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Report from the Fort (Day 3 – Afternoon Edition)

Hammond Stadium, the Spring Training home of the Minnesota Twins.

Hammond Stadium, the Spring Training home of the Minnesota Twins.

The Sea Dogs made the 10-minute trip to Lee County in Ft. Myers to play the New Britain Rock Cats on Wednesday afternoon.  The style of exhibition games in the minors are far different than the regular season, as today’s contest finished in a 1-1 tie.  Portland scored the tying-run in the seventh inning on an RBI ground out by Matty Johnson.

Terry Doyle, who was optioned to Pawtucket earlier this morning, made the start for the Sea Dogs. Doyle was just getting work in the Double-A game, he’ll be part of Pawtucket’s staff. His line was: 4 IP, 3 H, R, ER, BB, 3 SO.

Keith Couch worked five scoreless innings of relief on two hits and two strikeouts. Couch could be part of Portland’s rotation.

Portland Boxscore

Bogaerts SS 1-for-4…roped a double off the chain-link fence in right-center field
Meneses 0-for-1
Almanzar DH 2-for-3…double to right field
Shaw 1B 1-for-4…infield single
Bermudez RF 1-fo-3…pulled a double to left
Sanchez 0-for-2, 2 K
Hissey CF 1-for-3…BB, infield single
Gibson 2B 2-for-4…2 singles
Natoli 3B 0-for-2…walk and a sac-bunt
Escobar C 0-for-2
Perez 0-for-2
Johnson 0-for-3…BB, RBI groundout

Former Sea Dogs update

  • I had a chance to chat with Brock Huntzinger today…pitched two innings in Pawtucket’s game.
  • Ryan Lavarnway was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket earlier this morning and blasted a monster homer in the exhibition tilt.
  • Jon Hee says Keoni DeRenne has the best name in franchise history.
  • Jon Lester will start Opening Day for the third straight year.
  • I will be dining with former Sea Dogs Manager Arnie Beyeler tonight…not sure if this matters to anyone…ha ha.


The Sea Dogs and Rock Cats meet at JetBlue Park on Thursday afternoon at 1 PM…I’ll be covering that game and Boston’s night contest against the Twins.

Former Sea Dog Reynaldo Rodriguez now a member of the Minnesota Twins organization.

Former Sea Dog Reynaldo Rodriguez now a member of the Minnesota Twins organization.





Sea Dogs (20-30) at Harrisburg Senators (27-23)

Nothing wrong with my camera…this was the scene around 4 o’clock yesterday in Harrisburg, PA.

The Sea Dogs have won five of their last seven, and open up a six-game roadtrip on Wednesday night in Harrisburg, PA against the Senators with a doubleheader…Portland has dropped 12 of their last 17 at Metro Bank Park, but split four-games on City Island last season…Harrisburg is 27-23 on the season, only three games behind the Akron Aeros for the top spot in the Western Division…Tonight starts a stretch of 21 straight games for Portland against the Wild-Western Division.

Lineups for Wednesday Game 1

Portland:  Hazelbaker DH, Wilkerson 8, Linares 7, Rodriguez 3, Brentz 9, Spring 2, Gibson 6, Gentile 4, Natoli 5, Buckner RHP

Harrisburg: Perez 8, Lozada 6, Valdez 7, Pahuta 3, Rahl 9 , Mayorson 5, Van Ostrand DH, Ivany 2, Nicol 4,  Ballard LHP

Game Notes

Reynaldo Rodriguez and Jeremy Hazelbaker Video Highlights

  1. Harrisburg is the Double-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals…Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg have made stops in Harrisburg.
  2. Senators’ Manager Matt LeCroy was the 50th overall pick in the 1997 Draft by the Minnesota Twins…The pick was granted to the Twins for failing to sign Travis Lee in the first round of the 1996 draft.
  3. Harrisburg Hitting Coach Eric Fox skippered the Sea Dogs in 2002…Fox was the fifth overall pick by the Seattle Mariners in the 1986 draft…Played for Seattle (1986-88), Oakland (1989-94), Texas (1995), the L.A. Dodgers (1996), Philadelphia (1997) and Baltimore (1997). Appeared in 116 games and posted a .198 batting average. An outstanding outfielder with a .995 career fielding

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: & and IPAD/Smartphone: Tunein app – search Portland Sea Dogs Radio Network.

Sea Dogs (14-25) vs. Binghamton Mets (19-19) on Fireworks Friday

Fireworks Friday!

The Sea Dogs open up a three-game homestand against the Binghamton Mets on Friday night at Hadlock Field…Portland has dropped six of eight to the Mets this season…With a win tonight, the ‘Dogs will have their first 3-game winning streak of the season at home…RHP Billy Buckner (1-3, 4.10) makes his eighth start of the season for Portland and his third against the B-Mets…RHP Gonzalez Germen makes his third start of the year for Binghamton.

Lineups for Friday

Binghamton: Den Dekker 8, Rodriguez 6, Havens 4, Marte 5, Lagares DH, Reyes 9, Ozga 3, Gronauer 2, Zapata 7, Mejia RHP

Portland:  Hazelbaker 7, Vitek 5, Linares DH, Rodriguez 3, Brentz 9, Spring 2, Bermudez 8, Gibson 6, Meneses 4, Buckner RHP

Game Notes

Bryce Brentz Interview

Matt Barnes leads all Red Sox Minor League pitchers in ERA (0.60) and strikeouts (67)

  • On the Rise…Matt Barnes continues to dominate in his first professional season…The righty hurled six scoreless innings for Salem on Thursday night, and leads all Red Sox minor league pitchers with a 0.60 ERA and 67 strikeouts.
  • On the decline…Daisuke Matsuzaka was roughed up on Thursday night in Durham, yielding 5 runs (4 earned) over 6.2 IP for Pawtucket.
  • Did you know? Hideki Matsui signed a minor league contract with the Tampa Bay Rays and is currently playing in Triple-A Durham…His official statistics show that his first ever minor league game was 2007 with the Tampa Yankees, but that is wrong…Matsui suited up for the 2006 Trenton Thunder in the first round of the playoffs and played his first ever minor league game against Portland.

Hideki Matsui played his first ever minor league in 2006, but there is no record of it.

  • Kevin Youkilis talking to PawSox radio broadcaster Aaron Goldsmith before Thursday’s game in Durham…Youk has a great relationship with former Sea Dogs’ Manager Arnie Beyeler

You can listen to Sea Dogs Baseball on the tunein app – link to their website or

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: & and IPAD/Smartphone: Tunein app – search Portland Sea Dogs Radio Network.

Sea Dogs (10-21) vs. New Hampshire Fisher Cats (13-17)…Arnie on Harper

The Sea Dogs continue their two-game series with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) on Wednesday night from Hadlock Field…Portland has won 3 of 4, and have received a quality start in back-to-back games…Righty Stolmy Pimentel seeks his first Double-A win in tonight’s game…Reynaldo Rodriguez smacked two homers on Monday night for the second time in his Double-A career and Bryce Brentz added a 2-run shot…Chris Balcom-Miller notched his second win of the year, working a team-high 7 innings on 3 hits and one run…Last night’s game will be made up on July 13th as part of a 7-inning doubleheader.

Lineups for Wednesday

Reynaldo Rodriguez homered twice on Monday night…His last 6 hits are extra-base hits (4 homers and 2 doubles)

New Hampshire: Goins 6, Diaz 4, McDade 3, Sobolewski 5, Tolisano 7, Glenn 9, Van Kirk DH, Jeroloman 2, Jackson 8, Cecil LHP

Portland: Hazelbaker 9, Vitek 5, Linares 8, Rodriguez 3, Tejeda 7, Brentz DH, Butler 2, Gibson 6, Meneses 4, Pimentel RHP

Game Notes

Past Sunday chat with Kevin Boles

Sea Dogs Media Guide

  • Great article by Brian McPherson…Arnie Beyeler on Bryce Harper
  • Sea Dogs’ beat writer Kevin Thomas with a throwback article…Dave Joppie on Will Middlebrooks.
  • Daisuke and the truth about Tommy John from Alex Speier

Portland is seeking back-to-back series wins for the first time since July 18-27, 2011, when they won three consecutive series…The Sea Dogs have not won back-to-back series at home since winning seven of eight at Hadlock to end the 2010 season.

The Josh Beckett bobblehead will be made up on June 6th.

You can listen to Sea Dogs Baseball on the tunein app – link to their website or

RADIO NETWORK: Catch 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: & and IPAD/Smartphone: Tunein app – search Portland Sea Dogs Radio Network.

Day 4 from the Ft. Myers…Game Recap/Arnie Beyeler

Portland Sea Dogs Game Recap (Game Photos below)

Adalberto Ibarra delivered a run-scoring fielder’s choice, giving the Sea Dogs a 6-5, walk-off win over the New Britain Rock Cats on Monday afternoon.  Heiker Meneses began the rally with a one-out triple down the right-field line, and was safe on a throw to the plate from the first baseman.  Portland had 11 hits off ‘Cats’ pitchers, including a 3-run double from Oscar Tejeda in the first inning.  Bryce Brentz and Reynaldo Rodriguez added run-scoring doubles.  Ryan Pressly tossed four innings, yielding 4 hits on 3 runs.  Ruben Flores worked two scoreless frames and Pete Ruiz gave up two runs over 2 IP.  Michael Olmsted earned the win, working a perfect ninth.  Olmsted was a former 9th round pick by the Mets in 2007.  Boston acquired the righty last May from Chico of the Independent League.

Mini-Box Score
Jeremy Hazelbaker CF      1-for-2, BB, Bunt-1B
Matt Johnson CF             0-for-2
Derek Gibson SS                   2-for-4, 2B, 1B, RS
Kolbrin Vitek 3B                  0-for-1, BB
Nick Natoli 3B                   0-for-2
Bryce Brentz RF                   1-for-2, 1B, RS
Drew Hedman RF            1-for-2, RBI, 2B
Kevin Youkilis – batted in the first 2 innings, 2 BB
Oscar Tejeda LF                    2-for-4, 3 RBI, 2B, 1B, RS, SB
Christian Vazquez C            0-for-2, BB
Leonel Escobar C              0-for-1
Reynaldo Rodriguez 1B      1-for-4, RBI, 2B
Heiker Meneses 2B              2-for-4, 3B, 1B, RS
Adalberto Ibarra                  0-for-4, RBI

Ryan Pressley                        4 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO
Ruben Flores                          2 IP, H, SO
Pete Ruiz                                   2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, BB, SO
Michael Olmsted                   IP, SO

Faces taking in the Minor League games: GM Ben Cherington, Alfredo Aceves, Brandon Duckworth, Bill James, Tony Pena SR (watching his son pitch for Pawtucket), Bill Masse (Former Thunder Manager)…The second voice of the PawSox Steve Hyder spent his first day watching Pawtucket beat Rochester 6-2.

Interview with current PawSox Manager Arnie Beyeler

Oscar Tejeda's follow through on a bases-clearing double


Former Sea Dog Kevin Youkilis had 6 at-bats between Portland and Pawtucket on Monday, going 3-for-4 with 2 walks.

Former Red Sox Catcher Tony Pena watching his son pitch for Pawtucket.

In the Bens we trust. Ben Crockett, Director of Player Development (LEFT) and GM Ben Cherington

Day 4 Morning Report/Audio Interviews

Catching up with Aaron Bates after Rochester's 6-2 win over Pawtucket on Saturday. (Aaron Goldsmith/Pawtucket Red Sox)

I wanted to thank Shoe & Joe from the Morning Jab for having me on this morning.  The Sea Dogs new home for baseball this season is 95.5/95.9 FM in Portland, Maine, the same radio group that owns the Big Jab 96.3 FM.

I’ll be checking back in later today, with a final game recap of Portland’s exhibition game against New Britain.  Before the game, I’ll be watching Arnie Beyeler throw batting practice and hit fungos to the Red Sox players who will not travel for today’s game.  Kevin Youkilis will get some at-bats during the minor league games.

My interviews if you missed them

Michael Bowden

Rich Gedman

Aaron Bates

Report from the Fort – Day 3 (Bates, Bowden and Gedman Interview)

The first three days of Spring Training has been so much fun, and I’m still in awe of the JetBlue Park facility.  During the past few days,  I’ve covered the Sea Dogs, PawSox and Red Sox, with Pawtucket broadcaster Aaron Goldsmith.  Yesterday I interviewed former Sea Dog Aaron Bates after Pawtucket’s 6-2 loss to Rochester. Tomorrow, the Twins minor leaguers play at the Red Sox complex, and I’m hoping to interview former Sea Dog Ray Chang.

Brandon Duckworth getting some work in during Sunday's workout

When I woke up this morning and heard rain, I was worried that Camp Day would be cancelled.  So what is Camp Day?  It’s where teams play intra-squad games, and hitters get to face their own pitchers.  Since it rained in the morning, a few pitchers threw to a hitter with no one on the field.  There was a catcher, umpire and a few players chasing down fly balls.  It was nice to have a great view behind home plate.

Interview with former Red Sox Catcher Rich Gedman.  Great insight on the 1986 team

With the Red Sox playing on the road today, a few starters stayed behind and took batting practice.  Former Sea Dogs Manager Arnie Beyeler threw BP (baseball slang word for batting practice), and chatted with me after their workout.  On Monday, I’m going to watch Arnie work with some of the Red Sox players during their pre-game routine in the morning.  Looking forward to getting some great photos.  I can’t say enough about how great the Sea Dogs’ coaches have been since my time in Portland.

Carl Crawford talking to Red Sox report Maureen Mullen of

During my morning travels, I had a long conversation with former Sea Dogs’ trainer Masai Takahashi.  Masai is one of two assistant trainers (Brad Pearson) that worked in Portland.  Jon Jochim, the PawSox trainer, was driving around in a golf cart, but he was very busy.   I also had a quick minute to check-in with Dustin Pedroia.  He said it was as honor that I read his book.  Actually I made that part up.

A Class Act on and off the field.  Former Sea Dog Michael Bowden

Up close shot of the Green Monster at JetBlue Park

Morales and Padilla showing off some dance moves. Not really, just stretching.

Have a great Sunday, and I’ll check in with you on Monday.  Reach me at  Full photo gallery at

My longest rain delay involved Kevin Youkilis – how about a new TV?

So how about this Monday morning?  I know it’s tough getting up to start a new work week, but 63 degrees in Old Orchard Beach, Maine.  Hopefully some of you had a planned day off, and are enjoying the sunshine.  It doesn’t have to be  in the 60’s to put us in the baseball mood.  As soon as pitchers & catchers report to Ft. Myers, our juices get flowing for the 2012 season opener.  As the Sea Dogs prepare for their exhibition opener on Wednesday in Florida, the front office continues their intense preparation in Portland, Maine.  A few days ago, the Sea Dogs announced this amazing promotion, which starts on June 29th.   Yes, Flat screen televisions will be given away.  I’m not sure I could survive without my High-Definition TV.

  • Somebody asked me last week, “How long was the longest rain delay you ever sat through?”  It was very easy to remember – 2001.  I was working for the Utica Blue Sox then, and we were playing the final game of a 4-game series in Lowell.  The Manager for the Spinners was Arnie Beyeler and the Blue Sox Manager was Kevin Boles.  I remember this day so clearly, and I do remember the 2001 season, especially since I was living in New York (not close to home), my parents made the trip to Lowell for the game that was originally planned for 5:00 PM.  They sat with me during the rain delay for about three hours, and finally left when they figured there was no way we would play.  So after 4 hours and 45 minutes, we started the game at 9:45 PM.  Also, the Lowell Spinners were nice enough to put us up in their team hotel for an extra night.

    Former Sea Dog Kevin Youkilis batted third in a game that was delayed 4 hours and 4 minutes due to rain.

  • If you look at the photo below, you’ll see that Kevin Youkilis batted third for Lowell, and went 1-for-3 with a 2-run single.  It’s amazing years later that I would be linked to both managers here in Portland, and that Youkilis would go on to a great career with the Red Sox.  This was one of those lasting memories, plus the Blue Sox lost the game 11-3.
  • Make sure to follow Elizabeth Dreeson on Twitter @Eli_Dreesox.  With the minor league exhibition season starting on Wednesday, Elizabeth will update all the happenings from minor league camp.
  • Great blog by my former broadcast partner and good friend –
  • Quick take on Peyton Manning.  I think San Francisco and Houston would be his best shot at winning a Super Bowl.  Two teams with Super Bowl defenses.