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As we Spring forward, let’s look back.

Today was such an easy tie-in for one of those play-on-words. As we turn our clocks an hour ahead, why not look back at a great moment by Portland catcher Matt Spring.   On May 18th, he was responsible for a great moment in Sea Dogs History. Full Game Story and Audio Highlight.

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The Sea Dogs begin their 21st season on April 3rd at Reading against the Fightin Phils. The home opener is April 10th against the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate).

Front Office Notes
Food Service taking applications
Welcome Back Dinner April 1st
Nice article on Deven Marrero

 

 

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

 

Playoff rosters with ties to the Eastern League

images-6Below are the current 25-man playoff rosters that contain former Eastern Leaguers.

77 of 200 are Eastern Leaguers (39%)

27 of 200 played in Portland (14%)

Pittsburgh has the most Eastern Leaguers at 20, Boston is second with 20.

Boston Red Sox (20 former Eastern Leaguers…17 Portland, 2 Reading, 1 Binghamton and 1 Bowie)

Pitchers
Craig Breslow (Portland 2013 MLB Rehab)

Clay Buchholz (Portland 2007-08)

Ryan Dempster (Portland 1998 as Marlins affiliate)

Felix Doubront (Portland 2009-11)

John Lackey (Portland 2013, MLB Rehab)

Jon Lester (Portland 2005, 2007 – MLB Rehab)

Franklin Morales (Portland 2013, MLB Rehab)

Junichi Tazawa (Portland 2009, 2011)

Koji Uehara (Bowie 2010)

Brandon Workman (Portland 2012-13)

Position Players

Quintin Berry
(Reading, 2009-10)

Xander Bogaerts (Portland 2012-13)

Mike Carp
(Binghamton, 2007-08)

Stephen Drew (Portland 2013, MLB Rehab)

Jacoby Ellsbury (Portland 2006-07)

Will Middlebrooks (Portland 2011)

Daniel Nava (Portland 2009)

David Ortiz (Portland 2008, MLB Rehab)

Dustin Pedroia (Portland 2005)

David Ross (Portland 2013, MLB Rehab)

Shane Victorino (Reading, MLB Rehab 2007-08, ’11)

Detroit Tigers (15 former Eastern Leaguers…2 Akron, 9 Erie, 1 Hardware City & New Britain, 2 Portland, 1 Trenton)

Pitchers
Luke Putkonen (Erie 2007)

Anibal Sanchez (Portland 2005)

Drew Smyly (Erie 2011)

Justin Verlander (Erie 2005)

Position Players

Alex Avila 
(Erie 2009)

Andy Dirks (Erie 2009-10)

Tori Hunter (Hardware City 1996, New Britain 1997-98)

Jose Iglesias
 (Portland 2010)

Omar Infante (Erie 2001)

Austin Jackson (Trenton 2008)

Don Kelly (Erie 2003-06)

Victor Martinez (Akron 2002-03, 08 MLB Rehab)

Jhonny Peralta (Akron 2002)

Hernan Perez (Erie 2013)

Ramon Santiago (Erie 2002)

Brandon Moss was a playoff hero for Portland in 2006 (photo courtesy of the Portland Sea Dogs)

Brandon Moss was a playoff hero for Portland in 2006 (photo courtesy of the Portland Sea Dogs)

Oakland A’s (8 former Eastern Leaguers…2 Canton/Akron & Akron, Connecticut & Richmond, Erie, Harrisburg, New Britain, New Haven, 3 Portland)

Pitchers
Grant Balfour (New Britain 2001)

Bartolo Colon (Canton/Akron 1996)

Dan Otero (Connecticut 2009, Richmond 2011)

Position Players

Coco Crisp (Akron & New Haven 2002)

Jed Lowrie (Portland 2007, 2009 MLB Rehab)

Brandon Moss (Portland 2005-06)

Derrik Norris (Harrisburg 2011)

Josh Reddick (Portland 2007-09)

Tampa Bay Rays (4 former Eastern Leaguers…2 Erie, New Haven, Trenton)

Pitchers
Fernando Rodney (Erie 2001-02)

Jamey Wright (New Haven 1995-96)

Position Players

Matt Joyce (Erie 2007)

Jose Molina (Trenton 2009 MLB Rehab)

Atlanta Braves (1 former Eastern Leaguer…Akron)

Position Players

Jose Constanza (Akron 2008-09)

Los Angeles Dodgers (7 former Eastern Leaguers…Altoona, Norwich, Reading, 4 Portland)

Pitchers
Ronald Belisario (Altoona 2007-08)

Brian Wilson (Norwich 2005)

Position Players

Carl Crawford (Portland 2012)

Tim Federowicz (Portland 2011)

Adrian Gonzalez (Portland 2002)

Nick Punto (Reading 2000)

Hanley Ramirez (Portland 2004-05)

Pittsburgh Pirates (21 former Eastern Leaguers…14 Altoona, Akron, 2 New Britain, 2 New Hampshire, Portland, Reading, 2 Trenton)

Pitchers
A.J. Burnett (Portland 1999, New Hampshire 2006 MLB Rehab)

Gerrit Cole (Altoona 2012)

Jeanmar Gomez (Akron 2009)

Jason Grilli (Portland 2001, Altoona 2013 MLB Rehab)

Francisco Liriano (New Britain 2004-05, Altoona 2013 MLB Rehab)

Mark Melancon (Trenton 2008)

Bryan Morris (Altoona 2010-11)

Charlie Morton (Altoona 2013 MLB Rehab)

Tony Watson (Altoona 2009-10)

Justin Wilson (Altoona 2010)

Position Players

Pedro Alvarez (Altoona 2009)

Marlon Byrd (Reading 2001, 03)

John Buck (New Hampshire 2010 MLB Rehab)

Josh Harrison (Altoona 2010)

Garrett Jones (New Britain 2004)

Starling Marte (Altoona (2011)

Jordy Mercer (Altoona 2010-11)

Andrew McCutchen (Altoona 2006-07)

Justin Morneau (New Britain 2001-03)

Jose Tabata (Altoona 2008-09, Trenton 2008)

Neil Walker (Altoona 2006-07, 13 MLB Rehab)

St. Louis Cardinals (1 former Eastern Leaguer…Akron)

Pitchers
Edward Mujica (Akron 2005-06)

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.

Vote for Slugger as part of Mascot Mania 2013

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.

Drew batting cleanup for Portland on Thursday night

The Sea Dogs and Reading Fightin Phils open up a four-game series on Thursday night at Hadlock Field…SS Stephen Drew begins a 2-game MLB Rehab Assignment with the Sea Dogs, his second of the season.

Congrats to the Salem Red Sox on their combined no-hitter last…Click here for the final call

Pre-Game coverage begins at 6:40 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Interview with Ryan Dent, as he talks about his win on the mound July 12th at Binghamton.

SS Stephen Drew chatting with Portland Manager Kevin Boles before tonight's game.

SS Stephen Drew chatting with Portland Manager Kevin Boles before tonight’s game.

2013 Video Interviews and Highlights

Starting Lineups
Portland: Hissey 9, Vazquez 2, Cecchini 5, Drew DH, Almanzar 3, Thomas 4, Vitek 7, Wilkerson 8, Meneses 4, Doyle RHP

Reading: Mitchell 7, Collier 8, Franco 5, Murphy 3, Dugan 9, Cartwright 4, Henson DH, Valle 2, Duran 6, Biddle LHP

The bat is catching on for Derrik Gibson, he leads the team in average this month at .433 (photo courtesy of Sitting Still photography)

Notes for Thursday

GLAD TO BE HOME: The Sea Dogs open up a four-game series against the Reading Fightin Phils on Thursday night at Hadlock…Portland has lost six straight, their longest losing streak since last July 1-5…Portland has scored just 3 runs in their last 50 innings and snapped a 33-inning scoreless drought on Tuesday nightThe ‘Dogs went 1-7 on the road portion of their trip, but went 1-8 overall, losing a suspended game from Hadlock Field on June 25th, before the roadtrip opener on July 11th at NYSEG Stadium.

‘CATS COMPLETE SWEEP: Portland was shutout twice during a three-game sweep of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats…On Wednesday night, Ryan Tepera (8-6) tossed eight scoreless frames on five hits, no walks and seven strikeouts, as New Hampshire won 4-0…Michael Almanzar and Peter Hissey each had two hits for Portland…The ‘Cats scored three times off losing pitcher Keith Couch (6-3) in the fourth inning…Kevin Ahrens, A.J. Jimenez, Ryan Schimpf and Brian Van Kirk had RBI’s for New Hampshire…Tepera retired 24 of 28 batters faced. 

CRAZY EIGHTS: LHP Sean Nolin, RHP Marcus Walden and Tepera all worked eight innings in the previous series…Opposing starters went 6-0, 1.29 ERA (7 ER/49.0 IP) during the roadtrip with four quality starts…Portland’s lone win on the trip was last Friday’s 8-5, 15-inning win at Binghamton…INF Ryan Dent was the winning pitcher, becoming the second position player in franchise history to earn a win.

Jessica Moran of CSNNE visiting Hadlock Field.

Jessica Moran of CSNNE visiting Hadlock Field.

MLB REHAB UPDATE: Portland has had 31 players (five this season) make a Major League rehab assignment with and the 25as a Red Sox affiliate…INF Stephen Drew begins his second stint with Portland this season…MLB Rehabs as a Red Sox affiliate: Craig Breslow, Drew, John Lackey, Franklin Morales & David Ross (2013), Andrew Bailey, Chris Carpenter, Carl Crawford, Jacoby Ellsbury, Rich Hill, Ryan Kalish, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Ryan Sweeney (2012), Bobby Jenks (2011), Mike Cameron, Manny Delcarmen, Ellsbury and Jeremy Hermida (2010), Jed Lowrie, Matsuzaka and John Smoltz (2009), David Ortiz (2008), Wade Miller (2005), Lenny DiNardo (2004 & 2006), Casey Fossum (2003), Chad Fox (2003) and Matt White (2003).

MLB Rehabs as a Marlins affiliate: Luis Aquino, Chris Hammond and Gary Sheffield (1994) Charles Johnson (1995), Matt Mantei (1997), Kevin Millar (2002).

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Reading Fightin Phils (Phillies affiliate) continue their four-game series on Friday night at Hadlock Field…The Sea Dogs are 11-18 during a 38-game stretch against the Eastern Division…Portland hits the road on Monday night, beginning a four-game series in three days against the Rock Cats.

Looked like a sci-fi movie earlier today at Hadlock Field.

Looked like a sci-fi movie earlier today at Hadlock Field.

Drew tomorrow…Roadtrip finale on Wednesday night

The Sea Dogs (1-6 on the roadtrip) continue their three-game series at New Hampshire on Tuesday night from Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.  3B Garin Cecchini will leadoff for the first time in his pro career.

Pre-Game coverage begins at 6:45 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network.

Shannon Wilkerson with one of the best catches I’ve ever seen…We’ve got it on video

2013 Video Interviews and Highlights

Starting Lineups
Portland: Hissey 9, Gibson 6, Cecchini DH, Thomas 7, Almanzar 5, Shaw 3, Spring 2, Wilkerson 8, Dent 4, Couch RHP

New Hampshire: Loewen 8, Cabrera 7, Jimenez 2, Glenn 9, Nolan 6, Burns 5, Schimpf 4, Van Kirk DH, Ahrens 3, Tepera RHP

The bat is catching on for Derrik Gibson, he leads the team in average this month at . (photo courtesy of Sitting Still photography)

The bat is catching on for Derrik Gibson, he leads the team in average this month at .433 (photo courtesy of Sitting Still photography)

Notes for Wednesday

ALMOST HOME: The Sea Dogs and Fisher Cats conclude their three-game series on Wednesday night in Manchester, NH…Portland has lost five straight, their longest losing streak since last July 1-5…Portland has scored just 3 runs in their last 41 innings) and snapped a 33-inning scoreless drought on Tuesday nightNew Hampshire has won a season-high seven straight games, and has their best record since they were 6-4…Portland has not been four games under .500 all year.

ONCE AGAIN, A FIVE-RUN FRAME: For the second straight night, the Fisher Cats used a five-run inning to beat Portland…On Tuesday night, their five-run second off losing pitcher Bobby Lanigan (0-1) gave them a 5-1 win…RHP Marcus Walden (6-9) beat Portland for the fourth time this season, hurling eight strong innings on five hits, one run, two walks and six strikeouts…Portland scored their lone run in the sixth inning on a two-out homer by Garin Cecchini, his second of the season in his first time leading off as a professional…Adam Loewen highlighted New Hampshire’s 5-run second with a two-run homer.

FILLING IN NICELY: RHP Kyle Kraus was assigned to Portland yesterday from High-A Salem and worked four scoreless on one hit in his Double-A debut…Kraus retired Melky Cabrera twice, who he faced to start his Portland debut…The right-hander was the 51st player used by the Sea Dogs this season…Lanigan made his first start since September 4, 2011, giving up five runs on six hits over 4 IP.

POSSIBLE RETURN TO HADLOCK: According to Red Sox Manager John Farrell, SS Stephen Drew is scheduled to start a MLB Rehab Assignment with the Portland Sea Dogs tomorrow night…Drew could play Thursday and Friday night at SS and DH…On Opening Day, Drew was Portland’s Opening Day SS, the first Major League Rehab Assignment on Opening Day in franchise history.

Stephen Drew will play for the Sea Dogs tomorrow night. (Photo by Kelly O'Connor)

Stephen Drew will play for the Sea Dogs tomorrow night. (Photo by Kelly O’Connor)

WAY TO GO GIBBY: Derrik Gibson went 1-for-3 last night, and leads the team in average this month at .433 (13-for-30)…Gibson is 4-for-6 in the series, going 3-for-3 on Monday night.

POWER OUTAGE: Portland had gone 333 at-bats in between homers until Cecchini’s solo-shot in the sixth off Walden.

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs open up a four-game series with the Reading Fightin Phils (Phillies affiliate) on Friday night at Hadlock Field…The Sea Dogs are 11-17 during a 38-game stretch against the Eastern Division…Portland hits the road on Monday night, beginning a four-game series in three days against the Rock Cats.

‘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.

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