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Afternoon Report from Ft. Myers (Day 2)

Very cool sign near the minor league fields.

Very cool sign near the minor league fields.

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

(VIDEO) Ruby De La Rosa to Mookie Betts

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

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

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

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

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2013 Portland Sea Dogs: Where are they now?

Riding the roller coaster in Altoona this past season.

Riding the roller coaster in Altoona this past season.

Status update on everyone who played in Portland in 2013 (updated 2/4/14)

Position Players

Michael Almanzar – Selected by Baltimore in the MLB Phase of the Rule 5 Draft

Ronald Bermudez – Signed by Baltimore as a minor-league free agent

Xander Bogaerts – Currently on Boston’s 40-man roster

Garin Cecchini – Currently on Boston’s 40-man roster

Ryan Dent – Re-signed with Boston

Stephen Drew – Major League free agent

Leonel Escobar – In Boston’s system

Derrik Gibson – In Boston’s system

Kevin Heller – In Boston’s system

Peter Hissey – In Boston’s system

Brandon Jacobs – Traded to Arizona by Chicago (AL) in the off-season

Matty Johnson – In Boston’s system

J.C. Linares – In Boston’s system

Deven Marrero – In Boston’s system

Heiker Meneses – In Boston’s system

Nick Natoli – In Boston’s system

Alberto Rosario – Signed by Los Angles Dodgers as a minor-league free agent

David Ross – Currently on Boston’s 40-man roster

Travis Shaw – In Boston’s system

Matt Spring – Signed by Boston as a minor-league free agent

Tony Thomas – Signed by Minnesota as a minor-league free agent

Christian Vazquez – Currently on Boston’s 40-man roster

Kolbrin Vitek – In Boston’s system

Shannon Wilkerson – In Boston’s system

Will Garin Cecchini return to Portland in 2014? (Photo courtesy of sitting still photography).

Will Garin Cecchini return to Portland in 2014? (Photo courtesy of sitting still photography).

Pitchers

Chris Balcom-Miller  – In Boston’s system

Daniel Bard – Signed by the Texas Rangers

Matt Barnes – In Boston’s system

Craig Breslow – Currently on Boston’s 40-man roster

Drake Britton – Currently on Boston’s 40-man roster

Miguel Celestino – Signed by Boston as a minor-league free agent

Keith Couch – In Boston’s system

Terry Doyle – Minor League free agent

Charlie Haeger – Minor League free agent

Chris Hernandez – In Boston’s system

Brock Huntzinger – Signed by Baltimore as a minor-league free agent

Kyle Kaminska – Retired

Jeremy Kehrt – In Boston’s system

Kyle Kraus – In Boston’s system

John Lackey – Currently on Boston’s 40-man roster

Bobby Lanigan – Minor League free agent

Will Latimer – Minor League free agent

Matt Maloney – Minor League free agent

Chris Martin – Traded to Colorado in the Jonathan Herrera deal

Mike McCarthy – In Boston’s system

Franklin Morales – Traded to Colorado in the Jonathan Herrera deal

Eric Niesen – Minor League free agent

Matty Ott – In Boston’s system

Henry Owens – In Boston’s system

Mickey Pena – In Boston’s system

Rafael Perez – Signed by Texas as a minor league free agent

Noe Ramirez – In Boston’s system

Anthony Ranaudo – In Boston’s system

Pete Ruiz – In Boston’s system

Nate Striz – Signed by Colorado as a minor league free agent

Brandon Workman – Currently on Boston’s 40-man roster

 

‘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.

Saturday Baseball in New Britain

Travis Shaw connected on a three-run homer last night...He has both homers this week (photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor - Sitting Still Photography).

Travis Shaw connected on a three-run homer last night…He has both homers this week (photo courtesy of Kelly O’Connor – Sitting Still Photography).

The Sea Dogs continue their four-game series with the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate) on Saturday night at New Britain Stadium…The two teams split a twinbill on Friday night.

Roster Move: Right-hander Jeremy Kehrt received from Single-A Lowell…RH Chris Martin was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Coverage begins at 6:15 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network

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

New Britain Lineup: Richardson 8, Christian 4, Sobolewski 5, Pinto DH, Ortiz 9, Rodriguez 7, Santana 6, Rohlfing 2, Smith 3, Meyer RHP

BACK TO ONE: Portland and New Britain split a double header on Friday night, and resume their 4-game series on Saturday night at New Britain Stadium…Tonight marks the 13th meeting of the season between the two teams…Portland has not lost a road series this season and holds the best road-record in the Eastern League at 10-4…Connecticut native Matt Barnes (3-1, 5.19) makes his seventh start of the season and his third against the Rock Cats.

Beehive Field was once the home of the New Britain Red Sox, it sits adjacent to New Britain Stadium.

Beehive Field was once the home of the New Britain Red Sox, it sits adjacent to New Britain Stadium.

THAT’S A SPLIT: Matt Spring clubbed a game-winning, two-run homer in the fourth inning, leading the Sea Dogs to a 6-4 win in game one…Travis Shaw gave Portland a 3-2 lead with a three-run homer in the fourth…Knuckleballer Charlie Haeger earned his first win of the season, working 5.2 innings on five hits and four runs…In game two, Trevor May hurled a two-hit shutout, as the ‘Cats took the nightcap 6-0…Xander Bogaerts and Peter Hissey had singles in game two…Brandon Workman (4-1) took his first loss of the year, giving up five runs on eight hits over 5.1 IP.

DESERVED THE PROMOTION: Right-hander Chris Martin earned the save in the opener, recording the final four outs…Martin extended his scoreless streak to 21 innings, tying Clay Buchholz for the fourth longest in team history…Earlier today, Martin was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket…RHP Jeremy Kehrt takes Martin’s spot on the roster…Kehrt appeared in three games with Pawtucket earlier this season and was on Lowell’s roster.

THAT MAKES TWO THIS WEEK: Shaw has hit both homers this week…The first baseman hit his first home run of the season on May 7th vs. Reading, a solo-shot with two outs in the fourth…Spring blasted his second homer of the year – both against New Britain…Last night’s homers by Shaw and Spring came against Cole De Vries, who was making a MLB Rehab Assignment (Loss, 5.0 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO).

NOT BAD FOR ON THE ROAD: Dating back to 2011, the Sea Dogs are 4-0-1 in series at New Britain Stadium…Portland took two of three from the Rock Cats on April 11-14, winning the series opener 9-3…After a rainout on April 12th, the two-teams played back-to-back 10-inning games, with the ‘Cats taking the series finale 6-5…The rainout in the series opener will be made up when Portland returns to New Britain Stadium on July 22-24…The ‘Dogs have three doubleheaders on the schedule.

WHAT’S ON DECK: Portland and New Britain conclude their four-game series tomorrow afternoon beginning at 1:35 PM…The Sea Dogs have a scheduled off day on Monday and open up a three-game series against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) on Tuesday night.

Day baseball in Trenton…’Dogs look for the series win

Panoramic view of Arm & Hammer Park.

Panoramic view of Arm & Hammer Park.

The Sea Dogs and Trenton Thunder play the rubber game of their three-game series on Sunday afternoon…Portland took the middle game last night 6-0.

Player moves: OF Ronald Bermudez promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket…C Alberto Rosario received from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Coverage begins at 12:45 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network

Pre-Game Interview: Portland Manager Kevin Boles

Portland Lineup: Wilkerson 8, Bogaerts 6, Shaw 3, Thomas 7, Almanzar 5, Vazquez 2, Spring DH, Meneses 4, Dent 9, Britton LHP

Trenton Lineup: Flores 8, Pirela 4, Austin DH, Roller 3, Medchill 7, Higashioka 2, Stevenson 5, Castillo 6, Brown 9, Rondon LHP

NUMBERS GAME

  1. Number of games Xander Bogaerts will play this series…No worries, Xander was away at his sister’s wedding.
  2. Ranaudo’s 0.83 ERA is second in the Eastern League.
  3. Rosario’s addition makes it three catchers on the roster
  4. Number of at-bats for Matt Spring in his first start of the season on Saturday…Spring went 1-for-4.
  5. Britton was the Opening Day starter and his making his 5th start of the season
  6. Portland has a triple in six straight games.

THAT WOULD BE A RUBBER GAME: Portland and Trenton play the rubber game of their three-game series on Sunday afternoon at Arm & Hammer Park in Trenton, N.J…Last night was Portland’s second shutout of the season – both have been on the road (April 17th at Binghamton)…The Sea Dogs are a ½ game behind the Erie SeaWolves for the best record in the Eastern League…After today’s contest, the two teams don’t meet until June 21-23, a three-game series in Trenton.

Shannon Wilkerson had a 3-run triple on Saturday...Portland leads the league with 10 triples and has one in six straight games. (photo by Sitting Still Photography).

Shannon Wilkerson had a 3-run triple on Saturday…Portland leads the league with 10 triples and has one in six straight games. (photo by Sitting Still Photography).

NOW THAT’S PITCHING: Righty Anthony Ranaudo (3-0) tossed six scoreless frames, allowing just two hits and fanning a career-high nine batters, leading the Sea Dogs to a 6-0 win over the Thunder on Saturday night…Ranaudo, who was pitching in his home state, earned his third straight win…Portland scored twice in the second and added three runs in the fourth inning on Shannon Wilkerson’s bases-clearing triple…Derrik Gibson went 1-for-2 with an RBI and two walks…Right-hander Zach Nuding (0-3) took the loss for Trenton, surrendering five runs (four earned) over six innings pitched.

MAYBE THE NAME CHANGE WILL HELP: Arm & Hammer Park, formally known as Waterfront Park in Trenton, has not been kind to Portland…The ‘Dogs have dropped 17 of their last 23 games against the Thunder in New Jersey…Portland won the season series in 2010, taking four of seven.

AND IT CONTINUES: 1B Travis Shaw extended his on-base streak to 20 games, by going 1-for-4 with a double on Saturday…Shaw’s on-base streak is currently the longest in the league, and tied with Altoona’s Andrew Lambo for the longest on-base streak in the Eastern League this season.

ANOTHER ONE?: The Sea Dogs lead the league with 10 triples, but has nine in the last six games…Xander Bogaerts has a triple in three straight games…Heiker Meneses, Tony Thomas and Wilkerson each have two triples on the season.

HIGH FIVE: Portland had a reliever strikeout five batters in consecutive games (Last Wednesday and Friday)…In the series opener, Keith Couch fanned a season-high 5 over 2.1 innings…Ruiz struck out five on Wednesday against Binghamton…Chris Martin has a team-high 14.1 scoreless inning streak to start the season.

WHAT’S ON DECK: Tomorrow, the Sea Dogs open up a four-game series in Reading, PA against the Fightin Phils (Phillies affiliate)…The final two games of the roadtrip begin at 11:35 AM…Portland returns home on Friday, May 3rd, opening up a six-game homestand against the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate).

Ranaudo pitching in his home state

The Sea Dogs continue their three-game series on Saturday night versus the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) at Arm & Hammer Park.  Portland suffered a 6-3 loss on Friday in the series opener.

Anthony Ranaudo makes his 4th start of the season...The righty grew up 40 miles from Arm & Hammer Park.

Anthony Ranaudo makes his 4th start of the season…The righty grew up 40 miles from Arm & Hammer Park.

Player move: OF Ronald Bermudez activated from the disabled list.

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

Pre-Game Interview: Josh Mauer, Voice of the Trenton Thunder

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

Trenton Lineup: Flores 9, Pirela 4, Austin 9, Murphy 2, Roller 3, Heathcott 8, Medchill DH, Castillo 6, Stevenson 5, Nuding RHP

HOMECOMING: Jackson, New Jersey native Anthony Ranaudo, makes his fourth start of the season for the Sea Dogs in game two of the series on Saturday night…Ranaudo attended St. Rose High School, just 42 miles from Arm & Hammer Park…Portland has dropped two straight, and has not lost consecutive road contests this season…RHP Zach Nuding, who allowed seven unearned runs at Hadlock Field on April 5th, makes his fifth start of the season for the Thunder.

DECIDED EARLY: Trenton scored all six runs off Matt Barnes (1-1) in 4.2 innings, taking the series opener, 6-3 on Friday night at Arm & Hammer Park…Tony Thomas drove in all three runs for Portland, going 2-for-4…Thomas delivered an RBI double in the first and a two-run triple in the fifth…J.R. Murphy led the Thunder with three hits and Kyle Roller nailed a two-run double in the third…Nik Turley (2-1) earned the win for the Thunder, working five innings on six hits and three runs…Jose Ramirez hurled four scoreless frames in his Double-A debut and earned a save.

MAYBE THE NAME CHANGE WILL HELP: Arm & Hammer Park, formally known as Waterfront Park in Trenton, has not been kind to Portland…The ‘Dogs have dropped 17 of their last 22 games against the Thunder in New Jersey…Portland won the season series in 2010, taking four of seven.

AND IT CONTINUES: 1B Travis Shaw extended his on-base streak to 19 games, by going 0-for-2 with three walks (Eastern League leader with 22) on Friday…Shaw’s on-base streak is currently the longest in the league…Altoona’s Andrew Lambo had a 20-game on-base streak from April 4-24.

RAINING 3’S: The Sea Dogs and Harrisburg lead the league with nine triples…Portland has eight in the last five games…Xander Bogaerts has a triple in three straight games, Thomas has tripled in back-to-back starts.

HIGH FIVE: Portland has had a reliever strikeout five batters in consecutive games…Last night, Keith Couch fanned a season-high 5 over 2.1 innings…Ruiz struck out five on Wednesday in the series finale against Binghamton…Chris Martin extended his scoreless streak to 14.1 innings to start the season, working a scoreless frame last night.

WHAT’S ON DECK: Portland and Trenton (Yankees affiliate) conclude their three-game series tomorrow afternoon at 1:05 PM…On Monday night, the Sea Dogs open up a four-game series in Reading, PA against the Fightin Phils (Phillies affiliate)…The final two games of the roadtrip begin at 11:35 AM.

Welcome to Arm & Hammer Park…Game 1 Lineups & Notes

The brand new video board in right-field in Trenton, N.J.

The brand new video board in right-field in Trenton, N.J.

The Sea Dogs open up a seven-game roadtrip on Friday night against the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) at Arm & Hammer Park (formally knowns as Waterfront Park)

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

Pre-Game Interview: Mike Ashmore from Thunder Thoughts – follow him on Twitter at mashmore98

Portland Lineup: Wilkerson 8, Meneses 4, Shaw 3, Linares 9, Thomas DH, Almanzar 5, Vazquez 2, Gibson 6, Dent 7, Barnes RHP

Trenton Lineup: Flores 9, Pirela 4, Austin 9, Murphy 2, Roller 3, Heathcott 8, Segedin 5, Medchill DH, Castillo 6, Turley LHP

HIT THE ROAD JACK: After a 5-2 homestand, the Sea Dogs open up a seven-game homestand on Friday night against the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) at Arm & Hammer Park in Trenton, N.J…Portland finished 7-6 at Hadlock Field in April, their best opening-month home record since winning 7 of 12 in April of 2011…Trenton took two of three from the Sea Dogs in the opening series of the season, including a 13-5 win on Opening Day – Portland committed a season-high five errors.

EIGHT IS ENOUGH: The Binghamton Mets led 8-0 after two innings and held on to beat the Sea Dogs, 8-6 in the series finale on Wednesday night at Hadlock Field…Michael Almanzar and Xander Bogaerts aided the comeback for Portland, driving in two runs apiece…Bogaerts tripled for the third straight game…Kyle Kaminska (0-3) suffered the loss, allowing 10 hits and eight runs (seven earned) over 4.2 innings pitched…Darrell Ceciliani (double) and Allan Dykstra (home run) each had 3 RBI…Portland’s bullpen duo of Miguel Celestino and Pete Ruiz closed out the game with 4.1 hitless frames.

MAYBE THE NAME CHANGE WILL HELP: Arm & Hammer Park, formally known as Waterfront Park in Trenton, has not been kind to Portland…The ‘Dogs have dropped 16 of their last 21 games against the Thunder in New Jersey…Portland won the season series in 2010, taking four of seven.

AND IT CONTINUES: 1B Travis Shaw extended his on-base streak to 18 games, by going 1-for-4 with a walk (Eastern League leader with 19) on Wednesday…Shaw’s on-base streak is currently the longest in the league…Altoona’s Andrew Lambo had a 20-game on-base streak from April 4-24.

RAINING 3’S: The Sea Dogs are second in the Eastern League with eight triples, but have seven in the last four games…Bogaerts and Heiker Meneses each had two in a game during the past homestand. 

HE’S A RELIEVER? Ruiz is second on the staff with 21 strikeouts, tying a season-high with 5 on Wednesday night against Binghamton…The right-hander has 17 strikeouts in his last 6.2 IP…Brandon Workman is tops of the staff with 28 K’s…Portland is second in the league in strikeouts with 178 (Harrisburg leads with 184)

WHAT’S ON DECK: Portland and Trenton (Yankees affiliate) continue their three-game series on Saturday night at 7:05 PM…The series concludes on Sunday at 1:05 PM…On Monday night, the ‘Dogs open up a four-game series in Reading, PA against the Fightin Phils (Phillies affiliate).

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 ccameron@seadogs.com 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

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