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Mason Williams update; Millwood deserves shot

July 31, 2011

By TERRY NAU
Former Pawtucket resident Mason Williams, a 2010 fourth-round draft pick of the New York Yankees, is hitting .338 for Staten Island this summer.
ESPN.com baseball analyst Keith Law said some favorable things about Williams -- son of former Patriots wide receiver Derwin Williams -- on his weekly chat. Here's a link. Go down to 12:36 p.m. and a question from Jared.
http://espn.go.com/sportsnation/chat/_/id/39485/mlb-insider-keith-law

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I have no inside knowledge of pro baseball transactions. I just make guesses from time to time, the same way fans do. And here's what I'm thinking. If Andrew Miller has another sub-par outing today for Boston, the Red Sox should put him on the disabled list with a fake injury and let Kevin Millwood take his next start.
Boston is in a pennant race and can't afford the short outings Miller has been giving them of late. Guys like Miller can drain bullpens.
Kevin Millwood is a professional baseball pitcher who will get through five or six innings. He is very similar to Freddy Garcia in age, stuff and makeup. Garcia has been a lifesaver for the Yankees this season. Millwood might buy Boston some time until they find a fifth starter they can trust. Hell, Kevin Millwood might even be that guy, but he can't win games for Boston while pitching in Pawtucket.
Millwood did have 10 strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings on Saturday night. If he were 23 years old, Kevin would heading to Fenway for his next start.
I call that "age discrimination."
Just kidding. All I am saying is, give Kevin Millwood a chance.
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Update: Sox apparently just traded for often-injured Eric Bedard, who should go into the rotation. Miller pitched six innings for Boston today, giving up 9 hits and 3 runs. He did his job. Boston trails 3-2.

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