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PA trip starts in Altoona…Marrero debuts

The Sea Dogs open up a six-game roadtrip on Tuesday night against the Altoona Curve (Pirates affiliate) at Peoples Natural Gas Field…Portland dropped two of three to Altoona back in June at Hadlock Field.

Deven Marrero makes his Double-A debut on Tuesday night in Altoona, PA.

Deven Marrero makes his Double-A debut on Tuesday night in Altoona, PA.

SS Deven Marrero makes his Double-A debut on Tuesday night…Marrero was the 24th overall pick by Boston in last year’s draft.

Congrats to INF Heiker Meneses, who makes his Triple-A debut with Pawtucket…Meneses hit .255 in 92 games with Portland…Former Sea Dog INF Oscar Tejeda is hitting .257 in 25 games with the Curve.

Pre-Game coverage begins at 6:40 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…OF Peter Hissey joins us around 6:45.

2013 Video Interviews and Highlights

Starting Lineups
Portland: Wilkerson 8, Marrero 6, Cecchini 5,  Linares 7, Almanzar DH, Vazquez 2, Shaw 3, Hissey 9, Dent 4, Couch RHP

Altoona: Hanson 6, Santos 5, Polanco 8, Dickerson 9, Howard 3, Cunningham 4, Rojas Jr. 7, Paulino 2, Vazquez DH, Sadler RHP

Notes for Tuesday

VISTING PA: The Sea Dogs open up a six-game roadtrip on Tuesday night against the Altoona Curve (Pirates affiliate) at Peoples Natural Gas Field…Portland dropped five of six on their previous roadtrip and trail the Trenton Thunder by six games for the second playoff spot with 22 games left in the regular season…The ‘Dogs have won only two series since July 3rd, taking two of three at Bowie (August 2-4) and sweeping a four-game series at New Britain (July 22-24).

One of my favorite ballparks...Peoples Natural Gas Field in Altoona, PA.

One of my favorite ballparks…Peoples Natural Gas Field in Altoona, PA.

FIVE SPOT DID IT: Bowie scored five runs in the eighth inning and beat the Sea Dogs 6-5 on Sunday afternoon at Hadlock Field…LF J.C. Linares knocked in a season-high four runs, going 3-for-5 with a 3-run homer (#4) and a run-scoring single…C Matt Spring added a sacrifice fly for Portland’s final run…RHP Miguel Celestino (1-9) took the loss, giving up consecutive two-out run-scoring hits in the eighth…RF Garabez Rosa nailed a game-winning three-run shot over the Maine Monster…C David Ross went 1-for-1 with a double, walk and two runs scored to complete his two-game MLB Rehab Assignment.

WELCOME TO PORTLAND DEVEN: SS Deven Marrero joins Portland from High-A Salem, after hitting .256 (85-for-332) with 2 homers, 21 RBI and 21 stolen bases in 85 games in the Carolina League…Marrero was the 24th overall pick in the 2012 June draft by Boston and ranks the #10 prospect in the system according to Baseball America and MLB.com.

BOTH HAVE NINE LIVES: Linares and C Christian Vazquez both enter tonight’s game with a season-high nine-game hitting streaks, tying a team high…Portland’s last hitting streak of 10+ games was Jeremy Hazelbaker’s 13-game hitting streak from July 28- August 14, 2012.

NOT MUCH RELIEF: Portland’s bullpen went 1-3, 9.90 ERA (22 ER/20.0 IP) during the six-game homestand…The ‘pen blew all five save opportunities and earned one hold…Celestino is now leading the team in losses with nine.

ALMOST A WHOLE ROSTER: The Sea Dogs have had 16 players promoted to Pawtucket this season: OF Ronald Bermudez, INF Xander Bogaerts, LHP Drake Britton, RHP Keith Couch, INF/OF Ryan Dent, RHP Charlie Haeger, RHP Brock Huntzinger, RHP Jeremy Kehrt, LHP Will Latimer, OF J.C. Linares, RHP Chris Martin, INF Heiker Meneses, RHP Anthony Ranaudo, C Alberto Rosario, OF Tony Thomas and RHP Brandon Workman.  

WHAT’S ON DECK: Portland and Altoona continue their three-game series on Wednesday night…The Sea Dogs are 5-11 during a 22-game stretch against the Western Division (11-20 overall)…Portland finishes the season with 16 straight games against New Hampshire and Trenton.

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.

‘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.

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.

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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.

Sea Dogs and Fisher Cats on Wednesday night

Portland continues their three-game series with the New Hampshire isher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) at Hadlock Field…Portland is 6-9 during a 17-game stretch against Binghamton and New Hampshire.

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

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

New Hampshire Lineup: Pillar 8, Van Kirk 7,  Nolan 6, Schimpf 4, Glenn 9,  Loewen DH, Ochinko 2, Talley 3, Ahrens 5, Stroman RHP

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Preview of today’s notes

‘DOGS AND ‘CATS PART 3: The Sea Dogs and Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) continue their three-game series on Wednesday night at Hadlock Field…With last night’s loss, Portland is now in second place for the first time since they were a ½ game out on April 26th…The ‘Dogs have lost four straight for the first time since a five-game losing streak from July 1-4, 2012…Right-hander Anthony Ranaudo, who leads the Eastern League in ERA (1.70), makes his 10th start of the season for Portland.

‘CATS WIN IN EXTRA’S: The Fisher Cats used a three-run 11th inning to beat the Sea Dogs 6-3 on Tuesday night in the series opener…Adam Loewen snapped a 3-3 tie, blasting a solo-homer off losing pitcher Keith Couch (3-2) to start the inning…Kevin Pillar nailed a run-scoring triple and Kevin Nolan added an RBI single…Xander Bogaerts and Shannon Wilkerson each went 2-for-5 with an RBI…Matt Barnes took a no-decision, but earned his 5th quality start…Barnes worked six innings on four hits, three runs, one walk and four strikeouts.

SHUTTING THEM DOWN: Portland pitchers had retired 16 straight batters until Loewen’s homer in the 11thMiguel Celestino put together his best Double-A outing, working two perfect innings…Lefty Rafael Perez pitched a 1-2-3 ninth and Couch allowed three runs on three hits over 2 IP…New Hampshire’s Randy Boone earned the win for the ‘Cats, firing three scoreless frames on a walk and two strikeouts…Joel Carreno notched his 7th save of the season.

GIVE HIM A HIGH-FIVE: With two hits last night, Wilkerson has his second 5-game hitting streak this season, going 7-for-20 (.350)…Catcher Matt Spring has all five homers this month, including a career-high 6 RBI on May 18th vs. Binghamton…Barnes’ fifth quality start leads the staff.

AMONG THE PITCHING LEADERS: Right-hander Brandon Workman tied a season-high with nine strikeouts on Monday afternoon in Binghamton…Workman leads the Eastern League with 69 strikeouts…Ranaudo is the league leader in ERA, WHIP (0.94) and second in average against (.181)…Tony Thomas is pacing the league in extra-base hits (25) and triples (6)…Travis Shaw’s 36 walks is tied for first with Binghamton’s Daniel Muno and Josh Rodriguez and New Hampshire’s Ryan Schimpf.

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Fisher Cats play the series finale of their three-game series on Thursday night at 6:00 PM…Portland begins a 15-game stretch against the Western Division on Friday night against Altoona…The ‘Dogs are 6-9 during a 17-game stretch against New Hampshire and Binghamton.

Old friend returns to Hadlock…’Dogs and ‘Cats on Monday

The Sea Dogs and New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) begin a four-game series on Monday night at Hadlock Field…Portland is 0-2-1 in their last 3 series and dropped two of three to the Mets over the weekend.

Former Sea Dog Tommy Hottovy returns to Hadlock Field for the first time since May 8,

Tommy Hottovy pitching with the Red Sox in 2011...He's now a member of the Fisher Cats. (photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor of Sitting Still Photography)

Tommy Hottovy pitching with the Red Sox in 2011…He’s now a member of the Fisher Cats. (photo courtesy of Kelly O’Connor of Sitting Still Photography)

2011…Hottovy is a member of New Hampshire’s bullpen.

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

New Hampshire Lineup: Pillar 8, Nanita DH, Schimpf 5, Robinson 3, Glenn 9, Loewen 7, Ochinko 2, Tolisano 7, Zazueta 6, Walden RHP

Portland Lineup: Hissey 9, Bogaerts 6, Thomas 7, Almanzar 5, Shaw 3,  Wilkerson 8, Vitek DH, Meneses 4, Haeger RHP

Preview of today’s Game Notes

PART TWO OF THE HOMESTAND: The Sea Dogs open up a four-game series with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on Monday night at Hadlock Field…Portland is 0-2-1 in their last three series, and dropped two of three to New Hampshire last week at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…The Sea Dogs have held the top spot in the Eastern Division by themselves since April 27th…New Hampshire has won six of their last seven, and 11 of 18 this month…Knuckleballer Charlie Haeger makes his second straight start against the ‘Cats.

Xander Bogaerts couldn't believe what he just saw...His reaction to Matt Spring's walk-off grand slam on Saturday. (photo by Kelly O'Connor of Sitting Still Photography).

Xander Bogaerts couldn’t believe what he just saw…His reaction to Matt Spring’s walk-off grand slam on Saturday. (photo by Kelly O’Connor of Sitting Still Photography).

NO LOVE AT HOME: Binghamton completed the series win, taking Sunday’s rubber game 8-5 at Hadlock Field…Xander Bogaerts went 2-for-5 and drove in Portland’s final run in the seventh…The B-Mets erased a 4-3 deficit with three runs in the sixth and added two in the ninth…Drake Britton (3-4) suffered his second straight loss, giving up seven hits, six runs (five earned) over 5.2 IP…Cory Mazzoni (2-1) earned the win, giving up 10 hits and five runs over 6.1 innings…Joe Bonfe led the B-Mets 14-hit attack, going 4-for-4 with a double and 3 RBI…Peter Hissey went 2-for-4 with a triple and a double.

SOMETHING ABOUT THE TRIPLE: Hissey tripled for the second straight game, giving Portland a league-leading 20 triples this season…Tony Thomas is tied with Harrisburg’s Brian Goodwin for the league in triples with five…Bogaerts is tied for second with four…Hissey is hitting .300 (15-for-50) this month with 9 RBI.

IT’S GETTING H(EIKER)IGHER: Meneses went 2-for-4 yesterday with two singles, two runs scored and a stolen base…The second-year Sea Dogs has hit safely in eight of his last nine starts: 10-for-32 (.313), 2 RBI, 3B.

THEY DID FACE HIM: Tonight’s starter for New Hampshire Marcus Walden was named the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week for his start on May 14th vs. Portland…Walden worked 7.2 scoreless on two hits, two walks and six strikeouts…The righty gave up two-out singles to Hissey and Heiker Meneses…Hissey’s single in the sixth, ended Walden’s no-hitter.

ALMOST PULLED IT OFF: Haeger walked seven in his last start on May 15th at New Hampshire and the staff walked a franchise-record 14 batters…Portland lost 5-4 on a walk-off sacrifice fly by Brad Glenn…Portland tied the game in the ninth inning with three runs off Joel CarrenoRyan Schimpf walked five times but did not score.

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) play game two of their four-game series tomorrow night at 6:00 PM…The two teams conclude the series with an 11:00 AM start on Thursday…Portland is 2-4 during a 17-game stretch against New Hampshire and Binghamton.

Ranaudo toes the rubber on Saturday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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