From Opening Day to the Opening Game against Manny

LHP Felix Doubront was the opening day starter for the Sea Dogs in Reading.  Tonight, the 22-yea old lefty will make his Major League debut against Manny and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Fenway Park.  I’m very happy for Doubront, he’s only 22, but has been pitching in the Red Sox minor league system since 2005 when he went 7-1, 0.97 ERA in 13 games for the VSL Red Sox.

Sorry Celtics’ fan (which I am), but I can’t say Boston blew game 7, despite having the lead.  If it was the other way around we would have said how great of a comeback the Celtics had.  The Lakers were the better team and outplayed Boston – they deserved to win.

Now the baseball season has officially started.  I can’t believe the turnaround by Boston, plus, the season Ortiz is having.

Official Game Notes Below
A COMPLETE WIN: RHP Brooks Brown (4?4) tossed a nine?inning complete game in Erie’s 5?1 victory over the Portland Sea Dogs last night at Hadlock Field…Brown yielded only five hits,one run and struck out five over nine frames…Erie scored four times off losing pitcher RHPJeremy Kehrt (1?2), but only two were earned…2B Justin Henry led the ‘Wolves with a 2?run single in the third inning…Portland’s lone run came in the fifth inning on a sac?fly by 2B Ryan Khoury.

WHAT CAN BROWN DO FOR YOU? Brown joins RHP Vance Worley as the only other pitcher to go all nine innings against the Sea Dogs this season…Erie starters worked at least seven innings in three of the six meetings against Portland during the season series…LHP Felix Doubront has the longest outing for Portland this season, hurling seven strong innings
against New Britain on May 18…Doubront will make his Major League debut in tonight’s
game as the Red Sox host the Los Angeles Dodgers.

A PAIR OF FIRST ROUNDERS: Tonight’s pitching matchup features Boston’s first round pick
in 2008 and their first pick in the 2007 draft…RHP Casey Kelly was the 30th overall pick two
years ago, Akron’s Lonnie Chisenhall was drafted by the Indians right before Kelly…LHP Nick
Hagadone was the 55th overall pick in the 2007 June Draft…Hagadone was a compensation
pick for the Red Sox losing SS Alex Gonzalez.

MORE FORMER SOX FARMHANDS: Hagadone, RHP Justin Masterson and RHP Bryan Price were the three players traded to Cleveland in the C Victor Martinez trade…Price pitched
two scoreless innings against Portland on June 11th at Canal Park…Price was a compensation pick by Boston for losing RHP Eric Gagne.

NOT MUCH OFFENSE: After scoring 10 runs against Erie on June 9th, Portland has scored just 18 runs in the last seven games.

QUICK TURNAROUND: RHP Kyle Weiland has won three straight starts after beginning the
season 0?4…Weiland yielded only four hits Tuesday night over 5.1 IP…The righty fanned five
batters and lowered his ERA to 4.00…The Sea Dogs’ starters have earned the victory in the
team’s past three wins.

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Akron Aeros (Indians affiliate) play game two of their
series tomorrow night at 6:00 PM…Sunday afternoon will be the final meeting between the
two clubs this season…The ‘Dogs are off on Monday and open up a six?game roadtrip on
Tuesday night against the Altoona Curve (Pirates affiliate).

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