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Couch looks to stay hot against Reading

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

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

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

Minor League Roundup byAlex Speir, great stuff.

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

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

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

Pre-Game begins at 5:40 PM on 95.9/95.5 and the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Listen online at or watch at MILB.TV beginning at 5:55 PM.

Pre-Game Interview: Mike McCarthy

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

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

Notes for day…Complete notes at

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The rings from Salem are here.

The rings from Salem are here.

Opening Night from Baseball Town

The Sea Dogs open up their 21st season in the Eastern League, battling the Reading Fightin Phils from First Energy Stadium in Reading, Pa.

Pre-Game begins at 6:45 PM on 95.9/95.5 and the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Listen online at or watch at MILB.TV.

Pre-Game Interview: Keith Couch

Look inside the Antonellis Broadcast Center.

Look inside the Antonellis Broadcast Center.

Welcome Back…My broadcast partner from 2012 Dan Acheson returns this season. Dan will join me for every home game.

Portland lineup: Betts 4, Marrero 6, Shaw 3, Rivero 7, Ramos 9, Swihart 2, Coyle 5, Welch DH, Wilkerson 8, Owens LHP

Reading lineup: Cartwright 4, Collier 8, Perkins 9, Dugan 9, Joesph 2, Hewitt DH, Alonso 5, Stassi 3, Duran 6, Biddle LHP

Game Notes

Notes for today…Full Game Notes

HEAVYWEIGHT MATCH-UP TO START: Boston and Philadelphia’s top pitching prospects faceoff in the 2014 opener at First Energy Stadium…LHP Henry Owens is making his seventh Double-A start and the 50th appearance of his professional career…Owens was named the 2013 Red Sox Minor League Pitcher of the Year, leading all minor league qualifiers in ERA (2.67) and batting average against (.177)…LHP Jesse Biddle, a native of Philly, went 5-14, 3.64 ERA in 27 starts with Reading last season…Biddle finished third in the Eastern League with 154 strikeouts and fanned Maikel Franco in the Future’s Game.

GRAND OPENING: The Sea Dogs are 9-11 All-Time in season openers…Last year they suffered a 13-5 loss to the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) on Opening Day at Hadlock Field…Reading swept the Sea Dogs in an Opening Day doubleheader in 2012 at First Energy Stadium…LHP Drake Britton and RHP Brandon Workman were Portland’s first 2 starters in 2013. INTRODUCING THE TEAM: Portland has six of the Top 30 prospects in the Red Sox system as ranked by Baseball America: Owens (#2), Blake Swihart (#5), Mookie Betts (#7), Deven Marrero (#15), Travis Shaw (#26), and Sean Coyle (#30).  ·       The active roster includes 12 players who have previously played for the Sea Dogs and 17 players with previous Double-A experience. ·       15 players originally drafted by the Red Sox and eight will be making their Double-A debut.·       Seven players will be making their Red Sox organizational debut: Michael Brenly, Bo Greenwell, Nate Reed, Carlos Rivero, Jose Valdez and Stefan Welch. ·       Portland’s roster features three players that are sons of former Major Leaguers: Brenly (Bob Brenly), Greenwell (Mike) and Travis Shaw (Jeff).

COACHING STAFF: Former Sea Dog Billy McMillon (1995) begins his first season as the team’s manager…McMillon is the first former player to manage the Sea Dogs and the 11th Manager in team history…Pitching coach Bob Kipper returns for his seventh season and former Red Sox catcher Rich Gedman returns for his second season as the Hitting coach…Trainer Brandon Henry returns for his third season…he’ll be joined by Assistant Trainer Nicholas Kuchwara and Strength Coach Andrew Rasbury.

Long line around 4 to get in the park...and yes that's an ostrich

Long line around 4 to get in the park…and yes that’s an ostrich