Wednesday August 18, 2010 | 09:04 AM

Received a text late last night from my chief baseball researcher (a.k.a., my son Brendan): 

"Trivia: 6 grand slams in the majors by former sea dogs this season. Who are they?"

My first reaction: Why aren't you studying?  (The kid is in Baltimore and I have to get my nagging in when I can). But Brendan can handle his summer courses at Loyola and his internship, while also digging up gems for his dad.

Can you name the six (clue: we're counting Sox players on rehab assignments in Portland as former Dogs)?

Here's the list:

Adrian Gonzalez (April 23), Daniel Nava (June 12), Hanley Ramirez (June 29), David Ortiz (July 30), Kelly Shoppach (Aug. 14) and Ryan Kalish (Aug. 17).

Kalish, with his clutch slam against the Angels Tuesday night, is looking more and more like the real thing. I was thinking that he would start next season in Pawtucket. But who knows?

"That kid, he's legit. I'm telling you right now," said David Ortiz in a story by Rob Bradford of

And speaking of former Sea Dogs, three of them combined for the shutout on Tuesday:

Clay Buchholz (7 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 3 K); Felix Doubront (1 IP, 2 H, 1 BB); Michael Bowden (1 IP, 1 K).

The Red Scottemained 5.5 games behind the Yankees and Rays.

Today's games: 

Angels (Soctt Kazmir 8-10, 6.36) at Boston (John Lackey 10-7, 4.54)

Tigers (Jeremy Bonderman 6-8, 5.16) at New York (Dustin Moseley 2-2, 4.41)

Rangers (Derek Holland 2-1, 4.19) at Tampa Bay (James Shields 10-11, 4.98)

Meanwhile, the Sea Dogs are home at 7 p.m. against Altoona.

I'll check in later from Hadlock.




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