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Eastern Leaguers on Red Sox Roster/Preview of second base/MLB the Show 15

I’m privileged to have Mark Perlman-Price on the broadcast with me this season. Mark can be reached on twitter @mtriplep, and he kicks off our Blog for Thursday. Great research on this project.

Red Sox Well Represented by Former Eastern Leaguers by Mark Perlman Price

As the Red Sox continue to whittle down their roster down to 25 as we approach Opening Day, the team is still well represented by former Eastern League players – and not just ones from Portland.

Back in 2008, David Oritz rehabbed at Hadlock Field. Pablo Sandoval was the catcher.

Back in 2008, David Oritz rehabbed at Hadlock Field. Pablo Sandoval was the catcher.

Of the 32 players remaining on the active roster as of today, 22 of them (68.8%) have seen action in the Eastern League. Of course, the majority of the group consists of former Sea Dogs: 15 of the 22 (68%) former Eastern Leaguers on the Red Sox roster played in the EL exclusively as members of the Sea Dogs. They are: Matt Barnes, Clay Buchholz, Craig Breslow, Justin Masterson, Junichi Tazawa, Brandon Workman, Steven Wright, Xander Bogaerts, Dustin Pedroia, Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley, Jr., Rusney Castillo, Daniel Nava, Hanley Ramirez, and David Ortiz.

But there are also seven players on the Red Sox active roster who are former Eastern Leaguers – some of which came through Hadlock Field wearing the opposing team’s laundry. Let’s take a look at some familiar opposing faces who will likely be wearing the Red Sox uniform this season:

Edwin Escobar

Acquired by the Red Sox in the trade that sent Jake Peavy to the Giants on 7/26/14, Escobar made his AA debut in 2013 as a Richmond Flying Squirrel. He was called up to Richmond from High-A San Jose on July 10th, and in 10 starts for the Flying Squirrels following his call-up, Escobar went 5-4 with a 2.67 ERA in 54.0 IP. He had an impressive K:BB ratio (54:13) and opponents batted just .219 against him. And if you can’t remember seeing him at Hadlock Field, you’ve got a pretty good memory after all. Escobar never did appear in a game for Richmond against the Sea Dogs.

Edward Mujica

As a young pitcher coming up through the Cleveland Indians system, Mujica made his AA debut in 2005 after a call-up to the Akron Aeros (now the RubberDucks), where he happened to be managed by current Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo. Pitching exclusively in relief, Mujica finished the ’05 season with a 2-1 record to go along with 10 saves and a 2.88 ERA in 27 appearances (34.1 IP). He struck out 33 and walked just 5. Mujica also helped Akron win the EL Championship

Edward Mujica closed out the 2005 Eastern League Championship for Akron against Portland.

Edward Mujica closed out the 2005 Eastern League Championship for Akron against Portland.

that season, appearing in 6 games during the EL playoffs and posting an impressive 1.35 ERA with 4 saves. During the regular season, Mujica appeared in two games against the Sea Dogs, including an appearance at Hadlock Field on July 16th. In that game, he picked up the save in a 4-1 Akron victory. Jon Lester started the game for the Sea Dogs. And the first batter Mujica faced out of the pen? Hanley Ramirez. Mujica struck him out swinging. Later that season, Akron also faced Portland in the Eastern League Championship Series. Mujica appeared in 3 games and picked up 2 saves. He was the pitcher on the mound when the last out was recorded, inducing a ground out from former Sea Dog Chad Spann to give Akron the 4-1 win and their 2nd EL Championship.

Koji Uehara

Pitching in the Orioles system in 2010, Uehara made the major league club, but was sidelined to start the season by a left hamstring strain (coincidentally, the same injury he’s suffering from now). He had a rehab stint in Bowie where he appeared in 2 games in late April (both against Erie) and allowed no runs on 1 hit in 2.0 IP, walking 1 and striking out 1. Over two years later, in December of 2012, he signed a one-year contract with the Red Sox. The rest is history.

Sandy Leon

The newest member of the Red Sox, Leon saw Eastern League action in two seasons as a member of the Harrisburg Senators while playing in the Nationals organization. He appeared in 135 games over two seasons in 2012 and 2013, hitting .218 with 4 HR and 45 RBI. Leon did face the Sea Dogs twice in August of 2013, but both games were at Metro Bank Park in Harrisburg. He picked up an RBI on a walk facing Miguel Celestino in a Senators 8-0 win.

Brock Holt

Before he was sent to Boston along with Joel Hanrahan for Mark Melancon, Stolmy Pimental, Ivan De Jesus, and Jerry Sands in 2012, Holt was working his way up through the Pittsburgh Pirates system. Over two stints with Altoona in 2011 and 2012, Holt played a combined 234 games for the Curve and hit .302 with 54 2B, 15 3B, 3 HR, and 83 RBI. He was named an EL mid-season All-Star in both 2011 and 2012, as well as a post-season All-Star in 2012, when he led the EL with a .322 AVG and proved to be the 5th-hardest player to strike out in the league (8.47 PA/SO). Holt played three career games at Hadlock Field from 7/28-7/30/11 and went a combined 3-for-11 with a double, RBI, and run scored.

Pablo Sandoval

As a Giants farmhand in 2008, the Panda had quite a year. He began the season playing 68 games for High-A San Jose before being promoted to AA Connecticut of the Eastern League and playing 44 games, then was called up directly to San Francisco, skipping AAA entirely. He ended up hitting .345 in 41 games for the Giants and was also named the organization’s Minor League Player of the Year. His first and only series at Hadlock Field (7/21-7/23/08) was a memorable one: David Ortiz was making a rehab appearance and would be playing for the Sea Dogs in all three games against Connecticut. It was Sandoval who stole the show, however. He posted a season high 6 RBI in a Connecticut 18-6 win on 7/22, going 3-for-7 with a double off Michael James and a home run off of Daniel Haigwood.

Sandoval back in his days in the Eastern League. He's working on his listening skills.

Sandoval back in his days in the Eastern League. He’s working on his listening skills.

Shane Victorino

The Flyin’ Hawaiian came up through the Dodgers farm system before being chosen by the Phillies in the Rule 5 Draft in December 2004. After a season in AAA in 2005, he received a September call-up to Philadelphia and hit .294 in 21 games. He ended up making the Phillies’ 2006 Opening Day roster and has been a major leaguer ever since. He has, however, made three different rehab appearances in the Eastern League for Reading, playing a combined 7 games in 2007, 2008, and 2011.

With 7 days until we start at Hadlock Field…We preview possible second baseman in Portland

CARLOS ASUAJE                INF/OF                        @TherealAsuaje20
Obtained: Red Sox 11th pick (11th round, 323rd overall) in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.
Highlights: Enters 2015 as the #25 Prospect in the Red Sox system according to Baseball America…In his first full professional season in 2014, hit a combined .310 (149-for-480) with 15 homers and 101 RBI (organizational best) between Low-A Greenville and High-A Salem…Ranked 4th in the organization in homers and 5th in average …Played 2B, 3B, SS and LF…Appeared in 90 games with Greenville and hit .305 (10th in the league) with 11 HR, 73 RBI, 24 doubles and 11 triples (tied for tops in the league)…Was named Greenville Drive Player of the Year and South Atlantic League Mid and Post-Season All-Star…Socked 2 homers on June 7th at Rome…Promoted to High-A Salem on July 19th and hit .323 (50-for-155) in 39 games with the Sox…Hit .342 in August with 3 homers and 20 RBI.

MIKE MILLER                        INF                                @mrmiller_2
Obtained: Red Sox 11th pick (9th round, 301st overall) in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft.
Highlights: Assigned to Portland for his Double-A debut on August 2nd, after beginning 2014 with High-A Salem Red Sox (Carolina League)…Began the season in Extended debut and made his season debut on June 1st…In 49 games (31 at SS, 14 at 2B, 3 at 3B) with Salem, hit .307 (59-for-192), 0 HR, 18 RBI, 8 doubles, 24 runs scored and 7 stolen bases…Hit safely in 18 of 23 games with the Sea Dogs, hitting .301 (28-for-93) with 3 homers and 12 RBI…2-for-2, RBI and 2 walks in his Double-A debut on August 3rd vs. Trenton…First Double-A homer on August 21st at Harrisburg…Career-high 4 RBI (3-for-4, HR) on August 31st vs. Harrisburg…3-for-5 in Game 2 and 2-for-4 in Game 3 of the Eastern Division Championship Series…Following the 2014 season, appeared in three games with Surprise of the Arizona Fall League.

The guy we could see, who’s getting a lot of buzz…

YOAN MONCADA               INF
Obtained: Signed by the Red Sox as an international amateur free agent on 2/27/15.Highlights: The switch-hitting Cuban infielder received the largest signing bonus in MLB history for an international free agent ($31.5 million) and was officially signed by the Red Sox as a minor-league free agent on February 27, 2015…Left Cuba in June of 2014 to pursue his Major League career…In two years (2012-13) with Cienfuegos of the Cuban National Series, hitting a combined .277 (84-for-303) with 4 homers and 28 RBI in 101 games…In 2012, was teammates with Major Leaguers Jose Abreu and Erisbel Arruebarrena.

MLB the Show 15 is out...thanks to Andrea @DreGove for a screenshot playing as the Portland Sea Dogs.

MLB the Show 15 is out…thanks to Andrea @DreGove for a screenshot playing as the Portland Sea Dogs.

The countdown is 8…Possible 1B in Portland this season.

Did you know Oscar Tejeda was on Boston's 40-man roster in 2012?

Did you know Oscar Tejeda was on Boston’s 40-man roster in 2012?

We are 8 days away from Opening Night at Hadlock Field. The Sea Dogs will battle the Reading Fightin Phils. Let’s preview possible first baseman in Portland this season…Chester should be the starter. I’m taking a shot in Tejeda playing some first base, as he did a lot in Spring Training…If Matt Spring is back, he could also play some first base.

DAVID CHESTER                       @davechester
Highlights: Began 2014 with High-A Salem, hitting .220 (18-for-82) with 3 homers and 15 RBI in 22 games…Was on the disabled list from April 29-June 9 and made his Double-A debut with Portland on June 10th at Altoona, going 3-for-4 with an RBI double…His first Double-A homer was a grand slam on June 18th at Erie…Hit .231 (49-for-212) with 7 HR and 31 RBI with the Sea Dogs in 61 games and had 15 of 31 RBI with the bases loaded…Season-high 7-game hitting streak from June 15-23: 9-for-23 (.391), HR, 9 RBI and 2 doubles…Homered twice in the Eastern Division Championship Series against the Binghamton Mets.

OSCAR TEJEDA                    @OscarTejedaRD
Highlights: Returns to the Red Sox system, after spending the previous 2 ½ season in the Pirates and Nationals Organizations…Appeared in 174 games with the Sea Dogs in 2011-12, hitting a combined .253 (167-for-659) with 10 homers and 65 RBI…In 2014, he made his debut in the Washington system with High-A Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg…Appeared in 94 games with Potomac, hitting .270 with 16 homers (3rd in the Carolina League) and 65 RBI…Promoted to Harrisburg on July 28th and hit .204 with a homer and 4 RBI in 18 games…Following the season, appeared in 12 games for the Gigantes del Cibao of the Dominican Winter League…Has 275 games in the Eastern League with Portland (2011-‘12), Altoona (‘12-‘13) and Harrisburg (‘14)…Was released from Boston’s 40-man roster in 2012 and claimed by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Check out the ink!
Speaking of 8…Great article on Clay Buchholz by Rob Bradford

Papi meeting Pablo in 2008

Pedro and Smoltz interviews, thanks to the Sea Dogs!

I could go on for hours how appreciative I am of the Portland Sea Dogs, for giving me an opportunity to broadcast their games in 2005. The franchise is first class, and that starts from the top with our ownership group – the Burke Family. Yesterday was big news for the Sea Dogs, as John Smoltz becomes the first Hall of Famer to appear in a game for the Sea Dogs.

I had the pleasure of interview John Smoltz in 2009 and Pedro Martinez in 2013. So blessed! Hot Stove is January 16th – hope to see you there.

 

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.

Celebrating Fireworks tonight

Hats the Sea Dogs will wear tonight.

Hats the Sea Dogs will wear tonight.

The Sea Dogs celebrate Independence Day on Saturday night with a  doubleheader against the New Britain Rock Cats at Hadlock Field…Last night’s game was postponed due to rain, but the Fireworks were rescheduled on Thursday to tonight, following game two.

RHP Mike McCarthy and RHP Luis Diaz get the starts in today’s doubleheader for Portland…New Britain counters with RHP Virgil Vasquez and LHP Pat Dean…Portland connection: Rock Cats roster features former Sea Dogs: Reynaldo Rodriguez, Tony Thomas and Daniel Turpen…MGR Jeff Smith played with the ‘Dogs in 2003.

Pre-Game begins at 3:40 PM on 95.9/95.5 and the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Listen online at seadogs.com.

Game 1 Lineups

‘Dogs: Gibson 8, Wilkerson 9, Swihart 2, Coyle 4, Almanzar 5, Chester DH, De La Cruz 7, Welch 3, Meneses 6, McCarthy RH (7-3, 4.75)

New Britain: Thomas 6, Rosario 4, Vargas 3, Rodriguez 9, Hicks 8, Waring 5, Boyer DH, Kvasnicka 7, Knudson 2, Vasquez RH (4-4, 3.87)

Fireworks last night and some great reading

Few Game Notes – complete packet at seadogs.com

BACK HOME: The Sea Dogs were postponed for the 10th time on Friday night, and start a three-game series in two days with the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate)…Tonight is Portland’s seventh doubleheader of the season – they are 4-0-2…The ‘Dogs swept the ‘Cats in a twinbill on April 18th at New Britain (6-4 and 6-0)…Portland and New Britain play one more series after this three-game set, a four-game series on July 24-27 at New Britain Stadium.

EIGHT WAS ENOUGH: Trenton took the series finale from the Portland Sea Dogs, 8-0 on Thursday night at Arm & Hammer Park…1B Rob Segedin finished 3-for-4 with a homer and 4 RBI…Ben Gamel and Zach Wilson each had 2 RBI…Portland tied a season-low with just three hits – also had 3 hits against Trenton on May 18th at Hadlock Field…LHP Matt Tracy (8-2) tossed five innings on just one hit to earn the win…RHP Mike Augliera (3-7) took the loss, yielding six runs on 11 hits over 4 IP…Michael Almanzar (single), David Chester (double) and Peter Hissey (infield single) had the hits for the ‘Dogs.

RANKING THE ‘DOGS: The Top 5 winning percentages in Minor League Baseball: Low-A Savannah 56-26 (.683),Low-A Kane County 56-28 (.667), Portland 56-29 (.659), Low-A Greensboro 56-30 (.651), and High-A Myrtle Beach 54-29 (.651).

MR. BASES LOADED: Chester went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk on Thursday…The first-year Sea Dog has hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games: 15-for-42 (.357), 2 HR, 13 RBI…Chester and Sean Coyle are leading the team with 13 RBI with the bases loaded…Portland stranded the bases loaded twice on Thursday…Coyle hit .348 with 6 homers and 22 RBI in June, and was added the Futures Game (replacing Mookie Betts).

MADE THEIR DEBUTS: RHP Jeremy Kehrt made his 90th career appearance on Thursday night, working a perfect inning…Kehrt spent the first part of the season with the Pawtucket Red Sox (Triple-A)…RHP Pete Ruiz joined Portland from Low-A Greenville on July 2nd – he worked three innings on Thursday, giving up a two-run homer to Segedin.

NO CHANCE NOE: RHP Noe Ramirez made it 9-for-9 in save chances and 14-for-20 in his Double-A career on Wednesday…The righty has been scoreless in 18 of 24 outings and is 1-0-8 with a 0.61 ERA (2 ER/29.1 IP) in his last 16 appearances…Ramirez has given up 8 earned runs on the season – 3 came on April 10th against the New Britain Rock Cats at Hadlock Field.

#MookieMadness to Boston

#MookieMadness is now a Boston Red Sox.

#MookieMadness is now a Boston Red Sox.

I was at the hotel gym this morning when I found out the news about Mookie Betts…I can’t go five minutes without looking on my phone, and thanks to Twitter, I saw John Tomase’s tweet – he broke the story.  This is just incredible to have someone who started this season with Portland, make it to the Majors. Just last year, Betts was playing in Low-A Greenville. Being here in Reading, Pa., I can’t help but remember how the season opened – Mookie leads off the year with a homer. Oh by the way, LHP Henry Owens pitched a six-inning no-hitter.

Quotes from Mookie on Twitter

Betts: “I think I’m ready…. The front office thinks I’m ready, so I have to think I’m ready.”
Mookie: I’m confident being here because team has confidence in me. Has not been told role yet by Farrell, or if he will be in lineup Sunday
Kevin Boles on Mookie Betts: “He wasn’t here long. It was between haircuts.” @PawSox #RedSox

My interview earlier this season with Mookie

Amazing catch by Betts, turns into a double play to end the game

Future’s Game Press Release

Pre-Game Interview: #MookieMadness

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.

‘Dogs (51-27): Gibson 8, Marrero 6, Swihart 2, Coyle 4, Welch 3, Chester DH, De La Cruz 7, Hissey 9, Meneses 5, Augliera RH (3-6, 5.10)

Reading (33-43): Alonso 5, Lavin 7, Dugan 9, Fox DH, Altherr 8, Ryal 6, Stassi 3, Cartwright 4, Moore 2, Loewen LH (0-1, 6.10)

Notes for today

NICE START: The Sea Dogs are a season-high, 25 games over .500, and look for their third straight win in Reading on Saturday night…RHP Mike Augliera makes his 15th start of the season and his third against Reading (0-2, 7.71 ERA)…With last night’s win, Portland clinched a winning record for June and the season series at First Energy Stadium…The Fightins have lost 10 straight and 19 of their last 24 games…The two teams will meet at Hadlock Field on July 28-30 & August 25-29.

WALK THIS WAY: Portland walked a season-high 13 times, and defeated the Reading Fightin Phils 12-2 on Friday night…Keury De La Cruz, Derrik Gibson and Blake Swihart each reached base five times…De La Cruz tied a franchise record with 5 hits (career-high) and drove in three runs…LHP Brian Johnson (7-1) worked five strong innings on one run to notch the win…The 13 walks came from the top 5 in the lineup, who combined to score 11 of 12 runs…Peter Hissey went 3-for-6 with an RBI and Sean Coyle delivered a two-run single in the ninth.

RANKING THE ‘DOGS: The Top 5 winning percentages in Minor League Baseball: Portland 52-27 (.658), Low-A Kane County 51-27 (.654), Low-A Savannah 49-26 (.653), Double-A Huntsville 51-28 (.646), Low-A Hagerstown 51-28 (.646) and High-A Myrtle Beach 49-27 (.645).

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME?Portland was last 25 games over .500 in 1996, finishing the season at 83-58…The franchise has not been 25+ games over .500 since closing out the 1995 campaign at 86-56 – Current Manager Billy McMillon was a player on that team.

COYLE CONNECTING AND STEALING: Coyleis hitting.357 with 8 home runs and 32 RBI in just 50 games…He has 15 doubles, 35 runs scored and stolen 12 bases in 12 attempts…As it stands now, Coyle would be the league leader in hitting, but his 197 plate appearances fall 16 short of the league minimum to qualify (2.7/Team Game played)…Last night he established a season-high with 3 walks.

#MOOKIEMADNEES: Earlier today, the Boston Red Sox promoted to INF/OF Mookie Betts to Boston from Triple-A Pawtucket…Betts led off the season in Reading with a homer on a 3-2 pitch from LHP Jesse Biddle…Mookie becomes the 223rd former Sea Dog in franchise history to make it to the Major Leagues…He hit .355, 6 HR, 34 RBI in 54 games.

‘Dogs and ‘Cats again

They'll be calling it the Meneses Mother's Day Miracle 2014 (photo by Jillian Souza)

They’ll be calling it the Meneses Mother’s Day Miracle 2014 (photo by Jillian Souza)

The Sea Dogs take a three-day break from Maine, opening up a three-game series on Tuesday night against the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate) at New Britain Stadium.

RHP Mike Augliera makes the start for the Sea Dogs in the series opener, he has both Double-A wins against New Britain…LHP Taylor Rogers has struggled in both starts against Portland, going 0-2, 9.72 ERA (9 ER/8.1 IP) in 2 starts against Portland.

Recap of the thrilling Mother’s Day Miracle

How about these numbers…Portland is 6-1 against New Britain this season, but hitting .335 against the ‘Cats, averaging 6.9 runs-per-game in the season series.

New Britain’s roster features former Sea Dogs: Reynaldo Rodriguez, Tony Thomas and Daniel Turpen…Rock Cats Manager Jeff Smith played for the Sea Dogs in 2003, the first year as a Red Sox affiliate.

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.

Pre-Game Interview: Rich Gedman on former Rock Cat Chris Collabello

Portland lineup:  Betts 4, Marrero 6, Shaw 3, Rivero DH, Swihart 2, Meneses 5, Gibson 7, Hissey 9, Wilkerson 8, Augliera RH (2-3, 4.42)

New Britain: Wimberly 8, Boyer 6, Hanson DH, Vargas 3, Rodriguez 9, Ortiz 7, Thomas 4, Waring 5, Knudson 2, Rogers LH (2-3, 6.46 ERA)

Game Notes for today…Complete Notes at seadogs.com

SHORT JOURNEY AWAY: The Sea Dogs take a break from Maine for only three days, opening up a three-game series against the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate) at New Britain Stadium on Tuesday night…By winning Sunday, the ‘Dogs took 3 of 4 from the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, and own the best record in the Eastern League…Portland makes their second attempt this week to 11 games .500 for the first time since August 20, 2008 when they were 69-58…The ‘Dogs are 7-1-3 in series in 2014.

CAN WE GET MUCH HEIKER: 3B Heiker Meneses capped off a four-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning, delivering a walk-off RBI single, as the Sea Dogs beat the Fisher Cats 13-12 on Mother’s Day…Portland had a multi-hit game from seven of nine, including the top 5 hitters in the lineup – who combined to reach base 20 times…SS Deven Marrero reached base five times, going 3-for-4 with 3 runs scored…DH Carlos Rivero (3-for-5), 1B Travis Shaw (2-for-4, HR) and C Matt Spring all had 3 RBI…LHP Robby Scott worked a scoreless ninth inning to notch his fourth win of the season.

#MOOKIE MADNESS:2B Mookie Betts went 2-for-4 and reached base four times on Sunday…The Tennessee native has reached base safely in all 32 Double-A starts (17 multi-hit games)…The first-year Sea Dog has reached base safely in 62 straight regular season games dating back to August 2, 2013, but 67 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’ .396 average is the highest in Minor League Baseball…he’s also reached safely in 126 of his last 136 games (dating back to May 5, 2013).

DON’T LEAVE THIS GUY OUT: OF Henry Ramos went 3-for-6 on Sunday with an RBI double and a run scored…Ramos has hit safely in 20 of his last 23 games: 35-for-91 (.385), 2 HR, 18 RBI, 3B, 5 doubles and reached base safely in 29 of 33 games.

SUPER SHAW: After hitting .114 (4-for-35) through the first 10 games of the season, Shawis hitting .368 (32-for-87) with 6 HRs, 26 RBI and 13 extra-base hits since April 18.

Henry Ramos is has hit safely in 20 of his last 23 games: 35-for-91 (.385)...(Photo by Jillian Souza)

Henry Ramos is has hit safely in 20 of his last 23 games: 35-for-91 (.385)…(Photo by Jillian Souza)

THERE’S BEEN NO RELIEF: Portland scored eight runs off New Hampshire’s bullpen on Sunday…The opposing relievers have a combined 4.92 ERA (72 ER/131.2 IP)…The ‘Dogs averaging 2.1 earned runs per-game off relievers.

Oh what a night at Hadlock Field

Baseball America likes these two guys (Photo by me)

Baseball America likes these two guys (Photo by Portland Sea Dogs)

The Sea Dogs return home after a 4-3 roadtrip, and open up a four-game series against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) at Hadlock Field. Tonight features an amazing game one pitching match-up, as Top Pitching Prospects face-off. LHP Henry Owens (3-2, 3.89) looks to snap a two-game losing streak against New Hampshire’s RHP Aaron Sanchez (1-1, 2.55). Owens is the #2 overall prospect behind Xander Bogaerts, but Sanchez is the #1 overall prospect in Toronto’s system – this is all according to Baseball America.

Tonight is the NFL Draft and it couldn’t have worked out better for tonight’s special first pitch.  New England Patriots RB Shane Vereen will toss out the first pitch and sign autographs.

Tweet from the Pats RB earlier
Shane Vereen @ShaneVereen34
Throwing out the first pitch tonight at the Portland Sea Dogs game!!! … This could get interesting

Make sure to follow Slugger on Twitter (@Slugger_SeaDog) for his blog and his journey from Fenway Park to Hadlock Field…Slugger arrived today. We’re so proud of him.

We welcome Shane Vereen to Hadlock Field.

We welcome Shane Vereen to Hadlock Field.

 of X-Factor Season 3 will be on hand to welcome Slugger back.

Let’s not forget Mookie Madness – Betts homered yesterday and has reached base safely in 59 straight regular season games dating back to August 22013, but 64 including last year’s Carolina League playoffs.

(MORE ON MOOKIE) Betts is a nephew of Terry Shumpert, who played parts of 14 seasons with the Kansas City Royals, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres,Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Betts has attributed his nickname Mookie to his parents watching former NBA guard Mookie Blaylock play basketball shortly after Betts was born. Betts has stated he has never met Blaylock.

Pre-Game begins at 5:40 OM on 95.9/95.5 and the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Listen online at seadogs.com.

Pre-Game Interview: 

Portland lineup: Betts 4, Marrero 6, Shaw DH, Welch 3, Swihart 2, Ramos 8, Meneses 5, Gibson 7, Wilkerson 9, Owens LH (3-2, 3.89)

New Hampshire: Berti 4, Burns 5, Jimenez 2, Glenn 9, Crouse 7, Jacobo 3, Nolan 6, Van Kirk DH, Jones 8, Sanchez RH (1-1, 2.55)

Game Notes for today…Complete Notes at seadogs.com

FIRST OF A FEW: Tonight the Sea Dogs open up a four-game weekend series against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) – the first of 22 meetings between the East Coast rivals…Portland returns home after a 4-3 roadtrip, and has not lost a road series this season (3-0-3)…Last year, the Sea Dogs won the season-series from New Hampshire, taking 13 of 24 and six of 10 at Hadlock Field…LHP Henry Owens has lost two straight starts, giving up nine runs in his last 11 IP.

DECIDED IN THE SIXTH: Reading scored six runs in the sixth inning to beat the Sea Dogs, 8-3, on Wednesday morning at FirstEnergy Stadium…Portland’s runs came on two solo-homers by Henry Ramos and Mookie Betts’ big fly to lead-off the game…Ramos’ homers were the first 2 in Double-A…Reading had five players with a multi-hit game, receiving a two-run homer by Lars Davis and 2 RBI from Aaron Altherr…LHP Hoby Milner tossed seven strong innings on six hit and two runs to earn the win…Derrik Gibson and Heiker Meneses each had two hits in the loss.

#MOOKIE MADNESS:Betts went 1-for-4 with his fifth homer of the season in the roadtrip finale…The Tennessee native has reached base safely in all 29 Double-A starts (16 multi-hit games)…The first-year Sea Dog has reached base safely in 59 straight regular season games dating back to August 2, 2013, but 64 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’ .402 average is the highest in Minor League Baseball…he’s also reached safely in 123 of his last 133 games (dating back to May 5, 2013). 

#MookieMadness...Betts is leading minor league baseball with a .402 average.

#MookieMadness…Betts is leading minor league baseball with a .402 average.

BIG SHOCKER: Betts was named the Eastern League Player of the Month on Tuesday after leading Minor League Baseball with a .430 average in April…He’s the 12th player in franchise history to win the award and the first since OF Juan Carlos Linares took home the honors last August…On Monday, RHP Mike McCarthy was named the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week, going 2-0, 0.00 ERA in 2 starts.

OH HENRY:Yesterday was the second career multi-homer game for Ramos, and the first by a Sea Dog since Linares blasted two homers against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on August 26…Ramoshas hit safely in 17 of his last 19 games: 29-for-74 (.392), 2 HR, 15 RBI, triple and 5 doubles.

Couch looks to stay hot against Reading

Mike McCarthy worked six scoreless frames on Monday night, earning his first win of the season.

Mike McCarthy worked six scoreless frames on Monday night, earning his first win of the season.

The Sea Dogs continue their four-game series with the Reading Fightin Phils on Tuesday night at Hadlock Field..Portland is 3-2 during their 7-game homestand.

Minor League Roundup byAlex Speir, great stuff.

Roster Move: RHP Kyle Kraus assigned to High-A Salem…LHP Nate Reed received from High-A Salem.

RHP Keith Couch beat Reading in his first start of the season and carries and 11-1 mark as a starter in Double-A.

RHP Mike Nesseth makes a spot start for Reading…He is expected to throw about 60 pitches…Nesseth has no record and a 3.86 ERA (2 ER/4.2 IP) in 3 relief appearances .

Pre-Game begins at 5:40 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 beginning at 5:55 PM.

Pre-Game Interview: Mike McCarthy

Reading: Hernandez 6, Alons0 5, Perkins 7, Stassi 3, Altherr 8, Serritella DH, Moore 2, Hewitt 9, Duran 4, Nesseth RHP (0-0, 3.86)

Portland lineup: Betts 4, Marrero 6, Shaw DH, Swihart 2, Rivero 7, Ramos 8, Meneses 5, Wilkerson 9, Couch RHP (3-0, 3.42)

Notes for day…Complete notes at seadogs.com

Keith Couch is 3-0, 2.42 ERA in 4 starts this season, but 11-1 in his Double-A career as a starter (Photo by Kelly O'Connor).

Keith Couch is 3-0, 2.42 ERA in 4 starts this season, but 11-1 in his Double-A career as a starter (Photo by Kelly O’Connor).

BACK ON TRACK: The Sea Dogs improved to 2-2 on the homestand with last night’s victory and continue their four-game set against the Reading Fightin Phils on Tuesday night at Hadlock Field…With last night’s win, the ‘Dogs clinched a winning record at home for April…RHP Keith Couch makes his fifth start of the season and the 20th (34th overall appearance) of his Double-A career…Couch is 11-1, 2.86 ERA (36 ER/113.1 IP) as a starter in Portland…Last night was Portland’s 100th career win against Reading.

MIKE SET THE PACE: RHP Mike McCarthy (1-2) retired 18 of 21 batters faced over six scoreless innings and Portland scored five runs early off LHP Jesse Biddle (2-3), taking the series opener from Reading 8-6…McCarthy hurled three perfect innings before a lead single by 2B Carlos Alonzo, and scattered three hits, no walks and fanned two…2B Mookie Betts and SS Deven Marrero each walked three times and reached base safely in four trips…1B Travis Shaw added a two-run single, with Marrero, Carlos Rivero and Stefan Welch adding run-scoring hits.

MOOKIE MADNESS:Betts went 1-for-2 and reached base four times on Monday night…The Tennessee native has a team high, 15-game hitting streak and has reached base safely in all 20 Double-A starts (11 multi-hit games)…The first-year Sea Dog has reached base safely in 50 straight regular season games dating back to August 2, 2013, but 55 including last year’s Carolina League playoffs…The 15-game hit streak is the longest since OF Chih-Hsian Chiang’s 16-game hitting streak from July 15, 2011 until his promotion to Pawtucket.

THEY DID RALLY BACK: Portland built an 8-0 lead last night, but Reading scored six times off RHP Kyle Kraus (first appearance this season with Portland) and RHP Aaron Kurcz…Kurcz gave up two runs, but stranded two in the ninth to earn his first save of the season.

TWO OUT MAGIC: Portland scored six of eight runs last night two outs and 16 of their last 18 (89%) runs on the homestand have been scored with two down…This season, the ‘Dogs have scored 51 of their 129 runs (40%) with two outs and are hitting .307 (27-for-88) with runners-in-scoring position and two-out.

MARVELOUS MCCARTHY: McCarthy earned his second Double-A win on Monday night…It marked the fourth time that the righty had gone 6+ shutout innings…Twice he has delivered 7 scoreless (8/28/13, 8/2/12) and one other time 6 shutout innings (7/23/12).

The rings from Salem are here.

The rings from Salem are here.

Trot over to Hadlock Field tonight

Mookie Betts made a great diving catch to start a double play yesterday...Sea Dogs front office staff member Ashley Montgomery got a great photo.

Mookie Betts made a great diving catch to start a double play yesterday…Sea Dogs front office staff member Ashley Montgomery got a great photo.

The Sea Dogs open up a seven-game homestand on Monday night against the Reading Fightin Phils at Hadlock Field…Portland dropped two of three to start the homestand against the Trenton Thunder – their first series loss of the season. Fans at Hadlock Field get a treat tonight, as Trot Nixon will throw out a ceremonial first pitch and sign autographs.

RHP Mike McCarthy makes the start in the series opener and his third career appearance against Reading. McCarthy is 1-0, 4.50 against the Fightins in his career – both appearances last season.

LHP Jesse Biddlethe top pitching prospect in the Phillies system, makes his fifth career start against Portland. On Opening night in Reading, Biddle suffered the loss, allowing 9 hits and 4 runs over 3.1 IP. He gave up a  homer to Mookie Betts to lead-off the season. The highly touted lefty has struggled in his career against Portland, going 1-3, 5.64 ERA (14 ER/22.1 IP) in four previous starts – three last season.

Pre-Game begins at 5:40 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 beginning at 5:55 PM.

Pre-Game Interview: Derrik Gibson

Reading: Alonso 4, Stassi 3, Hernandez 5, Perkins 7, Serritella DH, Altherr 8, Moore 2, Hewitt 9, Duran 6, Biddle LHP (2-2, 2.86)

Portland lineup: Betts 4, Marrero 6, Shaw 3, Rivero 5, Coyle DH, Ramos 9, Spring 2, Gibson 7, Wilkerson 8, McCarthy RHP (0-2, 8.59)

Notes for day…Complete notes at seadogs.com

ON TO THE NEXT ONE: The Sea Dogs continue their seven-game homestand on Monday night against the Reading Fightin Phils…Former Red Sox OF Trot Nixon makes a special appearance, throwing out a ceremonial first pitch and signing autographs…Portland dropped their first series over the weekend, as the Thunder took two of three…The series featured 52 runs, 82 hits, but 18 innings pitched by Portland’s bullpen…The ‘Dogs and Fightins split a four-game series in Reading, PA to begin the season.

DECIDED EARLY: Trenton scored six runs in three of four innings to start the game off Henry Owens (3-1) and held on for a 6-5 on Sunday afternoon…Portland’s entire lineup reached base safely, and rallied back from a 5-0 deficit…The ‘Dogs got on the board when Mookie Betts delivered a run-scoring double in the third…Derrik Gibson added a two-run single and Travis Shaw drove in a run with a double in the fifth…Trenton catcher Gary Sanchez finished 2-for-4 with a homer, double and 3 RBI.

MOOKIE MADNESS:Betts went 1-for-5 with an RBI double in the series finale…Betts has a team-high, 14-game hitting streak and has reached base safely in all 19 Double-A starts (11 multi-hit games)…The first-year Sea Dog has reached base safely in 49 straight regular season games dating back to August 2, 2013, but 54 including last year’s Carolina League playoffs…The 14-game hit streak is the longest since OF Chih-Hsian Chiang’s 16-game hitting streak from July 15, 2011 until his promotion to Pawtucket.

TWO OUT MAGIC: Portland’s last 10 runs have been scored with two outs…This season, the ‘Dogs have scored 45 of their 121 runs (37%) with two outs and hitting .291 (23-79) with runners-in-scoring position and two-out.

¡VAMONOS RAMOS!:RF Henry Ramos went 1-for-3 with a walk on Sunday and has a season-high 9-game hitting streak: 14-for-37 (.378) with 7 RBI…C Blake Swihart has hit safely in in nine of has last 10 starts: 23-for-49 (.469), including his first Hadlock Field homer of the season on Saturday, a solo-shot in the 10th inning to tie the game at six.

IT HAPPENS TO THE BEST: Owens allowed six earned runs on Sunday, the most he’s allowed in 11 career Double-A starts…The lefty began the season with a 15.1 scoreless streak, but has given up 16 earned runs in his last 16 IP…LHP Jesse Biddle has yielded just one earned run in his last 18 IP (0.50 ERA).

Team Photo Day at Hadlock Field.

Team Photo Day at Hadlock Field.

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