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The Battle continues on Tuesday night

WGME-TV 13 David Eid talking with Ryan Lavarnway.

WGME-TV 13 David Eid talking with Ryan Lavarnway.

Ryan Lavarnway continues his Major League Rehab Assignment with Portland, as the ‘Dogs take on the Binghamton Mets in the middle game of a three-game set on Tuesday night at Hadlock Field…With last night’s win, the ‘Dogs are now 4.5 games over the B-Mets for the top spot in the Eastern League’s Eastern Division.

RHP Luis Diaz tied a career-high with nine strikeouts against the B-Mets at NYSEG Stadium on July 10th, but took the loss, allowing just four runs (three earned) over 5.2 innings pitched.

Star Wars Night on August 16th at Hadlock Field

Mascot Mania

Congrats to former Fisher Cat Aaron Sanchez on his call-up to the Toronto Blue Jays…Sanchez is expected to work out of the bullpen for the Blue Jays and could make his Major League debut against the Red Sox in tonight’s game.

ESPN’s Keith Law has ranked the Chicago Cubs and the Minnesota Twins as the Top 2 Minor League Systems…This isn’t based on their records, it’s the potential of their prospects.

Nice story on Brock Holt by MassLive

Pre-Game begins at 6:15PM on 95.9/95.5 and the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Listen online at seadogs.com.

Pre-Game Interview: Ryan Lavarnway Part 2.

Lineups
‘Dogs: Gibson 8, Swihart 2, Lavarnway DH, Coyle 4, Almanzar 5, Welch 3, Wilkerson 9, Hissey 7, Meneses 6, Diaz RH (3-2, 2.63)

B-Mets: Johnson 7, Herrera 4, Burgamy 3, Lawley 5, Ceciliani DH, Rivera 6, Nimmo 8, Taijeron 9, Carrillo 2, Lara RH (5-3, 4.73)

A few notes for today

PART TWO: The Sea Dogs and Binghamton Mets continue their three-game series at Hadlock Field on Tuesday night…Portland has won six straight over the B-Mets in Maine, and eight of their last nine home games…With last night’s win, the ‘Dogs hold a 4.5 game lead over Binghamton for the top spot in the Eastern League’s Eastern Division…If Portland wins this series, they will guarantee a winning record in series at Hadlock Field (currently 10-3-1)…RHP Luis Diaz makes his second start against the Mets and seventh with Portland.

GREAT BATTLE: Portland snapped a 3-3 tie with two runs in the seventh inning and held on for a 6-4 win over the Mets on Monday…Sean Coyle (2-for-5, 2 RBI) gave the ‘Dogs a 4-3 lead with a run-scoring ground out…Portland made it 5-3 when David Chester fanned, but reached base on a strikeout-wild pitch…Stefan Welch added an insurance run in the eighth inning, delivering a two-out RBI single, giving the ‘Dogs a 6-4 lead…RHP Mike McCarthy earned the win in relief, working three innings on three runs (two homers)…1B Ryan Lavarnway went 0-for-4 with a run-scoring groundout.

RANKING THE ‘DOGS: The Top 5 winning percentages (Full-Season Clubs) in Minor League Baseball: Low-A Asheville 67-34 (.663), Low-A Savannah 63-33 (.656), Low-A Kane County 64-36 (.640), Portland 65-37 (.637), alongside Low-A Greensboro and Low-A Hagerstown 65-37 (.637)…The Red Sox have the 7th best record as an organization in MiLB at 270-240 (.529).

It was Xander Bogaerts Bobblehead Giveaway last night and this gentleman was wearing his jersey.

It was Xander Bogaerts Bobblehead Giveaway last night and this gentleman was wearing his jersey.

MLB REHAB UPDATE: Lavarnway became the 34th player to make a Major League rehab assignment with the Portland Sea Dogs and the 28th as a Red Sox affiliate. MLB Rehabs as a Red Sox affiliate: Felix Doubront & Steven Wright (2014), Craig Breslow, Stephen Drew, John Lackey, Franklin Morales & David Ross (2013), Andrew Bailey, Chris Carpenter, Carl Crawford, Jacoby Ellsbury, Rich Hill, Ryan Kalish, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Ryan Sweeney (2012), Bobby Jenks (2011), Mike Cameron, Manny Delcarmen, Ellsbury and Jeremy Hermida (2010), Jed Lowrie, Matsuzaka and John Smoltz (2009), David Ortiz (2008), Wade Miller (2005), Lenny DiNardo (2004 & 2006), Casey Fossum (2003), Chad Fox (2003) and Matt White (2003)

MLB Rehabs as a Marlins affiliate: Luis Aquino, Chris Hammond and Gary Sheffield (1994) Charles Johnson (1995), Matt Mantei (1997), Kevin Millar (2002).

HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS: Portland has won eight of nine this month at home, but has dropped eight of their last nine on the road.

Slugger’s Day…Portland wraps up series in Binghamton

Fenway_to_Hadlock_lrjelc4k_jb74xjzcSunday is all about Slugger the Sea Dog, the team mascot celebrating his 20th birthday this year. In honor of this historical season, his trainer Justin LeBlanc had a plan – go big or go home. Today, Slugger begins a 114-mile walk from Fenway Park to Hadlock Field. Slugger is doing this all for Tourette’s Syndrome.

The official kick-off begins at 12 PM at Fenway Park prior to the Sox/Athletics game. Slugger is scheduled to arrive at Hadlock Field on Thursday night, May 8th, just in time for the Sea Dogs homestand opener against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.

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Terrific article from the Portland Press Herald tells the whole story.

More on Slugger from our terrific media

Pre-Game begins at 12:45 PM on 95.9/95.5 and the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Listen online at seadogs.com.

Pre-Game Interview: All about Slugger

Portland lineup: Betts 4, Marrero 6, Shaw 3, Rivero DH, Swihart 2, Ramos 9, Meneses 5, Hissey 7, Wilkerson 8, McCarthy RHP (1-2, 6.10)

Binghamton: Ceciliani 8, Burgamy 5, Reynolds 6, Clark DH, Plawecki 2, Vaughn 9, Boyd 3, Lawley 7, Tovar 4, Lara RHP (2-0, 3.86)

A few notes today…Full Game Notes at seadogs.com

LOOKING FOR THE SPLIT: The Sea Dogs snapped a three-game losing streak by winning game two of yesterday’s doubleheader…Portland can manage a split of the four-game series with a win this afternoon in the series finale…The ‘Dogs are 1-3 in series finales and have not lost a road series this season…RHP Mike McCarthy (1-2) is coming off six scoreless frames in his previous outing and makes his fifth start (sixth appearance) for Portland…RHP Rainy Lara makes his first career appearance against Portland.

AND YESTERDAY WAS A SPLIT: LHP Henry Owens (3-2) tossed a complete game in the twinbill opener, but uncorked a wild pitch in the sixth, enabling the winning run to score in Binghamton’s 3-2 win…In game two, Portland clobbered 13 hits to win 9-3…LHP Brian Johnson tossed 5.1 innings on three hits and two unearned runs to notch the win in his Double-A debut…Deven Marrero and Carlos Rivero each homered in the game two…Travis Shaw went 5-for-7 with 2 RBI and 3 doubles in the doubleheader…Mookie Betts had hits in both games and Shannon Wilkerson finished the day 3-for-6, 2 RBI.

MOOKIE MADNESS:Betts went 3-for-9 with an RBI in yesterday’s doubleheader…The Tennessee native has reached base safely in all 25 Double-A starts (14 multi-hit games)…The first-year Sea Dog has reached base safely in 55 straight regular season games dating back to August 2, 2013, but 60 including last year’s Carolina League playoffs…His 17-game hitting streak from April 9-30 was the longest since OF Bret Ronenberg’s 18-game hitting streak from April 27-May 15, 2004…Betts’ .406 average is the highest in Minor League Baseball (more on Page 2).

MORE ON THE LEFTIES: Owens earned his league-leading second complete game in the opener…Over six innings, Owens yielded six hits, three runs, one walk and fanned six…Johnson did not issue a walk and fanned three, throwing 61 of 94 pitches for strikes.

Travis Shaw is hitting a season-high .304. He is 7-for-10 in the series.

Travis Shaw is hitting a season-high .304. He is 7-for-10 in the series.

TRAVIS LIKES NEW YORK: Shaw entered this series with one double, but is 7-for-10, 3 RBI and 4 doubles in the last three games…His .304 average is the highest of the season, and he has collected a multi-hit game in four his last five starts.

THAT WAS EASY: RHP Jose Valdez was the only reliever used for the Sea Dogs on Saturday…Valdez worked 1.2 innings on four hits, one unearned run, one walk and fanned two…The run allowed by the righty was the first in six games with Portland.

Lucky 7? We’ll see tonight in Binghamton

The Sea Dogs have won six straight (season-high) and continue their six-game roadtrip on Wednesday night against the Binghamton Mets from NYSEG Stadium. Right-hander Keith Couch (3-0, 2.20) makes his fourth start of the season, but the 19th of his Double-A career, he is 11-1, 2.82 ERA.  Last night was Portland’s fifth postponement this season – they’ll have four doubleheaders in May, but four against Binghamton.

How about Mookie Betts… Has reached base safely in all 15 Double-A starts and 45 straight regular season games dating back to August 22013, but 50 including last year’s Carolina League playoffs…Last 142 games for Betts (start of 2013): .330 (173-for-524), 17 HR, 72 RBI, 113 RS, 43 2B, 5 3B, 88 BB, 64 SO and 45 of 50 in SB.

Betts leads the Eastern League in: Average, On-Base Percentage, runs scored and tied for total bases.

Here’s some nuggets on the team

  • With a win tonight, Portland will have their longest win streak since a 7-gamer last April 27-May 4
  • ‘Dogs have won six straight road games – longest since 2011.
  • Portland’s 12-4 start is their best since going 13-3 in 2008…The team’s best start is 19-3 in 1995 – Billy McMillon was on that team.
  • 12-4 mark is tied for the 2nd best overall record with Las Vegas (Triple-A) and Visalia (High-A)…The Dunedin Blue Jays (High-A) have the best record in minor league baseball at 15-4 (.789).

Highlight of triple play from Monday

Pre-Game begins at 6:15 PM on 95.9/95.5 and the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Listen online at seadogs.com or watch at MILB.TV.

Pre-Game Interview: Matt Spring

Portland lineup: Betts 4, Marrero 6, Shaw 3, Welch 5, Swihart 2, Rivero DH, Ramos 9, Hissey 7, Wilkerson 8, Couch RHP (3-0, 2.20)

Binghamton: Ceciliani 8, Reynolds 6, Burgamy 5, Clark 3, Vaughn 9, Lawley 7, Taijeron DH, Carillo 2, Tovar 4, Peavey RHP (0-1, 6.75)

Notes for day…Complete notes at seadogs.com

Matt Spring hit his 80th professional homer on Tuesday night...Congrats Matt (photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor by Sitting Still Photography)

Matt Spring hit his 80th professional homer on Tuesday night…Congrats Matt (photo courtesy of Kelly O’Connor by Sitting Still Photography)

THAT MAKES FIVE: Portland was postponed for the fifth time in 21 days to start the season, and conclude their six-game roadtrip on Thursday night against the Binghamton Mets from NYSEG Stadium…The Sea Dogs have won six straight and 10 of their last 11 – the 12-4 mark is their best start since going 13-3 to begin the 2008 campaign…The ‘Dogs have also won six straight road games for the first time since 2011…RHP Keith Couch (3-0, 2.20) makes his fourth start of the season and the 19th of his Double-A career (11-1, 2.82 in 18 starts).

IT’S SPRING TIME: DH Matt Spring clubbed his first homer of the season, a two-run homer in the 11th inning, lifting the Sea Dogs to a 5-3 win over the B-Mets on Tuesday night…Portland’s bullpen tossed 5.2 scoreless on 4 hits, 3 walks and 9 strikeouts…LHP Robby Scott (2-0) earned the win, fanning three batters on 2 hits over 3 IP…RHP Jon Velasquez (0-2) took the loss, yielding a lead-off single in the 11th to Henry Ramos and the two-run blast by Spring.

 

MOOKIE MADNESS: 2B Mookie Betts went 2-for-4 (two walks) on Tuesday and has reached base safely in all 15 Double-A starts and 45 straight regular season games dating back to August 2, 2013, but 50 including last year’s Carolina League playoffs…Last 142 games for Betts (start of 2013): .330 (173-for-524), 17 HR, 72 RBI, 113 RS, 43 2B, 5 3B, 88 BB, 64 SO and 45 of 50 in SB…C Blake Swihart has reached base safely in his first 13 starts in Double-A…OF Shannon Wilkerson has reached base safely in his last 14 games.

GOT OFF TO A GOOD START: RHP Mike McCarthy made his third start of the season on Tuesday night, working 5.1 innings on seven hits and three runs…McCarthy left the game after 1B Jayce Boyd’s run-scoring single to tie the game…SS Deven Marrero gave Portland a 3-1 lead with a two-run single in the fifth.

WELCOME BACK: RHP Aaron Kurcz was activated from the disabled on Monday, and pitched a scoreless eighth inning in game two of the series…The righty fanned the side and allowed one hit…Kurcz missed all of last season due to Tommy John surgery, and had not pitched since July 21, 2012 at New Hampshire.

 THREE WAS THE MAGIC NUMBER: Kurcz, McCarthy, RHP Michael Olmsted and Scott each fanned three in Tuesday’s game…Olmsted worked 1.2 innings on one hit, one walk and retired the final two batters in the sixth inning with two runners on base.

Sea Dogs look for their sixth straight win

Coyle to Betts to Shaw...Portland turns the first triple play in franchise history.

Coyle to Betts to Shaw…Portland turns the first triple play in franchise history.

The Sea Dogs made history last night, turning their first triple play in franchise history, and taking game one of the series 7-4 over the B-Mets. Portland has won five straight and nine of their last 10.

Sean Coyle started the triple play on a high bouncer hit by Brian Burgamy with runners at first and second. Coyle’s throw was low, but picked by Mookie Betts, who got Burgamy at first base.

Highlight of triple play

Pre-Game begins at 6:15 PM on 95.9/95.5 and the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Listen online at seadogs.com or watch at MILB.TV.

Pre-Game Interview: Travis Shaw

Portland lineup: Betts 4, Marrero 6, Shaw 3, Rivero 5, Swihart 2, Ramos 9, Spring DH, Hissey 7, Wilkerson 8, McCarthy RHP

Binghamton: Ceciliani 8, Reynolds 6, Burgamy 4, Clark DH, Plawecki 2, Boyd 3, Lawley 5, Vaughn 9, Johnson 7, Robles RHP

Notes for day…Complete notes at seadogs.com

WHAT A START: With last night’s victory, the Sea Dogs won their fifth straight (season-high) and improved to 4-0 on the trip…Portland made history last night, turning the first triple play in franchise history…The historic feat ended the first inning on Brian Burgamy’s ground ball to Coyle, who started the 5-4-3 triple play…The Sea Dogs have won nine of their last 10 games, scoring at least six runs in those nine wins…Portland’s 11-4 start is their best since going 12-3 to begin 2008.

 HIGH-FIVE CITY: The ‘Dogs won their fifth straight game with last night’s 7-4 win over the Mets in the series opener at NYSEG Stadium…LHP Henry Owens (3-0) worked six innings on four hits, three runs (two earned), four walks and three strikeouts, earning the win…1B Travis Shaw and RF Shannon Wilkerson each homered…Portland received a hit from eight of nine starters, including multi-hit games from 2B Mookie Betts, Shaw and C Blake Swihart…RHP Miguel Celestino tossed a perfect ninth for his first save of the year.

VIDEO GAME NUMBERS: Betts hasreached base safely in all 14 Double-A starts and has reached base safely in 44 straight regular season games dating back to August 2, 2013, but 49 including last year’s Carolina League playoffs…C Blake Swihart has reached base safely in his first 12 starts in Double-A…Wilkerson has reached base safely in 13 straight starts.CAME UP BIG LATE: There were nine combined runs scored during innings 6-7 in the series opener…Portland led 5-0 after 5 ½ innings, scoring three in the sixth on run-scoring doubles by DH Stefan Welch and Swihart…CF Henry Ramos added an RBI single…Binghamton scored all their runs off Owens in the sixth…Burgamy nailed an RBI double off the left-field wall and DH Jayce Boyd drove home two with a double.

HISSEY CAN DRIVE: OF Peter Hissey extended his hitting streak to four games by going 1-for-4 last night…Hissey drove in the first run of the game with an RBI groundout in the second inning off losing pitcher RHP Brett Pill (0-3)…The West Chester, PA native has an RBI in four of six games.

WELCOME BACK: RHP Aaron Kurcz was activated from the disabled yesterday…Kurcz missed all of last season due to Tommy John surgery, and hasn’t pitched since July 21, 2012 with Portland at New Hampshire.

Monday Night Baseball at Hadlock Field

Portland and Binghamton open up a three-game series on Monday night at Hadock Field…The Sea Dogs finished 3-4 on their 7-game roadtrip…The B-Mets are 15-4 this month.

Anthony Ranaudo fanned a career-high 13 batters in his last start at Hadlock Field.

Anthony Ranaudo fanned a career-high 13 batters in his last start at Hadlock Field.

2013 Video Interviews and Highlights

Coverage begins at 6:40 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network

Portland Lineup: Hissey 9, Wilkerson 8, Cecchini 5, Thomas 4, Almanzar DH, Shaw 3, Vitek 7, Vazquez 2, Meneses 6, Ranaudo RHP

Binghamton Lineup: Muno 4, Rodriguez 5, Puello 8, Dykstra DH, Lucas 5, Hughes 7, Taijeron 9, Carillo 2, Tovar 6, Goeddel RHP

Notes for today

HOME FOR THREE: The Sea Dogs return to Hadlock Field after a 3-4 roadtrip, opening up a three-game series against the Binghamton Mets…Portland is 0-7-2 in their last nine series…The ‘Dogs last series win came on May 20-23 at Hadlock Field, taking three of four from the New Hampshire Fisher Cats…The B-Mets own the best record in the Eastern League and have won 20 of 26 since a 3-2, 10-inning win against the Sea Dogs on May 25th at NYSEG Stadium.

Miguel Celestino fired three scoreless on Sunday (photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor or Sitting Still Photography)

Miguel Celestino fired three scoreless on Sunday (photo courtesy of Kelly O’Connor or Sitting Still Photography)

BREAKING ON THROUGH: After scoring 22 runs in the first 6 games of the trip, the ‘Dogs clobbered the Trenton Thunder 11-0 on Sunday afternoon at Arm & Hammer Park…Tony Thomas led the 17-hit attack, going 4-for-5 with 3 RBI…Peter Hissey and Heiker Meneses each had three hits…Meneses blasted his third homer, but his first since an inside-the-park homer on April 16th at Binghamton…Matt Barnes (4-4) tossed five scoreless on three hits, five walks and eight strikeouts to earn the win…The Sea Dogs scored nine runs in the final three innings off Jeremy Bleich (3 runs), Aaron Dott (5 runs) and Fred Lewis (one run).

TOUGH TO BEAT IN FINALES: The Sea Dogs improved to 9-2 in series finales on the road…A starter has earned a victory in all nine wins: Barnes, Drake Britton (2), Keith Couch (2), Anthony Ranaudo (2) and Brandon Workman (2)

THAT TIED A SEASON-HIGH: Portland tied a season-high for the largest margin of victory, as they beat the New Britain Rock Cats on April 19th at Hadlock Field (Barnes also earned the win)…The ‘Dogs 11 runs and 17 hits were the most since May 16th at New Hampshire, scoring 15 runs on 18 hits.

MORE ON TONY: Thomas made his second straight start at second base, picking up his team-leading, third 4-hit came of the season…During a 4-game hitting streak, Thomas has raised his average 19 points…His 3 RBI on Sunday was his highest output since May 8th vs. Reading (4-for-4, 3 RBI).

WAS HIS BEST: RHP Miguel Celestino worked three scoreless frames on Sunday, allowing one hit and tying a season-high with four strikeouts…The outing was the best for Celestino in his 21 Double-A appearances…Lefty Rafael Pere preserved the team’s seven shutout with a scoreless ninth.

WHAT’S ON DECK: Portland and Binghamton continue their three-game series on Tuesday nigh at Hadlock Field…The ‘Dogs are 3-4 during a 38-game stretch against the Eastern Division…On Thursday night, the Sea Dogs head back on the road to take on the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) from Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.

Sea Dogs open up a six-game homestand

Portland opens up a six-game homestand on Tuesday night against the New Hampshire isher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) at Hadlock Field…Portland is 6-8 during a 17-game stretch against Binghamton and New Hampshire…The ‘Dogs return home after dropping three of four in Binghamton.

Coverage begins at 5:40 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network

Portland Lineup: Wilkerson 8, Bogaerts DH, Thomas 7, Almanzar 5, Shaw 3, Vazquez 2, Natoli 4, Gibson 6, Johnson 9, Barnes RHP

New Hampshire Lineup: Pillar 8, Van Kirk 7, Schimpf 4, Robinson 3, Nolan 6, Glenn 9, Ochinko 2, Loewen DH, Ahrens 5, Nolin LHP

Cast your vote for the Eastern League All-Star Game

Sea Dogs who began the year in Portland are making strides in Pawtucket (stats with PawSox).

  • Ronald Bermudez .250 (16-for-50), 8 RBI
  • Alberto Rosario .200 (3-for-15)
  • Ryan Dent .148 (4-for-27), RBI
  • Chris Martin 7.1 scoreless frames, 28.1 scoreless between Portland and Pawtucket.

Chris Martin has 28.1 scoreless frames between Pawtucket and Portland.

Chris Martin has 28.1 scoreless frames between Pawtucket and Portland.[/caption]

Preview of today’s notes

‘DOGS AND ‘CATS PART 3: The Sea Dogs open up a six-game homestand on Tuesday night against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) at Hadlock Field…The two teams are meeting for the third series this season and the second in Maine…Portland took three of four from the Fisher Cats in their previous home series…RHP Matt Barnes (3-1, 4.50) makes his 10th start of the season and his second straight against New Hampshire…Barnes is the Top Pitching Prospect in the Red Sox system according to Baseball America.

Video Interview with Matt Spring

THAT WAS A WILD FINISH: Jeremy Kehrt (0-1) uncorked wild pitch on 1-2 count to Cory Vaughn with two outs in the ninth, scoring Josh Rodriguez from third base, and giving the Binghamton Mets a 6-5 walk-off win Monday afternoon…Portland rallied from a 4-2 deficit to scored three runs in the eighth inning but the Mets came right back to tie the game on a sacrifice fly by Joe BonfeBrandon Workman tied a season-high with nine strikeouts over six innings pitched…Michael Almanzar, Heiker Meneses, Matt Spring and Kolbrin Vitek each had RBI’s in the loss.

PRETTY TOUGH WITH MEN ON BASE: The B-Mets won the final three games of the series and went 0 for their last 30 with runners-in-scoring position…Opponents are batting .237 with runners-in-scoring position against Portland this season…Portland went 5-for-13 with RISP yesterday and 13-for-39 (.333) in the four-game set…Tony Thomas is the team leader with runners-in-scoring position at .389 (21-for-54).

ALL HAD ONE: Portland’s lineup had at least one hit on Monday afternoon, picking up 13 hits, their most since May 18th against Binghamton at Hadlock Field…With yesterday’s loss, the Sea Dogs will finish under .500 on the road in May, and they lost their first game when leading after eight innings (21-1).

ALMANZAR IN THE MEDIA GUIDE: On Friday, Almanzar became the 7th player in franchise history to hit an inside-the-park homer (a grand slam), the 3rd as a Sox affiliate…INF Heiker Meneses hit an inside-the-park homer on April 16th, ironically in Binghamton…Current Sox Roving Instructor George Lombard, hit an inside-the-park grand slam on 6/24/04 at Erie…INSIDE THE PARK HOMERS AS A MARLINS AFFILIATE: Victor Rodriguez (May 11, 1997 vs. Bowie), Hayward Cook (April 30, 1998 vs. Binghamton), Pablo Ozuna (August 22, 2000 vs. New Haven) & Quincy Foster (September 1, 2000 vs. Norwich).

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Fisher Cats play game two of their three-game series on Wednesday night at 6:00 PM…Portland begins a 15-game stretch against the Western Division on Friday night against Altoona…The ‘Dogs are 6-8 during a 17-game stretch against New Hampshire and Binghamton.

Ranaudo toes the rubber on Saturday

Travis Shaw is 6-for-9 in his last two games. (photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor of Sitting Still Photography)

Travis Shaw is 6-for-9 in his last two games. (photo courtesy of Kelly O’Connor of Sitting Still Photography)

The Sea Dogs continue their 3-game series with the Binghamton Mets on Saturday afternoon at Hadlock Field

Coverage begins at 12:40 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network

Binghamton Lineup: Muno 4, Rodriguez 5, Puello 9, Dykstra 3, Vaughn 9, Ceciliani DH, Forsythe 2, Harris 8, Tovar 6, Cohoon LHP

Portland Lineup: Hissey 9, Bogaerts DH, Thomas 7, Shaw 3, Almanzar 5, Wilkerson 8, Spring 2, Meneses 4, Gibson 6, Ranaudo RHP

Inside the Numbers…Anthony Ranaudo leads the Sea Dogs and all Red Sox Minor Leaguers in ERA (1.38), and ranks second in the Eastern League.

  1. With a win today, he becomes the first 6-game winner in the Eastern League.
  2. Leads the league with a 0.85 WHIP
  3. Second in the league in average against .172
  4. First in FEWEST BASERUNNERS/9 IP RATIO 8.08

DAY BASEBALL AT HADLOCK: The Sea Dogs and Binghamton Mets continue their three-game series on Saturday afternoon at Hadlock Field…Binghamton has won five straight and trails the Sea Dogs by one game for the top spot in the Eastern Division…Portland has the second best record in the Eastern League, but has dropped five of their last seven games…Right-hander Anthony Ranaudo, who ranks second in the league in ERA (1.38), makes his eighth start of the season.

LITTLE SLOPPY: The Binghamton Mets scored three times in the ninth, aided by three Portland errors, en route to a 6-3 win in the series opener on Friday night…3B Michael Almanzar tied the game at three with a two-run homer in the sixth, but committed two errors in the ninth…SS Xander Bogaerts made a throwing error on an infield-single, enabling the game’s final run to score…John Church (2-3) worked two scoreless frames to earn the win…Keith Couch (1-1) suffered the loss, allowing three runs (one earned) over 2.1 IP…Jeff Walters fanned three in the ninth to earn his 11th save of the season.

DYNAMIC DUO: Ranaudo is trying to become the first 6-game winner in the Eastern League…Ranaudo and Brandon Workman are a combined 10-2, 2.63 ERA (25 ER/85.2 IP) in 15 games/14 starts this season…With a 1.38 ERA, Ranaudo leads all Red Sox qualifying minor league pitchers…Salem’s Mike Augliera is second with a 3.12 ERA.

TOP OF THE BOARD: Almanzar blasted a two-run homer for the second consecutive game and leads the Sea Dogs in hitting at .302 (2nd overall in the Red Sox system) and homers (7)…Tony Thomas nailed his league-leading 14th double of the season last night, picking up his team-leading 27th RBI…Thomas leads the league with 22 extra-base hits and is tied for the top spot in triples with five.

NOTHING TO SHOW FOR IT: RHP Matt Barnes picked up his fourth quality start of the season (tied with Workman), working six innings on five hits, three runs, one walk and seven strikeouts…Barnes is 2-0, 1.96 ERA (5 ER/23.0 IP) in four starts this month.

TURING IT AROUND: Travis Shaw went 2-for-4 last night, with a bunt-single before Almanzar’s homer in the sixth…Shaw is 6-for-9 in his last two games with a homer, 4 RBI and two doubles.

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Binghamton Mets conclude their 3-game series tomorrow afternoon beginning at 1:00 PM…Portland will host the Fisher Cats on Monday night, staring a 4-game set…Portland is 1-3 during a 17-game stretch against New Hampshire and Binghamton.

Tony Thomas isn't turning double plays anymore, he's been a full-time outfielder in Portland (photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor of Sitting Still Photograph).

Tony Thomas isn’t turning double plays anymore, he’s been a full-time outfielder in Portland (photo courtesy of Kelly O’Connor of Sitting Still Photograph).

Lackey on the hill…Tweet of the day

The Sea Dogs open up a three-game series on Monday night at Hadlock Field…Right-hander John Lackey will make a Major League Rehab start for Portland…Lackey becomes the 28th Major Leaguer to rehab for the Sea Dogs and the 22nd as a Red Sox affiliate.

Tweet of the Day

Josh Reddick @joshreddick16

Brandon Moss and myself headed to children’s hospital to help brighten some people’s day! Hope we help.#BostonStrong

John Lackey is currently on Boston's 15-day disabled list with a strained right bicep.

John Lackey is currently on Boston’s 15-day disabled list with a strained right bicep.

Coverage begins at 5:40 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network

Pre-Game Interview: OF Peter Hissey

Portland Lineup: Wilkerson 8, Bogaerts 6, Shaw 3, Linares 7, Thomas DH, Almanzar 5, Hissey 9, Vazquez 2, Gibson 4, Lackey RHP (MLB Rehab Appearance)

Binghamton Lineup: Harris 8, Cecilani 7, Rodriguez 4, Dykstra 3, Vaughn 9, Lucas 5, Forsythe 2, Pena 2, Muno 6, DeGrom RHP

MAKE THAT THREE: Portland scored all eight runs and had all 10 hits over three innings, defeating the New Britain Rock Cats 8-7 on Sunday afternoon…Miguel Celestino (1-0) earned the win, allowing three hits, one run and fanned three over 1.1 innings…Portland took the lead for good with two runs in the fifth and added three in the sixth…Peter Hissey and Kolbrin Vitek each drove in two runs…Michael Almanzar had two doubles and two runs scored…Heiker Meneses, Alberto Rosario and Shannon Wilkerson each had two hits for Portland.

WALK THIS WAY: 1B Travis Shaw had his hitting streak snapped at eight games on Sunday, but extended his on-base streak to 15 games with his team-leading, 15th walk of the season…Shaw’s on-base streak is the longest since Vitek reached base safely in 17 games from April 5-21, 2012.

HE WAS IN CONTROL: Brock Huntzinger walked three batters on Sunday, but managed his fourth save in as many opportunities…Huntzinger has three of his four saves at Hadlock Field.

MLB REHAB UPDATE: Lackey is the 28th to make a Major League rehab assignment with the Portland Sea Dogs and the 22nd as a Red Sox affiliate.MLB Rehabs as a Red Sox affiliate: Stephen Drew (2013), Andrew Bailey, Chris Carpenter, Carl Crawford, Jacoby Ellsbury, Rich Hill, Ryan Kalish, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Ryan Sweeney (2012), Bobby Jenks (2011), Mike Cameron, Manny Delcarmen, Ellsbury and Jeremy Hermida (2010), Jed Lowrie, Matsuzaka and John Smoltz (2009), David Ortiz (2008), Wade Miller (2005), Lenny DiNardo (2004 & 2006), Casey Fossum (2003), Chad Fox (2003) and Matt White (2003).

MLB Rehabs as a Marlins affiliate: Luis Aquino, Chris Hammond and Gary Sheffield (1994) Charles Johnson (1995), Matt Mantei (1997), Kevin Millar (2002).

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WHAT’S ON DECK: Portland and the Binghamton Mets continue their three-game series tomorrow night at Hadlock Field…The Sea Dogs took two of three from the B-Mets at NYSEG Stadium last week…Portland has a scheduled off day on Thursday, before a seven-game trip at Trenton (Yankees affiliate) and Reading Fight Phils (Phillies affiliate).

Heading home soon…’Dogs and Mets on Wednesday

Portland conclude their six-game roadtrip on Wednesday night against the Binghamton Mets from NYSEG Stadium. With a win tonight, the ‘Dogs will take their first 2 road series for the first time since 2008.  Mets beat Portland last 7-4.

The Red Sox came up with an amazing tribute in Cleveland.

The Red Sox came up with an amazing tribute in Cleveland.

It’s been tough watching all the events going on in Boston the past few days.  Despite being so far away, I still feel very connected to the situation. I grew up in Ashland, Mass, the second town in the Marathon route.  That day is always special for it’s symbolism to Paul Revere, and the celebration to great athletes, and of course the Red Sox. This is like living through 9/11 again, and my heart goes out to so many that are suffering through all of this.

Coverage begins at 6:15 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network

Pre-Game Interview: Sea Dogs RHP Anthony Ranaudo (Part 1)

Portland Lineup: Wilkerson 8, Bogaerts DH, Shaw 3, Thomas 7, Almanzar 5, Vazquez 2, Hissey 9, Gibson 6, Dent 4, Workman RHP

Spotlight on tonight’s pitcher Brandon Workman from Channel 6 in Portland

Binghamton Lineup: Harris 8, Cecliliani 7, Lucas 5, Hughes DH, Dykstra 3, Vaughn 9, Forsythe 2, Muno 4, Pena 2, Tovar 6, DeGrom RHP

Tweet of the Day

As baseball is a game LIFE is NOT a game! #unitedwestand pic.twitter.com/jPhrutrAoC

Binghamton’s Jack Leathersich hails from Beverly, Mass. Touching story from Lynn Worthy on his reaction to the bombings at the Boston Marathon. Click here for story

Upcoming Probable Pitching Matchups for New Britain Series
4/18 vs. NBR (6:00 PM) – RHP Kyle Kaminska (0-1, 8.10) vs. RHP Alex Meyer (0-0, 2.70)
4/19 vs. NBR (6:00 PM) – RHP Matt Barnes (0-0, 18.90) vs. LHP Blake Martin (0-0, 5.40)

4/20 vs. NBR (1:00 PM) – RHP Anthony Ranaudo (1-0, 0.90) vs. LHP Logan Darnell (1-0, 1.17)

4/21 vs. NBR (1:00 PM) – RHP Drake Britton (1-2, 4.50) vs. RHP Trevor May (0-1, 3.14)

Thursday night's giveaway at Hadlock Field

Thursday night’s giveaway at Hadlock Field

Sea Dogs (15-25) vs. Binghamton Mets (19-20)

Former Sea Dog Kevin Youkilis was an on-base machine in Portland…Does he finish his career in Boston?

The Sea Dogs look for their fourth straight win at Hadlock Field, battling the Binghamton Mets on Saturday afternoon at Hadlock Field…Portland grabbed a 4-0 win on Friday night in the series opener, receiving six scoreless innings from Billy BucknerJeremy Hazelbaker drove in the first 2 runs with a double in the fifth…Juan Carlos Linares and Reynaldo Rodriguez added two-out RBIs in the seventh…This afternoon, RHP Stolmy Pimentel makes his fourth start of the season for Portland.

Lineups for Saturday

Binghamton: Den Dekker 8, Rodriguez 5, Havens 4, Marte DH, Reyes 9, Campbell 3, Centeno 2, Kazmar 6, Zapata 7, Mejia RHP

Portland:  Hazelbaker 7, Vitek 5, Linares 9, Rodriguez 3, Brentz DH, Spring 2, Bermudez 8, Gibson 6, Dent 4, Pimentel RHP
  1. Former Sea Dog Kevin Youkilis rehabbing for Pawtucket.
  2. Good stuff from Salem Red Sox broadcaster Evan Lepler on Jackie Bradley Jr.
  3. Peter Gammons on Youkilis

Game Notes

Bryce Brentz Interview

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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