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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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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).

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.

On-Deck

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.

 

 

 

 

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.

Field of Dreams Sunday

Today the Sea Dogs hold their annual Field of Dreams game…At around one o’clock, the players will emerge from a cornfield in centerfield.  This is my favorite day of the year!

With yesterday’s win, the ‘Dogs are 32-17 since the All-Star Break…If they win out and New Britain takes their final two games, the Rock Cats clinch the final playoff spot in the Eastern League.

Congrats to the Pawtucket Red Sox on clinching the Wild Card in the International League…Dan Butler clubbed two homers in a 2-0 win…Josh Fields pitched the ninth for the save.

The rosters for the 20th anniversary season of the Arizona Fall League were announced this past Wednesday.  Four Sea Dogs and five Red Sox farmhands are among the players initially selected. Each Major League organization will eventually have seven players represented in the league. Right-handed pitchers Brock Huntzinger, Chris Martin and Ryan Pressly along with outfielder Bryce Brentz, all of whom played for the Sea Dogs this season will take part. Additionally, right-handed pitcher Pete Ruiz, who spent the season with the Red Sox Single-A club in Salem, Virginia was selected. The Red Sox farmhands will play for the Surprise Saguaros.

The Saguaros will feature prospects from the Red Sox, Royals, Mets, Cardinals, and Rangers organizations. Sea Dogs’ Coach Dave Joppie and Athletic Trainer Brandon Henry will serve on the staff of the Saguaros.

Reading: Gillies 8, Asche 5, Ruf 7, Fox DH, Hulett 3, Joseph 2, Castro 9, Abreu 4, Hanzawa 6 RHP Ethan Martin (4-0, 3.86)

Portland: Bermudez 8, Hissey 7, Smith 4, Shaw DH, Bogaerts 6, Hedman 3, Wilkerson 9, Spring 2, Gibson 5, RHP Allen Webster  (0-0, 6.75)

Game Notes

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.

Brentz to Triple-A…Road season comes to an end

Bryce Brentz doesn’t have to wait anymore…he’s now with Triple-A Pawtucket. 

It’s been a fun couple of days here in New Hampshire, reading various stories about this current team.

Enjoy these features:

Peter Gammons on Michael Olmsted

Kevin Gray of the UnionLeader on Hanley Ramirez

Brian McPherson on Bryce Brentz’s promotion

Portland: Bradley Jr. DH, Wilkerson 7, Smith 4, Shaw 3, Bogaerts 6, Vazquez 2, Bermudez 8, Hedman 9, Gibson 5, RHP Brandon Workman (3-0, 1.50)

New Hampshire: Marisnick 8, Goins 6, Sobolewski 5, Schimpf 7, Glenn 9, Tolisano 4, Van Kirk DH, Jacobo 3, Galarraga 2 RHP Yohan Pino (9-7, 3.43)

Game Notes

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.

(Audio) Jackie Bradley Jr. Interview…’Dogs look for the sweep

Former Sea Dog Miguel Gonzalez (pictured left) beat the Red Sox last night…Last August he was with the Sea Dogs at the Future’s at Fenway

The Sea Dogs continue their six-game homestand on Thursday night against the Altoona Curve (Pirates affiliate) from Hadlock Field…Portland has won six in a row at Hadlock, their longest winning streak in Maine since 2009…With last night’s win, the ‘Dogs took every series from the Western Division at home.

What if the Eastern League had a second half?  Below are the second half standings…Portland trails New Britain by 2.5 games, who they play six straight times starting tomorrow night.
Trenton                      31-22     -
New Britain               30-22    .5
Portland                     27-24   3.0
Binghamton              26-26   4.5
Reading                      26-26   4.5
New Hampshire      23-29   7.5
  • Portland has won six straight games at home for the first time since 2009, when they won six straight from August 5-18.

Longest home winning streaks All-Time at Hadlock Field

  1. 12 straight, June 15-July 11, 1996
  2. 7 straight, April 8-23, 1997
  3. 7 straight, April 18-May 6, 1995

Altoona: Latimore 8, Cabrera 2, Santos 9, Curry 3, Tejeda 6, Marrero 7, Cunningham 4, Cutler DH, Welch 5, RHP Gerrit Cole (3-4, 3.43)

Portland: Bradley Jr. 8, Smith 5, Hazelbaker DH, Brentz 9, Shaw 3, Bogaerts 6, Hissey 7, Vazquez 2, Gibson 4, RHP Jeremy Kehrt (7-3, 4.24)

Game Notes

Workman and Bogaerts Highlights

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.

Saturday night is alright for Baseball…’Dogs in Erie, Pa.

The Sea Dogs suffered a 9-2 loss in the series opener to Erie on Friday night at Jerry Uht Park.  Tonight, 30-year old Mike MacDonald makes his seventh start of the season. MacDonald, the first ever Maine to play for the Sea Dogs, will pitch on three days rest due to Brandon Workman joining the rotation.  Workman makes his first Double-A start tomorrow afternoon in the roadtrip finale.

Travis Shaw launched his first Double-A homer on Friday night, hitting to the left of the brick in left field.

Quick hits from last night: Xander Bogaerts went 2-for-4 and has multi-hit games in both Double-A starts…The most impressive at-bat last night was a 10-pitch battle with Jared Gayhart…Bogaerts continued to foul off pitches, before nailing  double down the left-field line.  In addition, he’s played a smooth shortstop.

Portland: Bradley Jr. 8, Hissey 7, Smith 5, Brentz 9, Shaw 3, Bogaerts 6, Gibson DH, Vazquez 2, Dent 4, RHP Mike MacDonald (1-2, 4.85)

Erie: Johnson DH, Romero 6, Castellanos 9, Lennerton 3, Garcia 8, Fields 7, Bishop 5, Douglas 4, McCann 2, RHP James Avery (10-9, 4.81)

Game Notes

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.

Welcome to Portland Xander Bogaerts

Xander Bogaerts becomes the youngest player in the Eastern League at 19 years old.(photo by Kelly O’Connor)

Earlier today, Xander Bogaerts joined the Portland Sea Dogs from High-A Salem and should be in the starting shortstop for the ‘Dogs in the series finale…To make room for Bogaerts, Infielder Zach Gentile was assigned to High-A Salem…The 19-year old is the youngest player in the Eastern League and will wear #5.  Lot of people tweeted me today about the number, saying it reminded them of Nomar.

“Being 19 in Double-A is a pretty unusual thing,” Red Sox farm director Ben Crockett told Brian McPherson of the Providence Journal prior to Pawtucket’s game at McCoy Stadium earlier today.

Bogaerts is ranked the #2 prospect in the Red Sox system according to Baseball America…In 104 games with Salem, he  hit .302 (116-for-384) with 15 homers and 64 RBI…He was signed by the Red Sox as a non-drafted free agent on August 23, 2009…Native of San Nicolaas, Aruba…Has a twin brother, Jair, also signed with the Red Sox as an international free agent and was sent to the Chicago Cubs prior to the 2012 season to complete the Theo Epstein compensation.

Getting plenty of ink – a few articles about today’s move.

Portland: Bradley Jr. 8, Smith 5, Hazelbaker 7, Brentz 9, Shaw 3, Bogaerts 6, Spring 2, Hissey 9, Dent 4, RHP Jeremy Kehrt (6-3, 4.17)

Akron: Holt 8, Henry 9, Diaz 6, Neal 7, Weglarz DH, Lawson 4, Rohlinger 5, Perez 2, Toole 3, LHP T.J. House (6-2, 3.13)

Game Notes

Travis Shaw Interview

Xander Boegerts taking batting practice for the first time in a Sea Dogs uniform.

 

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.

‘Dogs host Erie…Meet Christian Vazquez

Christian Vazquez makes his Double-A debut tonight…He was hitting .266 with 7 homers and 41 RBI in 81 games with Salem.

Greetings from Hadlock Field! Lineups and Notes below

In case you missed it, I had a chance to chat with newly acquired Steven Wright…The knuckleballer makes his debut in the Red Sox system on Sunday afternoon…Wright was traded by Cleveland to Boston in exchange for INF Lars Anderson (former Sea Dog).

Congrats to Catcher Dan Butler and Pitcher Josh Fields on their promotion to Triple-A Pawtucket…Butler spent some time with Pawtucket last season…Fields pitched with Triple-A Tacoma before he was traded to Boston.

Meet Catcher Christian Vazquez…Promoted today from High-A Salem and will catch tonight….Hit .266 (78-for-293) with 7 homers and 41 RBI in 81 games…44-for-105 (42%) throwing out runners (9 ER & 8 PB)…Hitting .322 (47-for-146) with 6 HR and 25 RBI since June 1st…Had three 3-hit and 3-RBI games…Season-high 3 BB on June 1st vs. Myrtle Beach.

Last season: Named Red Sox Minor League Defensive Player of the Year after going 37-of-111 (33.3) in throwing out runners (.991 fielding pct. 9 E/904 TC)…Led Greenville and ranked 4th in the system with 84 RBI…Led the Drive in homers with 18, hitting .283 (111-for-392) in 105 games.

Acquired/Misc: 9th round pick by the Red Sox in the 2008 draft…Graduated from the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy High School…Following last season, rated by Baseball America as the best defensive catcher in the South Atlantic League and the Red Sox system.

Lineups for Friday

Erie: Fields 7, Romero 6, Castellanos 9, Lennerton 3, Garcia 8, Bishop 5, Plagman DH, Douglas 4, Sanz 2, LHP Ramon Garcia (7-7, 4.32)

Portland: Bradley Jr. 8, Vitek 5, Hazelbaker DH, Brentz 9, Shaw 3, Smith 4, Vazquez 2, Gibson 6, Bermudez 7, RHP Jeremy Kehrt (5-3, 4.50)

Game Notes

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.

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