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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.

Old friend returns to Hadlock…’Dogs and ‘Cats on Monday

The Sea Dogs and New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) begin a four-game series on Monday night at Hadlock Field…Portland is 0-2-1 in their last 3 series and dropped two of three to the Mets over the weekend.

Former Sea Dog Tommy Hottovy returns to Hadlock Field for the first time since May 8,

Tommy Hottovy pitching with the Red Sox in 2011...He's now a member of the Fisher Cats. (photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor of Sitting Still Photography)

Tommy Hottovy pitching with the Red Sox in 2011…He’s now a member of the Fisher Cats. (photo courtesy of Kelly O’Connor of Sitting Still Photography)

2011…Hottovy is a member of New Hampshire’s bullpen.

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

New Hampshire Lineup: Pillar 8, Nanita DH, Schimpf 5, Robinson 3, Glenn 9, Loewen 7, Ochinko 2, Tolisano 7, Zazueta 6, Walden RHP

Portland Lineup: Hissey 9, Bogaerts 6, Thomas 7, Almanzar 5, Shaw 3,  Wilkerson 8, Vitek DH, Meneses 4, Haeger RHP

Preview of today’s Game Notes

PART TWO OF THE HOMESTAND: The Sea Dogs open up a four-game series with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on Monday night at Hadlock Field…Portland is 0-2-1 in their last three series, and dropped two of three to New Hampshire last week at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…The Sea Dogs have held the top spot in the Eastern Division by themselves since April 27th…New Hampshire has won six of their last seven, and 11 of 18 this month…Knuckleballer Charlie Haeger makes his second straight start against the ‘Cats.

Xander Bogaerts couldn't believe what he just saw...His reaction to Matt Spring's walk-off grand slam on Saturday. (photo by Kelly O'Connor of Sitting Still Photography).

Xander Bogaerts couldn’t believe what he just saw…His reaction to Matt Spring’s walk-off grand slam on Saturday. (photo by Kelly O’Connor of Sitting Still Photography).

NO LOVE AT HOME: Binghamton completed the series win, taking Sunday’s rubber game 8-5 at Hadlock Field…Xander Bogaerts went 2-for-5 and drove in Portland’s final run in the seventh…The B-Mets erased a 4-3 deficit with three runs in the sixth and added two in the ninth…Drake Britton (3-4) suffered his second straight loss, giving up seven hits, six runs (five earned) over 5.2 IP…Cory Mazzoni (2-1) earned the win, giving up 10 hits and five runs over 6.1 innings…Joe Bonfe led the B-Mets 14-hit attack, going 4-for-4 with a double and 3 RBI…Peter Hissey went 2-for-4 with a triple and a double.

SOMETHING ABOUT THE TRIPLE: Hissey tripled for the second straight game, giving Portland a league-leading 20 triples this season…Tony Thomas is tied with Harrisburg’s Brian Goodwin for the league in triples with five…Bogaerts is tied for second with four…Hissey is hitting .300 (15-for-50) this month with 9 RBI.

IT’S GETTING H(EIKER)IGHER: Meneses went 2-for-4 yesterday with two singles, two runs scored and a stolen base…The second-year Sea Dogs has hit safely in eight of his last nine starts: 10-for-32 (.313), 2 RBI, 3B.

THEY DID FACE HIM: Tonight’s starter for New Hampshire Marcus Walden was named the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week for his start on May 14th vs. Portland…Walden worked 7.2 scoreless on two hits, two walks and six strikeouts…The righty gave up two-out singles to Hissey and Heiker Meneses…Hissey’s single in the sixth, ended Walden’s no-hitter.

ALMOST PULLED IT OFF: Haeger walked seven in his last start on May 15th at New Hampshire and the staff walked a franchise-record 14 batters…Portland lost 5-4 on a walk-off sacrifice fly by Brad Glenn…Portland tied the game in the ninth inning with three runs off Joel CarrenoRyan Schimpf walked five times but did not score.

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) play game two of their four-game series tomorrow night at 6:00 PM…The two teams conclude the series with an 11:00 AM start on Thursday…Portland is 2-4 during a 17-game stretch against New Hampshire and Binghamton.

Wrapping up the series…All-Star picks

Congrats to Outfielder Bryce Brentz, Pitcher Chris Hernandez and Infielder Reynaldo Rodriguez for being selected to the

Bryce Brentz, Chris Hernandez and Reynaldo Rodriguez (pictured left to right) will represent Portland in the Eastern League All-Star game on July 11th in Reading, Pa.

Eastern League All-Star game in Reading, Pa…Brentz is the first player in franchise history with two 5-hit games…Hernandez is sixth in the league with a 2.87 ERA and Rodriguez leads the team in homers with 12.

Jackie Bradley Jr. told me before the game he was about six inches from robbing Brad Glenn’s homer last night…My pre-game guest for the next two days in Anthony Ranaudo.

SEEKING SPLIT IN HOMESTAND’S FIRST HALF: The Sea Dogs and New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) wrap up their four-game series on Friday night at Hadlock Field…Portland picked up the win Thursday and look to salvage a split with a win in the finale…Tuesday night, the two teams duked it out for 13-innings and 4-plus hours…The longest game in both respects since 2009 for the Sea Dogs.

Game Notes

Derrik Gibson Video Interview

Lineups for Friday (7:00 PM start) 

New Hampshire: Goins 6, Bocock 4, McDade 3, Sobolewski 5, Howard DH, Glenn 7, Bailli 9, Galarraga 2, Jackson 8, Jenkins RHP

Portland: Bradley Jr. 8, Hazelbaker 7, Brentz DH, Smith 5, Butler 2, Hissey 9, Gibson 6, Hedman 3 Natoli 4, Pimentel RHP

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 and ‘Cats battle again…Lineups and Game Notes

 

 

Matt Spring blasted his fourth homer off the season on Wednesday night.

SO FAR, NOT SO GOOD AT HOME: The Sea Dogs and New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) continue their four-game series on Thursday night at Hadlock Field…Portland has dropped the first two games to the ‘Cats, who have picked up 11 runs on 30 hits in the series…Tuesday night, the two teams duked it out for 13-innings and 4-plus hours…The longest game in both respects since 2009 for the Sea Dogs.

Updated rotation: Pimentel, Hernandez, Britton, Kehrt, Martin

Game Notes

Derrik Gibson Video Interview

Lineups for Thursday (7:00 PM start) 

New Hampshire: Goins 6, Bocock 4, McDade 3, Sobolewski 5, Bailli DH, Ochinko 2, Van Kirk 7, Glenn 9, Jackson 8, Pino RHP

Portland: Bradley Jr. 8, Hazelbaker DH, Brentz 9, Smith 5, Butler 2, Gibson 6, Hissey 7, Dent 4, Gentile 3, Kehrt RHP

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 home for over a week…Review the moves/Lineups and Notes

Former Sea Dog Ryan Lavarnway is hitting .412 (28-for-68) in 17 games with the PawSox this month.

The last time the Sea Dogs were home for eight straight days was the end of the 2010 season, tonight, Portland begins a nine-game, eight-day homestand against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats…Portland dropped three of four from Saturday-Monday in Trenton.

Portland has won four of six against the Fisher Cats this season, including a two-game sweep on May 7-9 at Hadlock Field – the two teams will make up that game on July 13th.

The Sea Dogs have four more series before the All-Star Break, all against New Hampshire and Trenton…Last series started 30 of 33 games for Portland against the Thunder and Fisher Cats.

  • Right-hander Jason Urquidez made his Sea Dogs debut last night, working 1.1 innings on two unearned runs.
  • Bryce Brentz provided Portland’s lone run on Monday night, clocking a solo-homer to right field on a 2-2 pitch with two outs in the nint.
  • Jackie Bradley Jr. was hitless for the first time in Double-A
  • Pawtucket suffered their eighth straight loss on Monday night, and were swept at home for the first time since 2005.
  • There was so much talk about Ryan Lavarnway’s early struggles, despite the season .268 after the first two monthsLavarnway is hitting .313 entering tonight’s game.

Portland has had a roster move in six straight days

June 21…OF Jackie Bradley Jr. assigned from High-A Salem…OF Juan Carlos Linares promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket.
June 22…RHP Marco Duarte placed on the suspended list.
June 23…LHP Will Latimer promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket.
June 24…OF Oscar Tejeda designated for assignment by the Boston Red Sox…RHP Jason Urquidez contract purchased by the Boston Red Sox from the Lancaster Barnstormers of the Atlantic League (Independent League) and assigned to Portland.
June 25…INF Zach Gentile activated from the disabled list (right shin contusion).
Today…RHP Jeremy Kehrt received from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Game Notes

NESN’s feature on Jackie Bradley Jr.

Lineups for Tuesday (7:00 PM start) 

New Hampshire: Tolisano 7, Bocock 4, Goins 6, McDade 3, Sobolewski 5, Howard DH, Ochinko 2, Bailli 9, Mujica 6, Stilson RHP

Portland: Bradley Jr. DH, Hazelbaker 7, Smith 5, Brentz 9, Butler 2, Spring 3, Gibson 6, Hissey 8, Dent 4, Martin RHP

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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