The Single-A Salem Red Sox roster has several of the top Boston Red Sox prospects, including LHP Henry Owens, catcher Blake Swihart, outfielder Brandon Jacobs and infielders Deven Marrero, Garin Cecchini and Deven Marrero.
When Marrero, Boston’s first-round selection last June, recently was asked who impressed him the most on his team he didn’t hesitate.
“Definitely Garin Cecchini is the player who has wowed me the most,” Marrero said. “The way he goes about his business is pretty impressive. His approach, plan and the way he works is probably one of the best I’ve seen.”
Cecchini, a third baseman, entered yesterday batting .373 (28 for 75) with a .466 on-base percentage, six doubles, four triples, two homers and 12 RBIs.
BIG GAME ALERT
North Andover (8-2) and Central boys lacrosse (4-4) play today at North Andover High at 4 p.m.
Central’s Jack McInnis has scored 14 goals in his past three games. North Andover is led by Nick Pino, who pumped in seven goals in a win vs. Lowell earlier this year.
FIVE LOCAL AZTECs
This year’s Boston Aztec team of the Women’s Premier Soccer League includes five local players. They are Andover’s Alex Bengston, Jessica Morrow and Marina Moschitto, Londonderry’s Tori McCombs and Salem’s Gina Righini.
The team plays at North Reading High with one home game at Endicott College in Beverly.
LUNNEY HONORED AGAIN
Merrimack senior Corey Lunney was named Northeast-10 men’s lacrosse Player of the Year.
Connor Reagan was named the league’s Goalkeeper of the Year and Brandon Waiter was named Defensive Player of the Year.
Lunney also was voted to the first team All-Conference for the third time. He leads the league with 43 goals and 57 points and helped the Warriors to their first-ever share of the Northeast-10 Conference regular season title.
Lunney ranks second in the country in Division 2 in goals per contest (3.31) and ninth in points (4.29).
TOPS ON TV
The Boston Bruins play Game 1 of their first-round playoff series against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Boston Garden at 7 p.m. on NESN.
The Boston Celtics play Game 5 of their first first-round series vs. the New York Knicks in New York at 7 p.m. on CSNNE and TNT. The C’s are down 3-1 in the best-of-seven series.
Red Sox RHP Clay Buchholz (5-0, 1.19 ERA) goes up against Blue Jays LHP Mark Buehrle (1-1, 6.35 ERA) today in Toronto at 7:07 p.m. on NESN.
SOMETHING TO PROVE
Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask had a strong season, finishing second in save percentage (.929), sixth in goals against average (2.00) and tied for first in shutouts (5).
But sports is all about how you perform in the playoffs. The question with Rask has been whether he can make the tough save late in a game to steal a win.
AGGRESSIVE EQUALS STRIKEOUTS
During his introductory press conference as Red Sox manager in October, John Farrell stressed the need for his pitchers to be aggressive and attack the strike zone early.
It, therefore, should not be surprising that the Red Sox led baseball in strikeouts during April after finishing 20th in the majors for 2012.
Justin Upton always has been better than his brother B.J. Playing side-by-side on the same Atlanta Braves team this year, it has become a little more obvious.
Justin, 25, is batting .304 with 12 homers, 19 RBIs and a .393 on-base percentage entering yesterday while B.J., 28, was batting .146 with three homers, five RBIs and a .222 on-base percentage.
Justin is making $9.75 million this year while B.J. is earning $12.45 million and will earn as much as $16.45 million in 2017.
Celtic Jason Terry is known for talking a little too much.
“The guy was mouthing off before the game (4),” Kenyon Martin said, according to the New York Daily News. “He told me, ‘You’re not dancing at my funeral today.’’’
Martin apparently told his teammates to wear black or funeral colors tomorrow.