Drew batting cleanup for Portland on Thursday night

The Sea Dogs and Reading Fightin Phils open up a four-game series on Thursday night at Hadlock Field…SS Stephen Drew begins a 2-game MLB Rehab Assignment with the Sea Dogs, his second of the season.

Congrats to the Salem Red Sox on their combined no-hitter last…Click here for the final call

Pre-Game coverage begins at 6:40 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Interview with Ryan Dent, as he talks about his win on the mound July 12th at Binghamton.

SS Stephen Drew chatting with Portland Manager Kevin Boles before tonight's game.

SS Stephen Drew chatting with Portland Manager Kevin Boles before tonight’s game.

2013 Video Interviews and Highlights

Starting Lineups
Portland: Hissey 9, Vazquez 2, Cecchini 5, Drew DH, Almanzar 3, Thomas 4, Vitek 7, Wilkerson 8, Meneses 4, Doyle RHP

Reading: Mitchell 7, Collier 8, Franco 5, Murphy 3, Dugan 9, Cartwright 4, Henson DH, Valle 2, Duran 6, Biddle LHP

The bat is catching on for Derrik Gibson, he leads the team in average this month at .433 (photo courtesy of Sitting Still photography)

Notes for Thursday

GLAD TO BE HOME: The Sea Dogs open up a four-game series against the Reading Fightin Phils on Thursday night at Hadlock…Portland has lost six straight, their longest losing streak since last July 1-5…Portland has scored just 3 runs in their last 50 innings and snapped a 33-inning scoreless drought on Tuesday nightThe ‘Dogs went 1-7 on the road portion of their trip, but went 1-8 overall, losing a suspended game from Hadlock Field on June 25th, before the roadtrip opener on July 11th at NYSEG Stadium.

‘CATS COMPLETE SWEEP: Portland was shutout twice during a three-game sweep of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats…On Wednesday night, Ryan Tepera (8-6) tossed eight scoreless frames on five hits, no walks and seven strikeouts, as New Hampshire won 4-0…Michael Almanzar and Peter Hissey each had two hits for Portland…The ‘Cats scored three times off losing pitcher Keith Couch (6-3) in the fourth inning…Kevin Ahrens, A.J. Jimenez, Ryan Schimpf and Brian Van Kirk had RBI’s for New Hampshire…Tepera retired 24 of 28 batters faced. 

CRAZY EIGHTS: LHP Sean Nolin, RHP Marcus Walden and Tepera all worked eight innings in the previous series…Opposing starters went 6-0, 1.29 ERA (7 ER/49.0 IP) during the roadtrip with four quality starts…Portland’s lone win on the trip was last Friday’s 8-5, 15-inning win at Binghamton…INF Ryan Dent was the winning pitcher, becoming the second position player in franchise history to earn a win.

Jessica Moran of CSNNE visiting Hadlock Field.

Jessica Moran of CSNNE visiting Hadlock Field.

MLB REHAB UPDATE: Portland has had 31 players (five this season) make a Major League rehab assignment with and the 25as a Red Sox affiliate…INF Stephen Drew begins his second stint with Portland this season…MLB Rehabs as a Red Sox affiliate: Craig Breslow, Drew, John Lackey, Franklin Morales & David 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).

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Reading Fightin Phils (Phillies affiliate) continue their four-game series on Friday night at Hadlock Field…The Sea Dogs are 11-18 during a 38-game stretch against the Eastern Division…Portland hits the road on Monday night, beginning a four-game series in three days against the Rock Cats.

Looked like a sci-fi movie earlier today at Hadlock Field.

Looked like a sci-fi movie earlier today at Hadlock Field.

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