Ellsbury and Sweeney in the lineup for Portland

The bats of Jackie Bradley Jr. and Bryce Brentz are starting to heat up.

The Sea Dogs have lost a season-high six straight games, and finish their three-game series on Friday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester, NH.  Jacoby Ellsbury will lead off and play center field with Ryan Sweeney batting third in right field.

MLB REHAB UPDATE: Outfielder’s Carl Crawford and Jacoby Ellsbury made a rehab start with the Sea Dogs last night…OF Ryan Sweeney joined the club today, and is also on a MLB Rehab assignment…Sweeney will mark the 23rd Major Leaguer to rehab with the Sea Dogs, and the 17th as a Red Sox affiliate…Ellsbury became the fourth rehab this season (Ryan Kalish and Daisuke Matsuzaka)…Full Bios on Page 5.

SEA DOGS MAJOR LEAGUE REHAB HISTORY Ryan Sweeney marks the 23rd player to make a Major League rehab assignment with the Portland Sea Dogs and the 17th at a Red Sox affiliate…Ellsbury rehabbed with Portland in 2010. 2012 MLB Rehabs in Portland: Carl Crawford, Jacoby Ellsbury, Ryan Kalish, May 31-June 3, Daisuke Matsuzaka, April 28th) and Sweeney.

MLB Rehabs as a Red Sox affiliate: Crawford, Ellsbury, Kalish, Matsuzaka  and Sweeney (2012), Bobby Jenks (2011), Mike Cameron, Manny Delcarmen, Ellsbury and Jeremy Hermida (2010), Jed Lowrie, Matsuzaka and John Smoltz (2009), David Ortiz (2008), Wade Miller (2005), Lenny DiNardo (2004 & 2006), Casey Fossum (2003), Chad Fox (2003) and Matt White (2003)

MLB Rehabs as a Marlins affiliate: Luis Aquino (1994), Chris Hammond (1994), Charles Johnson (1995), Matt Mantei (1997), Kevin Millar (2002) and Gary Sheffield (1994).

Game Notes

Carl Crawford Video

Lineups for Friday (7:05 PM start)

Portland: Ellsbury 8, Bradley Jr. DH, Sweeney 9, Hazelbaker 7, Smith 5, Spring 2, Hedman 3, Gibson 6, Dent 4, Britton LHP

New Hampshire: Marisnick 8, Goins 6, Sobolewski 5, Glenn 9, Howard 3, Bocock 4, Tolisano DH, Van Kirk 7, Murphy 2, Stilson RHP

RADIO NETWORKCatch every game on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network: Flagship Stations: WPEI 95.9 FM & WPPI 95.5 FM (Portland/Topsham)…Network Affiliates: WOXO 92.7 FM Norway, WTBM 100.7 FM Mexico, WERZ 1240 AM Lewiston/Auburn, WTME 780 AM Rumford, WKTQ 1450 AM South Paris…Online: seadogs.com & milb.com and IPAD/Smartphone: Tunein app – search Portland Sea Dogs Radio Network.

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