June 2013

Day Baseball…nothing better, ‘Dogs and ‘Cats in Manchester, NH

The Sea Dogs and Fisher Cats conclude their four-game series on Sunday afternoon at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…With a win today, Portland will clinch their first series win since taking 3 of 4 from the Fisher Cats on May 20-23…All-Star Anthony Ranaudo, who leads the league with a 2.28 ERA, makes his 15th start of the season

  • New Hampshire’s scheduled starter RHP Ryan Tepera was scratched (illness) from today’s start…Lefty Matt Wright takes his place.
  • Today is the deadline to send Portland 3B Garin Cecchini to the Sirius/XM Future’s Game…You can vote on twitter #VoteCecchini or Text U2 to 892969.
  • Portland is 9-2 in road-series finales..

2013 Video Interviews and Highlights

Anthony Ranaudo leads the Eastern League in ERA...he starts this afternoon in Manchester, NH. (photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor of Sitting Still Photography)

Anthony Ranaudo leads the Eastern League in ERA…he starts this afternoon in Manchester, NH. (photo courtesy of Kelly O’Connor of Sitting Still Photography)

Coverage begins at 1:15 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network

Pre-Game Interview: Sunday Sitdown with Manager Kevin Boles

Starting Lineups
Portland Lineup: Hissey 9, Wilkerson 8, Cecchini DH, Thomas 7, Almanzar 5, Shaw 3, Spring 2, Gibson 6, Dent 4, Ranaudo RHP

New Hampshire Lineup: Loewen 8, Burns 5, Jimenez DH, Glenn 9, Schimpf 7, Nolan 6, Ahrens 3, Murphy 2, Zazueta 4, Wright LHP

All-Star Rosters for the Eastern League announced

Future’s Game Announced

Notes for today

WRAPPING THINGS: The Sea Dogs and New Hampshire Fisher Cats conclude their four-game series on Sunday afternoon at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…Portland is seeking their first series win since taking three of four from the New Hampshire Fisher Cats at Hadlock Field on May 20-23…This would be Portland’s first road-series win since April 30-May 2, sweeping a three-game series in Reading…RHP Anthony Ranaudo was perfect in six of seven innings in a win over New Hampshire on May 29th at Hadlock Field.

ALL OUT GREAT EFFORT: Portland trailed 3-0 after one, but scored in four of the final five innings, defeating the New Hampshire Fisher Cats 7-5 on Saturday night…The ‘Dogs bullpen worked four hitless innings on two walks and eight strikeouts…LHP Will Latimer (1-4) had a season-high 5 strikeouts over two perfect innings…J.C. Linares had the game-winning RBI, delivering a bloop-double with two outs in the eighth…Tony Thomas knocked in three runs, smacking a two-run homer in the sixth…Heiker Meneses went 2-for-3 with 2 doubles and an RBI…Rafael Perez pitched a perfect ninth for his second save of the year.

MORE ON THE PITCHING: RHP Matt Barnes allowed nine hits and five runs (four earned) over 5+ innings last night…Barnes left the game after a Brian Van Kirk single in the sixth…RHP Chris Balcom-Miller earned his second hold of the season, stranding two runners in the eighth. 

NEW ARM IN THE MIX: RHP Noe Ramirez was assigned to Portland yesterday from High-A Salem and will be making his Double-A debut…Ramirez went 2-1, 2.11 ERA (11 ER/47.0) with one save in 21 games with the Salem Sox and had a strikeout in 19 of 21 appearances…Both wins against Myrtle Beach in back-to-back outings (May 31 & June 3)

HEY, I’M AN ALL-STAR: The Sea Dogs will send INF Michael Almanzar, LHP Drake Britton, Ranaudo and C Christian Vazquez to this year’s Eastern League All-Star Game on July 13th in New Britain, Connecticut…Almanzar and Ranaudo were selected through fan voting.

THAT’S NOT ALL: Ranaudo and former Sea Dog Xander Bogaerts were selected to the Sirius/XM Future’s Game on Sunday, July 14th at Citi Field in New York…For the first time in the 15-year history of the game, fans can vote for the final spot for each squad…To vote for Garin Cecchini text U2 at 892969 or #VoteCecchini on Twitter.

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Portland Sea Dogs open up a nine-game homestand in eight days on Monday night against the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) at Hadlock Field, game time is 7:00 PM…The two teams play a doubleheader on Tuesday…The Sea Dogs are 5-6 during a 38-game stretch against the Eastern Division.

Noe Ramirez joins bullpen…’Dogs in New Hampshire

Christian Vazquez has both 4-hit games against New Hampshire.  (photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor).

Christian Vazquez has both 4-hit games against New Hampshire. (photo courtesy of Kelly O’Connor).

The Sea Dogs and Fisher Cats continue their four-game series on Saturday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…Before today’s game, the Sea Dogs received RHP Noe Ramirez from High-A Salem.

  • Former Fisher Cat Jonathan Diaz made his Major League debut with the Boston Red Sox earlier today
  • Knuckleballer Charlie Haeger did not issue a walk last night for the first time in 41 outings.

2013 Video Interviews and Highlights

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

Pre-Game Interview: Red Sox Organizational Leaders

Starting Lineups
Portland Lineup: Hissey 8, Vazquez 2, Cecchini DH, Thomas 4, Almanzar 5, Shaw 3, Linares 9, Vitek 7, Meneses 6, Barnes RHP

New Hampshire Lineup: Loewen 8, Burns 5, Jimenez 2, Glenn 9, Robinson DH, Nolan 6, Schimpf 4, Van Kirk 7, Talley 3, McGuire RHP

All-Star Rosters for the Eastern League announced

Future’s Game Announced

Notes for today

‘DOGS AND ‘CATS: The Sea Dogs and New Hampshire Fisher Cats play game three of their four-game series on Saturday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…Portland’s last series win came on May 20-23 at Hadlock Field, taking three of four from the New Hampshire Fisher Cats…If Portland wins the final two games of this series, they will have their first road-series win since April 30-May 2, sweeping a three-game series in Reading…RHP Matt Barnes makes his 40th career start and his third against New Hampshire.

QUITE A BATTER: Knuckleballer Charlie Haeger (4-4) tossed eight scoreless frames and Catcher Christian Vazquez went 4-for-5, as the Sea Dogs beat the Fisher Cats 5-1 on Friday night…Haeger scattered seven hits, fanned seven and didn’t issue a walk for the first time since a MLB Rehab start in 2010 with the Arizona Dodgers…Vazquez knocked in the game’s first run with a single in the fourth and nailed an RBI double in the eighth…SS Heiker Meneses went 2-for-3 with 2 RBI…Michael Almanzar finished 3-for-4 with a run-scoring double in the ninth.

TURNING THINGS AROUND: Vazquez has raised his average 25 points, going 7-for-12 during a 3-game hitting streak…The Portland catcher has both 4-hit games with the Sea Dogs against the Fisher Cats (last night and May 22nd)…Meneses has a 5-game hitting streak: 9-for-17 (.529), HR, 3 RBI.

NEW ARM IN THE MIX: RHP Noe Ramirez was assigned to Portland today from High-A Salem and will be making his Double-A debut…Ramirez went 2-1, 2.11 ERA (11 ER/47.0) with one save in 21 games with the Salem Sox and had a strikeout in 19 of 21 appearances…Both wins against Myrtle Beach in back-to-back outings (May 31 & June 3).

Noe Ramirez joins Portland's bullpen today from High-A Salem (photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor)

Noe Ramirez joins Portland’s bullpen today from High-A Salem (photo courtesy of Kelly O’Connor)

HEY, I’M AN ALL-STAR: The Sea Dogs will send Almanzar, Britton, RHP Anthony Ranaudo and Vazquez to this year’s Eastern League All-Star Game on July 13th in New Britain, Connecticut…Almanzar and Ranaudo were selected through fan voting.

THAT’S NOT ALL: Ranaudo and former Sea Dog Xander Bogaerts were selected to the Sirius/XM Future’s Game on Sunday, July 14th at Citi Field in New York…For the first time in the 15-year history of the game, fans can vote for the final spot for each squad…To vote for Cecchini text U2 at 892969 or #VoteCecchini on Twitter.

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Portland Sea Dogs and New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) conclude their four-game series on Sunday afternoon from Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, game time is 1:35 PM…The Sea Dogs are 4-6 during a 38-game stretch against the Eastern Division.

Sea Dogs in New Hampshire on Friday night.

Sea Dogs and Fisher Cats continue their four-game series on Thursday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.

2013 Video Interviews and Highlights

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

Starting Lineups

Portland Lineup: Hissey 9, Wilkerson 8, Cecchini 5, Thomas 4, Almanzar DH, Shaw 3, Vazquez 2, Vitek 7, Meneses 6, Haeger RHP

New Hampshire Lineup: Loewen 8, Burns 5, Jimenez 2, Glenn 9, Robinson 3, Nolan 6, Schimpf 4, Van Kirk 7, Talley DH, Walden RHP

All-Star Rosters for the Eastern League announced

Future’s Game Announced

Notes for today

‘DOGS AND ‘CATS: The Sea Dogs and New Hampshire Fisher Cats continue their four-game weekend-series on Friday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…Portland’s last series win came on May 20-23 at Hadlock Field, taking three of four from the New Hampshire Fisher Cats…The Sea Dogs are .500 for the first time since being 7-7 on April 19th…Knuckleballer Charlie Haeger makes his 11th start of the season and the third of his career against New Hampshire.

Charlie Haeger gets the start tonight for Portland.. (photo courtesy of Sitting Still Photography and Kelly O'Connor)

Charlie Haeger gets the start tonight for Portland.. (photo courtesy of Sitting Still Photography and Kelly O’Connor)

FINAL AT-BAT WIN: The Fisher Cats scored twice in the eighth inning to take the series opener 5-4 from the Sea Dogs on Thursday…Miguel Celestino (1-6) took the loss, allowing the tying run on a wild pitch…Kevin Nolan delivered the game-winning RBI with a sac-fly to right field…Portland erased a 3-0 deficit, receiving a two-run homer by Travis Shaw in the fourth and a bases-loaded walk to Tony ThomasJ.C. Linares hit into a force out with the bases loaded to end the game, and giving Alan Farina his second save of the year…Tyson Brummett earned his first win of the season.

IT WAS STILL QUALITY: LKHP Drake Britton earned his fourth quality start of the season, hurling six innings on Thursday night…Britton allowed six hits, three runs, three walks and fanned four…New Hampshire scored twice in the second inning on Nolan’s RBI single and a two-out run-scoring double by Kevin AhrensBrad Glenn hit a solo homer in the fourth.

NICE DEBUT: 3B Garin Cecchini picked up his third straight multi-hit game by going 2-for-5 last night…Cecchini has reached base safely in all five Double-A starts…The Louisiana native is leading all Red Sox Minor Leaguers with a .349 (82-for-235) in 68 games between High-A Salem and Portland.

HEY, I’M AN ALL-STAR: The Sea Dogs will send INF Michael Almanzar, Britton, RHP Anthony Ranaudo and C Christian Vazquez to this year’s Eastern League All-Star Game on July 13th in New Britain, Connecticut…Almanzar and Ranaudo were selected through fan voting.

THAT’S NOT ALL: Ranaudo and former Sea Dog Xander Bogaerts were selected to the Sirius/XM Future’s Game on Sunday, July 14th at Citi Field in New York…For the first time in the 15-year history of the game, fans can vote for the final spot for each squad…To vote for Cecchini text U2 at 892969 or #VoteCecchini on Twitter.

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Portland Sea Dogs and New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) continue their four-game series on Saturday night from Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, game time is 7:05 PM…The Sea Dogs are 3-6 during a 38-game stretch against the Eastern Division.

‘Dogs and ‘Cats open up a four-game series

Sea Dogs and Fisher Cats open up a four-game series on Thursday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.

2013 Video Interviews and Highlights

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

Starting Lineups

Portland Lineup: Wilkerson 8, Thomas 7, Cecchini 5, Almanzar DH, Shaw 3, Linares 9, Vazquez 2, Dent 4, Gibson 6, Britton LHP

New Hampshire Lineup: Loewen 8, Burns 5, Jimenez 2, Glenn 9, Robinson 3, Nolan 6, Schimpf 4, Van Kirk 7, Ahrens DH, Nolin LHP

All-Star Rosters for the Eastern League announced

Future’s Game Announced

Notes for today

 

Drake Britton starts tonight in the opener.

Drake Britton starts tonight in the opener.

HELD IN SUSPENSE: The Sea Dogs open up a four-game series against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on Friday night…Portland’s last series win came on May 20-23 at Hadlock Field, taking three of four from the New Hampshire Fisher Cats…Portland has been postponed the last two nights, including Tuesday’s suspended game (0-0 after 2 innings) – both games will resume in Binghamton…LHP Drake Britton makes his team-leading, 15th start of the season in the series opener.

MONDAY’S RECAP: RHP Erik Goeddel (7-2) tosses seven scoreless innings on six hits, one walk and seven strikeouts, leading the Binghamton Mets to a 3-0 win over the Sea Dogs ON Monday night…Anthony Ranaudo (7-2) took his first loss since May 7th, giving up two runs (one earned) on three hits over 6 IP…Cesar Puello went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI and a double…Xorge Carillo knocked in the first run with a run-scoring single in the second…Jeff Walters struck out the side in the ninth to earn his league-leading 18th season of the season…3B Garin Cecchini went 2-for-4 in his Hadlock Field debut. 

KEHRT(AIN) CALL: RHP Jeremy Kehrt worked three strong innings of relief on Monday night, recording a season-high five strikeouts…Kehrt gave up one run on three hits and one walk…He returned to Portland after recording his first Triple-A save on June 20th at Columbus.

NICE DEBUT: Cecchini had two hits in his Hadlock Field debut on Monday night, and has hit safely in three of four starts with a multi-hit game in consecutive starts…The Louisiana native is leading all Red Sox Minor Leaguers with a .348 (80-for-230) in 67 games between High-A Salem and Portland.

HEY, I’M AN ALL-STAR: The Sea Dogs will send INF Michael Almanzar, Britton, Ranaudo and C Christian Vazquez to this year’s Eastern League All-Star Game on July 13th in New Britain, Connecticut…Almanzar and Ranaudo were selected through fan voting.

THAT’S NOT ALL: Ranaudo and former Sea Dog Xander Bogaerts were selected to the Sirius/XM Future’s Game on Sunday, July 14th at Citi Field in New York…For the first time in the 15-year history of the game, fans can vote for the final spot for each squad…To vote for Cecchini text U2 at 892969 or #VoteCecchini on Twitter.

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Portland Sea Dogs and New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) continue their four-game series on Friday night from Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, game time is 7:05 PM…The Sea Dogs are 3-5 during a 38-game stretch against the Eastern Division.

Resuming last night’s game…Followed by seven

Portland and Binghamton conclude their three-game series on Wednesday night at Hadlock Field…At 5:00 PM, the two teams will resume finish out last night’s suspended game.

2013 Video Interviews and Highlights

Coverage begins at 4:40 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network

Drake Britton will relieve Keith Couch when we resume play tonight.

Drake Britton will relieve Keith Couch when we resume play tonight.

Starting nines from last night’s suspended game

Portland Lineup: Wilkerson 8, Thomas 7, Cecchini 5, Almanzar DH, Shaw 3, Linares 9, Vazquez 2, Dent 4, Gibson 6, Britton will start game one

Binghamton Lineup: Muno 4, Rodriguez 5, Puello 8, Dykstra DH, Lucas 3, Hughes 7, Taijeron 9, Forsythe 2, Tovar 6, Frasor starts game one

All-Star Rosters for the Eastern League announced

Future’s Game Announced

Notes for today

HELD IN SUSPENSE: The Sea Dogs and Binghamton Mets conclude their three-game series, completing last night’s suspended game, followed by a 7-inning contest…Portland is 0-7-2 in their last nine series…The ‘Dogs last series win came on May 20-23 at Hadlock Field, taking three of four from the New Hampshire Fisher Cats…The B-Mets own the best record in the Eastern League and have won 21 of 27 since a 3-2, 10-inning win against the Sea Dogs on May 25th at NYSEG Stadium.

NO HOMECOOKING: RHP Erik Goeddel (7-2) tosses seven scoreless innings on six hits, one walk and seven strikeouts, leading the Binghamton Mets to a 3-0 win over the Sea Dogs in the series opener…Anthony Ranaudo (7-2) took his first loss since May 7th, giving up two runs (one earned) on three hits over 6 IP…Cesar Puello went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI and a double…Xorge Carillo knocked in the first run with a run-scoring single in the second…Jeff Walters struck out the side in the ninth to earn his league-leading 18th season of the season…3B Garin Cecchini went 2-for-4 in his Hadlock Field debut.

KEHRT(AIN) CALL: RHP Jeremy Kehrt worked three strong innings of relief on Monday night, recording a season-high five strikeouts…Kehrt gave up one run on three hits and one walk…He returned to Portland after recording his first Triple-A save on June 20th at Columbus.

NICE DEBUT: Cecchini had two hits in his Hadlock Field debut on Monday night, and has hit safely in three of four starts with a multi-hit game in consecutive starts…The Louisiana native is leading all Red Sox Minor Leaguers with a .348 (80-for-230) in 67 games between High-A Salem and Portland.

ACTUALLY WENT DOWN: Ranaudo’s ERA dropped to 2.28 after Monday’s performance, which still leads the Eastern League and all Red Sox Minor League pitchers…Last night was his seventh quality start of the season.

WAS HIS BEST: RHP Miguel Celestino worked three scoreless frames on Sunday, allowing one hit and tying a season-high with four strikeouts…The outing was the best for Celestino in his 21 Double-A appearances…Lefty Rafael Perez preserved the team’s seven shutout with a scoreless ninth.

WHAT’S ON DECK: Tomorrow night, the Sea Dogs head back on the road to take on the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) in the start of a four-game series from Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, game time is 7:05 PM…The Sea Dogs are 3-5 during a 38-game stretch against the Eastern Division.

‘Dogs and Mets on Tuesday night

Portland and Binghamton continue their three-game series on Tuesday night at Hadock Field…The Sea Dogs lost the opener 3-0.

2013 Video Interviews and Highlights

Coverage begins at 6:40 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network

Keith Couch took the spot of Brandon Workman in the rotation...He starts tonight.

Keith Couch took the spot of Brandon Workman in the rotation…He starts tonight.

Portland Lineup: Wilkerson 8, Thomas 7, Cecchini 5, Almanzar DH, Shaw 3, Linares 9, Vazquez 2, Dent 4, Gibson 6, Couch RHP

Binghamton Lineup: Muno 4, Rodriguez 5, Puello 8, Dykstra DH, Lucas 3, Hughes 7, Taijeron 9, Forsythe 2, Tovar 6, Gorski LHP

Notes for today

PLAYING THE BEST: The Portland Sea Dogs continue their three-game series with the Binghamton Mets on Tuesday night at Hadlock Field…Portland is 0-7-2 in their last nine series…The ‘Dogs last series win came on May 20-23 at Hadlock Field, taking three of four from the New Hampshire Fisher Cats…The B-Mets own the best record in the Eastern League and have won 21 of 27 since a 3-2, 10-inning win against the Sea Dogs on May 25th at NYSEG Stadium.

NO HOMECOOKING: RHP Erik Goeddel (7-2) tosses seven scoreless innings on six hits, one walk and seven strikeouts, leading the Binghamton Mets to a 3-0 win over the Sea Dogs in the series opener…Anthony Ranaudo (7-2) took his first loss since May 7th, giving up two runs (one earned) on three hits over 6 IP…Cesar Puello went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI and a double…Xorge Carillo knocked in the first run with a run-scoring single in the second…Jeff Walters struck out the side in the ninth to earn his league-leading 18th season of the season…3B Garin Cecchini went 2-for-4 in his Hadlock Field debut.

KEHRT(AIN) CALL: RHP Jeremy Kehrt worked three strong innings of relief last night, recording a season-high five strikeouts…Kehrt gave up one run on three hits and one walk…He returned to Portland after recording his first Triple-A save on June 20th at Columbus.

NICE DEBUT: Cecchini had two hits in his Hadlock Field debut on Monday night, and has hit safely in three of four starts with a multi-hit game in consecutive starts…The Louisiana native is leading all Red Sox Minor Leaguers with a .348 (80-for-230) in 67 games between High-A Salem and Portland.

ACTUALLY WENT DOWN: Ranaudo’s ERA dropped to 2.28 after last night’s performance, which still leads the Eastern League and all Red Sox Minor League pitchers…Last night was his seventh quality start of the season.

WAS HIS BEST: RHP Miguel Celestino worked three scoreless frames on Sunday, allowing one hit and tying a season-high with four strikeouts…The outing was the best for Celestino in his 21 Double-A appearances…Lefty Rafael Perez preserved the team’s seven shutout with a scoreless ninth.

WHAT’S ON DECK: Portland and Binghamton conclude their three-game series on Wednesday night at Hadlock Field…The ‘Dogs are 3-5 during a 38-game stretch against the Eastern Division…On Thursday night, the Sea Dogs head back on the road to take on the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) from Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.

Monday Night Baseball at Hadlock Field

Portland and Binghamton open up a three-game series on Monday night at Hadock Field…The Sea Dogs finished 3-4 on their 7-game roadtrip…The B-Mets are 15-4 this month.

Anthony Ranaudo fanned a career-high 13 batters in his last start at Hadlock Field.

Anthony Ranaudo fanned a career-high 13 batters in his last start at Hadlock Field.

2013 Video Interviews and Highlights

Coverage begins at 6:40 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network

Portland Lineup: Hissey 9, Wilkerson 8, Cecchini 5, Thomas 4, Almanzar DH, Shaw 3, Vitek 7, Vazquez 2, Meneses 6, Ranaudo RHP

Binghamton Lineup: Muno 4, Rodriguez 5, Puello 8, Dykstra DH, Lucas 5, Hughes 7, Taijeron 9, Carillo 2, Tovar 6, Goeddel RHP

Notes for today

HOME FOR THREE: The Sea Dogs return to Hadlock Field after a 3-4 roadtrip, opening up a three-game series against the Binghamton Mets…Portland is 0-7-2 in their last nine series…The ‘Dogs last series win came on May 20-23 at Hadlock Field, taking three of four from the New Hampshire Fisher Cats…The B-Mets own the best record in the Eastern League and have won 20 of 26 since a 3-2, 10-inning win against the Sea Dogs on May 25th at NYSEG Stadium.

Miguel Celestino fired three scoreless on Sunday (photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor or Sitting Still Photography)

Miguel Celestino fired three scoreless on Sunday (photo courtesy of Kelly O’Connor or Sitting Still Photography)

BREAKING ON THROUGH: After scoring 22 runs in the first 6 games of the trip, the ‘Dogs clobbered the Trenton Thunder 11-0 on Sunday afternoon at Arm & Hammer Park…Tony Thomas led the 17-hit attack, going 4-for-5 with 3 RBI…Peter Hissey and Heiker Meneses each had three hits…Meneses blasted his third homer, but his first since an inside-the-park homer on April 16th at Binghamton…Matt Barnes (4-4) tossed five scoreless on three hits, five walks and eight strikeouts to earn the win…The Sea Dogs scored nine runs in the final three innings off Jeremy Bleich (3 runs), Aaron Dott (5 runs) and Fred Lewis (one run).

TOUGH TO BEAT IN FINALES: The Sea Dogs improved to 9-2 in series finales on the road…A starter has earned a victory in all nine wins: Barnes, Drake Britton (2), Keith Couch (2), Anthony Ranaudo (2) and Brandon Workman (2)

THAT TIED A SEASON-HIGH: Portland tied a season-high for the largest margin of victory, as they beat the New Britain Rock Cats on April 19th at Hadlock Field (Barnes also earned the win)…The ‘Dogs 11 runs and 17 hits were the most since May 16th at New Hampshire, scoring 15 runs on 18 hits.

MORE ON TONY: Thomas made his second straight start at second base, picking up his team-leading, third 4-hit came of the season…During a 4-game hitting streak, Thomas has raised his average 19 points…His 3 RBI on Sunday was his highest output since May 8th vs. Reading (4-for-4, 3 RBI).

WAS HIS BEST: RHP Miguel Celestino worked three scoreless frames on Sunday, allowing one hit and tying a season-high with four strikeouts…The outing was the best for Celestino in his 21 Double-A appearances…Lefty Rafael Pere preserved the team’s seven shutout with a scoreless ninth.

WHAT’S ON DECK: Portland and Binghamton continue their three-game series on Tuesday nigh at Hadlock Field…The ‘Dogs are 3-4 during a 38-game stretch against the Eastern Division…On Thursday night, the Sea Dogs head back on the road to take on the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) from Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.

Roadtrip ends on Sunday in Trenton, N.J.

Portland and Trenton wrap-up their three-game series on Sunday afternoon at Arm & Hammer Park…The Sea Dogs are 2-4 on their 7-game roadtrip.

2013 Video Interviews and Highlights

Coverage begins at 12:45 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network

Portland Lineup: Hissey 9, Wilkerson 8, Cecchini 5, Thomas 4, Shaw 3, Linares DH, Vitek 7, Spring 2, Meneses 6, Barnes RHP

Trenton Lineup: Flores 7, Heathcott 8, Pirela 4, Roller DH, Corona 5, Clark 3, Farnham 2, Brown 9, Rosario 6, Black RHP

Notes for today

Matt Barnes makes his 14th start of the season for Portland in the series finale.

Matt Barnes makes his 14th start of the season for Portland in the series finale.

BAGS ARE PACKED: The Sea Dogs and Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) conclude their three-game series on Sunday afternoon from Arm & Hammer Park…Portland split a four-game set in Reading to begin the trip, and are 9-1 in road-series finales…Portland is 0-6-2 in their last eight series…The ‘Dogs last series win came on May 20-23 at Hadlock Field, taking three of four from the New Hampshire Fisher Cats…Right-hander Matt Barnes has lost three straight starts.

ONE INNING…AGAIN: Trenton scored five runs in the fifth inning and received six strong innings from Mikey O’Brien (5-2), defeating the Sea Dogs 8-3 on Saturday night…1B Kyle Roller went 3-for-4 with a homer and 2 RBI…C Francisco Arcia had two hits and drove in two…Knuckleballer Charlie Haeger (3-4) suffered the loss, giving up six runs (four earned) on six hits over 4+ innings…Shannon Wilkerson led Portland’s offense with two doubles and an RBI…Peter Hissey delivered a two-run single in the ninth off former Sea Dog Cesar Cabral….Derrik Gibson, Travis Shaw and Tony Thomas each had two hits.

SNAPPED OUT OF IT: Wilkerson snapped an 0-for-18 slump with his first inning double on Saturday…Thomas played second base for the first time since September 4, 2002 against Scranton (Yankees affiliate).

WILL THERE’S A WAY: LHP Will Latimer tossed a scoreless eighth last night on one hit and two strikeouts…Latimer has not allowed an earned run in 9 of his last 12 outings: 20.1 IP, 20 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 12 BB, 19 SO…The lefty has a strikeout in 13 of 16 outings this season.

TOUGH SLEDDING: RHP Pete Ruiz gave up two runs on five hits over 3 IP, and allowed three inherited runners to score…Ruiz has allowed 16 runs in his last 7 outings: 9.20 ERA (15 ER/14.2 IP).

BUT ONLY ONE GAME OUT: The Sea Dogs are in third place for the first time since April 21st when they were a ½ game out of first place…Portland had held a playoff spot in the Eastern Division for 57 straight games (April 22-June 21).

IT’S BEEN A WHILE: Trenton’s nine-run sixth inning on Friday night is the most allowed by Portland since the Thunder scored 12 runs in 3rd inning at Hadlock Field on August 19, 2004.

WHAT’S ON DECK: Portland opens up a three-game series with the Binghamton Mets on Monday nigh at Hadlock Field…The ‘Dogs are 2-4 during a 38-game stretch against the Eastern Division…On Thursday night, the Sea Dogs head back on the road to take on the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) from Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.

Sea Dogs and Thunder on Saturday night

Knucklerballer Charlie Haeger makes the start on three days rest (photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor of Sitting Still Photography)

Knucklerballer Charlie Haeger makes the start on three days rest (photo courtesy of Kelly O’Connor of Sitting Still Photography)

Portland continues their three-game series with the Thunder on Saturday night from Arm & Hammer Park…RHP Charlie Haeger will pitch on three days rest.

2013 Video Interviews and Highlights

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

Portland Lineup: Hissey 7, Wilkerson 8, Cecchini 5, Almanzar DH, Shaw 3, Thomas 4, Linares 9, Vazquez 2, Gibson 6, Haeger RHP

Trenton Lineup: Flores 7, Heathcott 8, Austin 9, Roller 3, Angelini 6, Clark DH, Corono 5, Pirela 4, Arcia 2, O’Brien RHP

Notes for today

SATURDAY IN THE PARK: The Sea Dogs and Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) continue their three-game series on Saturday night from Arm & Hammer Park…Portland split a four-game set in Reading to begin the trip, and improved to 9-1 in road-series finales…Portland is 0-6-2 in their last eight series…The ‘Dogs last series win came on May 20-23 at Hadlock Field, taking three of four from the New Hampshire Fisher Cats…Lefty Drake Britton is 3-0, 0.41 ERA (ER/22.0 IP) this month.

ONE INNING, BUT A BIG ONE: Trenton had nine consecutive hits during a nine-run sixth, and beat the Portland Sea Dogs 9-2 on Friday night in the series opener…The Thunder sent 13 men to the plate, picking up 10 hits and a walk…Scottie Allen tossed six strong innings on three hits and one run to earn the win in his Double-A debut…Drake Britton (6-6) was saddled with the loss, giving up seven hits on eight runs over 5.1 IP…Britton was hitless over 5 innings until the sixth…Jose Pirela went 3-for-4 with a 3-run homer and a double…Carmen Angelini added a two-run double…All nine starters for Trenton had at least one hit.

WELCOME TO PORTLAND: INF Garin Cecchini went 1-for-4 with an RBI double in his final at-bat against Rigaberto Arrebato (save)…Cecchini was leading the Carolina League with a .350 average before his promotion on Friday.

STAYS CONSISTENT: INF Michael Almanzar gave Portland a 1-0 lead with a run-scoring single in the first inning…Almanzar leads the team in RBI with 49, which ranks third in the Eastern League behind Bowie’s Caleb Joseph (52) and Akron’s Jesus Aguilar (56).

THAT’S A SEASON HIGH: OF Matty Johnson extended his season-high hitting streak to five games by going 1-for-4 last night with a run scored…Johnson is hitting .333 (7-for-21) during the streak…OF Shannon Wilkerson was 0-for-1 last night drew a season-high three walks – 1B Travis Shaw leads the team with 42.

IT’S BEEN A WHILE: Trenton’s nine-run sixth inning is the most allowed by Portland since the Thunder scored 12 runs in third inning at Hadlock Field on August 19, 2004.

JUST THREE: Knucklerballer Charlie Haeger is pitching on three days rest…Haeger beat the Reading Fightin Phils in game two of a doubleheader on June 18th at First Energy Stadium.

WHAT’S ON DECK: Portland and Trenton (Yankees affiliate) conclude their three-game series on Sunday night at Arm & Hammer Park…The ‘Dogs are 2-3 during a 38-game stretch against the Eastern Division…On Monday night, Portland returns home to start a three-game series against the Binghamton Mets.

Cecchini in the lineup as Portland travels to Trenton.

Portland opens up a three-game series on Friday night against the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) from Waterfront Park…The Sea Dogs managed a split of a four-game series in Reading to start the trip.  Last night, Keith Couch earned his 5th win of the season for Portland.

Special thanks to NESN for airing my interview with Anthony Ranaudo on their pre-game show.

2013 Video Interviews and Highlights

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

Portland Lineup: Johnson 9, Wilkerson 8, Cecchini 5, Almanzar DH, Shaw 3, Vazquez 2, Vitek 7, Meneses 6, Gibson 4, Britton LHP

Trenton Lineup: Flores 7, Heathcott 8, Austin 9, Roller 3, Angelini 6, Clark DH, Corono 5, Pirela 4, Farnham 2, Allen RHP

Garin Cecchini starts at third base tonight...Michael Almanzar is the DH.

Garin Cecchini starts at third base tonight…Michael Almanzar is the DH.

OFFICIAL CECCHINI PRESS RELEASE
The Boston Red Sox have assigned third baseman Garin Cecchini (check-E-nee) to Portland from High-A Salem Red Sox. Cecchini is set to make his Double-A debut in Friday night’s game against the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) at Waterfront Park in Trenton, N.J. The addition of Cecchini puts Portland’s roster at the maximum of 25.
Cecchini is ranked the #8 Prospect in the Red Sox system according to by Baseball America, and selected as having the Best Infield Arm. In 63 games with the Salem Red Sox, Cecchini led the Carolina League in hitting at .350 (75-for-214), added 5 homers and 33 RBI. He also paced the league in walks (43), on-base percentage (.469) and was second in slugging percentage (.547). Cecchini’s stat line with Salem: .350, 44 RS, 5 HR, 33 RBI, 19 2B, 4 3B, 43 BB, 34 SO and 15 for 22 in stolen bases.

The 22-year-old was a fourth round pick by the Red Sox in 2010 out of Barbe High School (father Glenn was his coach) in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He didn’t play his senior year of high school due to a ACL tear in his right knee, and made his professional debut with the Lowell Spinners in 2011.

In 2012, Cecchini was named the Red Sox’s 2012 Base Runner of the Year after leading the organization in stolen bases with 51. He hit .305 (139-for-455) with 4 homers and 62 RBI for Low-A Greenville Drive, ranking third in South Atlantic League in doubles (38) and fourth in runs scored (84).

Cecchini’s professional debut in 2011 with the Lowell Spinners was limited to 32 games due to injury. He batted .298 (34-for-114) with 3 homers and 23 RBI and was leading the New York-Penn League in doubles (12) and ranked fourth in stolen bases (12) and fifth in RBIs.

His brother Gavin was the 12th overall pick by the New York Mets in the 2012 June Draft.

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