Sea Dogs in Binghamton for the weekend

Portland opens up a four-game weekend series on Friday night against the Binghamton Mets from NYSEG Stadium…Portland is 5-5 during a 17-game stretch against Binghamton and New Hampshire.

Coverage begins at 6:45 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network

Portland Lineup: Wilkerson 8, Bogaerts 6, Thomas 7, Shaw 3, Almanzar DH, Vazquez 2, Meneses 4, Natoli 5, Johnson 9, Ranaudo RHP

Binghamton Lineup: Muno 4, Rodriguez 5, Puello 9, Dykstra DH, Vaughn 7, Ceciliani 8, Forsythe 2, Lucas 3, Tovar 6, Mazzoni RHP

Pre-Game Interview: Jason Varitek

Infielder Nick Natoli returns to Portland...He's in the lineup tonight at third base.

Infielder Nick Natoli returns to Portland…He’s in the lineup tonight at third base.

Roster Move: OF J.C. Linares placed on the disabled list retroactive to May 21st…INF Nick Natoli assigned from High-A Salem.

Preview of today’s Game Notes

WEEKEND IN B-TOWN: The Sea Dogs open up a four-game weekend series against the Binghamton Mets on Friday night at NYSEG Stadium…Tonight marks the fourth series between the two teams and the second in New York…The ‘Dogs took two of three in Binghamton on April 15-17…Right-hander Anthony Ranaudo, who leads the Eastern League in ERA (1.67), makes his second straight start against the B-Mets…Ranaudo tossed five hitless innings at NYSEG Stadium on April 15th in his first win of the season.

SOME MAJOR HELP: Franklin Morales and David Ross both did Major League Rehab Assignments on Thursday morning, as the ‘Dogs beat the New Hampshire Fisher Cats 8-4 at Hadlock Field…Morales tossed five innings and earn the win, allowing one unearned run on six hits, two walks and three strikeouts…Ross started behind the plate, went 1-for-3 with a run-scoring double, and left the game with Morales…Derrik Gibson went 3-for-4 with 2 RBI and 2 doubles…Portland built a 6-1 lead after two innings, scoring seven times off losing pitcher Matt Wright (1-1).

MLB REHAB UPDATE: Ross became the 31st player to make a Major League rehab assignment with the Portland Sea Dogs and the 25th as a Red Sox affiliate.MLB Rehabs as a Red Sox affiliate: Craig Breslow, Stephen Drew, John Lackey, Morales & Ross (2013), Andrew Bailey, Chris Carpenter, Carl Crawford, Jacoby Ellsbury, Rich Hill, Ryan Kalish, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Ryan 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, Chris Hammond and Gary Sheffield (1994) Charles Johnson (1995), Matt Mantei (1997), Kevin Millar (2002).

BEEN SAVING THE DAY: Brock Huntzinger made it 10-for-11 in save chances with his save in yesterday’s game…Huntzinger worked the final 1.1 innings, allowing a lead-off single to Ryan Schimpf in the ninth, but that was erased on a double play.

TWO OUTS, NO PROBLEM: Portland scored 19 of 39 (48 %) runs during the seven-game homestand with two outs…The ‘Dogs had two walk-off wins; Matt Spring’s walk-off grand slam on Saturday and Heiker Meneses’ RBI single on May 22nd in the 10th inning.

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Binghamton Mets continue their four-game series tomorrow night at NYSEG Stadium, game time is 7:05…Portland has won five of nine from the B-Mets this season…The ‘Dogs are 5-5 during a 17-game stretch against New Hampshire and Binghamton.

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