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Josh Donaldson went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a home run, three RBI and a run scored against the Astros on Sunday.
After a rough start to the season, Donaldson has bounced back nicely over the last few weeks, raising his average to .272 with three homers and 13 RBI. He has now hit safely in nine of his last 10 games, with five being of the mulit-hit variety. As long as he continues to rack up the extra-base hits (11 XBH), there is no reason to think he can't repeat his 2013 breakout campaign. ANALYST: Matthew Beck
The Red Sox are looking for an opportunity to give Brian Johnson his major league debut.
Johnson has a 2.92 ERA and 8.76 K/9 over 49 1/3 innings here in his first go-around with Triple-A Pawtucket. While the Red Sox would like to give him a taste of the majors, they'd obviously prefer to have a stronger rotation and not need to dip into their farm system as much as they have already. Steven Wright and Eduardo Rodriguez are getting a look right now. Should they fail and the struggles at the back end of the rotation continue, then perhaps we'll see Johnson at some point. Analysis: Howard Bender