Despite snow this morning in Maine, the Sea Dogs home opener is 24 days away, and their 2016 opener is 17 days from now. Portland begins the season with a 7-game roadtrip at Reading and Trenton. I know the snow gets us baseball fans down, but no worries, we’ll have baseball before you know it.
Red Sox and Cardinals are on ESPN and MLB.TV – warm thoughts on this snowy Monday. Red Sox lineup features many former Sea Dogs: Betts RF; Holt 2B; Bogaerts SS; Ramirez 1B; Shaw 3B; Sandoval DH; Castillo LF; Bradley CF; Vazquez C; Buchholz P
Portland’s offices are open today and wouldn’t this be a great day to buy tickets? Opening series against Hartford is available at seadogs.com. A reminder, the Sea Dogs gained a few extra home games against Hartford, due to their ballpark not being ready for the month of April.
Great Reading Links
Kevin Thomas on who we might see in Portland
Baseball Riches by Brian McPherson
David Price intrasquad game Sunday
Pawtucket extends protective nets
David Ortiz on bat flippers
Rusney Castillo trying to emerge as LF
Photo of the Day
All kinds of @ down in FL for Spring Training! Best boat name in the game
I retweeted Boston’s lineup this morning – all nine in Boston’s lineup today vs. Minnesota played in Portland. The Red Sox are playing a split-squad game on Friday, as a group will travel to Tampa’s complex. Ortiz didn’t come through Portland on his way to the Majors, but did an MLB Rehab Assignment with Portland on July 21-23, 2008. In fact, Pablo Sandoval was catching for the Connecticut Defenders in Big Papi’s Maine debut. But, that all changed at 11:55 AM as Jackie Bradley Jr. was scratched with forearm stiffness. Andrew Benintendi is making the start in Jackie’s place.
UPDATED 3/18 vs. MIN: Betts RF, Pedroia 2B, Ortiz DH, Bogaerts SS, Ramirez 1B, Shaw 3B, Murphy LF, Benintendi CF, Vazquez C, Porcello RHP.
Red Sox roster moves today: INF Marco Hernandez optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket…RHP Kyle Martin reassigned to minor league camp. Hernandez and Martin are both in Portland last year. According to Peter Abraham, Hernandez will get work at third base and centerfield. Red Sox now have 46 players in camp: 34 from 40-man roster and 12 non-roster invitees.
Pawtucket broadcasters Will Flemming and Josh Maurer have the play-by-play of today’s Red Sox game on MLB.com. Here’s there morning report.
The Red Sox wore green uniforms in their exhibition game against Baltimore and so did Slugger the Sea Dog. In fact, the Sea Dogs front office changed changed their logos to green in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.
If you’re headed down to Ft. Myers, hopefully you’ll meet Sea Dogs General Manager Geoff Iacuessa. Geoff is there to greet the staff and players and go over and needs they have for 2016. Pawtucket broadcasters Will Flemming and Josh Maurer are broadcasting today and tomorrow’s Red Sox game on MLB.com.
I’m leaving for Maine in a few minutes, but I wanted to check in one more time from Ft. Myers. This year’s Spring Training coverage was a blast. The opportunity to call a big league game was an amazing start to the trip. I normally venture down here during minor league games, but I had a chance to see what the minor leaguers do for their spring training.
The entire Red Sox minor league system opens up their exhibition schedule tomorrow, taking on the Tampa Bay Rays minor league teams.
There’s always a buzz in the air for Sea Dogs baseball. Fans love the opportunity to come out to Hadlock Field to see the boys of summer. This year, I feel even a bigger buzz with the potential of Andrew Benintendi and Yoan Moncada making their way to Maine. The general consensus is the two will start in High-A Salem. I’m always a wait and see guy! You just never know what can happen the final week of camp.
Social Media: You can follow the Portland Sea Dogs on the following platforms: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Vine and Snap Chat. There’s more social media platforms that will be arriving in the future.
Daniel Bard worked a perfect ninth in yesterday’s game against the Red Sox. Bard is trying to make the Pirates and overcome a very difficult end to his Red Sox career. The righty lost his control after being converted to a starter. Former Sea Dog T.J. Large works for the Pirates minor league system and encourage Bard to try out. If Daniel makes it back to the Majors, this will be a special moment in baseball. A friend reaching out to a friend. I love that story.
Greetings from sunny Ft.Myers! I thought in honor of Pi Day, David Ortiz should have worn 314. Boston’s lineup for today featured 8 of 9 former Sea Dogs, with Pablo Sandoval a former Eastern Leaguer (Connecticut Defenders): Kevin Boles brought out this lineup card on Monday against the Pirates: Betts 9, Pedroia 4, Ortiz DH, Bogaerts 6, Ramirez 3, Sandoval 5, Castillo 7, Bradley Jr. 8, Vazquez 2, Kelly RHP
Monday’s minor league schedule: On-field drills from 8:30-10:00 AM. Batting practice until 11 and intra-squad games until 1 PM. Minor League Spring Training Games begin on Wednesday, the Sea Dogs and PawSox host Tampa’s AAA and AA clubs. Salem, Greenville and Lowell travel to Tampa’s complex.
Portland’s 2016 Minor League Spring Training Schedule:
March 16: vs. Montgomery
March 17: @ Bowie
March 18: @ Chattanooga
March 19: vs. Chattanooga
March 20: Camp Day
March 21: vs. Chattanooga
March 22: @ Bowie
March 23: vs. Montgomery
March 24: @ Bowie
March 25: vs. Montgomery
March 26: @ Chattanooga
March 27: Camp Day
March 28: @ Montgomery
March 29: vs. Bowie
March 30: @ Montgomery
March 31: vs. Bowie
April 1: vs. Chattanooga
April 2: @ Chattanooga
April 3: Break Camp
The Red Sox should announce the full minor league rosters on April 3 or 4. Make sure to check seadogs.com for the full roster.
Great to see Daniel Bard on the mound for the Pirates. Bard got the save in the Pirates win over Boston, working a perfect ninth. Here’s the full boxscore for today.
Hope you’re enjoying the blogs back in Maine! I see temps were near 60s today. The weather has been absolutely beautiful in Ft. Myers. The Red Sox were at Tampa today and the Red Sox minor leaguers had meetings. jetBlue Park at Fenway South was a bit quiet.
Tomorrow is my last full day in Ft. Myers. I will attend minor league workouts in the morning and take in the Red Sox/Pirates game at 1 PM. I’m hoping to get more interviews and video for the blog.
Great tweet by the Portland Sea Dogs
Portland Sea Dogs @PortlandSeaDogs
Congrats to the @ for clinching a second straight playoff appearance. #.
-The Red Claws are the D-League affiliate of the Boston Celtics and play in the Portland Expo, next door to Hadlock Field.
Greeting from Ft. Myers! Hope you enjoy my video intros. Every year I’m down here, I think to experiment with different ideas to bring better coverage. The Portland Sea Dogs and the entire Red Sox minor leaguers, worked out on the backfields at jetBlue Park at Fenway South.
Had a great time sitting down with new Red Sox Radio Broadcaster Tim Everett before today’s game. Tim is a New Hampshire native is was previous one of the voices of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Today was filled in the broadcast booths as NESN carried the game – Tom Caron and Jerry Remy had the call. It’s always great seeing TC.
One of the highlights of my day was seeing former Sea Dog Mike Brenly. Mike is entering his first full season with the Red Sox. He left Portland last year to assume the bullpen catcher’s job. As we were talking, Marlins Manager Don Mattingly walked by us. Very cool moment. My full interview with Mike is below.
There were plenty of hugs pre-game, as Craig Breslow made the trip for the Marlins. Breslow was a great teammate and loved by so many members of the Red Sox Organization. A few years back, he did a MLB Rehab stint with the Sea Dogs.
The Boston Red Sox suffered a 2-1 loss in Dunedin today against the Blue Jays, but former Sea Dog Sam Travis tied the game in the ninth inning with a solo-homer. Watch Highlight
Had a great time this morning chatting with former Sea Dogs Manager Billy McMillon. After two seasons as Portland manager, Billy is now the outfield coordinator in the Red Sox system. As I was talking to Billy, I saw Nate Spears make his way over. Nate is now a coach in the Red Sox system. He made it to Boston a few years ago, and finished his playing career in the Independent Leagues.
On the big league field, Clay Buchholz threw a simulated game. David Murphy, David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval all took batting practice. The minor league fields featured intra-squad games.
The Red Sox host the Marlins at jetBlue Park at Fenway South on Saturday. Former Sea Dog Henry Owens will make the start.
I had the privilege of calling the Sox/Twins game for MLB.com with Pawtucket broadcaster Will Flemming. Today was one of the best days I’ve had as a professional broadcaster. Getting that opportunity was amazing.
The Red Sox fell 7-2 to Minnesota, receiving their runs on a two-run single by David Murphy in the eighth. David Price made his spring debut, tossing three innings on four hits and two runs – both on back-to-back homers with two outs in the second. Price worked from the stretch the entire outing – spring is the time to work on things. I thought Hanley Ramirez looked excellent at first base. He had great reads and was quick to the ball.
Link to today’s Red Sox Broadcast
Good Morning from jetBlue Park in beautiful Ft. Myers, Florida. First pitch with the Minnesota Twins is 1:05 PM today with temps in the mid 80s. Today is my 11th time covering Spring Training for the Portland Sea Dogs, but the first time I’ll be doing play-by-play for a Boston Red Sox spring training game. I’ll be joining Pawtucket broadcaster Will Flemming on the call. The game will air on MLB.com and the At-Bat app.
I’ll be here until March 15th, covering the Sea Dogs, Red Sox and reporting on any stories related to the Red Sox system.
Red Sox lineup today: Betts RF, Pedroia 2B, , Bogaerts SS, Ortiz DH, Ramirez 1B, Sandoval 3B, Murphy LF, Swihart C, Bradley CF…and, someone named Price is on the mound. David Price makes his spring debut in today’s game against the Twins.
Thursday morning tweets from Sox Beat Writers
Pete Abraham @PeteAbe
Clay Buchholz will throw three innings in a sim game at the Fort on Friday.
Hanley working early this morning with Butterfield at First Base, putting the time in. Yes pic.twitter.com/XjSRRKOspn
In eyes of Red Sox, Travis Shaw earning more and more playing time providencejournal.com/sports/2016030…