Sea Dogs and Senators on Thursday night

The Sea Dogs begin a 22-game stretch against the Western Division on Thursday night, hosting the Harrisburg Senators (Nationals affiliate)…Portland has won six straight, and trails New Hampshire by one game for the second playoff spot in the Eastern Division.

Portland completed a four-game sweep at New Britain, their first on the road since April 17-20, 2008 at Binghamton.

Harrisburg nuggets: They lead the Western Division by three games…Holds the second best record in the Eastern League and leads the league with a 3.43 ERA…Former Sea Dog Jeff Howell is one of their catchers…Hitting Coach Eric Fox is a former Sea Dogs Manager.

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

Interview: Bob Kipper Sea Dogs Pitching Coach

Bob Kipper joins the Sea Dogs Pre-Game Show.

Bob Kipper joins the Sea Dogs Pre-Game Show.

2013 Video Interviews and Highlights

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

Harrisburg: Goodwin 8, Head 7, Bloxom 3, VanOstrand DH, Rivero 5, Martinson 6, Hague 4, Hood 9, Jeroloman 2, Cole RHP

Notes for Thursday

BACK HOME WITH A PITSTOP: The Sea Dogs begin a 22-game stretch against the Western Division, opening up a four-game series against the Harrisburg Senators (Nationals affiliate) on Friday night at Hadlock Field…Portland has won six straight and just completed a four-game sweep in New Britain, their first 4-game sweep on the road since April 17-20, 2008 at Binghamton…On Saturday, the ‘Dogs and Senators move the series to Fenway Park with a 12:00 PM first pitch.

GREAT FINISH: Portland scored two runs in the eighth inning to beat the Rock Cats 3-1 on Wednesday afternoon and complete a four-game sweep of New Britain…Heiker Meneses had the game-winning hit with a one-out run-scoring…Michael Almanzar (2 RBI) knocked in the third run with a sacrifice fly…LHP Matt Maloney earned the win in his Sea Dogs debut, working 1.1 scoreless frames…RHP Noe Ramirez earned his first Double-A save, working the final two innings…Almanzar tied the game in the sixth inning on a run-scoring groundout…Travis Shaw went 2-for-4 with a triple and a double.

STAYING UNDER THREE: RHP Anthony Ranaudo made his 18th start of the season on Wednesday, allowing one run on four hits over 5.2 IP…Ranaudo’s ERA remains under three at 2.80, which ranks fourth in the Eastern League…The righty tied a season-high with four walks and had just one strikeout – just the third time in his career he’s had a start with less than two strikeouts.

FENWAY ON SATURDAY: Portland and Harrisburg play game three of their series on Saturday at Fenway Park…The ‘Dogs are 2-1 in previous Futures at Fenway games with wins over Harrisburg and Bowie (Orioles affiliate)…Portland beat the Senators 12-11 on August 11, 2007, thanks to Jay Johnson’s, walk-off two-run doubleOn August 9, 2009, Jason Place blasted a two-run homer over the Green Monster, and finished with 3 RBI in Portland’s 3-2 win over Bowie…On August 20, 2011, the Binghamton Mets grabbed a 6-4 win in 11 innings…Milton Mass native Alex Hassan hit a two-run homer to centerfield.

NEARING THE END: The Sea Dogs are 11-13 in July, hitting .236 with a 3.95 ERA…Catcher Christian Vazquez is leading the team in hitting at .328 (19-for-58) with a homer and 7 RBI…RHP Keith Couch is the lone pitcher with two wins and will make the start on Saturday at Fenway Park.

WHAT’S ON DECK: Portland and Harrisburg continue their four-game series on Friday night at Hadlock Field…The Sea Dogs are in a 22-game stretch against the Harrisburg Senators and play just two teams in the series to finish the season – 16 games against New Hampshire and Trenton from August 19-September 2 to end the season.

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