Some notes for tonight’s game against Reading

STARTING STRONG: The Portland Sea Dogs opened their 18th season yesterday with a 4-3 win over the Reading Phillies.  Chih-Hsien Chiang reached base in all four plate appearances and scored a pair of runs.  Alex Hassan (Hass-un) went 2-for-3 with 2 RBI, including a sacrifice fly to snap a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the 5th inning.  Seth Garrison and Blake Maxwell each pitched two innings of scoreless relief to seal the victory for Opening Day starter, Alex Wilson.


OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT: A number of new faces with the Sea Dogs contributed to yesterday’s 4-3 win…Hassan had a pair of hits and 2 RBI, including the game-winner on a sacrifice fly…Will Middlebrooks drove in the first Portland run of the year with an RBI single in the bottom of the 2nd inning and stole a base…Tim Federowicz (Fed-ur-oh-vitch) also had an RBI single, and Ryan Dent singled, scored a run, and stole a base.


TOUCHING THIRD: Che-Hsuan Lin picked up the team’s first triple of the season, beginning the fifth inning with a 3-bagger off losing pitcher Josh Zeid…Lin has reached base safely in 104 of 120 games with Portland.


INTRODUCING THE TEAM: Eastern League rosters consist of 24 players for the entire season…Portland has 13 players returning from the 2010 season and two players on Boston’s 40-man roster: Starting pitcher RHP Stolmy Pimentel and INF Oscar Tejeda, both are ranked as Top 10 prospects (Pimentel #6 & Tejeda #10)…The Sea Dogs have seven of Boston’s Top 30 prospects according to Baseball America.

Top Prospects on Portland’s roster according to Baseball America: Pimentel, Tejeda, Will Middlebrooks (# 11), Ryan Lavarnway (# 16), Alex Wilson (# 19), Tim Federowicz (# 21), and Che-Hsuan Lin (# 25)…Lavarnway, Lin and Wilson made their Double-A debuts last season in Portland. 


NEW ADDITION TO THE STAFF: Kevin Boles begins his first season as manager of the Portland Sea Dogs…Last year, he managed the Salem Red Sox and posted a 73-65 record…Boles served as the Sea Dogs’ bullpen catcher in 1997, and his father John Boles is a member of the Portland Sea Dogs Hall of Fame…Hitting coach Dave Joppie, Pitching coach Bob Kipper, coach Mickey Jiang, and Athletic Trainer Paul Buchheit all return to Portland…Chris Jones is the new assistant trainer.

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Reading Phillies continue their opening series of the season tomorrow afternoon at Hadlock Field…After four games with the R-Phils, Portland entertains the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) on Monday night to start a three-game series.


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