Sea Dogs home on Independence Day, what a treat

The Sea Dogs open up a five-game series before the All-Star Break against the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate) at Hadlock Field…Portland swept three games in two days from the Thunder to start the homestand.

Matt Spring added to the Eastern League All-Star Team

Lewiston, Maine native Rene Rancourt performs all four verses of the National Anthem before tonight's game.

Lewiston, Maine native Rene Rancourt performs all four verses of the National Anthem before tonight’s game.

Radio Coverage begins at 5:40 PM with Matt McCarthy in studio. Sea Dogs Pitching Bob Kipper is our Pre-Game Guest. We’ll carry the live rendition of Rene Rancourt performing all four verses of the National Anthem.

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

New Britain Lineup: Santana 6, Rosario 4, Hanson 5, Pinto 2, Ortiz 9, Rohlfing 7, Rodriguez 3, Perez 8, Knudson 2, May RHP

2013 Video Interviews and Highlights

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Notes for today

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY: The Sea Dogs and New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate) open up a five-game series on Thursday night at Hadlock Field, leading up to the Eastern League All-Star break…Portland is seeking their second, 7-game winning streak this season, and has won back-to-back series for the first time since they won four straight series from April 26-May 8…The ‘Dogs hold a four-game lead over the Trenton Thunder for the second playoff spot in the Eastern Division…The Rock Cats are five games back.

B & C GIVE AN A+ PERFORMANCE: LHP Drake Britton (7-6) tossed seven scoreless frames and 3B Garin Cecchini went 3-for-4 with a homer and 3 RBI, leading the Sea Dogs to a 7-0 win over the Trenton Thunder on Wednesday night…Cecchini smacked his first Double-A homer in the third, a two-run shot off losing pitcher Zach Nuding (2-10)…Britton scattered seven hits on three walks and fanned four…Heiker Meneses and Christian Vazquez added RBI’s…Shannon Wilkerson went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a stolen base…Miguel Celestino closed out the game with two scoreless innings.

SERIES NOTES: Portland swept the Thunder in a three-game series over two days, picking up their first series sweep at Hadlock Field since August 12-14, 2012 against the Altoona Curve…The ‘Dogs picked up their eight team shutout on Wednesday night and Britton’s quality start was the team’s 30th in 82 starts. 

GETS A LITTLE CONFUSING: Cecchini has reached base safely in all 11 games in Double-A, but that could change due to June 26th’s suspended game with the Binghamton Mets…Last night was Cecchini’s best game with Portland, and he continues to lead all Red Sox Minor Leaguers in average (.353).

VERY FITTING FOR MAY: Rock Cats starter Trevor May had back-to-back seven inning outings against Portland on May 4 & 10…On the 10th, May hurled a complete game in a 6-0 win in game two of a doubleheader at New Britain Stadium…Knuckleballer Charlie Haeger picked up his first win of the season at New Britain on May 10th.

HEY, I’M AN ALL-STAR…SO IS SPRING: Catcher Matt Spring was added to the Eastern Division All-Star team on Friday…He joins INF Michael Almanzar, Britton, RHP Anthony Ranaudo and Vazquez…Almanzar and Ranaudo were selected through fan voting at seadogs.com

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Portland Sea Dogs and New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate) continue their five-game series on Friday night at Hadlock Field…The Sea Dogs are 9-6 during a 38-game stretch against the Eastern Division.

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