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Report from the Fort (Day 3 – Afternoon Edition)

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

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

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

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

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

Portland Boxscore

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

Former Sea Dogs update

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


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

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

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





Good Morning from the Fort (Day 3)

What a great sign as you enter JetBlue Park at Fenway South

What a great sign as you enter JetBlue Park at Fenway South

Good morning from Ft. Myers where the temps are back in the 70′s. You’ll hear no complaining from me, but yesterday the locals were very upsets with 62 as the high for the day.

This afternoon the Sea Dogs and Pawtucket Red Sox make the 10-minute commute to Lee County to battle the Twins affiliates.  Righty Keith Couch is expected to start for Portland, and could crack the ‘Dogs 5-man rotation.  Last year, Couch went 11-9, 3.46 ERA in 28 games/22 starts with High-A Salem.

Possible Opening Day lineup for Portland: C – Christian Vazquez, 1B – Travis Shaw, 2B – Heiker Meneses, 3B – Kolbrin Vitek, SS – Xander Bogaerts, LF – Peter Hissey, CF – Ronald Bermudez, RF – Shannon Wilkerson, DH – Michael Almanzar.

Yesterday - Brandon Jacobs and Keury De La Cruz played in the Salem games…That still doesn’t mean they can’t start the year somewhere else.

Player to keep an eye onShannon Wilkerson, OF. Last year he was called up to Portland due to injuries in Portland’s outfield. Despite both being from Georgia, Wilkerson reminds me a lot of former Sea Dog Josh Reddick…Both have that rugged style of play – throwback as one would say.  In addition to having great speed and an above average arm, Wilkerson can play all three outfield spots.  I like how he handles himself on and off the field. He’s a great teammate. Keep your eye on him this season.

View from the Monster Seats at JetBlue Park

View from the Monster Seats at JetBlue Park

Sox Notes

  • Article on former Sea Dogs Manager Arnie Beyeler
  • Former Sea Dog Ryan Lavarnway optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket earlier today
  • Manager John Farrell expects to have his 25-man roster set by the end of Thursday’s game – the Sox are at home versus the Twins at 7:05 PM.
  • Former Sea Dog Jon Lester was named the Opening Day starter…4 of the 5 in the Sox rotation are former Sea Dogs – Lester, Buchholz, Dempster and Doubront.
  • We should know the fate of Jackie Bradley Jr. by 11:00 PM tomorrow night.

Sea Dogs Itinerary upcoming

Sunday, March 31

Players & coaches flying from Fort Myers scheduled to arrive.

Monday, April 1

Players & coaches driving from Fort Myers scheduled to arrive.

No Media Availability

Tuesday, April 2

9:00-11:00 AM: Team Workout at USM (Media is welcome to shoot the workout but players are unavailable for interviews)

Wednesday, April 3

Time TBA- Team Workout at Hadlock Field (field conditions permitting)

3:00-4:00 PM: Media Day                       Sea Dogs Clubhouse

Sea Dogs Manager Kevin Boles, coaches, players, and front office staff will be available for interviews and photos in the Sea Dogs clubhouse. Media is asked to enter the clubhouse through the doors facing Fitzpatrick Stadium.  Media may pick-up full season credentials at this time.

4:00 PM: Team Meeting- Clubhouse closed to Media

5:30 PM: Welcome Dinner

The annual Welcome Dinner to benefit the Opportunity Alliance will take place at the Portland Expo.  Please contact Chris Cameron at or 207-874-9300 to arrange any live shots.

Thursday, April 4

Opening Day

4:00 PM Gates top Hadlock Field Open

6:00 PM Trenton Thunder (Yankees) @ Portland Sea Dogs


Report from the Fort Day 1 (Afternoon Edition)

Today I traveled down to Sarasota, Florida to watch the Sea Dogs take on the Bowie Baysox.  Baltimore’s minor league complex is separate from the big-league complex, so I was unable to get any updates on the Major League game.

That's Joe Flacco's brother Mike.

That’s Joe Flacco’s brother Mike.

Final Line score
                          R    H   E
Portland       2     9    3
Bowie             5     9    2

Boxscore for Portland

Meneses SS/2B  (0-3, BB)
Coyle  2B (2-for3, 2 1B, SB, RS)
De La Cruz RF (1-3, 1B)
Vitek 3B (1-4, 1B)
Jacobs LF (0-1, HB, BB)
LeBlanc LF (0-2)
Wilkerson CF (1-2, 1B, SB, RS)
Johnson CF (0-2)
Almanzar 1B (0-2)
Hedman 1B (0-2)
Flacco DH (2-for-4, RBI, 2 1B, 2 K)
Blair C (0-2)
Escobar (0-2)
Natoli EH/SS (1-2, 1B, BB)

Kyle Kaminska 4.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, ER, 0 BB, 2 SO
Nefi Ogando 1.1 IP, 0 H, BB
Charle Rosario IP, BB, 2 SO
Kyle Kraus IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER
Robby Scott IP, H

Quick hits from today….

  • I thought this was baseball? Two football connections in Sarasota – Bowie’s John Ruettiger (Rudy’s nephew) playing for Bowie…Michael Flacco (Joe’s brother) for Portland
  • Former Sea Dogs Jeff Corsaletti surprised me with a guest appearance…Corsaletti is an assistant coach for an area Sarasota High School Baseball team…They were getting set to play after the minor league games.
  • Former Sea Dogs in the Baltimore system who were in appearance: Manny Delcarmen, Luis Exposito, Miguel Gonzalez  and Yamaico Navarro.
  • During Spring Training, most of the Triple-A coaching staff is assisting in the big leagues…Portland’s coaching staff worked the Pawtucket game, while the Salem staff worked the Portland contest.
  • I had a chance to chat with these former Sea Dogs: Bryce Brentz, Ryan Dent, Derik Gibson, Alex Hassan, Jeremy Hazelbaker, Alex Wilson and Steven Wright.
  • On Tuesday Matt Barnes starts for Portland against New Britain at Boston’s complex.
Kolbrin Vitek (pictured right) is feeling healthy after back issues in 2012.

Kolbrin Vitek (pictured right) is feeling healthy after back issues in 2012.

(AUDIO) Interview with Mike Hazen (Red Sox AGM)

My interview with Red Sox Assistant General Manager Mike Hazen from my weekly talkshow the Saturday Morning Jab. Dave Eid from WGME TV-13 joins me.

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Highlights from the interview

-Jackie Bradley Jr.

-Red Sox Opening Day lineup

-Pitching prospects

-WBC perception

Minor Moves involving former Sea Dogs…WBC update

The Boston Red Sox made five roster moves on Tuesday morning, with four of the five involving former Sea Dogs.  1B/OF Mark Hamilton was the other player re-assigned - he’s expected to start the year in Triple-A Pawtucket.

Photo courtesy of (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

1. Outfielder Alex Hassan (2011)…Played a career-high 126 games with the Sea Dogs in ’11, hitting .291 (132-for-454) with 13 homers and 64 RBI…Hassan, a Quincy Mass native, homered at Future’s at Fenway that season.  2013 Forecast: Due to a stress fracture in his foot, he hasn’t played this spring…He’ll probably start the year on Pawtucket’s disabled list.

2. Outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker (2011-12)…Established career-highs last season in homers (19) and RBI (64), appearing in 114 games with Portland…Hazelbaker was 33 of 44 in stolen base attempts and made his Triple-A debut on August 27th. 2013 Forecast: Will start the season in Pawtucket.

3. Outfielder J.C. Linares (2010, 12)…Health, health and health. That’s the buzzword for Linares.  Due to the Red Sox keeping more pitchers on the Opening Day roster last season, Linares started the season in Portland….He hit .333 (70-for-210) with 8 homers and 33 RBI in 58 games. On June 22nd, he was promoted to Pawtucket and went 4-for-6.  He’s one of the best pure hitters in the system, but health is an issue. 2013 Forecast: Will start the season in Triple-A Pawtucket.

3. Pitcher Steven Wright (2012)…The Red Sox and the Sea Dogs have a good history with Knuckleballers…Traded to the Red Sox by Cleveland in exchange for INF Lars Anderson (former Sea Dog) on July 31, 2012…Wright was traded while in town with the Akron Aeros and was the last person to know he was traded. During Sea Dogs’ batting practice, many of us in the media were staring at Wright as he made his way to the clubhouse after a bullpen session. Of course we saw the news on Twitter. Wright had this to say about that day “It was kind of crazy, I saw everyone looking at me and I thought I was being called up to Triple-A,” said Wright. Below is the full interview with Wright

Quick hits from the World Baseball Classic: Former Sea Dog Anthony Rizzo is the lineup for Team Italy but also former Rock Cat Chris Colabello…Colabello is a native of Milford, Mass and attended Assumption College in Worcester (MA). Last season, he clubbed 5 of his 19 homers at Hadlock Field.

Getting excited? Sea Dogs news and notes

I know these days are tough, the snow falling outside around New England puts a damper on thinking of baseball actually happening soon.  As we’ve seen in the past, the snow can melt quickly. But don’t quote me on that!

The Sea Dogs open up their 20th season on April 4th against the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate)…For those who aren’t up-to-date on our lovely technology, you can order tickets online.

  • Charles Johnson coming to Hadlock Field…breakdown of the events here
  • Sea Dogs Hosting College Fair on April 23rd
  • Bogaerts, Bradley knocking on big league door – news

Former Sea Dogs in the World Baseball Classic

Close but no cigar for Baltimore last year...Miguel Gonzalez (pictured right) shined in his MLB debut.

Close but no cigar for Baltimore last year…Miguel Gonzalez (pictured right) shined in his MLB debut.

  1. Mitch Dening (Australia)
  2. Ray Chang (China)
  3. Che-Hsuan Lin (Chinese-Taipei)
  4. Hanley Ramirez (Dominican Republic)
  5. Anthony Rizzo (Italy)
  6. Miguel Gonzalez (Mexico)
  7. Luis Mendoza (Mexico)
  8. Adrian Gonzalez (Mexico)
  9. Rick Renteria MGR. (Mexico)
  10. Xander Bogaerts (Netherlands)
  11. Anibal Sanchez (Venezuela)

Listen to my interview on the Minor League report with my baseball buddies Jay Burnham and Mike Passanissi

Enjoy the weekend! There’s plenty of baseball to watch.



Dan Shaugnessy Interview

In addition to doing the play-by-play for the Portland Sea Dogs, I host a Saturday show on 96.3 FM and, called the Saturday Morning Jab.  This past Saturday, Boston Globe sports writer Dan Shaughnessy joined me on the show, to talk about his best-selling book, Francona: The Red Sox Years.

Dan Shaugnessy on the Saturday Morning Jab

Follow Dan on twitter: @Dan_Shaughnessy


My new broadcast parter

Once February hits, the juices get flowing to open up another exciting season on baseball. I’m very happy to add Matt McCarthy to the broadcast…What better way to learn more about Matt? Here’s his first blog post.  

Hello Sea Dogs fans,

First of all, a big thank you to Mike Antonellis for allowing me to use his blog to introduce myself. My name is Matt McCarthy, and I will be Mike’s partner for the upcoming season. It is a true honor to be working for the Sea Dogs this season. Growing up in Carver, Massachusetts (the former cranberry capital of the world!), I am a lifelong Red Sox fan. The opportunity to work in baseball is exciting enough, but to work for a Red Sox affiliate makes what I do for a living that much more exhilarating. Coming to the ballpark every day does not seem like work.

In December, I graduated from Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York with a degree in Television-Radio. It was at Ithaca where I caught the radio bug working for our student-run station, WICB-FM (currently ranked third in the nation in Princeton Review’s college radio rankings, not that we like to brag or anything…). Working at WICB was one of the truly great experiences of my life. I was fortunate to be surrounded by many broadcasters who were not only extremely talented, but also excellent people. My time at Ithaca gave me the passion, and the desire, to pursue a career in broadcasting.

That desire continued to grow this past summer when I called games for the Bourne Braves of the Cape Cod Baseball League. I cannot say enough nice things about the Cape League; it would be hard to find an environment like it elsewhere in the country. It’s poetically Americana. There is just something special about the nation’s best college talent all coming to the quaint, small, Cape Cod towns to play baseball (some of the fields don’t even have lights). Calling games on the Cape and watching the future stars of baseball play every night was an unforgettable experience.

The truck has left for Fort Myers, and soon pitchers and catchers will be reporting. Baseball season is upon us once again. I look forward to seeing you at Hadlock Field this year, but on nights where you cannot make it to the ballpark, I look forward to you joining us on the Sea Dogs Radio Network. The 20th season of Sea Dogs baseball should be a memorable one, with a number of the Red Sox top prospects expected to see significant time in Portland. I’m so happy to be along for the ride, and I’m happy that you’ll be along for the ride as well. Stay warm, summer is just around the corner!

Hot Stove Dinner

In minor league baseball there’s so many special dates during the season, but without a doubt, the annual Hot Stove Dinner is one of my favorites.   This Friday at the Sable Oaks Marriott in South Portland, Maine, the fans will get treated to a terrific program and a Silent Auction to benefit the Maine Children’s Cancer Program.

Guest list: Sea Dogs personal…Manager Kevin Boles, Hitting coach Rich Gedman and pitcher Mike MacDonald (first Mainer to ever play for the Sea Dogs).  The trio will join former Red Sox outfielder Trot Nixon and former Sea Dog and current Oakland Athletic Josh Reddick.

Doors openat 5:30 PM with the Silent Auction running from 5:30 to 7:00 PM. A buffet dinner will be served at 6:30 PM and the program will begin at 7:00 PM. Everyone who attends will receive an autographed 8 X 10 photo of Nixon.

Auction Highlights: The opportunity to watch three innings of a Red Sox game from inside the Green Monster. Additionally, the lucky bidder will receive four grandstand tickets and will be able to watch batting practice from the warning track at Fenway Park. This once in a lifetime opportunity was donated by the Boston Red Sox.

Broadcasting Live: I’ll be guest-hosting the PM Jab on 96.3 FM in Portland, Maine with Javier Gorriti…We’ll do the show outside the main dinning hall. Stop by between 3 and 6.

Gedman was part of the 1986 Red Sox, one of the greatest Sox teams in franchise history.

Gedman was part of the 1986 Red Sox, one of the greatest Sox teams in franchise history.

Josh Reddick and Jayson Hernandez Interview

During the off-season, I host a weekly show called the Saturday Morning Jab from 8-12 PM on 96.3 FM in Portland, Maine and online at

This past weekend, former Sea Dog Josh Reddick and Red Sox Minor League Catcher Jayson Hernandez joined me on the show…Hernandez started his own charity to help those less fortunate in his home state of New Jersey, a wonderful story about one person making a difference.

My thanks to those who serve and protect us over this Veteran’s Day Weekend…MLB with a great piece, honoring players of the past.


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