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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! And a Happy Birthday to Celtics Executive Danny Ainge. The luck of the irish to have his birthday today. In addition to his great career with the Celtics, Ainge started his career playing professional baseball, landing in the Majors with Toronto.
Baseball birthdays on this St. Paddy’s day: Chris Davis, Cito Gaston, Tim Lollar (as a pitcher, had a pinch-hit single for Boston), Bill Mueller and John Smiley
I’m assuming Monday’s work production will slow down a bit with people franticly filling out their brackets. I love March Madness because it signals the start of baseball season.
- This Sunday I leave for Ft. Myers and will be covering the Sea Dogs and the Red Sox Organization for a few days.
- Former Sea Dogs reassigned today: RHP Allen Webster, C Christian Vazquez optioned to AAA Pawtucket. SS Deven Marrero reassigned to minor league camp.
- In case you missed it, my broadcast partner is Dan Acheson. He was with me in 2012 – great to have him back.
(VIDEO) Slugger’s Big Announcement
(VIDEO) Sea Dogs Update: Episode 2
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.
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).
Status update on everyone who played in Portland in 2013 (updated 2/4/14)
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
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
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)
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)
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)
Luke Putkonen (Erie 2007)
Anibal Sanchez (Portland 2005)
Drew Smyly (Erie 2011)
Justin Verlander (Erie 2005)
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)
Oakland A’s (8 former Eastern Leaguers…2 Canton/Akron & Akron, Connecticut & Richmond, Erie, Harrisburg, New Britain, New Haven, 3 Portland)
Grant Balfour (New Britain 2001)
Bartolo Colon (Canton/Akron 1996)
Dan Otero (Connecticut 2009, Richmond 2011)
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)
Fernando Rodney (Erie 2001-02)
Jamey Wright (New Haven 1995-96)
Matt Joyce (Erie 2007)
Jose Molina (Trenton 2009 MLB Rehab)
Atlanta Braves (1 former Eastern Leaguer…Akron)
Jose Constanza (Akron 2008-09)
Los Angeles Dodgers (7 former Eastern Leaguers…Altoona, Norwich, Reading, 4 Portland)
Ronald Belisario (Altoona 2007-08)
Brian Wilson (Norwich 2005)
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)
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)
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)
Edward Mujica (Akron 2005-06)
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Pre-Game coverage begins at 6:45 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network.
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.
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.
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.
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 night…The ‘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.
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.
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
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
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 night…New 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.
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.
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
- 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.
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.
- 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.
Coverage begins at 6:45 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network
Pre-Game Interview: Red Sox Organizational Leaders
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
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).
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.