Sea Dogs and Thunder gear up on Sunday

Coverage begins at 12:40 on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network

Pre-Game Interview: Kevin Boles…Sea Dogs held their Season-Ticket Autograph session before today’s game.

Portland Lineup: Wilkerson 8, Bogaerts DH, Drew 6, Thomas 7, Almanzar 3, Vitek 5, Rosario 2, Bermudez 9, Gibson 4, Kaminska RHP

Trenton Lineup: Heathcott DH, Flores 8, Austin 9, Murphy 2, Medchill 7, Segedin 5, Pirela 4, Stevenson 3, Ibarra 6, Rondon LHP

Michael Almanzar had some nice swings last night, going 2-for-4.
Michael Almanzar had some nice swings last night, going 2-for-4.

NICE TO GET NUMBER ONE: The Sea Dogs earned their first win of the season on Friday night, and wrap-up what is now a three-game series this afternoon…Yesterday’s game was postponed due to unplayable conditions and will be made up as part of a twinbill on July 2nd at 6:00 PM…RHP Kyle Kaminska gets the start for Portland in his debut in the Red Sox system…Kaminska was acquired by Boston for RHP Zach Stewart on December 6, 2012.

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: Portland took advantage of six Trenton errors, scored four runs in the fourth inning, and beat the Thunder 7-4 in game two of the series…RHP Brandon Workman led the way with nine strikeouts over 5 innings to earn the win…The ‘Dogs pitchers fanned 17, receiving seven from RHP Chris Martin (3 scoreless) and a perfect ninth from RHP Brock Huntzinger, who earned the save…LF Tony Thomas led the offense with 2 RBI and 3B Michael Almanzar went 2-for-4, RBI in his Double-A debut.

INTRODUCING THE TEAM: Portland has Boston’s Top-Rated Prospect, Xander Bogaerts and the Top-Pitching Prospect, Matt Barnes according to Baseball America…The roster includes Workman, the Red Sox Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2012 and Christian Vazquez the top rated defensive catcher in the organization by Baseball America…Former Sea Dog Daniel Bard was optioned to Portland on March 28th by Boston.

  • The roster includes seven of the Top 30 prospects in the organization according to Baseball America; Bogaerts (#1), Barnes (#3), Drake Britton (#11), Workman (#12), Anthony Ranaudo (#14), Vazquez (#19) and Travis Shaw (#23)
·       Additionally, the Sea Dogs roster features three members of the Red Sox 40-man roster; pitchers Bard and Britton along with catcher Vazquez.  
·       The team includes 22 players with prior Double-A experience, including 20 that previously played in Portland…Four players on the roster were All-Stars last season in Single-A; Bogaerts, Shaw, Vazquez, and Michael Almanzar.
·       Seven players on the roster were acquired from outside the organization; Miguel Celestino, Kyle Kaminska and Tony Thomas (Trades)…Chris Martin, Alberto Rosario and Matt Spring were acquired via free agency.

HE’S BACK…WITH A FEW FRIENDS: Kevin Boles returns for his third straight season as Portland’s Manager…Pitching Coach Bob Kipper begins his 6th season in Portland and Hitting Rich Gedman enters his first year in Double-A. 

WHAT’S ON DECK: Tomorrow the Sea Dogs open up a three-game series with the Reading Fightin Phils (Phillies affiliate)…On Thursday night, the ‘Dogs embark on their first roadtrip, visiting New Britain and Binghamton.

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