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‘Dogs resume trip…Re-living a Moss moment

My All-Time Favorite moment in Sea Dogs History...Brandon Moss walks the 'Dogs into the Eastern League Championship.

My All-Time Favorite moment in Sea Dogs History…Brandon Moss walks the ‘Dogs into the Eastern League Championship.

After a rainout last night, the Sea Dogs and Reading Fightin Phils open up a three-game series at First Energy Stadium…Last night was Portland’s third postponement this season…Monday’s game will be made up as part of a doubleheader when the ‘Dogs return to Reading in June.

Pete Ruiz Video Interview

Player moves:

Coverage begins at 6:15 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network

Pre-Game Interview: Steve Degler – former voice of the Reading Phillies.

Portland Lineup: Wilkerson 8, Bogaerts 6, Shaw 3, Linares 9, Thomas 7, Almanzar 5, Vazquez 2, Spring DH, Meneses 4, Workman RHP

Reading Lineup: Cartwright 6, Hanzawa 6, Collier 8, Murphy 3, Henson 5, Rupp DH, Valle 2, Mitchell 7, Hewitt 9, Rosin RHP

MOSS TO THE RESCUE AGAIN

  • Guess it’s good I had trouble sleeping last night…I reached for my phone around 4:30 and checked Twitter, it’s something I do when I can’t sleep. I saw tweets from Buster Olney about the A’s and Angels game. I pulled it up on my phone and saw Moss’s homer…Ironically, former Sea Dog Jed Lowrie was at first.
  • The Sea Dogs went on to beat the Akron Aeros in five games to capture their first ever E.L. Championship, but that moment in the N.D.C.S. was still my favorite moment.  We all knew Moss was a special player. He had big hits in big spots, a formula that some players just shine in. I’m so happy he found a spot in Oakland with former Sea Dogs: Josh Reddick and Jed Lowrie.
  • From my Game Notes on September 12, 2006 (Game was September 9th)
  • Game 4 Rundown of the NDCS: Brandon Moss launched a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning, lifting the Sea Dogs to a 4-3 victory over the Trenton Thunder to win the Northern Division Championship Series, 3 games to 1.  Moss threw out J.T. Stotts at the plate, the potential go-ahead run in the top of the ninth inning, keeping the game tied at three.  Portland trailed 3-2 heading into the bottom of the eighth inning but Luis Jimenez tied the game with a two-out RBI double down the left-field line, scoring pinch-runner Matt Van Der Bosch.  Trenton took a 3-0 lead in the second inning, scoring three runs off Frank Brooks following a 90-minute rain delay.  Brooks allowed just those runs in six innings on six hits, three walks and five strikeouts.  Barry Hertzler worked two scoreless innings to earn his first post-season win.  Scott Patterson worked an inning and 2/3 to suffer the loss.  Brian Myrow had two hits, including his second post-season home run and an RBI double.

    PART TWO OF THE TRIP: After taking two of three from the Trenton Thunder, the Sea Dogs resume their roadtrip on Tuesday night at First Energy Stadium against the Reading Fight Phils…Portland dropped two of three to the Phils on April 8-10 at Hadlock Field…At 13-9, the ‘Dogs have the best record in the Eastern League, and hold a one-game lead over Reading for the top spot in the Eastern Division…The Sea Dogs have won all three road series this season, last year, they didn’t win their third road series until the middle of May.

    CLUTCH ALL AWAY AROUND: The Sea Dogs erased two early deficits, to beat the Trenton Thunder 9-5 on Sunday afternoon at Arm & Hammer Park…Michael Almanzar snapped a 4-4 tie with a two-run homer in the fifth, off losing pitcher Francisco RondonDrake Britton (2-2) retired the final 11 batters faced, to earn the win for Portland…Britton gave up four runs on six hits, two walks and a season-high, seven strikeouts…Shannon Wilkerson tied the game at four with a two-run double…Ryan Dent and Matt Spring each had 2 RBI for the ‘Dogs…Portland’s five stolen bases all scored.

    THAT’S A CAREER DAY FOR A CATCHER: Christian Vazquez stole two bases on Sunday, his first multi-stolen base game of his career…Vazquez went 2-for-4 and has hit safely in 10 of 11 games: 13-for-37 (.351).

    AND IT CONTINUES: 1B Travis Shaw extended his on-base streak to 21 games for the season and 22 dating back to 2012…Shaw went 2-for-5 on Sunday with two singles and leads the Eastern League with 22 walks…Trenton’s Kyle Roller currently has the best on-base streak this season at 22 games…Heiker Meneses has reached base safely in 18 straight road games, dating back to May 14, 2012.

    CAME TO AN END: The Sea Dogs lead the league with 10 triples, but did not have one on Sunday, snapping a six-game streak with at least one triple…Xander Bogaerts leads the team with three triples, which is tied for the top spot in the E.L.

    IT HAD BEEN A WHILE: Portland’s series win in Trenton was their first since April 22-25, 2010, when they took three of four…The Sea Dogs are looking to go four games over .500 for the first time since June 20, 2010, when they were 36-32…Portland has won seven of their last nine. 

    WHAT’S ON DECK: Portland and Reading continue their three-game series tomorrow morning at 11:35 AM, and will also start at 11:35 AM on Wednesday…Portland returns home on Friday, May 3rd, opening up a six-game homestand against the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate).

    They even have ostrich at First Energy Stadium.

    They even have ostrich at First Energy Stadium.

Ranaudo pitching in his home state

The Sea Dogs continue their three-game series on Saturday night versus the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) at Arm & Hammer Park.  Portland suffered a 6-3 loss on Friday in the series opener.

Anthony Ranaudo makes his 4th start of the season...The righty grew up 40 miles from Arm & Hammer Park.

Anthony Ranaudo makes his 4th start of the season…The righty grew up 40 miles from Arm & Hammer Park.

Player move: OF Ronald Bermudez activated from the disabled list.

Coverage begins at 6:45 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network

Pre-Game Interview: Josh Mauer, Voice of the Trenton Thunder

Portland Lineup: Wilkerson 8, Meneses 4, Shaw 3, Thomas 7, Almanzar 5, Vitek DH, Spring 2, Bermudez 9, Gibson 6, Ranaudo RHP

Trenton Lineup: Flores 9, Pirela 4, Austin 9, Murphy 2, Roller 3, Heathcott 8, Medchill DH, Castillo 6, Stevenson 5, Nuding RHP

HOMECOMING: Jackson, New Jersey native Anthony Ranaudo, makes his fourth start of the season for the Sea Dogs in game two of the series on Saturday night…Ranaudo attended St. Rose High School, just 42 miles from Arm & Hammer Park…Portland has dropped two straight, and has not lost consecutive road contests this season…RHP Zach Nuding, who allowed seven unearned runs at Hadlock Field on April 5th, makes his fifth start of the season for the Thunder.

DECIDED EARLY: Trenton scored all six runs off Matt Barnes (1-1) in 4.2 innings, taking the series opener, 6-3 on Friday night at Arm & Hammer Park…Tony Thomas drove in all three runs for Portland, going 2-for-4…Thomas delivered an RBI double in the first and a two-run triple in the fifth…J.R. Murphy led the Thunder with three hits and Kyle Roller nailed a two-run double in the third…Nik Turley (2-1) earned the win for the Thunder, working five innings on six hits and three runs…Jose Ramirez hurled four scoreless frames in his Double-A debut and earned a save.

MAYBE THE NAME CHANGE WILL HELP: Arm & Hammer Park, formally known as Waterfront Park in Trenton, has not been kind to Portland…The ‘Dogs have dropped 17 of their last 22 games against the Thunder in New Jersey…Portland won the season series in 2010, taking four of seven.

AND IT CONTINUES: 1B Travis Shaw extended his on-base streak to 19 games, by going 0-for-2 with three walks (Eastern League leader with 22) on Friday…Shaw’s on-base streak is currently the longest in the league…Altoona’s Andrew Lambo had a 20-game on-base streak from April 4-24.

RAINING 3’S: The Sea Dogs and Harrisburg lead the league with nine triples…Portland has eight in the last five games…Xander Bogaerts has a triple in three straight games, Thomas has tripled in back-to-back starts.

HIGH FIVE: Portland has had a reliever strikeout five batters in consecutive games…Last night, Keith Couch fanned a season-high 5 over 2.1 innings…Ruiz struck out five on Wednesday in the series finale against Binghamton…Chris Martin extended his scoreless streak to 14.1 innings to start the season, working a scoreless frame last night.

WHAT’S ON DECK: Portland and Trenton (Yankees affiliate) conclude their three-game series tomorrow afternoon at 1:05 PM…On Monday night, the Sea Dogs open up a four-game series in Reading, PA against the Fightin Phils (Phillies affiliate)…The final two games of the roadtrip begin at 11:35 AM.

Welcome to Arm & Hammer Park…Game 1 Lineups & Notes

The brand new video board in right-field in Trenton, N.J.

The brand new video board in right-field in Trenton, N.J.

The Sea Dogs open up a seven-game roadtrip on Friday night against the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) at Arm & Hammer Park (formally knowns as Waterfront Park)

Coverage begins at 6:45 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network

Pre-Game Interview: Mike Ashmore from Thunder Thoughts – follow him on Twitter at mashmore98

Portland Lineup: Wilkerson 8, Meneses 4, Shaw 3, Linares 9, Thomas DH, Almanzar 5, Vazquez 2, Gibson 6, Dent 7, Barnes RHP

Trenton Lineup: Flores 9, Pirela 4, Austin 9, Murphy 2, Roller 3, Heathcott 8, Segedin 5, Medchill DH, Castillo 6, Turley LHP

HIT THE ROAD JACK: After a 5-2 homestand, the Sea Dogs open up a seven-game homestand on Friday night against the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) at Arm & Hammer Park in Trenton, N.J…Portland finished 7-6 at Hadlock Field in April, their best opening-month home record since winning 7 of 12 in April of 2011…Trenton took two of three from the Sea Dogs in the opening series of the season, including a 13-5 win on Opening Day – Portland committed a season-high five errors.

EIGHT IS ENOUGH: The Binghamton Mets led 8-0 after two innings and held on to beat the Sea Dogs, 8-6 in the series finale on Wednesday night at Hadlock Field…Michael Almanzar and Xander Bogaerts aided the comeback for Portland, driving in two runs apiece…Bogaerts tripled for the third straight game…Kyle Kaminska (0-3) suffered the loss, allowing 10 hits and eight runs (seven earned) over 4.2 innings pitched…Darrell Ceciliani (double) and Allan Dykstra (home run) each had 3 RBI…Portland’s bullpen duo of Miguel Celestino and Pete Ruiz closed out the game with 4.1 hitless frames.

MAYBE THE NAME CHANGE WILL HELP: Arm & Hammer Park, formally known as Waterfront Park in Trenton, has not been kind to Portland…The ‘Dogs have dropped 16 of their last 21 games against the Thunder in New Jersey…Portland won the season series in 2010, taking four of seven.

AND IT CONTINUES: 1B Travis Shaw extended his on-base streak to 18 games, by going 1-for-4 with a walk (Eastern League leader with 19) on Wednesday…Shaw’s on-base streak is currently the longest in the league…Altoona’s Andrew Lambo had a 20-game on-base streak from April 4-24.

RAINING 3’S: The Sea Dogs are second in the Eastern League with eight triples, but have seven in the last four games…Bogaerts and Heiker Meneses each had two in a game during the past homestand. 

HE’S A RELIEVER? Ruiz is second on the staff with 21 strikeouts, tying a season-high with 5 on Wednesday night against Binghamton…The right-hander has 17 strikeouts in his last 6.2 IP…Brandon Workman is tops of the staff with 28 K’s…Portland is second in the league in strikeouts with 178 (Harrisburg leads with 184)

WHAT’S ON DECK: Portland and Trenton (Yankees affiliate) continue their three-game series on Saturday night at 7:05 PM…The series concludes on Sunday at 1:05 PM…On Monday night, the ‘Dogs open up a four-game series in Reading, PA against the Fightin Phils (Phillies affiliate).

Lackey on the hill…Tweet of the day

The Sea Dogs open up a three-game series on Monday night at Hadlock Field…Right-hander John Lackey will make a Major League Rehab start for Portland…Lackey becomes the 28th Major Leaguer to rehab for the Sea Dogs and the 22nd as a Red Sox affiliate.

Tweet of the Day

Josh Reddick @joshreddick16

Brandon Moss and myself headed to children’s hospital to help brighten some people’s day! Hope we help.#BostonStrong

John Lackey is currently on Boston's 15-day disabled list with a strained right bicep.

John Lackey is currently on Boston’s 15-day disabled list with a strained right bicep.

Coverage begins at 5:40 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network

Pre-Game Interview: OF Peter Hissey

Portland Lineup: Wilkerson 8, Bogaerts 6, Shaw 3, Linares 7, Thomas DH, Almanzar 5, Hissey 9, Vazquez 2, Gibson 4, Lackey RHP (MLB Rehab Appearance)

Binghamton Lineup: Harris 8, Cecilani 7, Rodriguez 4, Dykstra 3, Vaughn 9, Lucas 5, Forsythe 2, Pena 2, Muno 6, DeGrom RHP

MAKE THAT THREE: Portland scored all eight runs and had all 10 hits over three innings, defeating the New Britain Rock Cats 8-7 on Sunday afternoon…Miguel Celestino (1-0) earned the win, allowing three hits, one run and fanned three over 1.1 innings…Portland took the lead for good with two runs in the fifth and added three in the sixth…Peter Hissey and Kolbrin Vitek each drove in two runs…Michael Almanzar had two doubles and two runs scored…Heiker Meneses, Alberto Rosario and Shannon Wilkerson each had two hits for Portland.

WALK THIS WAY: 1B Travis Shaw had his hitting streak snapped at eight games on Sunday, but extended his on-base streak to 15 games with his team-leading, 15th walk of the season…Shaw’s on-base streak is the longest since Vitek reached base safely in 17 games from April 5-21, 2012.

HE WAS IN CONTROL: Brock Huntzinger walked three batters on Sunday, but managed his fourth save in as many opportunities…Huntzinger has three of his four saves at Hadlock Field.

MLB REHAB UPDATE: Lackey is the 28th to make a Major League rehab assignment with the Portland Sea Dogs and the 22nd as a Red Sox affiliate.MLB Rehabs as a Red Sox affiliate: Stephen Drew (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).

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WHAT’S ON DECK: Portland and the Binghamton Mets continue their three-game series tomorrow night at Hadlock Field…The Sea Dogs took two of three from the B-Mets at NYSEG Stadium last week…Portland has a scheduled off day on Thursday, before a seven-game trip at Trenton (Yankees affiliate) and Reading Fight Phils (Phillies affiliate).

The way the game should be played…Day Baseball at Hadlock

The Sea Dogs conclude their four-game series with the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate) on Sunday afternoon at Hadlock Field.

After losing 17-1 in the opener, Portland has two in a row, 12-1 and 7-1.

Allen Webster started the 2012 Field of Dreams at Hadlock Field...Today his dreams come true at Fenway.

Allen Webster started the 2012 Field of Dreams at Hadlock Field…Today his dreams come true at Fenway.

Coverage begins at 12:40 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network

Pre-Game Interview: Sea Dogs’ Manager Kevin Boles

Portland Lineup: Wilkerson 8, Bogaerts 6, Shaw 3, Linares 7, Thomas DH, Vitek 5, Hissey 9, Meneses 4, Rosario 2, Britton LHP

New Britain Lineup: Richardson 8, Santana 6, Hanson 5, Pinto DH, Ortiz 7, Rohlfing 2, Smith 3, Beresford 4, Goncalves 9, Hermsen RHP

ABOVE WATER: The Sea Dogs and Rock Cats (Twins affiliate) conclude their four-game series on Sunday afternoon at Hadlock Field…Portland dropped the opener 17-1, but has scored 19 of the last 21 runs in the series…With yesterday’s win, the Sea Dogs went over .500 for the first time since they won the 2011 season opener (their best record that season)…Portland has not been two games over .500 since July 22, 2010 when they were 50-48…Opening Night starter Drake Britton, makes his second career start against B.J. Hermsen.

NOW THAT’S BETTER: Ryan Dent knocked in three runs and Anthony Ranaudo (2-0) worked 5.2 innings, leading the Sea Dogs to a 7-1 win over the New Britain Rock Cats on Saturday afternoon…Ranaudo allowed just four hits and one run – a first inning sac-fly by James Beresford…Dent put the game away with a two-run double in the sixth inning…J.C. Linares knocked in two runs for the second straight day…Michael Almanzar went 1-for-4, with the game-winning RBI in the first…Will Latimer worked 2.1 scoreless with three strikeouts and Chris Martin allowed a hit and fanned one in the ninth.

YOU LEFT ME OUT OF THE STORY: 1B Travis Shaw went 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored on Saturday…Shaw extended his on-base streak to 14 games and has a team-high, eight-game hitting streak…The Ohio native leads the team in doubles (7) and walks (14).

MY FAVORITE MARTIN: Chris Martin is the reigning Eastern League Pitcher of the Week, and has earned a win and a save in consecutive outings…The right-hander has fanned 16 batters in 12 scoreless innings.

STARTING TO HEAT UP: Xander Bogaerts has a five-game hitting streak: 10-for-20 (.500), 3 RBI and 3 doubles…The Portland shortstop has a multi-hit game in three of last five starts, and is hitting .316 at Hadlock Field.

HEIKER IN THE MEDIA GUIDE: On Tuesday night, Heiker Meneses became the 6th player in franchise history to hit an inside-the-park homer, the second as a Red Sox affiliate…Current Red Sox Roving Instructor George Lombard, hit an inside-the-park grand slam on June 24, 2004 at Erie…INSIDE THE PARK HOMERS AS A MARLINS AFFILIATE: Victor Rodriguez (May 11, 1997 vs. Bowie), Hayward Cook (April 30, 1998 vs. Binghamton), Pablo Ozuna (August 22, 2000 vs. New Haven) and Quincy Foster (September 1, 2000 vs. Norwich)

WHAT’S ON DECK: Portland opens up a three-game series with the Binghamton Mets tomorrow night at Hadlock Field…The Sea Dogs took two of three from the B-Mets at NYSEG Stadium last week…Portland has a scheduled off day on Thursday, before a seven-game trip at Trenton (Yankees affiliate) and Reading Fight Phils (Phillies affiliate).

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Johnny Gomes bat for today.

Johnny Gomes bat for today.

Heading home soon…’Dogs and Mets on Wednesday

Portland conclude their six-game roadtrip on Wednesday night against the Binghamton Mets from NYSEG Stadium. With a win tonight, the ‘Dogs will take their first 2 road series for the first time since 2008.  Mets beat Portland last 7-4.

The Red Sox came up with an amazing tribute in Cleveland.

The Red Sox came up with an amazing tribute in Cleveland.

It’s been tough watching all the events going on in Boston the past few days.  Despite being so far away, I still feel very connected to the situation. I grew up in Ashland, Mass, the second town in the Marathon route.  That day is always special for it’s symbolism to Paul Revere, and the celebration to great athletes, and of course the Red Sox. This is like living through 9/11 again, and my heart goes out to so many that are suffering through all of this.

Coverage begins at 6:15 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network

Pre-Game Interview: Sea Dogs RHP Anthony Ranaudo (Part 1)

Portland Lineup: Wilkerson 8, Bogaerts DH, Shaw 3, Thomas 7, Almanzar 5, Vazquez 2, Hissey 9, Gibson 6, Dent 4, Workman RHP

Spotlight on tonight’s pitcher Brandon Workman from Channel 6 in Portland

Binghamton Lineup: Harris 8, Cecliliani 7, Lucas 5, Hughes DH, Dykstra 3, Vaughn 9, Forsythe 2, Muno 4, Pena 2, Tovar 6, DeGrom RHP

Tweet of the Day

As baseball is a game LIFE is NOT a game! #unitedwestand pic.twitter.com/jPhrutrAoC

Binghamton’s Jack Leathersich hails from Beverly, Mass. Touching story from Lynn Worthy on his reaction to the bombings at the Boston Marathon. Click here for story

Upcoming Probable Pitching Matchups for New Britain Series
4/18 vs. NBR (6:00 PM) – RHP Kyle Kaminska (0-1, 8.10) vs. RHP Alex Meyer (0-0, 2.70)
4/19 vs. NBR (6:00 PM) – RHP Matt Barnes (0-0, 18.90) vs. LHP Blake Martin (0-0, 5.40)

4/20 vs. NBR (1:00 PM) – RHP Anthony Ranaudo (1-0, 0.90) vs. LHP Logan Darnell (1-0, 1.17)

4/21 vs. NBR (1:00 PM) – RHP Drake Britton (1-2, 4.50) vs. RHP Trevor May (0-1, 3.14)

Thursday night's giveaway at Hadlock Field

Thursday night’s giveaway at Hadlock Field

Thoughts are in Boston.

It’s been a weird day.  Baseball is so much about routine. You get up in the morning, do some work, go to the gym.  The afternoon consists of lunch, a nap and a bus to the park. Today, my ride the park was filled with so many emotions. I saw my twitter feed at 2:55 on the bus, and immediately told the guys what was going on.

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I grew up in Ashland, MA, the second town on the Boston Marathon route. When I was a kid, I absolutely loved this day. Being able to see the élite runners in the world run, is something else. Also the Sox played at 11:00 AM. I was lucky to watch the entire game this morning from Binghamton, NY.  Seemed like a normal day, with the exception of seeing a great walk-off win by the Sox. Crazy how less than an hour after that hit by Napoli, a tragedy like this happens. It’s paralyzing. It hurts, makes you mad, sad and horrified all at once.  The Sea Dogs are playing in Binghamton, New York tonight, but my heart is in Boston.  Seems like too many of these things have happened in my lifetime.

Coverage begins at 6:15 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network

Pre-Game Interview:  Sea Dogs Manager Kevin Boles Part 2

Portland Lineup: Wilkerson 8, Bogaerts 6, Shaw 3, Thomas DH, Almanzar 5, Meneses 6, Hissey 7, Bermudez 9, Rosario 2, Ranaudo RHP

Binghamton Lineup: Harris 8, Cecliliani 7, Rodriguez 5, Hughes DH, Lucas 3, Centono 2, Puello 9, Muno 4, Tovar 6, Mateo RHP

Congrats to Chris Martin on being named Eastern League Pitcher of the Week

Back at it on Saturday…’Dogs and ‘Cats in New Britain, CT

Yesterday morning, the Sea Dogs and Rock Cats were postponed., tonight, the two teams play game two of what’s now a three-game set. Friday’s game will be made up in May, when Portland returns to New Britain Stadium.

Coverage begins at 6:15 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network

Michael Almanzar's dad pitched with Portland in 2007. Michael has hit safely in 5 of 6 games (photo by Rick Rosenfeld)

Michael Almanzar’s dad pitched with Portland in 2007. Michael has hit safely in 5 of 6 games (photo by Rick Rosenfeld)

Pre-Game Interview: Brock Huntzinger Part 2…Huntzinger earned his second save of the season on Wednesday night.

Game Notes

Portland Lineup: Wilkerson 8, Bogaerts 6, Shaw 3, Thomas 7, Almanzar DH, Vitek 5, Vazquez 2, Gibson 4, Hissey 9, Kaminska RHP

New Britain Lineup: Richardson 8, Santana 6, Hanson 5, Pinto DH, Ortiz 7, Bigley 9, Smith 3, Beresford 4, Rohlfing 2, Meyer RHP

–Somebody trade me…Tonight’s starters were both acquired via trade. Kaminska was received from the Pirates in exchange for Zach Stewart…Meyer was involved in the Denard Span trade with the Washington Nationals…Also, Meyer was originally drafted by the Red Sox in the 2008 draft, but did not sign.

–What to do when you get an unexpected day off on the road…I saw the movie 42 yesterday with the Sea Dogs’ training staff. For a 1 o’clock movie, there were a lot of people there. I loved it.  I thought the movie was just as much about Branch Rickey, (played brilliantly by Harrison Ford) as it was Jackie Robinson.

–Family affair…In case you didn’t know, Michael Almanzar’s dad pitched for the Sea Dogs in 2007, marking the first father & son tandem in franchise history.

–New Britain is in their 31st season of Eastern League Baseball…The previous affiliate of the Twins was the Boston Red Sox.  David Ortiz played with New Britain as a Twins affiliate.

Connecticut native Matt Barnes with plenty of media requests in New Britain...He'll get the ball in the series finale on Sunday.

Connecticut native Matt Barnes with plenty of media requests in New Britain…He’ll get the ball in the series finale on Sunday.

‘Dogs and ‘Cats on Thursday

The Sea Dogs open up a seven-game roadtrip on Thursday night at New Britain Stadium…For the Rock Cats, tonight, is their home opener…Introductions are slated for 6:05.  Portland ended a three-game losing streak with last night’s 5-2 win over Reading.

Coverage begins at 6:05 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network

Pre-Game Interview: Brock Huntzinger Part 1…Huntzinger earned his second save of the season on Wednesday night

Portland Lineup: Meneses 4, Bogaerts 6, Shaw 3, Thomas 7, Almanzar 5, Vitek DH, Bermudez 8, Rosario 2, Hissey 9, Workman RHP

New Britain Lineup: Christian 4, Santana 6, Hanson DH, Pinto 2, Ortiz 8, Bigley 9, Rodriguez 3, Garcia 4, Rohlfing 7, Dean LHP

Connecticut native Matt Barnes with plenty of media requests in New Britain.

Connecticut native Matt Barnes with plenty of media requests in New Britain.

Sea Dogs and Thunder gear up on Sunday

Coverage begins at 12:40 on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network

Pre-Game Interview: Kevin Boles…Sea Dogs held their Season-Ticket Autograph session before today’s game.

Portland Lineup: Wilkerson 8, Bogaerts DH, Drew 6, Thomas 7, Almanzar 3, Vitek 5, Rosario 2, Bermudez 9, Gibson 4, Kaminska RHP

Trenton Lineup: Heathcott DH, Flores 8, Austin 9, Murphy 2, Medchill 7, Segedin 5, Pirela 4, Stevenson 3, Ibarra 6, Rondon LHP

Michael Almanzar had some nice swings last night, going 2-for-4.
Michael Almanzar had some nice swings last night, going 2-for-4.

NICE TO GET NUMBER ONE: The Sea Dogs earned their first win of the season on Friday night, and wrap-up what is now a three-game series this afternoon…Yesterday’s game was postponed due to unplayable conditions and will be made up as part of a twinbill on July 2nd at 6:00 PM…RHP Kyle Kaminska gets the start for Portland in his debut in the Red Sox system…Kaminska was acquired by Boston for RHP Zach Stewart on December 6, 2012.

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: Portland took advantage of six Trenton errors, scored four runs in the fourth inning, and beat the Thunder 7-4 in game two of the series…RHP Brandon Workman led the way with nine strikeouts over 5 innings to earn the win…The ‘Dogs pitchers fanned 17, receiving seven from RHP Chris Martin (3 scoreless) and a perfect ninth from RHP Brock Huntzinger, who earned the save…LF Tony Thomas led the offense with 2 RBI and 3B Michael Almanzar went 2-for-4, RBI in his Double-A debut.

INTRODUCING THE TEAM: Portland has Boston’s Top-Rated Prospect, Xander Bogaerts and the Top-Pitching Prospect, Matt Barnes according to Baseball America…The roster includes Workman, the Red Sox Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2012 and Christian Vazquez the top rated defensive catcher in the organization by Baseball America…Former Sea Dog Daniel Bard was optioned to Portland on March 28th by Boston.

  • The roster includes seven of the Top 30 prospects in the organization according to Baseball America; Bogaerts (#1), Barnes (#3), Drake Britton (#11), Workman (#12), Anthony Ranaudo (#14), Vazquez (#19) and Travis Shaw (#23)
·       Additionally, the Sea Dogs roster features three members of the Red Sox 40-man roster; pitchers Bard and Britton along with catcher Vazquez.  
·       The team includes 22 players with prior Double-A experience, including 20 that previously played in Portland…Four players on the roster were All-Stars last season in Single-A; Bogaerts, Shaw, Vazquez, and Michael Almanzar.
·       Seven players on the roster were acquired from outside the organization; Miguel Celestino, Kyle Kaminska and Tony Thomas (Trades)…Chris Martin, Alberto Rosario and Matt Spring were acquired via free agency.

HE’S BACK…WITH A FEW FRIENDS: Kevin Boles returns for his third straight season as Portland’s Manager…Pitching Coach Bob Kipper begins his 6th season in Portland and Hitting Rich Gedman enters his first year in Double-A. 

WHAT’S ON DECK: Tomorrow the Sea Dogs open up a three-game series with the Reading Fightin Phils (Phillies affiliate)…On Thursday night, the ‘Dogs embark on their first roadtrip, visiting New Britain and Binghamton.

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