Ranaudo back on the hill tonight

The Sea Dogs and Reading Fightin Phils continue their four-game series on Friday night at Hadlock Field…SS Stephen Drew continues his 2-game MLB Rehab Assignment with the Sea Dogs, his second of the season.

Pre-Game coverage begins at 6:40 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network.

2013 Video Interviews and Highlights

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

Reading: Mitchell DH, Collier 8, Franco 5, Murphy 3, Dugan 9, Cartwright 4, Hewitt 7, Valle 2, Hanzawa 6, Buchanan RHP

Notes for Friday

NO HOME COOKING: The Sea Dogs continue their four-game set with Reading on Friday night at Hadlock Field…Portland has lost seven straight, their longest losing streak since dropping seven straight from August 18-24, 2011…RHP Anthony Ranaudo makes his first start since July 5th vs. New Britain at Hadlock Field…Ranaudo was the starting pitcher in the Eastern League All-Star game and worked .2 IP in the Future’s Game on July 14th at Citi Field…SS Stephen Drew continues his MLB Rehab tonight.

LATE RALLY FALLS SHORT: Portland trailed 6-2, scored three times in the eighth, but Reading added a run in the ninth and took the opener 7-5…1B Michael Almanzar went 2-for-3, knocking in two runs in the eighth inning with a single…DH Stephen Drew added a run-scoring double…Reading C Sebastian Valle went 2-for-5 with 2 homers and 5 RBI to leading the Fightins offense…LHP Jesse Biddle (4-9) tossed seven strong innings on three hits, two runs (one earned), two walks and seven strikeouts, earning his first win against Portland…RHP Terry Doyle (0-3) tossed six innings on three runs, taking the loss.

SOLID STARTS: Opposing starters are 7-0, 1.29 ERA (8 ER/56.0 IP) during the last nine games with five quality starts…Portland’s lone win in their last 10 games was 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…Portland has not scored first, since a four-run first on July 4th vs. New Britain.

Anthony Ranaudo is back on the hill tonight for Portland.

Anthony Ranaudo is back on the hill tonight for Portland.

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…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 Saturday night at Hadlock Field…The Sea Dogs are 11-19 during a 37-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.

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