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Sea Dogs Celebrate Patriots Playoff Appearance

For Immediate Release 

January 5, 2014

Contact:
Chris Cameron
207-874-9300
ccameron@seadogs.com
Sea Dogs Celebrate Patriots Playoff Appearance with Special Ticket Package

10-Game Package Includes a FREE Autographed Baseball of Rob Ninkovich

Portland, Maine- The Portland Sea Dogs are preparing for this weekend’s New England Patriots playoff game by offering a limited ticket package that will include an autographed baseball from New England Patriots defensive lineman Rob Ninkovich.

 

The ticket package includes two reserved seat tickets to ten of the most desirable Sea Dogs games of the season and the autographed Ninkovich baseball. Packages cost $160.00 and can be purchased online at http://www.seadogs.com (look for the “Patriots” Package) or by phone by calling the Sea Dogs Ticket Office at 207-879-9500.  Additionally, you will receive a pair of Reserved Seat tickets to Opening Day at no added cost.  That’s two tickets to 11 Sea Dogs games and an autographed baseball by Ninkovich.

 

The games featured in the package include; April 10 (Opening Day), April 16, April 26, May 10, May 20, June 7, June 25 (fireworks), July 6, July 21 (Xander Bogaerts Bobblehead Giveaway), August 16,  and August 26.  All giveaways are for the first 1,000 fans to enter the ballpark.

 

Ninkovich appeared at Hadlock Field on May 8, 2013 where he signed autographs for fans and threw-out a ceremonial first-pitch.  Ninkovich has appeared in all 14 games for the Patriots this season compiling a career high 80 tackles and has six sacks to his credit.

 

The Sea Dogs open the 2014 season on the road in Reading, Pennsylvania on April 3rd.  The home opener is set for Thursday, April 10th at 6:00 PM against the New Britain Rock Cats.  Tickets for the 2014 season are currently on sale and can be purchased by calling the Sea Dogs Ticket Office at 207-879-9500 or online athttp://www.seadogs.com.  Book your nine inning vacation!
 

 

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Brandon Workman (pictured left) and Xander Bogaerts spent time this season in Portland.

Brandon Workman (pictured left) and Xander Bogaerts spent time this season in Portland.

I can’t say enough about the local media and how they’ve covered the Red Sox in the playoffs.   The entire media scene in Maine from radio, TV and newspaper has provided excellent content. Below are some of the places you can catch up on the Red Sox thanks to our terrific men and women here in Maine.

Sea Dogs Beat Writer Kevin Thomas
Clearing the Bases Blog

Bangor Daily News – Larry Mahoney
Orono Native Brian Butterfield
WCSH 6
Sea Dogs Spotlights by Jeff Schools
Streaming of Sports Shows

WGME 13
Dave Eid live from Fenway Park

WMTW 8
Travis Lee from Fenway Park

The Big Jab 96.3 FM…Arnie Beyeler joins Chris Sedenka and Javier Gorriti

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Boston Red Sox (20 former Eastern Leaguers…17 Portland, 2 Reading and 1 Binghamton)

Pitchers
Craig Breslow (Portland 2013 MLB Rehab)

Clay Buchholz (Portland 2007-08)

Ryan Dempster (Portland 1998 as Marlins affiliate)

Felix Doubront (Portland 2009-11)

John Lackey (Portland 2013, MLB Rehab)

Jon Lester (Portland 2005, 2007 – MLB Rehab)

Franklin Morales (Portland 2013, MLB Rehab)

Junichi Tazawa (Portland 2009, 2011)

Koji Uehara (Bowie 2010)

Brandon Workman (Portland 2012-13)

Position Players

Quintin Berry
(Reading, 2009-10)

Xander Bogaerts (Portland 2012-13)

Mike Carp
(Binghamton, 2007-08)

Stephen Drew (Portland 2013, MLB Rehab)

Jacoby Ellsbury (Portland 2006-07)

Will Middlebrooks (Portland 2011)

Daniel Nava (Portland 2009)

David Ortiz (Portland 2008, MLB Rehab)

Dustin Pedroia (Portland 2005)

David Ross (Portland 2013, MLB Rehab)

Shane Victorino (Reading, MLB Rehab 2007-08, ’11)

Playoff rosters with ties to the Eastern League

images-6Below are the current 25-man playoff rosters that contain former Eastern Leaguers.

77 of 200 are Eastern Leaguers (39%)

27 of 200 played in Portland (14%)

Pittsburgh has the most Eastern Leaguers at 20, Boston is second with 20.

Boston Red Sox (20 former Eastern Leaguers…17 Portland, 2 Reading, 1 Binghamton and 1 Bowie)

Pitchers
Craig Breslow (Portland 2013 MLB Rehab)

Clay Buchholz (Portland 2007-08)

Ryan Dempster (Portland 1998 as Marlins affiliate)

Felix Doubront (Portland 2009-11)

John Lackey (Portland 2013, MLB Rehab)

Jon Lester (Portland 2005, 2007 – MLB Rehab)

Franklin Morales (Portland 2013, MLB Rehab)

Junichi Tazawa (Portland 2009, 2011)

Koji Uehara (Bowie 2010)

Brandon Workman (Portland 2012-13)

Position Players

Quintin Berry
(Reading, 2009-10)

Xander Bogaerts (Portland 2012-13)

Mike Carp
(Binghamton, 2007-08)

Stephen Drew (Portland 2013, MLB Rehab)

Jacoby Ellsbury (Portland 2006-07)

Will Middlebrooks (Portland 2011)

Daniel Nava (Portland 2009)

David Ortiz (Portland 2008, MLB Rehab)

Dustin Pedroia (Portland 2005)

David Ross (Portland 2013, MLB Rehab)

Shane Victorino (Reading, MLB Rehab 2007-08, ’11)

Detroit Tigers (15 former Eastern Leaguers…2 Akron, 9 Erie, 1 Hardware City & New Britain, 2 Portland, 1 Trenton)

Pitchers
Luke Putkonen (Erie 2007)

Anibal Sanchez (Portland 2005)

Drew Smyly (Erie 2011)

Justin Verlander (Erie 2005)

Position Players

Alex Avila 
(Erie 2009)

Andy Dirks (Erie 2009-10)

Tori Hunter (Hardware City 1996, New Britain 1997-98)

Jose Iglesias
 (Portland 2010)

Omar Infante (Erie 2001)

Austin Jackson (Trenton 2008)

Don Kelly (Erie 2003-06)

Victor Martinez (Akron 2002-03, 08 MLB Rehab)

Jhonny Peralta (Akron 2002)

Hernan Perez (Erie 2013)

Ramon Santiago (Erie 2002)

Brandon Moss was a playoff hero for Portland in 2006 (photo courtesy of the Portland Sea Dogs)

Brandon Moss was a playoff hero for Portland in 2006 (photo courtesy of the Portland Sea Dogs)

Oakland A’s (8 former Eastern Leaguers…2 Canton/Akron & Akron, Connecticut & Richmond, Erie, Harrisburg, New Britain, New Haven, 3 Portland)

Pitchers
Grant Balfour (New Britain 2001)

Bartolo Colon (Canton/Akron 1996)

Dan Otero (Connecticut 2009, Richmond 2011)

Position Players

Coco Crisp (Akron & New Haven 2002)

Jed Lowrie (Portland 2007, 2009 MLB Rehab)

Brandon Moss (Portland 2005-06)

Derrik Norris (Harrisburg 2011)

Josh Reddick (Portland 2007-09)

Tampa Bay Rays (4 former Eastern Leaguers…2 Erie, New Haven, Trenton)

Pitchers
Fernando Rodney (Erie 2001-02)

Jamey Wright (New Haven 1995-96)

Position Players

Matt Joyce (Erie 2007)

Jose Molina (Trenton 2009 MLB Rehab)

Atlanta Braves (1 former Eastern Leaguer…Akron)

Position Players

Jose Constanza (Akron 2008-09)

Los Angeles Dodgers (7 former Eastern Leaguers…Altoona, Norwich, Reading, 4 Portland)

Pitchers
Ronald Belisario (Altoona 2007-08)

Brian Wilson (Norwich 2005)

Position Players

Carl Crawford (Portland 2012)

Tim Federowicz (Portland 2011)

Adrian Gonzalez (Portland 2002)

Nick Punto (Reading 2000)

Hanley Ramirez (Portland 2004-05)

Pittsburgh Pirates (21 former Eastern Leaguers…14 Altoona, Akron, 2 New Britain, 2 New Hampshire, Portland, Reading, 2 Trenton)

Pitchers
A.J. Burnett (Portland 1999, New Hampshire 2006 MLB Rehab)

Gerrit Cole (Altoona 2012)

Jeanmar Gomez (Akron 2009)

Jason Grilli (Portland 2001, Altoona 2013 MLB Rehab)

Francisco Liriano (New Britain 2004-05, Altoona 2013 MLB Rehab)

Mark Melancon (Trenton 2008)

Bryan Morris (Altoona 2010-11)

Charlie Morton (Altoona 2013 MLB Rehab)

Tony Watson (Altoona 2009-10)

Justin Wilson (Altoona 2010)

Position Players

Pedro Alvarez (Altoona 2009)

Marlon Byrd (Reading 2001, 03)

John Buck (New Hampshire 2010 MLB Rehab)

Josh Harrison (Altoona 2010)

Garrett Jones (New Britain 2004)

Starling Marte (Altoona (2011)

Jordy Mercer (Altoona 2010-11)

Andrew McCutchen (Altoona 2006-07)

Justin Morneau (New Britain 2001-03)

Jose Tabata (Altoona 2008-09, Trenton 2008)

Neil Walker (Altoona 2006-07, 13 MLB Rehab)

St. Louis Cardinals (1 former Eastern Leaguer…Akron)

Pitchers
Edward Mujica (Akron 2005-06)

Red Sox roster has ties to Portland

The Red Sox host the Rays in Game 1 of the 2013 ALDS this afternoon at Fenway Park beginning at 3:07 p.m…With a tough season last year, it’s amazing what the Sox have accomplished.  Below is the 25-man roster that was announced earlier today by the Red Sox.  In addition, First-base coach Arnie Beyeler managed in Portland.  Assistant Trainers Brad Pearson and Masai Takahashi were Head Trainers with the Sea Dogs.

Parenthesis has the year with Portland. 

PITCHERS (11):
Craig Breslow (2013, MLB Rehab)
Clay Buchholz (2007-08)
Ryan Dempster (1998 as Marlins affiliate)
Felix Doubront (2009-11)
Jake Peavy
John Lackey (2013, MLB Rehab)
Jon Lester (2005, 2007 – MLB Rehab)
Franklin Morales (2013, MLB Rehab)
Junichi Tazawa (2009, 2011)
Koji Uehara
Brandon Workman (2012-13)

Ryan Dempster pitched with Portland during the Marlins Days (1998).

Ryan Dempster pitched with Portland during the Marlins Days (1998). (Photo courtesy of Sitting Still Photography)

CATCHERS (2):
David Ross (2013, MLB Rehab)
Jarrod Saltalamacchia

INFIELDERS (6):
Xander Bogaerts (2012-13)
Stephen Drew (2013, MLB Rehab)
Will Middlebrooks (2011)
Mike Napoli
David Ortiz (2008, MLB Rehab)
Dustin Pedroia (2005)

OUTFIELDERS (6):
Quintin Berry
Mike Carp
Jacoby Ellsbury (2006-07)
Jonny Gomes
Daniel Nava (2009)
Shane Victorino

Great season…Classic Mud Baseball Facts

The 2013 season was amazing for the Portland Sea Dogs.  We had so many players move up, including three that are on Boston’s current roster. Xander Bogaerts, Drake Britton and Brandon Workman were on the Opening Day roster, but are now helping the Sox in their quest to capture the American League East.

I personally wanted to thank everyone for their support on the radio broadcast and supporting the blog. I can’t tell you how much it means to me when I receive your emails.  I wanted to keep the blog going during the season with a different wrinkle. How about random baseball oddities? We’ll go inside some of the baseball’s traditions.

Did you know that throwing the ball around after a strikeout began in the 30s?  The reason was due to the baseballs being too slick, so players would spit or rub them up.  This being a baseball blog, our first off-season blog, goes inside-the-baseball.  Below is a terrific video. Enjoy!

Why they rub up the baseball

Trenton clinches playoff spot with 8-0 win

Thunder end Sea Dogs playoff dreams, win 8-0

Linares extends hitting streak to 10 games

The Trenton Thunder clinched their ninth playoff spot in their 20-year history.

The Trenton Thunder clinched their ninth playoff spot in their 20-year history.

(Portland, Maine) – The Thunder scored five runs early in the game off Mickey Pena (1-1) and clinched the second playoff spot in the Eastern Division with an 8-0 win the opener.  Trenton will meet the Binghamton Mets on Wednesday night at Arm & Hammer Park in Game 1 of the Eastern Division Championship Series.

Tyler Austin knocked in the first run with a double to left-center field.  In the third, Mason Williams led off with single and Ramon Flores followed with a run-scoring triple.  Jose Pirela (2-for-4) launched a two-run homer over the Maine Monster, his 10th of the season.

Trenton extended their lead to 8-0 in the fifth on a two-run double by Gary Sanchez.

Pena lasted four innings, allowing five hits and six runs on three walks and three strikeouts.

Shane Greene (8-4) fired his first career complete game, giving up three hits with one walk and fanned five.

J.C. Linares extending his hitting streak to 10 straight games, going 2-for-3 with a double.

Prime Motor Group Player of the Game: J.C. Linares

Playoff Push continues on Saturday

Henry Owens start on Sunday.  The annual Field of Dreams game.

Henry Owens start on Sunday. The annual Field of Dreams game.

The Sea Dogs and Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) play a twinbill on Saturday night at Hadlock Field, game one is slated for 5:00 PM.  Portland needs to win all four games in three days to clinch a playoff spot.  The ‘Dogs won last night 8-1.

Sea Dogs news this week

  1. Anthony Ranaudo named to the Eastern League All-Star Team
  2. Matt Barnes promoted to Pawtucket and will start tonight.
  3. Sea Dogs Announce 20th Anniversary Team
  • RF J.C. Linares hit safely in all eight games on the road: 8-game hitting streak: 17-for-35 (.486), 3 HR, 12 RBI3B, 2 2B…Hitting .359, 5 HR, 22 RBI in August
  • Red Sox announced the following minor leaguers going to the Fall League: Garin Cecchini, Keith Couch, Derrik Gibson, Noe Ramirez, Pete Ruiz and Travis Shaw.
  • Hitting Coach Rich Gedman has been selected as a coach for the Fall League..Link to Surprise Saguaros
  • Final Homestand includes Bruins Daniel Paille, Field of Dreams and Team Awards.
  • Dead River Company to Host Food Drive at Hadlock Field.

Pre-Game coverage begins at 5:45 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network.

2013 Video Interviews and Highlights

Starting Lineups – Game 1
Portland: Wilkerson 8, Cecchini 5, Vazquez 2, Linares 9, Thomas 7, Almanzar DH, Shaw 3, Marrero 6, Dent 4, Pena LHP

Trenton: Williams 8, Flores 7, Pirela 4, Sanchez 2, Austin 9, Roller 3, Angelini 6, Gamel DH, Corona 5, Greene RHP

Notes for Saturday

STAYING ALIVE: The Sea Dogs kept their playoff hopes alive with last night’s win, and continue their five-game series against Trenton (Yankees affiliate) with a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon…Portland needs to win all four games in three days to clinch the second playoff spot in the Eastern Division…Harrisburg and Erie both clinched playoff spots in the Western Division, but first place is still up for grabs…The ‘Dogs have won four straight games against Trenton at Hadlock Field.

I’VE GOT THE POWER: Portland homered three times, as they rocked the Thunder 8-1 on Friday night…LHP Chris Hernandez (2-0) fired seven scoreless frames on three hits, two walks and five strikeouts to earn the win…Michael Almanzar (homered in the sixth) knocked in the first run with a two-out infield RBI single…J.C. Linares gave the ‘Dogs the lead for good, blasting a two-run homer over the Maine Monster…Travis Shaw hit a solo-homer in the eighth off reliever Nik TurleyChristian Vazquez went 2-for-3 and nailed a two-run single off the Monster in the seventh…Garin Cecchini finished 1-for-3 with two runs scored.

J.C. ON A TEAR: Linares has tied a season-high with a nine-game hit streak: 19-for-39 (.487), 4 HR, 13 RBI, triple and 2 doubles…The Cuban native has five straight multi-hit games this week, hitting .542 (13-for-24) with 4 HR and 12 RBI…Linares is hitting .273 overall, his highest average since April 24th.

THAT’S QUALITY: Hernandez had a quality start in four of five starts since joining Portland on August 7th from Triple-A Pawtucket…The lefty missed a quality start on August 14th, tossing 5.2 IP on three runs at Altoona.

BACK IN THE SADDLE: After one relief appearance, RHP Terry Doyle makes his 10th start for the Sea Dogs in game two of tonight’s doubleheader…Doyle suffered the loss on August 25th in Trenton on Ramon Flores’ walk-off RBI single.

ALMOST A WHOLE ROSTER: The Sea Dogs have had 17 players promoted to Pawtucket this season: RHP Matt Barnes, OF Ronald Bermudez, INF Xander Bogaerts, LHP Drake Britton, RHP Keith Couch, INF/OF Ryan Dent, RHP Charlie Haeger, RHP Brock Huntzinger, RHP Jeremy Kehrt, LHP Will Latimer, OF J.C. Linares, RHP Chris Martin, INF Heiker Meneses, RHP Anthony Ranaudo, C Alberto Rosario, OF Tony Thomas and RHP Brandon Workman. 

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) continue their five-game series on Sunday afternoon at Hadlock Field…Portland is 8-4 during a 16-game stretch to end the season against New Hampshire and Trenton…With last Thursday’s win, the Sea Dogs finished 36-35 on the road, their best mark since 2008.

They win five, they’re alive

J.C. Linares has helped the 'Dogs during this recent swing...Linares is hitting .359 this month. (Photo courtesy of sitting still photography).

J.C. Linares has helped the ‘Dogs during this recent swing…Linares is hitting .359 this month. (Photo courtesy of sitting still photography).

The Sea Dogs open up their final series of the regular season against the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) on Friday night at Hadlock Field…It’s simple. The ‘Dogs need to win all five games to clinch the second playoff spot in the Eastern Division…Portland is 9-7 against the Thunder this season, and split a four-game set with the Yankees affiliate last week…Tonight the Sea Dogs announce their new inductee to the Unum Hall of Fame…My broadcast partner Matt McCarthy interviewed the new inductee, you can hear it on the pre-game show…LHP Chris Hernandez and RHP Mikey O’Brien face-off for the second time in six days…Both pitchers took a no-decision in Trenton’s 3-2 walk-off win in 10 innings on Sunday.

Ted Williams was born on this date in 1918…still a legend!

Sea Dogs news this week

  1. Anthony Ranaudo named to the Eastern League All-Star Team
  2. Matt Barnes promoted to Pawtucket and will start tonight.
  3. Sea Dogs Announce 20th Anniversary Team
  • RF J.C. Linares hit safely in all eight games on the road: 8-game hitting streak: 17-for-35 (.486), 3 HR, 12 RBI, 3B, 2 2B…Hitting .359, 5 HR, 22 RBI in August
  • Red Sox announced the following minor leaguers going to the Fall League: Garin Cecchini, Keith Couch, Derrik Gibson, Noe Ramirez, Pete Ruiz and Travis Shaw.
  • Hitting Coach Rich Gedman has been selected as a coach for the Fall League..Link to Surprise Saguaros
  • Final Homestand includes Bruins Daniel Paille, Field of Dreams and Team Awards.
  • Dead River Company to Host Food Drive at Hadlock Field.

Pre-Game coverage begins at 5:45 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network.

2013 Video Interviews and Highlights

Starting Lineups
Portland: Wilkerson 8, Cecchini 5, Vazquez 2, Linares 9, Thomas 7, Almanzar DH, Shaw 3, Marrero 6, Dent 4, Hernandez LHP

Trenton: Williams 8, Flores 7, Pirela 4, Sanchez 2, Roller 3, Angelini 6, Gamel 9, Y. Sanchez DH,  Stevenson 5, O’Brien RHP

Notes for Friday

THEY WHAT TO DO: The Sea Dogs need to sweep this five-game series with the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) to punch their ticket to the Eastern Division Championship Series…Portland returns home after a 5-3 roadtrip and finished 9-8-4 in their road series…Trenton split both series on their 8-game homestand, and played 25 innings total in their final two games with New Britain…The ‘Dogs swept the Thunder in a three-game series at Hadlock Field on July 2-3.

WAY TO GO OUT: Portland scored the final seven runs of the game and beat the New Hampshire Fisher Cats 9-3 on Thursday night…J.C. Linares capped off an outstanding roadtrip, going 4-for-5 with a two-run triple and two doubles…Shannon Wilkerson led off the game with a solo-homer and finished 2-for-4…Keith Couch (11-3) tossed six strong innings on seven hits, three runs (two earned), one walk and five strikeouts, earning his team-leading 11th win of the season…Rafael Perez notched the save by retiring all four batters faced.

J.C. ON A TEAR: Linares hit safely in all eight games on the trip: 17-for-35 (.486), 3 HR, 11 RBI, triple and 2 doubles…On Monday night, Linares had a career-high 6 RBI, hitting two 3-run homers off Randy Boone…His .270 average is a personal best since he was hitting .273 on April 24th after going 1-for-3 vs. Binghamton.

HE WAS QUALITY: Couch will finish with a team-leading nine quality starts and is eighth in the Eastern League with a 3.47 ERA…The former standout at Adelphi University went 8-1, 2.93 ERA (30 ER/92.0 IP) in 15 starts.

NICE WORK BY THE PEN: Miguel Celestino tossed 4.2 scoreless frames in two appearances on the trip…Portland’s bullpen went 2-2 with a 2.81 ERA (8 ER/25.2 IP) on the trip and converted all three save chances.

ALMOST A WHOLE ROSTER: The Sea Dogs have had 17 players promoted to Pawtucket this season: RHP Matt Barnes, OF Ronald Bermudez, INF Xander Bogaerts, LHP Drake Britton, RHP Keith Couch, INF/OF Ryan Dent, RHP Charlie Haeger, RHP Brock Huntzinger, RHP Jeremy Kehrt, LHP Will Latimer, OF J.C. Linares, RHP Chris Martin, INF Heiker Meneses, RHP Anthony Ranaudo, C Alberto Rosario, OF Tony Thomas and RHP Brandon Workman. 

Ted Williams was born on this date in 1918...Here's the famous Red Chair at Fenway Park.

Ted Williams was born on this date in 1918…Here’s the famous Red Chair at Fenway Park.

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) continue their five-game series with a doubleheader on Saturday night at Hadlock Field…Portland is 7-4 during a 16-game stretch to end the season against New Hampshire and Trenton…With last night’s win, the Sea Dogs finished 36-35 on the road, their best mark since 2008.

Final road game of the regular season

The Sea Dogs conclude the road portion of their regular season on Thursday night against the Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) from Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…Portland is 4-3 on the trip, but can clinch a winning record on the road with a win tonight…If the Sea Dogs win and Trenton loses, the ‘Dogs still need to win all five games against the Thunder – even if Trenton wins and Portland wins.  If Trenton wins tonight, the loser of this game is eliminated.

Some really cool news announced today.

  1. Anthony Ranaudo named to the Eastern League All-Star Team
  2. Matt Barnes promoted to Pawtucket and will start tonight.
  3. Sea Dogs Announce 20th Anniversary Team
  • RF J.C. Linares had a career-night on Monday, blasting two 3-run homers off losing pitcher RHP Randy Boone…Linares homered in the seventh and ninth innings.
  • Red Sox announced the following minor leaguers going to the Fall League: Garin Cecchini, Keith Couch, Derrik Gibson, Noe Ramirez, Pete Ruiz and Travis Shaw.
  • Hitting Coach Rich Gedman has been selected as a coach for the Fall League..Link to Surprise Saguaros
  • Final Homestand includes Bruins Daniel Paille, Field of Dreams and Team Awards.
  • Dead River Company to Host Food Drive at Hadlock Field.

Pre-Game coverage begins at 6:15 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network.

2013 Video Interviews and Highlights

Starting Lineups
Portland: Wilkerson 8, Cecchini 5, Vazquez 2, Linares 9, Thomas 7, Almanzar 5, Spring 3, Marrero 6, Gibson 4, Couch RHP

New Hampshire: Wilson 8, Burns 5, Schimpf DH, Loewen 9, Nolan 6, Talley 3, Rankin 2, Zawadzki 4, Jones 7, Lawrence RHP

Notes for Thursday

 

Anthony Ranaudo was named the Eastern League's Best Right-handed Pitcher of the Year.

Anthony Ranaudo was named the Eastern League’s Best Right-handed Pitcher of the Year.

LET’S HEAD HOME: The Sea Dogs close out their road schedule on Thursday night against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…Portland now trails the Thunder by five games for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Division…Regardless of the outcome tonight, the ‘Dogs will need to sweep all five games from Trenton to clinch a playoff berth…The loser of tonight’s game will be eliminated with a Trenton win…A Trenton loss, keeps both teams alive.

WHAT A GAME: Trailing 6-1, the ‘Dogs scored five times in the seventh inning, but New Hampshire scored the final two runs, and beat the Sea Dogs 8-6 on Wednesday night…Kevin Ahrens knocked in the game-winner with a run-scoring double in the seventh…Andy Burns capped off the scoring with an RBI single in the eighth…Garin Cecchini knocked in three runs during the seventh with a triple…J.C. Linares tied the game with a solo-homer, his seventh of the season and third of the series…Eric Niesen (1-3) took the loss, giving up six hits and four runs over one inning.

J.C. ON A TEAR: Linares has hit safely in all seven games on the trip: 13-for-30 (.433), 3 HR, 10 RBI, 2B…In game one, Linares had a career-high 6 RBI, hitting two 3-run homers off Randy Boone…His .261 average is a personal best since he was hitting .261 on April 26th after going 0-for-1 at Trenton.

PLAYOFF SCENARIO: The Sea Dogs are trailing the Thunder by five games with six games left in the regular season…New Hampshire is trailing Trenton by four games, but have only five games left…If Trenton wins tonight, the loser of the New Hampshire/Portland game will be eliminated from playoff contention.

ROAD WARRIORS: With a win tonight, the ‘Dogs will finish the season with a 36-35 record away from Maine.

ALMOST A WHOLE ROSTER: The Sea Dogs have had 17 players promoted to Pawtucket this season: RHP Matt Barnes, OF Ronald Bermudez, INF Xander Bogaerts, LHP Drake Britton, RHP Keith Couch, INF/OF Ryan Dent, RHP Charlie Haeger, RHP Brock Huntzinger, RHP Jeremy Kehrt, LHP Will Latimer, OF J.C. Linares, RHP Chris Martin, INF Heiker Meneses, RHP Anthony Ranaudo, C Alberto Rosario, OF Tony Thomas and RHP Brandon Workman. 

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs open up their final series of the regular season on Friday night against the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) at Hadlock Field…Portland is 6-4 during a 16-game stretch to end the season against New Hampshire and Trenton…With a win tonight, the Sea Dogs would finish 9-8-4 in road series.

Playoff Push continues on Wednesday night

Shannon Wilkerson is hitting .326 this month, his best average of the season.

Shannon Wilkerson is hitting .326 this month, his best average of the season.

The Sea Dogs and Fisher Cats trail the Trenton Thunder by four games for the second playoff spot with eight games left, and continue their four-game series on Wednesday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…With a win tonight, the ‘Dogs clinch a winning record on the road.

RHP Jeremy Kerht is starting tonight instead of RHP Matt Barnes…Kehrt is 2-3, 4.27 ERA (31 ER/65.1 IP) on the season…RHP Austin Bibens-Dirx (3-4, 2.11) makes his 12th appearance of the season for New Hampshire and his first against Portland.

 

 

  • RF J.C. Linares had a career-night on Monday, blasting two 3-run homers off losing pitcher RHP Randy Boone…Linares homered in the seventh and ninth innings.
  • Red Sox announced the following minor leaguers going to the Fall League: Garin Cecchini, Keith Couch, Derrik Gibson, Noe Ramirez, Pete Ruiz and Travis Shaw.
  • Hitting Coach Rich Gedman has been selected as a coach for the Fall League..Link to Surprise Saguaros
  • Final Homestand includes Bruins Daniel Paille, Field of Dreams and Team Awards.
  • Dead River Company to Host Food Drive at Hadlock Field.

Pre-Game coverage begins at 6:15 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network.

2013 Video Interviews and Highlights

Starting Lineups
Portland: Wilkerson 8, Cecchini 5, Vazquez 2, Linares 9, Almanzar DH, Shaw 3, Marrero 6, Dent 7, Gibson 4, Kehrt RHP

New Hampshire: Wilson 8, Burns 5, Nolan DH, Loewen 9, Schimpf 7, Rankin 2, Talley 3, Zawadzki 4, Zazueta 6, Bibens-Dirkx RHP

Notes for Wednesday

ON A ROLE: The Sea Dogs have won eight of their last 12, and continue their four-game series on Wednesday night against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…With a victory tonight, the ‘Dogs will clinch a winning record on the road and win their ninth series away from Maine…Portland and New Hampshire trail the Thunder by four games for the second playoff spot in the Eastern Division…RHP Jeremy Kehrt is on the hill tonight for the ‘Dogs.

Portland is 5-0 in starts made by Owens.

Portland is 5-0 in starts made by Owens…He retired the final 12 batters he faced in last night’s game.

GOT TO HIM EARLY: Portland scored five times off losing pitcher Marcus Stroman (8-5) in the first 3 innings, and beat the Fisher Cats 9-2 on Tuesday night…LHP Henry Owens (3-0) tossed 6.2 scoreless on two hits, one walk and six strikeouts…Owens retired the final 12 batters faced…CF Shannon Wilkerson went 3-for-5 with 3 RBI, capping of the scoring with a two-run triple in the ninth…Portland received a hit from all nine starters, including a two-run double from Matt Spring (2-for-5)…2B Derrik Gibson finished 2-for-5 with 2 RBI and a run scored…LHP Rafael Perez closed out the win with a perfect ninth.

JEREMY IS STARTING: RHP Jeremy Kehrt makes his seventh start of the season for the Sea Dogs in game three of the series…Kehrt’s last start was a no-decision on August 10th vs. Bowie at Hadlock Field, giving up four runs (one earned) on six hits, two walks and four strikeouts over 6 IP.

BULLPEN HAS BEEN CLUTCH: The ‘Dogs bullpen is 2-1, 1.35 ERA (3 ER/20.0 IP) during the trip, but has allowed only 6 ER over 26.1 IP (2.05 ERA) during their 16-game stretch against New Hampshire and Trenton.

HEY I’M A LEADER: C Christian Vazquez went 1-for-4 last night with a single and a walk…Vazquez is 9th in the league in hitting at .291 (95-for-327) and continues to lead the league in throwing out runners (47%).

ALMOST A WHOLE ROSTER: The Sea Dogs have had 16 players promoted to Pawtucket this season: OF Ronald Bermudez, INF Xander Bogaerts, LHP Drake Britton, RHP Keith Couch, INF/OF Ryan Dent, RHP Charlie Haeger, RHP Brock Huntzinger, RHP Jeremy Kehrt, LHP Will Latimer, OF J.C. Linares, RHP Chris Martin, INF Heiker Meneses, RHP Anthony Ranaudo, C Alberto Rosario, OF Tony Thomas and RHP Brandon Workman. 

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Fisher Cats meet for the final time on Thursday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…Portland is 6-3 during a 16-game stretch to end the season against New Hampshire and Trenton…The Sea Dogs are 8-8-4 in road series this season.

 

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