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Sea Dogs (15-25) vs. Binghamton Mets (19-20)

Former Sea Dog Kevin Youkilis was an on-base machine in Portland…Does he finish his career in Boston?

The Sea Dogs look for their fourth straight win at Hadlock Field, battling the Binghamton Mets on Saturday afternoon at Hadlock Field…Portland grabbed a 4-0 win on Friday night in the series opener, receiving six scoreless innings from Billy BucknerJeremy Hazelbaker drove in the first 2 runs with a double in the fifth…Juan Carlos Linares and Reynaldo Rodriguez added two-out RBIs in the seventh…This afternoon, RHP Stolmy Pimentel makes his fourth start of the season for Portland.

Lineups for Saturday

Binghamton: Den Dekker 8, Rodriguez 5, Havens 4, Marte DH, Reyes 9, Campbell 3, Centeno 2, Kazmar 6, Zapata 7, Mejia RHP

Portland:  Hazelbaker 7, Vitek 5, Linares 9, Rodriguez 3, Brentz DH, Spring 2, Bermudez 8, Gibson 6, Dent 4, Pimentel RHP
  1. Former Sea Dog Kevin Youkilis rehabbing for Pawtucket.
  2. Good stuff from Salem Red Sox broadcaster Evan Lepler on Jackie Bradley Jr.
  3. Peter Gammons on Youkilis

Game Notes

Bryce Brentz Interview

RADIO NETWORKCatch every game on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network: Flagship Stations: WPEI 95.9 FM & WPPI 95.5 FM (Portland/Topsham)…Network Affiliates: WOXO 92.7 FM Norway, WTBM 100.7 FM Mexico, WERZ 1240 AM Lewiston/Auburn, WTME 780 AM Rumford, WKTQ 1450 AM South Paris…Online: seadogs.com & milb.com and IPAD/Smartphone: Tunein app – search Portland Sea Dogs Radio Network.

Sea Dogs (11-22) at Trenton Thunder (16-15)…Balcom-Miller Interview

Waterfront Park has a little Fenway flavor, notice the manual scoreboard in straight away right field

The Sea Dogs three-game winning streak was snapped after last night’s 7-0 loss in the series opener at Trenton…Portland had only six hits, and were beaten by Righty Brett Marshall (4-1)…Tonight, Chris Hernandez (1-2, 1.99) makes his first career start against the Yankees affiliate and the seventh of the season…Trenton has won 6 of 7 from the ‘Dogs this season…Cody Johnson continued his hot hitting against Portland, nailing a two-run triple in last night’s game.

*The 12th annual Mother’s Day 5K Road Race at Hadlock Field is this Sunday…Portland’s first Fireworks show of the season is scheduled for Friday, May 18th – you can order tickets at seadogs.com or at 207-879-9300.

Bryce Brentz has hit safely in 8 of 9 games: 12-for-34 (.353), 2 HR, 3 RBI and 4 doubles

Lineups for Friday

Portland:  Hazelbaker 9, Vitek 5, Linares 8, Rodriguez 3, Tejeda 7, Brentz DH, Butler 2, Gibson 6, Meneses 4, Hernandez LHP

Trenton: Almonte 9, Brewer 7, Murton 3, Johnson DH, Mesa 8, Mahoney 5, Gil 2, Toussen 4, Maruszak 6, Stoneburner RHP

Game Notes

Chris Balcom-Miller Interview

Sea Dogs Media Guide

You can listen to Sea Dogs Baseball on the tunein app – link to their website or seadogs.com

RADIO NETWORK: Catch every game on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network: Flagship Stations: WPEI 95.9 FM & WPPI 95.5 FM (Portland/Topsham)…Network Affiliates: WOXO 92.7 FM Norway, WTBM 100.7 FM Mexico, WERZ 1240 AM Lewiston/Auburn, WTME 780 AM Rumford, WKTQ 1450 AM South Paris…Online: seadogs.com & milb.com and IPAD/Smartphone: Tunein app – search Portland Sea Dogs Radio Network.

Sea Dogs (11-21) at Trenton Thunder (15-15)

The Sea Dogs look for their first 4-game winning streak since last season, when they battle the Trenton Thunder on Thursday night at Waterfront Park…Portland completed a 2-game sweep of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats with last night’s 5-4 win at Hadlock Field…Righty Stolmy Pimentel picked up his first Double-A victory in his 18th try, working six strong innings on 5 hits, 2 runs (one earned) and one strikeout…The ‘Dogs earned their first series sweep at Hadlock Field since September 3-6, 2010 when they swept the Fisher Cats.

Bryce Brentz has homered in consecutive games, and has hit safely in 7 of 8 games: 11-for-30 (.367), 2 HR, 3 RBI and 4 doubles

Lineups for Thursday

Portland: Hazelbaker 7, Tejeda DH, Linares 8, Rodriguez 3, Brentz 9, Spring 2, Gibson 6, Dent 5, Meneses 4, Martin RHP

Trenton: Almonte 9, Joseph 4, Murton 3, Johnson DH, Mesa 8, Mahoney 5, Brewer 7, Gil 2, Maruszak 6, Marshall RHP

Game Notes

Sea Dogs Media Guide

You can listen to Sea Dogs Baseball on the tunein app – link to their website or seadogs.com

RADIO NETWORK: Catch every game on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network: Flagship Stations: WPEI 95.9 FM & WPPI 95.5 FM (Portland/Topsham)…Network Affiliates: WOXO 92.7 FM Norway, WTBM 100.7 FM Mexico, WERZ 1240 AM Lewiston/Auburn, WTME 780 AM Rumford, WKTQ 1450 AM South Paris…Online: seadogs.com & milb.com and IPAD/Smartphone: Tunein app – search Portland Sea Dogs Radio Network.

Sea Dogs (10-21) vs. New Hampshire Fisher Cats (13-17)…Arnie on Harper

The Sea Dogs continue their two-game series with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) on Wednesday night from Hadlock Field…Portland has won 3 of 4, and have received a quality start in back-to-back games…Righty Stolmy Pimentel seeks his first Double-A win in tonight’s game…Reynaldo Rodriguez smacked two homers on Monday night for the second time in his Double-A career and Bryce Brentz added a 2-run shot…Chris Balcom-Miller notched his second win of the year, working a team-high 7 innings on 3 hits and one run…Last night’s game will be made up on July 13th as part of a 7-inning doubleheader.

Lineups for Wednesday

Reynaldo Rodriguez homered twice on Monday night…His last 6 hits are extra-base hits (4 homers and 2 doubles)

New Hampshire: Goins 6, Diaz 4, McDade 3, Sobolewski 5, Tolisano 7, Glenn 9, Van Kirk DH, Jeroloman 2, Jackson 8, Cecil LHP

Portland: Hazelbaker 9, Vitek 5, Linares 8, Rodriguez 3, Tejeda 7, Brentz DH, Butler 2, Gibson 6, Meneses 4, Pimentel RHP

Game Notes

Past Sunday chat with Kevin Boles

Sea Dogs Media Guide

  • Great article by Brian McPherson…Arnie Beyeler on Bryce Harper
  • Sea Dogs’ beat writer Kevin Thomas with a throwback article…Dave Joppie on Will Middlebrooks.
  • Daisuke and the truth about Tommy John from Alex Speier

Portland is seeking back-to-back series wins for the first time since July 18-27, 2011, when they won three consecutive series…The Sea Dogs have not won back-to-back series at home since winning seven of eight at Hadlock to end the 2010 season.

The Josh Beckett bobblehead will be made up on June 6th.

You can listen to Sea Dogs Baseball on the tunein app – link to their website or seadogs.com

RADIO NETWORK: Catch every game on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network: Flagship Stations: WPEI 95.9 FM & WPPI 95.5 FM (Portland/Topsham)…Network Affiliates: WOXO 92.7 FM Norway, WTBM 100.7 FM Mexico, WERZ 1240 AM Lewiston/Auburn, WTME 780 AM Rumford, WKTQ 1450 AM South Paris…Online: seadogs.com & milb.com and IPAD/Smartphone: Tunein app – search Portland Sea Dogs Radio Network.

Dedicated to Quantum Leap and Al Leap…Happy Birthday Terence Long and Ja Rule

How could I pass up a day to make a cheesy play-on-words with Leap Year? It’s easier than the Seinfeld episode when Jerry meets a detective named Bookman in his overdue library book-case.  For some reason, the first thing that popped in my head this morning was Quantum Leap, not sure why.

On September 25, 1991 this episode aired - Play Ball - August 6, 1961

I probably saw a few episodes of the show, but never got hooked like I did with Lost or Dexter.  After doing some research, I found this episode titled “Play Ball – August 6, 1991.”   Here’s the official description of the episode from IMDB (one of my favorite websites): “Sam is a minor league baseball pitcher who has plenty of female admirers and a porcine team mascot to watch out for.”

Ironically, Scott Bakula, who played Dr. Sam Beckett appeared in one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen – Major League, Return to the Minors.  And to get even more ridiculous with all these name-games, did you notice the last name of Beckett?  Yes, Josh Beckett is a former Sea Dog. I just couldn’t resist.

Now on to Al Leap.  He’s the only professional baseball player on Baseball Reference with the last name of Leap.  Here’s a link to his page http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=leap–001car.  Leap played nine minor league seasons, including a stop with the 1950 Elmira Pioneers of the Eastern League.   The Pioneers were 58-81, the second worst record in the E.L.  Only the Scranton Miners’ fans were complaining more, they had a 54-85 record.  Guess their affiliate?  The Boston Red Sox.

Notable Leap Day Birthdays: Ja Rule (Leap Day Age: 9; Real Age: 36), Tony Robbins (Leap Day Age: 13; Real Age: 52) and Dennis Farina (Leap Day Age: 17; Real Age: 68)

Major Leaguers with  Leap Day Birthdays: Terence Long, Bill Long, Jerry Fry, Al Autry, Steve Mingori, Al Rosen, Pepper Martin,Ralph Miller, Roy Parker, Ed Appleton and Dickey Pearce.

Terence Long celebrates a Leap-Day Birthday. What a leap this was at Fenway Park! (Photo courtesy of AP)

 Very interesting that former A’s outfielder Terence Long was born on Leap Day.  He made one of the greatest catches in the history of Fenway Park, taking away a “long one” from a current Oakland Athletic.  Game recap: http://scores.espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=220807102
With the Red Sox starting up Spring Training on Saturday, the Sea Dogs begin their exhibition games on March 14th versus the New Britain Rock Cats.  Below is a full schedule.  Here’s a tremendous ticket promotion the Sea Dogs are offering ONLY on Leap Day – Click here for the details 
I’ll be heading to Spring Training in a few weeks, and can’t wait to see the JetBlue Park.  It’s nice that the entire complex houses the Major and Minor League complexes.
Tune into my Talk Show, the Saturday Morning Jab from 8 AM-12 PM.  You can listen online at thebigjab.com.
DATE OPPONENT AFFILIATION SITE
Wed. March 14 vs. New Britain Rock Cats Twins Ft. Myers
Thur. March 15 @ Bowie Baysox Orioles Sarasota
Fri. March 16 vs. Bowie Baysox Orioles Ft. Myers
Sat. March 17 @ New Britain Rock Cats Twins Lee County
Sun. March 18 CAMP DAY
Mon. March 19 vs. Montgomery Biscuits Rays Ft. Myers
Tues. March 20 @ Montgomery Biscuits Rays Port Charlotte
Wed. March 21 vs. New Britain Rock Cats Twins Ft. Myers
Thur. March 22 @ Bowie Baysox Orioles Sarasota
Fri. March 23 vs. Bowie Baysox Orioles Ft. Myers
Sat. March 24 @ New Britain Rock Cats Twins Lee County
Sun. March 25 CAMP DAY
Mon. March 26 vs. New Britain Rock Cats Twins Ft. Myers
Tues. March 27 @ Montgomery Biscuits Rays Port Charlotte
Wed. March 28 vs. Montgomery Biscuits Rays Ft. Myers
Thur. March 29 @ New Britain Rock Cats Twins Lee County
Fri. March 30 @ Bowie Baysox Orioles Sarasota
Sat. March 31 vs. New Britain Rock Cats Twins Ft. Myers

- All games scheduled for 1:00 pm -

Spring Training sights and sounds…Best athletes turned actors

With Spring Training games right around the corner, the Red Sox continue their full squad workouts at the beautiful JetBlue Park.

Red Sox open up exhibition schedule on March 3...Sea Dogs start Spring Training games on March 14 vs. New Britain

The media coverage in Ft. Myers has been unreal, and I would like to thank everyone who has covered this team, providing us with some unbelievable interviews and pictures.  Below is a few links you should check out.  I love technology!

Enjoy the audio, video and photo links below…They involve former Sea Dogs

Wow, that didn’t take long…Injuries already piling up

  1. I was the broadcaster in Erie during the 2004 season, and loved watching Joel Zumaya pitch…tough to see him out for the season.  I thought that was a great pickup for the Twins.
  2. Speaking of closers, Chris Perez of the Indians is out 4 to 6 weeks with an oblique strain.
  3. From Matt Snyder of CBS sports.com Cardinals utility man extraordinaire Allen Craig is ahead of schedule in his recovery from knee surgery, reports MLB.com. “
  4. Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Tommy Hanson returned to the field on Sunday in Florida, marking the first time he’s suited up since suffering a concussion in a car accident Monday.

Meet the 2012 Sea Dogs on April 3 at the Portland Expo

What’s the first thing you think of when you here Welcome Back?  For me, it’s Welcome Back Kotter, anyone else?  Can’t help but think of those great TV shows from my childhood.  But to serious matters, on April 3rd at the Portland Expo the Sea Dogs will hold their annual Welcome Back dinner in conjunction with Youth Alternatives Ingraham.  This is your chance to get autographs, photos and maybe some hitting tips from my favorite players.

With the Grammy’s on Sunday night, here’s my Top 1o list of Athletes Turned Actors.

  1. Jim Brown - Pro Sports Career: Played football for the Cleveland Browns from 1957 to 1965.
  2. Carl Weathers - Pro Sports Career: Played football for the Oakland Raiders & the British Columbia Lions from 1970-1974.
  3. Chuck Connors – Pro Sports Career: Played baseball for the Chicago Cubs & Brooklyn Dodgers from 1949 to 1951. Connors also played basketball for the Boson Celtics from 1946-1948.
  4. Fred Dryer - Pro Sports Career: Played football for the New York Giants & Los Angeles Rams from 1969-1981.
  5. Merlin Olsen - Pro Sports Career: Played football for the Los Angeles Rams from 1962-1976 and was known as one of the “The Fearsome Foursome”.
  6. Alex Karras - Pro Sports Career: Played football for the Detroit Lions from 1958-1962 & 1964-1970

    Ray Allen and Denzel Washington in He Got Game

  7. Bob Uecker - Pro Sports Career: Played Baseball with Milwaukee Braves, St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies & Atlanta Braves from 1962-1967
  8. Rick Fox - Pro Sports Career: Played Basketball with Boston Celtics & Las Angeles Lakers from 1991 to 2004.
  9. Terry Bradshaw – Pro Sports Career: NFL Quarterback for the Pittsburgh Stealers
  10. Ray Allen- Pro Sports Career…Hey, I’m from Boston, I loved He’s Got Game

Have a great start to the week…Can’t wait to watch baseball again.  Seems like the off-season was quick, yet long.  Does that make any sense?

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