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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.

Sea Dogs and Fightins on a first Friday in Reading

This was made by a fan and sent to me...The background is my scorebook.

This was made by a fan and sent to me…The background is my scorebook.

Unreal start to the season – NO HITTER by Henry Owens…Here’s the complete game story

Great ring ceremony today at Fenway, former Sea Dogs Xander Bogaerts and Brandon Workman were on Portland’s Opening Day roster last season.

Pre-Game begins at 6:45 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: Henry Owens

Portland lineup: Betts 4, Marrero 6, Shaw 3, Rivero DH, Ramos 9, Swihart 2, Coyle 5, Greenwell 7, Wilkerson 8, Couch RHP

Reading lineup: Cartwright 4, Collier 8, Perkins 7, Dugan 9, Joesph 2, Stassi 3, Tolbert 5, Serritella DH, Duran 6, Gonzalez LHP

Game Notes

Notes for today…Full Game Notes

OH HENRY, WHAT A NIGHT!LHP Henry Owens tossed a six-inning, rain-shortened no-hitter, leading the Sea Dogs to a 5-0 win at Reading on Opening Night…Owens retired the final 16 batters faced, fanned nine and issued both walks in the first inning…Reading had one man in scoring position and no balls were hit out of the infield…2B Mookie Betts led off the game with a solo-homer off losing pitcher LHP Jesse Biddle on a 3-2 pitch…Betts finished 4-for-4 with 3 runs scored…SS Deven Marrero went 2-for-4 with 2 run-scoring doubles and C Blake Swihart had two hits, including an RBI triple on his 22nd birthday.

GRAND OPENING: The Sea Dogs are now 10-11 All-Time in season openers and have won six of their last eight games at First Energy Stadium…Ironically, Ryan Kalish led off the 2010 season in Reading with a solo-homer on a 3-2 pitch – same count as Betts’ homer last night.

MORE ON THE NO-NO: Owens’ no-hitter was the first as a Red Sox affiliate and the first complete-game no-hitter in franchise history…Marlins affiliated no-hitters: Brad Penny and Luis Arroyo combined for the first no-hitter in franchise history on August 8, 1999 against Trenton…Josh Beckett (7 IP), Aaron Scheffer (1) and Brandon Bowe (1) combined to no-hit the Binghamton Mets.

INTRODUCING THE TEAM: Portland has six of the Top 30 prospects in the Red Sox system as ranked by Baseball America: Owens (#2), Swihart (#5), Betts (#7),Marrero (#15), Travis Shaw (#26), and Sean Coyle (#30).   The active roster includes 12 players who have previously played for the Sea Dogs and 17 players with previous Double-A experience. ·       15 players originally drafted by the Boston Red Sox.·       Portland’s roster features three players that are sons of former Major Leaguers: Brenly (Bob Brenly), Greenwell (Mike) and Travis Shaw (Jeff). WHAT ABOUT THE OTHER HENRY: RF Henry Ramos went 2-for-3 in his Double-A debut, picking up an RBI single in the first inning to plate LF Carlos Rivero (1-for-3, double)…3B Sean Coyle went 0-for-2 with a walk in his Sea Dogs debut. COACHING STAFF: Billy McMillon (1995) earned his 300th win as a minor league manager in his first game with the Sea Dogs…McMillon made history last night, becoming the first former Sea Dog to manage.

Congrats to Billy McMillon on his first win as Sea Dogs Manager and the 300th of his minor league career.

Congrats to Billy McMillon on his first win as Sea Dogs Manager and the 300th of his minor league career.

Instant Replay and the Sea Dogs?

Thanks to Sea Dogs Assistant General Manager/Media Relations Director Chris Cameron for finding out this unique tie-in between Major League Baseball’s first 2 instant replay and the Portland Sea Dogs.

  • The first regular-season instant replay challenge in Major League Baseball history was upheld this past Monday in the Cubs-Pirates game. Former Sea Dogs Manager Rick Renteria challenged the call.
  • Braves manager and former Sea Dogs skipper Fredi Gonzalez was the first to win a challenge, getting a safe call on Ryan Braun reversed.

Instant Replay Story courtesy of USA Today

Renteria managed Portland in 2000-01, going a combined 148-135…Gonzalez led the ‘Dogs to a 79-63 mark in 1997.

I think this is why people will like Instant Replay.

I think this is why people will like Instant Replay.

 

Exhibition action for Sea Dogs

Shannon Wilkerson went 1-for-2 with a double and 2 walks today.

Shannon Wilkerson went 1-for-2 with a double and 2 walks today.

After two days without getting a full game in, the Sea Dogs traveled to Minnesota’s complex on Wednesday afternoon to play New Britain.  The Rock Cats used a two-run seventh to beat Portland 5-4. Former Sea Dog Reynaldo Rodriguez had the game-winning hit, delivering a run-scoring infield single.

Portland had nine hits in the contest, but most of the starters in today’s game could be somewhere else once the dust finally settles. Shannon Wilkerson had a sensational day, going 1-for-2 with a double and two walks.  Wilkerson made a great diving catcher in centerfield in the first inning.  Keury De La Cruz, Bo Greenwell, Jonathan Roof and Aneury Taverez had run-scoring hits.

Wilfredo Boscan started for Portland and featured a sharp curveball. Robby Scott and Matty Ott closed out the game in relief.

Nice to see former Sea Dog Tony Thomas play for New Britain. He went 0-for-2 and struck out to end the game. During minor league exhibition games, the home team will still bat in the ninth if they’re leading.

David Ortiz holding court at JetBlue Park

David Ortiz holding court at JetBlue Park

Daniel Nava played in the Triple-A game on Wednesday.

Daniel Nava played in the Triple-A game on Wednesday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faces in the Crowd

  1. Had a long conversation with former Sea Dog Ryan Pressly. He was a MLB Rule 5 pick by the Twins in 2013. He was just sent to Triple-A Rochester, but he’ll be back in the Majors. Great perspective and a great person.
  2. Daniel Nava played in the Triple-A game and batted almost every inning…Alex Hassan and Bryce Brentz homered in Pawtucket’s 10-1 win over Rochester.
  3. The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo was at the minor league games.
  4. Spent the day watching the games with new PawSox broadcaster Josh Mauer and Rochester’s voice Josh Whetzel.
  5. Weird to see Miguel Gonzalez beat Allen Webster at the Major League game – both are former Sea Dogs.
  6. David Ortiz was holding court in the dugout during batting practice this morning.
  7. Tony LaRussa was at the Twins Complex today, explaining the new replay rules to Ron Gardenhire.
  8. Most of the fans at the Twins Complex was asking me if Greenwell was Mike’s son – yes he is.
  9. My interview with Jackie Bradley Jr. from this morning.
I'll never bat .300, but I got Press Credential #300

I’ll never bat .300, but I got Press Credential #300

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Will Middlebrooks working before today's game with Maine native Brian Butterfield.

Will Middlebrooks working before today’s game with Maine native Brian Butterfield.

Wednesday’s Schedule (Day 4 from the Fort)

Ted Williams wore #9 for 19 years, still the most of All-Time in the Majors.

Ted Williams wore #9 for 19 years, still the most of All-Time in the Majors.

Good Morning from Ft. Myers! I’ve heard the northeast is getting some snow, but things aren’t too bad in Portland. Down here, most of Floridians will be in sweatshirts today, due to temps in the 60s.

Portland and Pawtucket travel to Minnesota’s Minor-League Complex to play the Twins affiliates. The complex is a 10-minute drive from JetBlue Park. Both games today start at 1 PM. Follow @JoshMauerRadio on Twitter for Pawtucket updates.

 

Starting 9

  1. Who will bat first in Boston? Jackie Bradley Jr. or Grady Sizemore. Both played in the Eastern League.
  2. Two ways to tune into Sea Dogs baseball at Hadlock Field this year – on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network or MILB.TV.
  3. I have three days left on my trip. Had to throw that in there.
  4. For the 4th straight year, Portland will have a New England Patriot visit Hadlock Field – Shane Vereen on May 8th.
  5. Anthony Ranaudo pitched 5.2 innings on Tuesday for Pawtucket. The game was played on the Major League field.
  6. Six days until the Sox open up in Baltimore.
  7. San Francisco has the 7th highest payroll in MLB at 154,185,878, according to the AP.
  8. Sea Dogs at Reading in 8 days from First Energy Stadium.
  9. Ted Williams has still worn #9 more than an Major League player.

 

Afternoon Report from Ft. Myers (Day 2)

Very cool sign near the minor league fields.

Very cool sign near the minor league fields.

Due to the rain this morning, the Red Sox Double-A and Triple-A players played an intra-squad game on the back fields at JetBlue Park at Fenway South. Pretty cool to see Christian Vazquez batting with Dan Butler catching. Rich Hill pitched the final inning, but the game came to a halt due to the rain.

(VIDEO) Ruby De La Rosa to Mookie Betts

Boston left for Sarasota at 8:30 AM and there game with Baltimore is slated to start after 2 PM. The starters that stayed behind, took batting practice on the Major League field early this morning.

Jet Blue Park literally has tours all day. I bumped into a few people from New England, including a couple that frequently vacations in Bar Harbor

  • Craig Breslow made his spring debut in the Single-A game against Baltimore minor leaguers: IP, H, 0 BB, K, 18 pitches/11 strikes
  • Former Sea Dogs I saw in camp: Bryce Brentz, Butler, Garin Cecchini, Keith Couch, Jeremy Kehrt, J.C. Linares, Heiker Meneses, Henry Owens,Pete Ruiz, Vazquez and many more.
  • Aaron Kurcz is doing well after missing all of last season with Tommy John Surgery.
  • Michael Olmsted pitched with Portland in 2012. He was in Milwaukee’s system last year, but released this Spring Training, and signed back with Boston. Nice catching up with Mike.
  • Kevin Boles, Bob Kipper, Dave Joppie and current Sea Dogs Manager Billy McMillon were in the dugouts for today’s game.
Former Sea Dog Alex Hassan should bat high in the order with Pawtucket.

Former Sea Dog Alex Hassan should bat high in the order with Pawtucket.

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Luck of the Irish…Opening Day is soon

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! And a Happy Birthday to Celtics Executive Danny Ainge. The luck of the irish to have his birthday today.  In addition to his great career with the Celtics, Ainge started his career playing professional baseball, landing in the Majors with Toronto.

Happy Birthday to Danny Ainge.

Happy Birthday to Danny Ainge.

Baseball birthdays on this St. Paddy’s day: Chris Davis, Cito Gaston, Tim Lollar (as a pitcher, had a pinch-hit single for Boston), Bill Mueller and John Smiley

I’m assuming Monday’s work production will slow down a bit with people franticly filling out their brackets. I love March Madness because it signals the start of baseball season.

  • This Sunday I leave for Ft. Myers and will be covering the Sea Dogs and the Red Sox Organization for a few days.
  • Former Sea Dogs reassigned today: RHP Allen Webster, C Christian Vazquez optioned to AAA Pawtucket. SS Deven Marrero reassigned to minor league camp.
  • In case you missed it, my broadcast partner is Dan Acheson. He was with me in 2012 – great to have him back.
Deven Marrero shined in big league camp. Could start the year in Portland.

Deven Marrero shined in big league camp. Could start the year in Portland.

Minor Details WEEI (AUDIO): Henry Owens and Ralph Treul

(VIDEO) Slugger’s Big Announcement 

(VIDEO) Sea Dogs Update: Episode 2

As we Spring forward, let’s look back.

Today was such an easy tie-in for one of those play-on-words. As we turn our clocks an hour ahead, why not look back at a great moment by Portland catcher Matt Spring.   On May 18th, he was responsible for a great moment in Sea Dogs History. Full Game Story and Audio Highlight.

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The Sea Dogs begin their 21st season on April 3rd at Reading against the Fightin Phils. The home opener is April 10th against the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate).

Front Office Notes
Food Service taking applications
Welcome Back Dinner April 1st
Nice article on Deven Marrero

 

 

Ryan Dempster pitched with Portland in 1998

Ryan Dempster pitched with Portland during the Marlins Days (1998).

Ryan Dempster pitched with Portland during the Marlins Days . (Photo courtesy of Kelly O’Connor, Sittingstill Photography)

On Sunday Morning, Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal gave the Red Sox media their first big story of Spring Training with this tweet:

Ken Rosenthal ‏@Ken_Rosenthal  BREAKING: Ryan Dempster will not pitch for #RedSox in 2014 due to physical reasons and his desire to spend more time with his kids.
Dempster went 4-3, 3.22 ERA in 7 starts with the Sea Dogs in 1998.  In 16 Major League seasons with Florida, Cincinnati, Chicago (NL), Texas and Boston, the righty went 132-133 with a 4.35 ERA in 579 games. He closed with the Cubs between 2005-07, compiling 85 of his 87 career saves.
“I don’t feel like I am capable of performing to the ability and standard that I am accustomed to, said Dempster. I feel it’s in the best interest of both the club but most importantly myself to step away from playing baseball at this time. The time is right.”
If Dempster retries, which has not been decided, his final batter faced was in Game 1 of the 2013 World Series, striking out Matt Adams to end the game.
When informing John Farrell of decision not to pitch this year, he told him, “I guess you’ll need to find new Opening Day starter.”

Dempster announcing his decision for 2014 (photo courtesy of Jason Mastrodonato)

Dempster announcing his decision for 2014 (photo courtesy of Jason Mastrodonato)

The Red Sox will reportedly place Dempster on the restricted list and he will not receive his 2014 salary of $13.25 million.
Big thanks to Jason Mastrodonato for providing a photo for the blog…He tweeted this earlier.
Jason Mastrodonato ‏@JMastrodonato  Pedroia, Napoli, entire starting staff, much of the front office came outside to watch Dempster’s final press conference. He was well-liked.
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