Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - July 23, 2010

Stanford grad Lowrie makes season debut with Boston

by Rick Eymer

Stanford grad Jed Lowrie made his season debut with the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday against the Oakland Athletics. The team may not have won, but his return to the lineup was successful.

"I'm happy with the way I played," Lowrie said after the Red Sox dropped a 6-4 decision to the host A's. "It felt good to be out there."

Lowrie, who began the season on the disabled list due to mononucleosis, was in the starting lineup at shortstop and batting second. He was 1-for-2 with a pair of walks, an RBI and a run scored. he also committed a throwing error.

"That was a good starting point: get on base and score the first run to get the team off to a good start," Lowrie said. "I'm going to continue to roll with it."

Lowrie batted .367 (11-for-30) in 10 rehab games between Single-A Lowell and Triple-A Pawtucket.

"I've had plenty of at bats on my rehab and I was ready to go," he said. "I had good reactions on the ball and my footwork was good. The one throw sailed on me. I was a little excited that (Rajai) Davis was running and I rushed the ball a little bit."

Lowrie has played for Boston in each of the past two seasons and delivered a key hit during the Red Sox's drive to the World Series in 2008.

"Offensively he did a good job," Boston manager Terry Francona said of Lowrie. "As he gets his legs under him, he will move a little bit better."

In other baseball news:

Stanford sophomore Brett Mooneyham scattered three hits over five innings and George Springer (Connecticut) collected two hits and drove in three runs to pace the Collegiate National Team to an 8-4 win over the Omaha Diamond Spirit of the MINK League on Tuesday night at E.A. Fricke Field in Papillion, Neb. With the win, Team USA improves to 7-0 on the summer.

Mooneyham (1-0), who allowed a run on two hits in the first inning, struck out four with no walks and allowed just one more base hit over the next four frames.

In semipro action:

The Palo Alto Oaks (12-1-2) will take a No. 1 seed into this weekend's State Playoffs in Santa Rosa. The midseason event gets underway Saturday with Palo Alto taking on the No. 2 seed out of the Sacramento Rural League at 1 p.m.

Palo Alto manager Steve Espinoza won't have a full roster this weekend. The big loss is starting pitcher Matt Campbell, who planned vacation time for this weekend before the schedule was completed.

Fortunately for the Oaks, pitcher Matt Norlander will be available after missing Sunday's doubleheader with Morgan Hill. Blake McFarland, a 6-foot-5, 230-pound right-handed pitcher from San Jose State who also wasn't available Sunday, will be around for the State Playoffs, as well.

Espinoza also has Jason Kafka, Tyler Duran and Jason Kleinhoffer available.

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