spent the bulk of the last two months in the bullpen. He was sent to Double-A Portland earlier this month.
Doyle, 27, was 5-6 with a 5.60 ERA in 18 appearances (11 starts) with Pawtucket. He's 0-2 with Portland, but has pitched better than his record would indicate. He threw eight innings in a 2-1 loss to New Britain, and tossed a complete game in a 5-2 loss to Binghamton on Saturday.
"When they told me I was coming down to Double-A it was kind of bittersweet because they were going to let me start again," Doyle said. "Hopefully I can have a good month or so and get ready for next season.
OUTFIELDER Melky Cabrera continued his major league rehabilitation assignment with the Fisher Cats on Monday night. He spent two games with Class-A Dunedin before arriving in Manchester. Cabrera, 28, is expected to be with the Fisher Cats for all three games against Portland.
"I feel good," Cabrera said. "Three games here and maybe one game in Buffalo and come back maybe Friday or Saturday.
THIRD BASEMAN Garin Cecchini and pitcher Anthony Ranaudo were back with the Sea Dogs on Monday. Both played in the All-Star Futures Games, which was held Sunday at Citi Field in New York. Ranaudo is tied for the league lead with eight victories. New Hampshire catcher A.J. Jimenez also played in the Futures Game. … The Sea Dogs entered Monday's contest having lost nine of their last 11 games. … The New England Ravens AAU team was recognized before Monday's game. The Ravens, who are based out of Rindge, will participate in the AAU 14-U national championship in Florida from July 19-25.