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Sea Dogs open up a six-game trip in Richmond, VA

The Sea Dogs open up a six-game roadtrip on Tuesday night against the Richmond Flying Squirrels (Giants affiliate) from the Diamond in Richmond, VA.

Noe Ramirez is scoreless in four straight appearances, he earned his second save on Sunday. (photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor)

Noe Ramirez is scoreless in four straight appearances, he earned his second save on Sunday. (photo courtesy of Kelly O’Connor)

RHP Anthony Ranaudo (8-3, 2.80) makes his 19th start of the season for Portland…Ranaudo is seeking his first win since June 30th…RHP Ryan Vogelsong makes a MLB Rehab Assignment for Richmond.

Richmond Nuggets: Hitting Coach Kenny Joyce is from Portland, Maine…INF Mark Minicozzi is second in the league in hitting at .328, OF Javier Herrera is 6th…Before the move to Richmond, the Giants Double-A home was the Connecticut Defenders.

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Pre-Game coverage begins at 6:45 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network.

2013 Video Interviews and Highlights

Starting Lineups
Portland: Meneses 6, Cecchini 5, Almanzar DH, Thomas 7, Shaw 3, Vazquez 2, Bermudez 9, Gibson 4, Wilkerson 8, Ranaudo RHP

Richmond: Lollis 8, Panik 4, Herrera 7, Minicozzi DH, Vilalona 3, Susac 2, Duvall 5, Parker 9, Tomlinson 6, Vogelsong RHP

Notes for Tuesday

NOT MANY LEFT: The Sea Dogs open up a three-game series with the Richmond Flying Squirrels (Giants affiliate) on Tuesday night from the Diamond in Richmond, Virginia…Portland has won four straight road games, sweeping the Rock Cats at New Britain Stadium from July 22-24…The ‘Dogs need wins in their final two games this month to finish 15-15 in July…Richmond has dropped 34 of 55 since June 1st…RHP Anthony Ranaudo seeks his first win since June 30th at New Hampshire.

THAT’S A SPLIT: Portland won the final two games against Harrisburg, managing a split of the four-game series after Sunday’s 3-2 win…Catcher Matt Spring hit his fourth game-winning homer of the season, leading off the seventh with a solo-blast over the Maine Monster, and snapping a 2-2 tie…Jeremy Kehrt earned his first win, tossing two innings on two hits and one run…Noe Ramirez worked the final two innings, securing his second straight save…RHP Nathan Karns (7-4) tossed a complete game in the loss, giving up five hits and three runs over eight frames.

MAJOR INFLUENCE: Portland will face Major League Ryan Vogelsong in the series opener…Vogelsong is currently on the Giants 60-day disabled list with a fractured right hand…The righty is 2-4, 7.19 ERA (37 ER/46.1 IP) in nine starts with San Francisco this season.

RHP Ryan Vogelsong makes a MLB Rehab start for Richmond on Tuesday night.

RHP Ryan Vogelsong makes a MLB Rehab start for Richmond on Tuesday night.

NO WIN AT HADLOCK: RHP Terry Doyle took a no-decision in Sunday’s game and remains winless at Hadlock Field…Doyle pitched five innings, giving up eight hits, one run, three walks and four strikeouts…Harrisburg had 17 baserunners on Sunday, but went 3-for-13 with runner-in-scoring position.

MAKE THAT TWO FOR TWO: LHP Matt Maloney earned a win in his Sea Dogs’ debut on July 24th at New Britain and earned the save by working around two singles with two outs in the ninth on Saturday at Fenway Park…The lefty was on Pawtucket’s disabled all season until he was activated by Portland – he appeared in 5 minor league rehab games with Lowell.

THREE QUARTERS TO A GRAND: With a win tonight, the Sea Dogs will have 750 as a Red Sox affiliate…Saturday’s win at the 8th Annual Future’s at Fenway was their third in four games at Fenway Park.

WHAT’S ON DECK: Portland and Richmond continue their three-game series on Wednesday night…The Sea Dogs are 2-2 during a 22-game stretch against the Western Division (8-11 overall)…Portland finishes the season with 16 straight games against New Hampshire and Trenton, including a doubleheader on August 31st.

Drew batting cleanup for Portland on Thursday night

The Sea Dogs and Reading Fightin Phils open up a four-game series on Thursday night at Hadlock Field…SS Stephen Drew begins a 2-game MLB Rehab Assignment with the Sea Dogs, his second of the season.

Congrats to the Salem Red Sox on their combined no-hitter last…Click here for the final call

Pre-Game coverage begins at 6:40 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Interview with Ryan Dent, as he talks about his win on the mound July 12th at Binghamton.

SS Stephen Drew chatting with Portland Manager Kevin Boles before tonight's game.

SS Stephen Drew chatting with Portland Manager Kevin Boles before tonight’s game.

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Starting Lineups
Portland: Hissey 9, Vazquez 2, Cecchini 5, Drew DH, Almanzar 3, Thomas 4, Vitek 7, Wilkerson 8, Meneses 4, Doyle RHP

Reading: Mitchell 7, Collier 8, Franco 5, Murphy 3, Dugan 9, Cartwright 4, Henson DH, Valle 2, Duran 6, Biddle LHP

The bat is catching on for Derrik Gibson, he leads the team in average this month at .433 (photo courtesy of Sitting Still photography)

Notes for Thursday

GLAD TO BE HOME: The Sea Dogs open up a four-game series against the Reading Fightin Phils on Thursday night at Hadlock…Portland has lost six straight, their longest losing streak since last July 1-5…Portland has scored just 3 runs in their last 50 innings and snapped a 33-inning scoreless drought on Tuesday nightThe ‘Dogs went 1-7 on the road portion of their trip, but went 1-8 overall, losing a suspended game from Hadlock Field on June 25th, before the roadtrip opener on July 11th at NYSEG Stadium.

‘CATS COMPLETE SWEEP: Portland was shutout twice during a three-game sweep of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats…On Wednesday night, Ryan Tepera (8-6) tossed eight scoreless frames on five hits, no walks and seven strikeouts, as New Hampshire won 4-0…Michael Almanzar and Peter Hissey each had two hits for Portland…The ‘Cats scored three times off losing pitcher Keith Couch (6-3) in the fourth inning…Kevin Ahrens, A.J. Jimenez, Ryan Schimpf and Brian Van Kirk had RBI’s for New Hampshire…Tepera retired 24 of 28 batters faced. 

CRAZY EIGHTS: LHP Sean Nolin, RHP Marcus Walden and Tepera all worked eight innings in the previous series…Opposing starters went 6-0, 1.29 ERA (7 ER/49.0 IP) during the roadtrip with four quality starts…Portland’s lone win on the trip was last Friday’s 8-5, 15-inning win at Binghamton…INF Ryan Dent was the winning pitcher, becoming the second position player in franchise history to earn a win.

Jessica Moran of CSNNE visiting Hadlock Field.

Jessica Moran of CSNNE visiting Hadlock Field.

MLB REHAB UPDATE: Portland has had 31 players (five this season) make a Major League rehab assignment with and the 25as a Red Sox affiliate…INF Stephen Drew begins his second stint with Portland this season…MLB Rehabs as a Red Sox affiliate: Craig Breslow, 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).

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Reading Fightin Phils (Phillies affiliate) continue their four-game series on Friday night at Hadlock Field…The Sea Dogs are 11-18 during a 38-game stretch against the Eastern Division…Portland hits the road on Monday night, beginning a four-game series in three days against the Rock Cats.

Looked like a sci-fi movie earlier today at Hadlock Field.

Looked like a sci-fi movie earlier today at Hadlock Field.

Drew tomorrow…Roadtrip finale on Wednesday night

The Sea Dogs (1-6 on the roadtrip) continue their three-game series at New Hampshire on Tuesday night from Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.  3B Garin Cecchini will leadoff for the first time in his pro career.

Pre-Game coverage begins at 6:45 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network.

Shannon Wilkerson with one of the best catches I’ve ever seen…We’ve got it on video

2013 Video Interviews and Highlights

Starting Lineups
Portland: Hissey 9, Gibson 6, Cecchini DH, Thomas 7, Almanzar 5, Shaw 3, Spring 2, Wilkerson 8, Dent 4, Couch RHP

New Hampshire: Loewen 8, Cabrera 7, Jimenez 2, Glenn 9, Nolan 6, Burns 5, Schimpf 4, Van Kirk DH, Ahrens 3, Tepera RHP

The bat is catching on for Derrik Gibson, he leads the team in average this month at . (photo courtesy of Sitting Still photography)

The bat is catching on for Derrik Gibson, he leads the team in average this month at .433 (photo courtesy of Sitting Still photography)

Notes for Wednesday

ALMOST HOME: The Sea Dogs and Fisher Cats conclude their three-game series on Wednesday night in Manchester, NH…Portland has lost five straight, their longest losing streak since last July 1-5…Portland has scored just 3 runs in their last 41 innings) and snapped a 33-inning scoreless drought on Tuesday nightNew Hampshire has won a season-high seven straight games, and has their best record since they were 6-4…Portland has not been four games under .500 all year.

ONCE AGAIN, A FIVE-RUN FRAME: For the second straight night, the Fisher Cats used a five-run inning to beat Portland…On Tuesday night, their five-run second off losing pitcher Bobby Lanigan (0-1) gave them a 5-1 win…RHP Marcus Walden (6-9) beat Portland for the fourth time this season, hurling eight strong innings on five hits, one run, two walks and six strikeouts…Portland scored their lone run in the sixth inning on a two-out homer by Garin Cecchini, his second of the season in his first time leading off as a professional…Adam Loewen highlighted New Hampshire’s 5-run second with a two-run homer.

FILLING IN NICELY: RHP Kyle Kraus was assigned to Portland yesterday from High-A Salem and worked four scoreless on one hit in his Double-A debut…Kraus retired Melky Cabrera twice, who he faced to start his Portland debut…The right-hander was the 51st player used by the Sea Dogs this season…Lanigan made his first start since September 4, 2011, giving up five runs on six hits over 4 IP.

POSSIBLE RETURN TO HADLOCK: According to Red Sox Manager John Farrell, SS Stephen Drew is scheduled to start a MLB Rehab Assignment with the Portland Sea Dogs tomorrow night…Drew could play Thursday and Friday night at SS and DH…On Opening Day, Drew was Portland’s Opening Day SS, the first Major League Rehab Assignment on Opening Day in franchise history.

Stephen Drew will play for the Sea Dogs tomorrow night. (Photo by Kelly O'Connor)

Stephen Drew will play for the Sea Dogs tomorrow night. (Photo by Kelly O’Connor)

WAY TO GO GIBBY: Derrik Gibson went 1-for-3 last night, and leads the team in average this month at .433 (13-for-30)…Gibson is 4-for-6 in the series, going 3-for-3 on Monday night.

POWER OUTAGE: Portland had gone 333 at-bats in between homers until Cecchini’s solo-shot in the sixth off Walden.

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs open up a four-game series with the Reading Fightin Phils (Phillies affiliate) on Friday night at Hadlock Field…The Sea Dogs are 11-17 during a 38-game stretch against the Eastern Division…Portland hits the road on Monday night, beginning a four-game series in three days against the Rock Cats.

‘Dogs postponed on Monday night vs. Trenton

The Sea Dogs and Trenton Thunder were postponed on Monday night due to rain…The two teams will make the game up on August 31 as part of a doubleheader beginning at 5:00 PM…The ‘Dogs are coming off their first series win since taking 3 of 4 from New Hampshire at Hadlock Field on May 20-23

Rotation for series: Tuesday – Keith Couch and Jeremy Kehrt/Wednesday Drake Britton

Heiker Meneses has been solid at shortstop after Xander Bogaerts was promoted...He hit a team high .288 in June (photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor).

Heiker Meneses has been solid at shortstop after Xander Bogaerts was promoted…He hit a team high .288 in June (photo courtesy of Kelly O’Connor).

  • Portland will play 31 games in July, but the first game on July 11th in Binghamton will count on June’s standings and statistics.
  • Heiker Meneses led the team with a .288 average in June…Tony Thomas led the club in RBI with 17.
  • Portland is 10-2 in road-series finales with their win yesterday…The ‘Dogs scored 11 runs on Sunday June 23rd at Trenton and scored 13 yesterday in New Hampshire.

2013 Video Interviews and Highlights

All-Star Rosters for the Eastern League announced

Future’s Game Announced

Notes for today

SUNDAY FUNDAY: For the second straight Sunday on the road, the Sea Dogs scored 10+ runs, defeating the Fisher Cats 13-5 at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…Travis Shaw knocked in a career-high 5 runs, blasting a grand slam in the in the fourth…Tony Thomas homered for the second straight day and finished with 4 RBI…Despite allowing 9 hits and 5 runs, RHP Anthony Ranaudo improved to 8-2…Michael Almanzar went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI and J.C. Linares had three hits an RBI…Ryan Dent had a season-high three hits and Garin Cecchini finished 2-for-5 with 3 runs scored…Mike McCarthy earned his second save (4 IP).

CECCHINI HAS ADJUSTED: Cecchini has reached base safely in all 8 Double-A starts, and has a hit in 7 of 8 games (5 multi-hit games)…The Louisiana native leads all Red Sox Minor Leaguers in average at .352 (87-for-247)…Cecchini is hitting .367 (12-for-33), 3 RBI and 7 walks with Portland.

TIED AT THE TOP Ranaudo joins Binghamton’s Logan Verrett as the lone 8-game winners in the Eastern League…Binghamton’s RHP Rafael Montero (pitching in Triple-A) is leading the Eastern League with a 2.43 ERA, Ranaudo is now fifth at 2.68…Almanzar is tied for the league lead in extra-base hits with 35.

HEY, I’M AN ALL-STAR: The Sea Dogs will send Almanzar, LHP Drake Britton, Ranaudo and C Christian Vazquez to this year’s Eastern League All-Star Game on July 13th in New Britain, Connecticut…Almanzar and Ranaudo were selected through fan voting.

WRAPPING UP THE MONTH: INF Heiker Meneses paced the team in June with a .288 average (19-for-66)…Meneses went 4-for-6 in the New Hampshire series with 3 RBI and 2 doubles…Shaw and Thomas each hit four homers in June, Thomas led the team with 17 RBI…Britton went 3-1, 3.24 ERA (12 ER/33.1 IP) in five starts.

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Portland Sea Dogs and Trenton Thunder continue their four-game series with a doubleheader on Tuesday night at Hadlock Field, game time is 6:00 PM…The Sea Dogs are 6-6 during a 38-game stretch against the Eastern Division…New Britain (Twins affiliate) visits Maine on Thursday night to open up a five-game series.

Noe Ramirez joins bullpen…’Dogs in New Hampshire

Christian Vazquez has both 4-hit games against New Hampshire.  (photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor).

Christian Vazquez has both 4-hit games against New Hampshire. (photo courtesy of Kelly O’Connor).

The Sea Dogs and Fisher Cats continue their four-game series on Saturday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…Before today’s game, the Sea Dogs received RHP Noe Ramirez from High-A Salem.

  • Former Fisher Cat Jonathan Diaz made his Major League debut with the Boston Red Sox earlier today
  • Knuckleballer Charlie Haeger did not issue a walk last night for the first time in 41 outings.

2013 Video Interviews and Highlights

Coverage begins at 6:45 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network

Pre-Game Interview: Red Sox Organizational Leaders

Starting Lineups
Portland Lineup: Hissey 8, Vazquez 2, Cecchini DH, Thomas 4, Almanzar 5, Shaw 3, Linares 9, Vitek 7, Meneses 6, Barnes RHP

New Hampshire Lineup: Loewen 8, Burns 5, Jimenez 2, Glenn 9, Robinson DH, Nolan 6, Schimpf 4, Van Kirk 7, Talley 3, McGuire RHP

All-Star Rosters for the Eastern League announced

Future’s Game Announced

Notes for today

‘DOGS AND ‘CATS: The Sea Dogs and New Hampshire Fisher Cats play game three of their four-game series on Saturday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…Portland’s last series win came on May 20-23 at Hadlock Field, taking three of four from the New Hampshire Fisher Cats…If Portland wins the final two games of this series, they will have their first road-series win since April 30-May 2, sweeping a three-game series in Reading…RHP Matt Barnes makes his 40th career start and his third against New Hampshire.

QUITE A BATTER: Knuckleballer Charlie Haeger (4-4) tossed eight scoreless frames and Catcher Christian Vazquez went 4-for-5, as the Sea Dogs beat the Fisher Cats 5-1 on Friday night…Haeger scattered seven hits, fanned seven and didn’t issue a walk for the first time since a MLB Rehab start in 2010 with the Arizona Dodgers…Vazquez knocked in the game’s first run with a single in the fourth and nailed an RBI double in the eighth…SS Heiker Meneses went 2-for-3 with 2 RBI…Michael Almanzar finished 3-for-4 with a run-scoring double in the ninth.

TURNING THINGS AROUND: Vazquez has raised his average 25 points, going 7-for-12 during a 3-game hitting streak…The Portland catcher has both 4-hit games with the Sea Dogs against the Fisher Cats (last night and May 22nd)…Meneses has a 5-game hitting streak: 9-for-17 (.529), HR, 3 RBI.

NEW ARM IN THE MIX: RHP Noe Ramirez was assigned to Portland today from High-A Salem and will be making his Double-A debut…Ramirez went 2-1, 2.11 ERA (11 ER/47.0) with one save in 21 games with the Salem Sox and had a strikeout in 19 of 21 appearances…Both wins against Myrtle Beach in back-to-back outings (May 31 & June 3).

Noe Ramirez joins Portland's bullpen today from High-A Salem (photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor)

Noe Ramirez joins Portland’s bullpen today from High-A Salem (photo courtesy of Kelly O’Connor)

HEY, I’M AN ALL-STAR: The Sea Dogs will send Almanzar, Britton, RHP Anthony Ranaudo and Vazquez to this year’s Eastern League All-Star Game on July 13th in New Britain, Connecticut…Almanzar and Ranaudo were selected through fan voting.

THAT’S NOT ALL: Ranaudo and former Sea Dog Xander Bogaerts were selected to the Sirius/XM Future’s Game on Sunday, July 14th at Citi Field in New York…For the first time in the 15-year history of the game, fans can vote for the final spot for each squad…To vote for Cecchini text U2 at 892969 or #VoteCecchini on Twitter.

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Portland Sea Dogs and New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) conclude their four-game series on Sunday afternoon from Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, game time is 1:35 PM…The Sea Dogs are 4-6 during a 38-game stretch against the Eastern Division.

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.

Cecchini in the lineup as Portland travels to Trenton.

Portland opens up a three-game series on Friday night against the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) from Waterfront Park…The Sea Dogs managed a split of a four-game series in Reading to start the trip.  Last night, Keith Couch earned his 5th win of the season for Portland.

Special thanks to NESN for airing my interview with Anthony Ranaudo on their pre-game show.

2013 Video Interviews and Highlights

Coverage begins at 6:45 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network

Portland Lineup: Johnson 9, Wilkerson 8, Cecchini 5, Almanzar DH, Shaw 3, Vazquez 2, Vitek 7, Meneses 6, Gibson 4, Britton LHP

Trenton Lineup: Flores 7, Heathcott 8, Austin 9, Roller 3, Angelini 6, Clark DH, Corono 5, Pirela 4, Farnham 2, Allen RHP

Garin Cecchini starts at third base tonight...Michael Almanzar is the DH.

Garin Cecchini starts at third base tonight…Michael Almanzar is the DH.

OFFICIAL CECCHINI PRESS RELEASE
The Boston Red Sox have assigned third baseman Garin Cecchini (check-E-nee) to Portland from High-A Salem Red Sox. Cecchini is set to make his Double-A debut in Friday night’s game against the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) at Waterfront Park in Trenton, N.J. The addition of Cecchini puts Portland’s roster at the maximum of 25.
Cecchini is ranked the #8 Prospect in the Red Sox system according to by Baseball America, and selected as having the Best Infield Arm. In 63 games with the Salem Red Sox, Cecchini led the Carolina League in hitting at .350 (75-for-214), added 5 homers and 33 RBI. He also paced the league in walks (43), on-base percentage (.469) and was second in slugging percentage (.547). Cecchini’s stat line with Salem: .350, 44 RS, 5 HR, 33 RBI, 19 2B, 4 3B, 43 BB, 34 SO and 15 for 22 in stolen bases.

The 22-year-old was a fourth round pick by the Red Sox in 2010 out of Barbe High School (father Glenn was his coach) in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He didn’t play his senior year of high school due to a ACL tear in his right knee, and made his professional debut with the Lowell Spinners in 2011.

In 2012, Cecchini was named the Red Sox’s 2012 Base Runner of the Year after leading the organization in stolen bases with 51. He hit .305 (139-for-455) with 4 homers and 62 RBI for Low-A Greenville Drive, ranking third in South Atlantic League in doubles (38) and fourth in runs scored (84).

Cecchini’s professional debut in 2011 with the Lowell Spinners was limited to 32 games due to injury. He batted .298 (34-for-114) with 3 homers and 23 RBI and was leading the New York-Penn League in doubles (12) and ranked fourth in stolen bases (12) and fifth in RBIs.

His brother Gavin was the 12th overall pick by the New York Mets in the 2012 June Draft.

Sea Dogs in Reading, PA…Chase Utley rehabs

Portland continues their four-game series on Wednesday night against the Reading Fightin Phils from First Energy Stadium.

2013 Video Interviews and Highlights

Coverage begins at 6:45 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network

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

Reading Lineup: Cartwright DH, Duran 6, Utley 4, Murphy 3, Henson 5, Collier 8, Hewitt 9, Valle 2, Gillies 7, Colvin RHP

Congrats to former Sea Dog Caleb Clay, who made his Triple-A debut with Syracuse today…Clay worked 6.2 innings on five hits and two runs…He faced former Sea Dog Lars Anderson.

2B Chase Utley begins a MLB Rehab Assignment with Reading in tonight’s game…Utley is on Philly’s DL with a strained oblique.
Chase Utley starts at 2B tonight for Reading, he's batting third (photo courtesy of USA Today)

Chase Utley starts at 2B tonight for Reading, he’s batting third (photo courtesy of USA Today)

Preview of Today’s Notes

JUST ONE TONIGHT: The Sea Dogs and Reading Fightin Phils (Phillies affiliate) continue their four-game series on Wednesday night from First Energy Stadium…Portland is 0-6-1 in their last seven series…The ‘Dogs last series win came on May 20-23 at Hadlock Field, taking three of four from the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on May 20-23 at Hadlock Field…Their last road-series win came on April 30-May 2, sweeping Reading in a three-game set (first game was postponed due to rain).

THAT’S A SPLIT: Portland and Reading split a twinbill on Tuesday night in the start of a four-game series…Reading took the opener 4-1, receiving a complete-game, 3-hitter from Seth Rosin (4-4)…Matt Barnes (3-4) took his third straight loss, allowing two unearned runs over 4 IP…In game two, Travis Shaw knocked in all three runs with a bases-clearing double in the third inning off Bobby Braham (0-1)…Charlie Haeger (3-3) worked 5.2 scoreless frames on four hits to earn the win…Rafael Perez recorded the final four outs to earn his firs save in the Red Sox system.

COMING OFF A RECORD PERFORMANCE: RHP Anthony Ranaudo became the fourth pitcher in franchise history to strikeout 13 batters in his previous outing on June 13th against Erie at Hadlock Field…Below is a list of the 13 strikeout performances in team history…Ranaudo’s lone loss this year is to Reading – all three homers allowed to the Fightin Phils.

  1. Ranaudo, June 13, 2013 vs. Erie
  2. Jon Lester, July 11, 2005 at New Hampshire
  3. A.J. Burnett, April 20, 1999 vs. Binghamton
  4. Tony Saunders, July 29, 1996 vs. Norwich

WAY TO GO TRAVIS: Shaw has hit safely in five straight starts, going 8-for-19 (.421) with a homer, 5 RBI and 3 doubles…The homer came on June 15th vs. Akron…His 3 RBI performance last night was his highest total since 4 RBI on May 16th at New Hampshire…Shaw owns the team’s longest on-base streak this season at 24 (April 4-May 2).

CHASE IN THE BUILDING: Phillies 2B Chase Utley is scheduled to start a Major League Rehabilitation stint in tonight’s game…Utley has been on Philadelphia’s disabled list with a strained oblique…In 44 games this year with the Phils, Utley is hitting .272 (43-for-158) with 7 homers and 25 RBI.

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Fightin Phils (Phillies affiliate) meet for the final time at First Energy Stadium on Thursday night beginning at 7:05…Portland’s second part of the trip begins Friday night in Trenton, N.J…The ‘Dogs are 1-1 during a 38-game stretch against the Eastern Division.

Western Trip starts in Erie, PA

Portland opens up a six-game roadtrip on Tuesday night in Erie, PA against the SeaWolves (Tigers affiliate)…The ‘Dogs and ‘Wolves are meeting for the first time this season.

PEDRO MARTINEZ VIDEO INTERVIEW

Coverage begins at 6:45 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network

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

Erie Lineup: Suarez 6, Perez 4, Fields 8, Collins 7, McCann 2, Gaynor 5, Robbins 3, Castillo 9, Johnson DH, Garcia RHP

Preview of today’s notes

OUT WEST: The Sea Dogs open up a six-game roadtrip on Tuesday night against the SeaWolves (Tigers affiliate) in Erie, PA…Portland dropped four of six on their recent homestand but are tied with the Trenton Thunder for the second playoff spot in the Eastern Division…Erie returns home after dropping all six games on their recent trip, scoring only 12 runs…Right-hander Anthony Ranaudo makes his 11th start of the season for the Sea Dogs, and can become the first 7-game winner in the league.

Anthony Ranaudo is looking to become the first 7-game winner in the Eastern League.

Anthony Ranaudo is looking to become the first 7-game winner in the Eastern League.

DECIDED EARLY: The Altoona Curve scored seven runs in the second inning and cruised by the Sea Dogs 13-6 on Sunday afternoon at Hadlock Field…Alex Dickerson drove in a career-high seven runs, blasting two homers…Jarek Cunningham homered twice and finished 4-for-5 with 3 RBI…Andrew Lambo hit his league-leading 13th homer to start the Curve’s offense…Matt Barnes took the loss, allowing seven runs on six hits over 1.2 IP…Matt Spring finished 3-for-4 with his sixth homer of the season…Casey Sadler (6-3) worked 5.2 innings on seven hits and four runs to earn the win.

SPRING MUST BE HIS SEASON: Spring hit .354 (17-for-48) with 5 homers and 18 RBI in May, and picked up his sixth multi-hit game of the season on Sunday…The Portland backstop has a multi-RBI game in eight of nine contests that he has an RBI.

X MARKS THE SPOT: Xander Bogaerts collected his 15th multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 on Sunday with a run scored…Bogaerts has a 7-game hitting streak: 12-for-23 (.522), 3 HR, 9 RBI, 3 doublesHe’s hit safely in 12 of his last 15 games: 21-for-57 (.368), 3 HR, 14 RBI…His .302 average (58-for-192) is now tops on the team.

SIMPLY DOMINANT: Ranaudo worked a career-high 7 innings in his previous start on May 29th vs. New Hampshire, earning his sixth win of the season…The righty was perfect in six of seven innings, allowing just a leadoff single to Ryan Schimpf in the second inning…Ranaudo is leading the Eastern League in ERA, WHIP, Batting Average against, Fewest Baserunners Per 9 IP and tied for the league lead in wins.

HADN’T HAPPENED IN A WHILE: The seven runs allowed in the second inning on Sunday was the most since New Hampshire scored seven in the first July 20, 2012…Five homers by the Curve were the most by an opponent since August 9, 2008 at Connecticut.

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Erie SeaWolves conclude their two game series on Wednesday night at Jerry Uht Park beginning at 7:05 PM…On Friday night, the ‘Dogs begin a three-game series in Akron, Ohio against the Aeros…Portland is 1-2 during a 15-game stretch against the Western Division.

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Portland looks for the series win in the rubber game of a three-game series on Thursday night against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats…The ‘Dogs are finishing a 17-game stretch against Binghamton and New Hampshire (7-9)

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

Portland Lineup: Wilkerson 8, Bogaerts 6, Thomas 7, Almanzar 3, Linares 9, Spring 2, Vitek DH, Meneses 5, Dent, 5 Britton LHP

New Hampshire Lineup: Pillar 8, Van Kirk 7, Schimpf 5, Nolan 6, Ochinko DH, Glenn 9, Ahrens 3, Murphy 2, Zazueta 4, Walden RHP

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Anthony Ranaudo tossed a career-high 7 innings on Wednesday night, he was perfect in six of them (photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor of Sitting Still Photography)

Anthony Ranaudo tossed a career-high 7 innings on Wednesday night, he was perfect in six of them (photo courtesy of Kelly O’Connor of Sitting Still Photography)

Preview of today’s notes

‘DOGS AND ‘CATS PART 3: The Sea Dogs and Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) play the rubber game of their three-game series on Thursday night at Hadlock Field…With last night’s win, the Sea Dogs moved back into a tie for the top spot in the Eastern Division with the Binghamton Mets…Left-hander Drake Britton makes his 27th career Double-A appearance, he is 1-1, 3.00 ERA in 4 career starts against New Hampshire…Righty Marcus Walden is 2-0, 1.32 ERA (2 ER/13.2 IP) in two starts against Portland this season.

AN EIGHT SPOT: Portland scored eight runs with nobody out during the first 2 innings and beat the New Hampshire Fisher Cats 9-1 on Wednesday night…Xander Bogaerts went 3-for-4 with 2 homers and 5 RBI…Anthony Ranaudo (6-1) was perfect in six of seven innings, allowing just a lead-off single to Ryan Schimpf in the second…Ranaudo fanned eight over a career-high 7 IP…J.C. Linares had three hits and 3 RBI, nailing a two-run double off the Maine Monster in the second…Michael Almanzar finished 3-for-4 with a sacrifice-fly in the eighth.

NOW I’M IN THEIR CLASS: Ranaudo became the league’s third 6-game winner, joining Mike Wright (Bowie) and Logan Verrett (Binghamton)…The righty is leading the E.L. in ERA (1.48), WHIP (0.84) and second in average against (.165)…Bogaerts tied career highs with 2 homers and 5 RBI.

WELCOME BACK TO THE PARTY: Linares had not played since May 16th (on the disabled list) and established season highs in hits and RBI…Shannon Wilkerson extended his season-high hitting streak to six straight: 9-for-25 (.360)…INF/OF Kolbrin Vitek went 1-for-3 with a double last night and  has hit safely in 3 of his last 4 games, going 4-for-14 (.286), RBI and a double.

BEEN CLUTCH: Portland pitchers have held the opposition 3-for-38 (.079) with runners-in-scoring position over the last six games…New Hampshire is hitting just .221 with RISP and .186 with RISP and two outs…The Sea Dogs are hitting .267 with runners-in-scoring position but hitting .300 (18-for-60) over the last six games.

NICE TO WIN AT HOME: With last night’s win, the Sea Dogs clinched a winning record at home this month…Portland will play just 11 games at Hadlock Field in June.

WHAT’S ON DECK: Portland begins a 15-game stretch against the Western Division on Friday night against the Altoona Curve (Pirates affiliate), beginning a three-game series over the weekend…The ‘Dogs are 7-9 during a 17-game stretch against New Hampshire and Binghamton.

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