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Kevin Millwood struggles in first Triple-A start for Red Sox

Jun 2, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

Kevin Millwood AP

Kevin Millwood’s chances of being called up by the Red Sox improved with the news that Daisuke Matszuaka will likely undergo season-ending elbow surgery, but the veteran right-hander couldn’t make it out of the third inning last night in his first Triple-A start for Boston.

Millwood, who signed a minor-league deal with the Red Sox last month after being released by the Yankees, allowed four runs on five hits and two walks before exiting with two outs in the second inning.

Prior to being released by the Yankees he also gave up eight runs in nine innings during two Triple-A starts and reports on his fastball velocity weren’t encouraging, which combined with last season’s 4-16 record and 5.10 ERA in 191 innings for the Orioles suggests that Millwood may simply be finished at age 36.

  1. uyf1950 - Jun 2, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    In the words of Gomer Pyle USMC – Surprise, Surprise, Surprise!!!

  2. bjavie - Jun 2, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    I would love a discussion/study/article, or whatever on the “most overrated no-hitters/perfect games.”

    As a Phils fan I know we have had a couple of not-so-good pitchers in Tommy Green and Kevin Millwood throw no hitters. I am not talking about Roy Haliday going out there, while it’s impressive when it’s done, him doing isn’t a “surprise.” Or, if Lincicum threw one, it would be impressive, but not a surprise. Now, if Daniel Hudson threw one, I think there would be a lot of, “Really???”

    Think Ben Curtis winning the 2003 British Open. No one is going to confuse Ben Curtis with a great golfer, or all the good to be honest.

    • jimbo1949 - Jun 2, 2011 at 3:51 PM

      Dallas Braden, really?

  3. pisano - Jun 2, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Boy, that’s a shocker, he gets bombed at the Yankees minor league camp so Theo, the boy blunder takes him on. As the great Roy Orbison song goes,” It’s over” Millwood, take a hint.

    • uyf1950 - Jun 2, 2011 at 10:59 AM

      I like your style, my friend.

      • pisano - Jun 2, 2011 at 12:07 PM

        Thanks partner, we’re on the same page.

  4. Alex K - Jun 2, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    In other news- Water is wet.

  5. patsandsox - Jun 2, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    stick a fork in him hes done

  6. royalsfaninfargo - Jun 2, 2011 at 3:14 PM

    Seriously, how does this guy keep getting signed? Same goes for Rich Harden. There has to be better pitchers out there than guys like this. For every Bartolo Colon (who is in a special class by himself) there are 20 re-treads that teams keep signing.

  7. dirtyharry1971 - Jun 3, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    God id love to see this guy take dice-k’s spot in the rotation!!

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