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Welcome to Portland Xander Bogaerts

Xander Bogaerts becomes the youngest player in the Eastern League at 19 years old.(photo by Kelly O’Connor)

Earlier today, Xander Bogaerts joined the Portland Sea Dogs from High-A Salem and should be in the starting shortstop for the ‘Dogs in the series finale…To make room for Bogaerts, Infielder Zach Gentile was assigned to High-A Salem…The 19-year old is the youngest player in the Eastern League and will wear #5.  Lot of people tweeted me today about the number, saying it reminded them of Nomar.

“Being 19 in Double-A is a pretty unusual thing,” Red Sox farm director Ben Crockett told Brian McPherson of the Providence Journal prior to Pawtucket’s game at McCoy Stadium earlier today.

Bogaerts is ranked the #2 prospect in the Red Sox system according to Baseball America…In 104 games with Salem, he  hit .302 (116-for-384) with 15 homers and 64 RBI…He was signed by the Red Sox as a non-drafted free agent on August 23, 2009…Native of San Nicolaas, Aruba…Has a twin brother, Jair, also signed with the Red Sox as an international free agent and was sent to the Chicago Cubs prior to the 2012 season to complete the Theo Epstein compensation.

Getting plenty of ink – a few articles about today’s move.

Portland: Bradley Jr. 8, Smith 5, Hazelbaker 7, Brentz 9, Shaw 3, Bogaerts 6, Spring 2, Hissey 9, Dent 4, RHP Jeremy Kehrt (6-3, 4.17)

Akron: Holt 8, Henry 9, Diaz 6, Neal 7, Weglarz DH, Lawson 4, Rohlinger 5, Perez 2, Toole 3, LHP T.J. House (6-2, 3.13)

Game Notes

Travis Shaw Interview

Xander Boegerts taking batting practice for the first time in a Sea Dogs uniform.

 

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More roster moves…Brandon Workman has arrived in Akron

Knuckleballer Steven Wright earned his 10th win of the season on Sunday – his debut in the Red Sox system.  Earlier today, Wright was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket.  Righty Brandon Workman has joined Portland from High-A Salem and makes his Double-A debut Sunday in Erie.

Additional moves: C Jayson Hernandez assigned to High-A Salem…Righty Andrew Bailey will continue his 30-day MLB Rehab Assignment in Pawtucket. Workman pitched last night for Salem, fanning nine over six innings, allowing three runs on five hits, but suffered the loss. The righty went 7-7, 3.40 ERA (43 ER/113.2 IP) in 20 starts with the Salem Sox.   Lineups for Wednesday

Portland: Bradley Jr. DH, Smith 5, Hazelbaker 7, Brentz 9, Shaw 3, Vazquez 2, Hissey DH, Gibson 6, Gentile 4, LHP Drake Britton (3-4, 4.24)

Akron: Henry 9, Holt 8, Chen 3, Neal DH, Diaz 6, Weglarz 7, Rohlinger 5, Perez 2, Stoneburner 4, RHP Paolo Espino (6-2, 3.13)

Game Notes

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Ohio Native returns home, so does a former Aero

Jeff Shaw (Travis Shaw’s dad) pitched in the Eastern League with Canton in 1988…Travis was born the year his dad made his Major League debut.

Knuckleballer Steven Wright earned his 10th win of the season in his previous start, but that was his first with the Sea Dogs…Wright worked six innings on Sunday, allowing five hits and one run.  This couldn’t have worked out better for Wright, who was traded on July 31st from Akron and is now back in his former park.  On Monday, Wright was able to get his personal belongings and settle up some loss ends that he had in Akron.

Sticking with Ohio, 1B Travis Shaw attended Kent State, 20 minutes from Canal Park, and will have a lot of family at the game tonight, including his dad Jeff Shaw.  Travis has played at Canal Park when he was in college, he’s really looking forward to these three days.  The Shaw’s are from Washington Court House, Ohio – three hours from Akron.

Travis was nice enough to join me before tonight’s game, the interview is below.

With a win tonight, Portland ties a season-high for consecutive wins with with five…the ‘Dogs are 5-1 during a 15-game stretch against the Western Division – their final 15 games against the West this season.

Lineups for Tuesday

Portland: Bradley Jr. 8, Smith 5, Hazelbaker 7, Brentz 9, Shaw 3, Vazquez 2, Hissey DH, Gibson 6, Dent 4, RHP Mike McDonald (1-2, 5.32)

Akron: Henry 9, Holt 8, Chen 3, Neal 7, Diaz 6, Abraham 5, Weglarz DH, Perez 2, Rohlinger 4, LHP Giovanni Soto (6-8, 3.84)

Game Notes

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Knuckleballer officially joins the Sea Dogs…Shaw set to make debut

“I thought something strange was going on when I saw a bunch of you guys (myself included) smiling as I walked by the batting cage.”  – That’s a quote from Steven Wright when he left the Akron bullpen yesterday after throwing a side session.  At that point, we all knew he was traded to Boston.  Wright had no idea.  The full audio interview is below.

Sea Dogs Roster Moves todayWright officially on the roster…INF Reynaldo Rodriguez to Triple-A Pawtucket…INF Travis Shaw received from High-A Salem…INF Drew Hedman and LHP Will Latimer assigned to High-A Salem…RHP Chris Martin activated from the disabled list…RHP Jason Urquidez placed on the temporary inactive list.

 

Getting set to make his Double-A Travis Shaw - Leads all Red Sox Minor Leaguers with 73 RBI…Hit .305 (108-for-354) with 16 homers (T-3rd in the system) and 73 RBI with High-A Salem…Ranked among the following Carolina League categories: 1st in RS (69), T-1st in 2B (31), 2nd in RBI, EBH (50), BB (59) and TB (193), 3rd in HR and SLG (.545), 5th in OBP (.411)

Lineups for Wednesday

Akron: Holt 8, Henry 9, Neal 7, Abraham 3, Diaz 6, Weglarz DH, Rohlinger 5, Perez 2, Toole 4  RHP Paolo Espino (5-2, 3.14)

Portland: Bradley Jr. 8, Vitek 5, Hazelbaker 7, Brentz DH, Shaw 3, Smith 4, Hissey 9, Butler 2, Dent 6, RHP Mike MacDonald (1-1, 4.24)

Game Notes

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Wright switches dugouts…Masterson sighting

 

There were rumors that former Sea Dog Justin Masterson might end up in Boston…This is not him at Hadlock Field, but a fan from Cleveland is here for a wedding.

 

Former Akron Aero Steven Wright was traded during Portland’s batting practice to the Boston Red Sox for former Sea Dogs Lars Anderson…Wright becomes the fifth knuckleballer in franchise history joining: RHP John Barnes (2007), RHP Charlie HaegerLHP Joe Rogers (2004)and Charlie Zink (2003-07)…Barnes is the knuckleballer to start (August 29, 2007).

Before the game I bumped into a Indians fan in the concourse, who is visiting Hadlock Field for the first time.  I asked him if I could take a picture of his jersey – since he was wearing Justin Masterson…Masterson was rumored to be traded to Boston.

Quotes from Kevin Thomas’ article with Steven Wright 

“Exciting,” he said, still in his Aeros uniform. “With (Tim) Wakefield and the success he has had there.”

Wakefield, the recently-retired knuckleball pitcher of the Red Sox, recently talked to Wright, a phone call arranged by Rob Leary, the former Red Sox coach who is now the Indians minor league field coordinator.

“We just talked on the phone a little bit before my last start,” Wright said. “It was nice to pick his brain.

A SWING THROUGH THE WILD WEST: The Sea Dogs begin a six-game homestand on Tuesday night against the Akron Aeros (Indians affiliate) from Hadlock Field…Portland begins a stretch of 15 straight games against the Western Division – tonight is their first meeting with the Aeros…After dropping 8 of 10 to start July, the ‘Dogs have won 12 of their last 19, and will finish the month at .500 (15-15) with a win tonight.

 NOT IN THEIR LONG: Stolmy Pimentel (4-5) lasted a 1/3 of an inning (career-low) in Sunday’s loss to the Binghamton Mets 6-2 at NYSEG Stadium…Pimentel yielded four runs in the first on one hit, four walks and a hit batter…Mark Cohoon (6-7) worked 5.2 innings on 5 hits and 2 runs to earn the win…Juan Centeno and Dustin Martin drove in two runs for the B-Mets…Jackie Bradley Jr. clobbered his 4th homer of the season during a two-run sixth…Kolbrin Vitek added a run-scoring double with two outs…Portland’s bullpen allowed just two runs in 7.2 IP on 5 hits, 4 walks and 5 strikeouts.

Lineups for Tuesday

Akron: Holt 8, Henry 9, Neal 7, Weglarz DH, Diaz 6, Abraham 3, Rohlinger 5, Perez 2, Toole 4  LHP Giovanio Soto (6-7, 4.08)

Portland: Bradley Jr. 8, Hazelbaker DH, Smith 4, Rodriguez 3, Brentz 9, Vitek 5, Butler 2, Gibson 6, Bermudez 7, RHP Jason Urquidez (1-2, 3.33)

Game Notes

RADIO NETWORKCatch every game on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network: Flagship Stations: WPEI 95.9 FM & WPPI 95.5 FM (Portland/Topsham)…Network Affiliates: WOXO 92.7 FM Norway, WTBM 100.7 FM Mexico, WERZ 1240 AM Lewiston/Auburn, WTME 780 AM Rumford, WKTQ 1450 AM South Paris…Online: seadogs.com & milb.com and IPAD/Smartphone: Tunein app – search Portland Sea Dogs Radio Network.

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