‘Dogs host Erie…Meet Christian Vazquez

Christian Vazquez makes his Double-A debut tonight…He was hitting .266 with 7 homers and 41 RBI in 81 games with Salem.

Greetings from Hadlock Field! Lineups and Notes below

In case you missed it, I had a chance to chat with newly acquired Steven Wright…The knuckleballer makes his debut in the Red Sox system on Sunday afternoon…Wright was traded by Cleveland to Boston in exchange for INF Lars Anderson (former Sea Dog).

Congrats to Catcher Dan Butler and Pitcher Josh Fields on their promotion to Triple-A Pawtucket…Butler spent some time with Pawtucket last season…Fields pitched with Triple-A Tacoma before he was traded to Boston.

Meet Catcher Christian Vazquez…Promoted today from High-A Salem and will catch tonight….Hit .266 (78-for-293) with 7 homers and 41 RBI in 81 games…44-for-105 (42%) throwing out runners (9 ER & 8 PB)…Hitting .322 (47-for-146) with 6 HR and 25 RBI since June 1st…Had three 3-hit and 3-RBI games…Season-high 3 BB on June 1st vs. Myrtle Beach.

Last season: Named Red Sox Minor League Defensive Player of the Year after going 37-of-111 (33.3) in throwing out runners (.991 fielding pct. 9 E/904 TC)…Led Greenville and ranked 4th in the system with 84 RBI…Led the Drive in homers with 18, hitting .283 (111-for-392) in 105 games.

Acquired/Misc: 9th round pick by the Red Sox in the 2008 draft…Graduated from the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy High School…Following last season, rated by Baseball America as the best defensive catcher in the South Atlantic League and the Red Sox system.

Lineups for Friday

Erie: Fields 7, Romero 6, Castellanos 9, Lennerton 3, Garcia 8, Bishop 5, Plagman DH, Douglas 4, Sanz 2, LHP Ramon Garcia (7-7, 4.32)

Portland: Bradley Jr. 8, Vitek 5, Hazelbaker DH, Brentz 9, Shaw 3, Smith 4, Vazquez 2, Gibson 6, Bermudez 7, RHP Jeremy Kehrt (5-3, 4.50)

Game Notes

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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