Happy Friday! Slugger on a role, UNE Hoops

Happy Friday to all! Hopefully the start of Red Sox Spring games have you smiling. I know my mood mood has changed dramatically. I love how baseball in New England makes everyone so happy.

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Slugger is always camera ready

From the Red Sox twitter account
#RedSox 3/4 Lineup vs. TB: Betts RF Pedroia 2B Bogaerts SS Ortiz DH Ramirez 1B Sandoval 3B Young LF Swihart C Bradley Jr. CF Kelly RHP

The Red Sox grabbed a 6-5 win at Minnesota’s complex on Thursday night. Boston had 15 former Sea Dogs participate in last night’s game, receiving 2 hits from Travis Shaw and 2 RBI from Marco Hernandez. The list of 15: Barnes, Brentz, Butler, Castillo, Coyle, Cuevas, Hernandez, Jerez, Light, Marrero, Martin, Ramos, Shaw, Sturgeon and Travis.

Off Baseball Topic: I do a lot of freelance work in the off-season, including the UNE Women’s Basketball team, who rank 15th in the country in Division 3. Tonight, they host the first round of the playoffs in Biddeford, Maine. I’m so happy to watch them play. The school is one the most professional places I’ve ever worked. And I thank them so much.

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UNE Women’s Basketball won their 4th straight conference tournament last Saturday

Slugger does it all! 13 former Sea Dogs

Good Morning Sea Dogs Nation!

Here’s a great tweet from the Portland Sea Dogs account on Wednesday – Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! Read Across AmCcjYUvuW4AAt0KSerica Day at Narragansett Elementary Schoolūüďöūüćé‚öĺÔłŹ¬†Slugger has been busy this week and his gearing up to cheer on the fans in 2016.

The Red Sox are back at it tonight, taking on the Minnesota Twins at their complex, which is loca
ted only 10 minutes from jetBlue Park at Fenway South. Rick Porcello makes his season debut in the 7:05 PM start.

On Wednesday, the Red Sox pounded out 11 hits, but suffered a 7-4 loss to the Twins in the Grapefruit League opener at jetBlue. Boston had 13 former Sea Dogs participate in yesterday’s game: Betts, Bogaerts, Bradley Jr, Brentz, Hernandez, Johnson, Marrero, Owens, Pedroia, H. Ramirez, N. Ramirez, Swihart and Travis.

WATCH HERE
OWENS MORE CONFIDENT
RODRIGUEZ KNEE IMPROVES
HAPPY TO BE BACK FOR BRIAN
WELCOME BACK DAVID MURPHY

Sea Dogs Beat Writer Kevin Thomas recently won a National Award. Here are the details…Kevin is a terrific writer but a better person. He’s been covering the Sea Dogs ever since I’ve been in Portland.

Enjoy your Thursday and a reminder that tonight’s Red Sox game is on NESN-Plus due to the Bruins game.

 

 

SOX AND TWINS, SLUGGER HAS GAME

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Time to get ready for the Grapefruit League Schedule!

Happy Wednesday! The Red Sox open up their Grapefruit League schedule this afternoon, hosting the Minnesota Twins at jetBlue Park at Fenway South. Former Sea Dog Henry Owens makes the start – click here for game information. Today is the first of seven meetings to decide the Governor’s Cup. Minnesota’s Spring Training facility is only 10 minutes from Boston’s complex.

Sox lineup today vs. Twins: Betts RF, Pedroia 2B, Bogaerts SS, Ramirez 1B, Sandoval 3B, Young LF, Swihart C, Craig DH, Bradley Jr. CF, Owens LHP.

Red Sox schedule the rest of the week: Tomorrow at Minnesota, Friday vs. Rays, Saturday at Yankees and Sunday vs. Orioles.

For my Maine friends, the Big Jab 96.3 FM is the home of my talkshow, the Saturday Morning Jab. I’m on 9-12 PM every week talking sports. We’ll have of baseball talk this week. The Morning Show is currently in Ft. Myers. You can hear the station online at thebigjab.com

FOR YOUR READING PLEASURE
Former Sea Dog David Murphy ready to work
Joe Kelly looking to continue momentum
Betts wants to be the best of the best
No hard feelings by Lester
Don’t give up on Allen, according to Craig
Great article on Daniel Nava

On Sunday, the Maine Red Claws celebrate Crusher’s (team mascot) birthday by surprising him with local area mascots. Our very own Slugger took part in the festivities and executed a perfect slam dunk during the halftime show.

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ALUMNI IMPACT COLLEGE GAMES

Happy Tuesday! I was so excited to watch Red Sox Baseball on Monday, and kudos to NESN for carrying both games. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen that doubleheader air on TV – what a treat. Dave O’Brien shined in his NESN debut and seemed to form instant chemistry with Jerry Remy.

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Theo Epstein’s first ever draft pick and Sea Dogs 2005 MVP!

In Monday’s twinbill at jetBlue Park, the Red Sox had 27 former Sea Dogs appear in the exhibition games: Allay, Barnes, Betts, Bogaerts, Bradley Jr., Brentz, Butler, Coyle, Cuevas, Haley, Hernandez, Jerez, Light, Lin, Marrero, Martin, Mike Miller, Pedroia, Ramirez, Ramos, Rosenbaum, Scott, Shaw, Sturgeon, Swihart, Travis and Wright.

Locally, 96.3 FM the Big Jab is broadcasting their morning show all week in Ft. Myers. On Tuesday, the new voice of the Red Sox Tim Neveritt admitted his broadcast partner Joe Castiglione was one of his idols growing up. Tim was in high school when Joe started calling games. Neveritt was recently the voice of the Pittsburg Pirates and hails from New Hampshire.

Nice seeing former Sea Dogs Manager Kevin Boles coaching third base yesterday. Boles is 65 wins away from 1,000 in his minor league career.

Video Highlights from Monday
Moncada with a great first impression
Betts with a blast
Shaw RBI double
Brentz with some muscle

Some Great Reading
Please follow PawSox Broadcasters Will Flemming and Josh Maurer, terrific blog
Brotherly Love! Great piece on the Brentz Brothers
Sea Dogs 2005 MVP is back! David Murphy signs with Boston
Nice feature
on Sam Travis
Cafardo on Craig

Around the Sea Dogs Front Office
Slugger The Sea Dog¬†at Leeds Central School for the “Read to ME Challenge” with all his new friends!¬†‚Ä™
“Maine Day” Sea Dogs/Red Sox Combo Ticket Packages
Sea Dogs, U.S. Cellular Host Contest to Revitalize Youth Field
Sea Dogs Host Job Fair

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Moncada could make his Double-A debut at some point in 2016

Sea Dogs Career ERA Leaders  (MIN. 120 IP)YEAR
2.44 Henry Owens
2.57 Jon Lester
2.59 Marc Valdes
2.71 Tony Saunders
2.81 Geoff Duncan
2.98 Junichi Tazawa
3.12 Felix Doubront
3.13 Chris Hernandez1
3.21 Tom McGraw
3.23 Kevin Olsen
3.25 Keith Couch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s Get it Started!

I know Mondays can be tough on everyone, but just think, the Red Sox begin their exhibition schedule today. The Sox play a single-admission doubleheader at JetBlue Park against Boston College and Northeastern.

The Sea Dogs open up the 2016 season on Thursday, April 7th at Reading. I’m getting very excited for the season. Once March hits, the month flies by. ¬†Once again, all Sea Dogs games can be heard on 95.9/95.5 in Portland, Maine. In addition, we have a tune-in app and MiLB.TV.

There’s been a lot of talk all over New England-based radio shows about the issues with Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval, I’d like to focus on some of the intriguing and exciting things. The Red Sox added David Price, Craig Kimbrell and gave Dave Dombrowski a 5-year contract. Price will add so much off the field to the Red Sox. He’s a true ace in¬†many different ways.

ComboTix_palni6tj_qat85ep8Great article by Ian Browne of Red Sox.com on former Sea Dog Sam Travis 

Maine Day”Sea Dogs/ Red Sox Combo Ticket Packs are on-sale, check out this great promotion

Friday’s Notes and a look back at 2005 players traded

Brandon Moss was one of the heroes of the 2006 Eastern League Championship.

Brandon Moss was one of the heroes of the 2006 Eastern League Championship.

The 2005 Portland Sea Dogs was the third year of the Red Sox affiliation and still might be one of the best teams in franchise history. Currently Red Sox Dustin Pedroia and Hanley Ramirez were part of the teams, as was Jon Lester, and Anibal Sanchez. This trading deadline, three players from that team have been traded: Brandon Moss, David Murphy and Jonathan Papelbon.

IT’S FRIDAY!: Tonight, the Sea Dogs go for their sixth straight home win as they host the Harrisburg Senators for game two of their four-game series. Portland took game one with a walk-off home run by Aneury Tavarez off of Gilberto Mendez to lead off the bottom of the ninth. Rain delayed the game for one-hour-and-38-minutes in the bottom of the second inning. Matt Purke makes his second start of the year for Harrisburg, while Justin Haley is scheduled to take the mound for the Sea Dogs.

HOME SIX-PACK?: Portland‚Äôs five-game home win streak is their longest this season and their first give-gamer since 7/5-7/12/14. The last time the ‚ÄėDogs won six in a row at Hadlock Field was an eight-game streak from 8/2-8/17/12. 35% (7-of-20) of the Sea Dogs home wins this year have come in the past two weeks. Portland won more games on their last homestand (six) than they had in any month so far this season.

#WALKOFFCITY: Eight of the last 12 home wins for the Sea Dogs have been walk-offs (five in July). Aneury Tavarez’s home run last night was the first walk-off home run for Portland in 2015 (last: Travis Shaw 7/2/13). 40% of all the Sea Dogs’ home wins in 2015 (8-of-20) have come via walk-offs. Plus, the Eastern Division won the Sullivan Tire All-Star Classic at Hadlock Field on July 15th with a walk-off home run by Brian Pointer in the Home Run Derby Shootout.

JUSTIN TIME: Since a rough patch of back-to-back starts where he didn’t pitch past the third inning, Justin Haley has gone five innings and allowed two earned runs in each of his past two starts (3.60 ERA). Haley has struck out 10 while walking just one batter over those two starts.

TRAVIS ON A TEAR: Sam Travis has hit safely in 23 of his last 27 games: 37-for-104 (.356), HR, 16 RBI, 3B, 4 2B and has reached base in 31 of 33 Double-A starts. In 99 games this year with High-A Salem and Portland, Travis is hitting a combined .313 (116-for-371) with 6 HR, 57 RBI, 22 doubles and 5 triples.

SLUGGING SOUTHPAWS: The Sea Dogs have a .276 team batting average versus left-handed pitching, the second-best clip in the Eastern League versus southpaws (Altoona: .287). Conversely, Portland hits just .245 against righties, tied for second-worst in the league (Harrisburg: .240/New Britain: 245).

SOCIAL MEDIA INFORMATION: Follow the Sea Dogs on Twitter: @PortlandSeaDogs or @seadogsradio…Connect on Facebook, Instagram and Vine…Media requests to Chris Cameron at 207-874-9300 or ccameron@seadogs.com.

Sea Dogs and Trenton on Saturday night

Keury De La Cruz knocked in 4 runs last night, including the game-winner in the seventh.

Keury De La Cruz knocked in 4 runs last night, including the game-winner in the seventh.

New Jersey native Mike Augliera makes his 10th start of the season as the ‘Dogs continue their 6-game roadtrip on Saturday night in Trenton, N.J. Portland has won 10 of their last 15 games, but 6 of their last 7 away from Maine.

Lineups:

‘Dogs (22-27): Hernandez 6, Asuaje 4, Witte 3, Tejeda 7, De La Cruz DH, Roof 5, Tavarez 9, Tekotte 8, Bethea 2, Augliera RHP

Thunder (25-24): Cave 8, Castillo 4, Judge DH, Jagielo 5, Sanchez 2, Rosario 7, Bichette Jr. 3, Oh 9, Culver 6, Ruth RH

NO ROAD WOES HERE: The Portland Sea Dogs are 3-1 on their six-game roadtrip, which continues tonight against the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) at Arm & Hammer Park‚ĶPortland has won 10 of their last 15 games and will clinch a winning May with a win tonight‚ĶSince May 15th, the ‚ÄėDogs have won 3 games when trailing 10-4 (May 15th at New Britain), 7-2 (May 19th vs. Altoona) and 8-3 last night‚ĶNew Jersey native Mike Augliera makes his 10th start of the season and the 75th of his professional career.

LUCKY 7: Portland put together their biggest inning of the season, scoring seven runs in the 7th inning to rally back and beat the Trenton Thunder 12-10 in the series opener…Portland scored 4 of 7 runs with two outs in the seventh, scoring all 7 runs off losing pitcher Chris Smith (1-1)…Oscar Tejeda tied the game at nine with a run-scoring single and Keury De La Cruz (4-for-6, 4 RBI) provided the game-winning hit, nailing a two-run double, Luis Martinez capped off the inning with a run-scoring double…Trenton scored a run in the eighth, but Pat Light pitched the final 1.1 innings to earn his third save of the season.

A FEW SEASON HIGHS: The Sea Dogs had a season-high 18 hits, raising their team batting average four points to .260…Marco Hernandez finished 3-for-6, 3 RBI, tying a franchise record with 3 doubles…Oscar Tejeda had 3 doubles against Trenton on May 13th at Hadlock Field…De La Cruz tied a team-high this season with 4 hits and 4 RBI…Aneury Tavarez made a diving catch in right field to end the game, and finished 2-for-4, 2 runs scored.

BULLPEN SAVED THE DAY: Mike McCarthy (4-3) is now 2-0 in 2 relief outings this season, working 3.2 IP last night on 3 hits and one run…Luis Diaz tied a career-high in runs allowed (8), working only 2.1 IP on 6 hits and 4 walks…Madison Younginer notched his second straight hold, giving up 3 hits on one run over 1.2 IP.

WITTE AT THE TOP: Jantzen Witte went 2-for-6 last night, his second straight multi-hit game…Witte leads the team in the following categories: average (.329), at-bats (170), hits (56), doubles (16), RBI (34), total bases (85), OBP (.397), SLG (.500), OPS (.897), SF (3), multi-hit (17), multi-RBI (10), 2-out RBI (16) and go-ahead RBI (6).

MUCH BETTER: The Sea Dogs rank 11th in the Eastern League in team defense with a .970 fielding percentage (53 errors/1761 total chances), but have committed only 2 errors over their last seven games.

Sea Dogs back home…Logomania, Roberson big weekend.

The Sea Dogs return home to open up an 8-game/7-day homestand against the Altoona Curve (Pirates affiliate)…Portland is riding a season-high 3-game winning streak, taking 3 of 4 over the weekend at New Britain.

Below are highlights with my audio for Tim Roberson’s big weekend.

Baseball America Logomani – Sea Dogs are in Round 3. Vote here

Look at today’s notes…Complete Notes

LOOK AT THE WEST: The Sea Dogs open up their first series of the season against the Western Division, hosting the Altoona Curve (Pirates affiliate) in the opener of a three-game series‚ĶPortland‚Äôs on a season-high three-game winning streak, taking 3 of 4 in their last series at New Britain‚ĶLast year, the ‚ÄėDogs took 5 of 6 from the Curve‚ĶPortland has lost 13 of 19 games at Hadlock Field this season‚ĶAltoona holds a four-game lead over Bowie for the top spot in the Western Division.

NICE WEEKEND: Portland completed the series win in New Britain on Sunday, winning 4-2 over the Rock Cats…The Sea Dogs have their first 3-game winning streak of the season, taking 3 of 4 from New Britain…Justin Haley (1-4) fired six strong innings on three hits, two runs, one walk and eight strikeouts…Haley earned his first win since last year’s playoffs against Binghamton…Blake Tekotte snapped a 1-1 tie in the fifth inning, launching a two-run homer, his first home run in the Red Sox system…Carlos Asuaje and Tim Roberson added RBIs and Pat Light notched his first Double-A save.

GIVE HIM AN OSCAR: Yesterday, Oscar Tejeda was named the Eastern League’s Player of the Week, hitting .467 (14-for-30), 10 RBI, six doubles and a triple in seven games…Tejeda has a multi-hit game in 11 of his last 16 starts: 29-for-70 (.414), 12 RBI, triple and eight doubles…Portland hit .340 (51-for-150) in the Rock Cats series…Tejeda is leading the league in hitting at .365 (38-for-104).

RAISE THAT STREAK: Asuaje has reached base safely in a team-high 26 straight games, dating back to April 19…Altoona’s Max Moroff had his on-base streak snapped at 30 games on Saturday…Asuaje has reached base safely in 31 of 34 games in Double-A and leads the team in walks with 21.

THE ROOF IS ON FIRE: Jonathan Roof has a season-high four-game hitting streak: 5-for-15 (.333)…Roof picked up his first 3 doubles of the season in the Rock Cats series…Roof has made 24 of 26 starts in the outfield.

LOOKING FOR NUMBER ONE: Luis Diaz is 0-3, 5.58 ERA (19 ER/30.2 IP) in seven starts this season and makes his first career start against Altoona…Diaz’s last win was July 5, 2014 in game two of a doubleheader at New Britain…0-6, 5.00 ERA (45 ER/81.0 IP) in his last 16 starts.

SOCIAL MEDIA INFORMATION: Follow the Sea Dogs on Twitter: @PortlandSeaDogs or @seadogsradio…Connect on Facebook, Instagram and Vine…Media requests to Chris Cameron at 207-874-9300 or ccameron@seadogs.com.

(VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS) – Roberson hits for the cycle

In addition, Tim Roberson is my guest on the Pre-Game Show starting at 6:15 PM on the WPEI U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network or online at seadogs.com

Lineups

#SeaDogsBaseball Miller 4, Asuaje 5, Witte 3, Tejeda DH, De La Cruz 7, Robeson 2, Hernandez 6, Roof 9, Tekotte 8, Cuevas RHP

@RockCats Tauchman 9, Story 6, Massey 7, Murphy 2, Dahl 8, Valaika 5, Swanner 3, Baker DH, Ciriaco 4, Carpenter LHP

WHAT A NIGHT: Tim Roberson hit the third cycle in franchise history on Friday night, as the Sea Dogs continue their four-game series with the Rock Cats at New Britain Stadium on Saturday‚ĶRoberson‚Äôs cycle was the second as a Red Sox affiliate ‚Äď Cory Keylor had the last on August 4, 2007 at Harrisburg‚ĶThe first cycle in team history belongs to Cesar Crespo on June 16, 2000 at Binghamton (Game 1 of a doubleheader)‚ĶPortland has won five of their last nine road games and snapped New Britain‚Äôs 13-game win streak on Friday.

WHAT A COMEBACK: Portland trailed 10-4 after six innings, but scored five in the seventh and two runs in the ninth and 10th innings, beating the Rock Cats 13-11 on Friday night at New Britain Stadium‚ĶRoberson brought the ‚ÄėDogs within one, clubbing a grand slam off Tyler Ybarra in seventh‚ĶMarco Hernandez tied the game with a two-run single in the ninth and Roberson provided the game-winner, nailing a two-run triple on the 10th off Kraig Sitton (0-1), and completing the cycle‚ĶPat Light retired all five batters and fanned three to notch his first Double-A win.

NOT COOLING OFF: Oscar Tejeda went 3-for-4, 3 RBI last night and leads the Eastern League in hitting at .368 (35-for-95)…The Dominican native has a multi-hit game in 10 of his last 14 games and is 10 for his last 14 (.714) with 7 RBI, 4 doubles and 5 runs scored…Tejeda was a member of the Sea Dogs back in 2011-12.

MOOKIE WAS THE LAST: Mike Miller went 2-for-5 last night with 3 runs scored, but led off the game with a homer…Mookie Betts was the last player to accomplish the feat, leading off the 2014 season with a homer in Reading…Miller has a multi-hit game in three straight starts.

RAISE THAT STREAK: Carlos Asuaje has reached base safely in a team-high 24 straight games, dating back to April 19…Altoona’s Max Moroff has reached in a league-high 30 consecutive games…Asuaje has reached base safely in 29 of 32 games in Double-A and leads the team with 19 walks.

BULLPEN DEBUT: Joe Gunkel made his Double-A debut last night in relief of starter Mike McCarthy (2.2 IP, 9 H, 7 ER, 7 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO)…Gunkel worked 3.1 innings, yielding 6 hits, 3 runs, one walk and fanned 6…Kyle Martin worked 2.1 innings on 2 hits, one unearned run, 2 walks and 3 strikeouts.

Sox and Yanks affiliates meet on Monday night

William Cuevas has won three straight starts.

William Cuevas has won three straight starts.

The¬†Sea Dogs and Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate)¬†open up a three-game series on Monday¬†night at Hadlock Field…Portland is looking to snap a 7-game losing streak at home.

Tonight’s lineups

Portland: Tekotte 8, Asuaje 5, Witte 3, Tejeda 9, De La Cruz 7, Chester DH, Gragnani 4, Hernandez 6, Roberson 2, Cuevas RH

Trenton: Cave 8, Williams DH, Judge 9, Jagielo 5, Sanchez 2, Bichette Jr. 3, Dugas 7, Fiorito 4, Conde 6, Lail RH

HOME COOKING? The Sea Dogs have lost seven straight games Hadlock Field, and open up a three-game series with the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) on Monday night…The franchise record for consecutive losses at home is 8 on June 17-July 1, 2009…The Sea Dogs have lost four overall and were swept by the New Britain Rock Cats (Rockies affiliate) over the weekend…RHP William Cuevas (4-1, 3.28 ER) makes his third start of the season against Trenton.

‚ÄėCATS SCRATCH IN THE 8TH: New Britain scored four times in the eighth inning off Jonathan Aro (3-2) and completed a three-game sweep of the Sea Dogs, winning 7-3 on Sunday afternoon‚ĶPortland committed a season-high 5 errors, including in the eighth, leading to 2 unearned runs‚ĶTyler Massey snapped a 3-3 tie with a two-run single, and Tom Murphy and David Dahl added RBIs‚ĶKeury De La Cruz went 2-for-4 with a double and a 2 runs scored‚ĶTim Roberson went 2-for-3 and tied the game with an RBI infield-single in the sixth‚ĶGus Schlosser (6-2) tossed 3 hitless innings to earn the win.

THAT WAS THEIR FIRST IN A WHILE: The Rock Cats earned their first series-sweep at Hadlock Field since 2001‚ĶPortland‚Äôs last win at home was on April 25th vs. Trenton ‚Äď Cuevas earned the win‚ĶThe Thunder have dropped 11 of 16 after starting the season 9-5‚ĶThis series marks the third of the year between the two rivals.

WOW…THAT’S A WHILE: Cuevas has not allowed a homer in his last 60.0 innings pitched, dating back to June 22, 2014 while pitching with High-A Salem, yielding a home run to Randolph Oduber…Portland did not homer in the New Britain series and ranks 11th in the league in homers with nine.

RAISE THAT STREAK: Carlos Asuaje has reached base safely in a team-high 19 straight games, dating back to April 19…Altoona’s Max Moroff has reached in a league-high 26 consecutive games…Roberson has hit safely in 4 of 6 Double-A starts, picking up his first Double-A RBI on Sunday.

BULLPEN NOTES: Pat Light hurled a perfect ninth on Sunday and has allowed only one earned run in his last six outings (ER/8.0 IP)…Light has a multi-strikeout game in seven of 10 appearances…Robby Scott was saddled with his second consecutive blown save on Sunday, giving up 3 hits, 2 runs (one earned) over 2.0 IP.

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