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Monday, August 2, 2010
Saltalamacchia makes PawSox debut

By Joe McDonald

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- Catching prospect Jarrod Saltalamacchia wanted a fresh start.

He got it Monday night at McCoy Stadium.

The newest member of the Boston Red Sox organization made his PawSox debut and went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts, a walk and run scored as Pawtucket pounded the Durham Bulls 12-0. Despite a tough night at the plate, the Red Sox were more interested in seeing what he could do behind it.

“Great. Great,” said PawSox manager Torey Lovullo. “He received the ball very well. Unfortunately, because of the score, we didn’t get to see him throw the ball down to second base. I thought he was outstanding. The agility he showed at blocking several pitches was outstanding. For a big guy, to get down and block the balls the way he did, as easily as he did, was pretty impressive.”