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APRIL PITCHER OF THE MONTH: Was named Red Sox Minor League Pitcher of the Month for April after going 3-0 with a 2.17 ERA (7 ER/29.0 IP) and .157 opponents batting average in 5 starts...allowed just 2 hits over 7.0 shutout innings to earn the win in his second start on April 11 vs. Rochester and tossed 5.0 scoreless innings of one-hit ball 2 starts later, April 21 at Durham.
RED SOX SUMMARY: Made one appearance for the Red Sox in 2006, pitching in relief of Lenny DiNardo on May 21 at Philadelphia...entered in the third inning and tossed 3.0 frames, allowing 4 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks, fanning 2...also collected his first major league at-bat, striking out...was originally recalled from Pawtucket on May 19 and returned to Triple-A following the game on May 21...has now made a total of 4 Major League appearances, one as a starter, in the last 3 seasons since making his big league debut on July 22, 2004, a start vs. Baltimore.2005 SUMMARY: Was named to the Triple-A International League's mid-season All-Star team and went on to tie for 6th in the league with 11 wins, going 11-6 with a 4.85 ERA in 26 starts for Pawtucket...struck out 109 and walked just 31 in 144.2 innings for the PawSox, an average of 6.8 K's and 1.9 walks per 9 innings...was twice recalled to Boston, posting no record and a 15.43 ERA (4 ER/2.1 IP) in 2 big league games out of the bullpen...did not see action in his first stint of the season with Boston July 2-3...worked a scoreless 9th inning August 28 vs. Detroit in his first career major league relief appearance before allowing 4 runs on 6 hits in 1.1 innings the next night vs. Tampa Bay...was rated as having the best control of any pitcher in the Red Sox organization in Baseball America's annual Best Tools survey following the 2005 season.
HE'S JUST THE PITCHER OF THE WEEK: Was named International League Pitcher of the Week for the week of June 6-12 after going 2-0 with a 0.69 ERA (1 ER/13.0 IP) in 2 starts...allowed just 5 hits and 2 walks in those 2 starts, fanning 15.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Held opponents to a .255 average, including a .238 mark by lefties...held opposing batters to a .227 (83-for-366) average with the bases empty, but was hit at a .354 (35-for-99) clip with runners in scoring position...struck out a season-high 9 batters twice: June 6 vs. Richmond and August 7 vs. Buffalo...issued 2 walks or fewer in 20 of his 26 starts, including no walks 9 times and one walk 4 times...enjoyed a pair of 4-game winning streaks: May 21-June 11 and July 18-August 7...however, closed the season with 2 losses over 3 starts, posting an 8.04 ERA (14 ER/15.2 IP).2004 SUMMARY: Was named Double-A Portland's Pitcher of the Year after going 10-9 with a 3.59 ERA in 26 starts in his first full pro season...was also named to the Eastern League's mid-season All-Star team...was one of only 7 pitchers in the league with at least 10 wins, and his 3.59 ERA ranked 7th...fanned 108 and walked just 32, a 3.4-to one strikeout-to-walk ratio...limited opponents to a .252 average, including a .189 (23-for-122) mark by lefties...became the first member of Boston's 2003 draft class to reach the majors when he started game one of a July 22 doubleheader vs. Baltimore.
YOUTH SHALL BE SERVED: Made his major league debut at the age of 21 years, 9 months and 5 days, the youngest Red Sox pitcher to make his major league debut as a starter since Jeff Sellers (21 years, 4 months, 4 days) on September 15, 1985...was the first Sox player to make the jump from Double-A to the majors since Casey Fossum in 2001.
DETAILING THE DEBUT: Was an 8-3 loser to the O's, allowing 5 runs on 8 hits and 5 walks over 5.0 innings...fanned 2...opened the game with a strikeout of David Newhan...gave up a 2-run homer to Miguel Tejada in the first and a solo blast to Melvin Mora in the 3rd...the only lefthander to start a game for the 2005 Red Sox, Alvarez became the first Sox lefty starter in 129 games since Casey Fossum August 21, 2003 vs. Oakland.2003 Signed with the Red Sox June 27 and made his pro debut with short-season Single-A Lowell...posted no record and did not allow an earned run in 19.0 innings over 9 starts...struck out 19 and walked just 2...limited opponents to a .138 average...did not walk a batter in his first 6 starts (10.0 IP)...closed out the season with a 3.0-inning start and 4.0-inning start after tossing 2.0 innings or less his first 7 times out.