JEWISH BASEBALL NEWS — C Ryan Lavarnway of the “AA” Portland Sea Dogs (Boston Red Sox) was named Eastern League Player of the Week for Aug. 23-29 after going 8/19 (.421) with three doubles, 4 HRs, 7 RBIs and 7 runs scored. A 23-year-old recruit from Yale, Lavarnway “reached base at least twice in each of the 7 games he played.”

In a season split between Portland and the “A-Advanced” Salem Red Sox, Lavarnway is batting a combined .288 with 22 HRs (2nd among all Boston Red Sox minor-leaguers), 95 RBIs (1st among Boston minor-leaguers), a .393 on-base percentage and .499 slugging percentage.

The “Player of the Week” honor is Lavarnway’s second this season. He was named Carolina League Player of the Week at Salem for the week of Apr. 12-18.