Saturday, March 8, 2014
Welcome to windy Hadlock field. The winds are 16 m.p.h. here at Hadlock, gusting to 30 m.p.h.
The Sea Dogs play at 6 p.m. against New Britain, which features old friend Ray Chang at third base. Chang, who played for the Sea Dogs last year, signed a minor league contract with the Twins this year. He's batting .292 for the Rock Cats.
Pawtucket played an afternoon game today, beating Syracuse 14-0. The big news was that outfielder Ryan Kalish injured his left shoulder while making a diving catch. He left the game, went to the hospital for tests and returned with his arm in a sling.
PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler told Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal that "it didn't look real serious, but you never know. It was sore ..."
Nate Spears replaced Kalish in the outfield and later hit a grand slam. Drew Sutton went 5-for-6. Lars Anderson (.320) enjoyed a 3-for-5 day, while Jose Iglesias (.275) went 2-for-5 ... Brandon Duckworth (2-0, 0.48) pitched 7 scoreless innings (6 H, BB, 5 K).
Now, here is the Sea Dogs lineup:
Che-Hsuan Lin CF; Alex Hassan LF; Tim Federowicz C; Ryan Lavarnway DH; Jorge Padron 1B; Will Middlebrooks 3B; Ryan Dent SS; Mitch Dening RF; Jon Hee 2B. (Brock Huntzinger P).
Oscar Tejeda and Chih-Hsien Chiang are getting regular days off.
Huntzinger (0-2, 15.63) is looking to get on track with his third start.
After Huntzinger, the Sea Dogs will pitch Stolmy Pimentel (Friday) and Stephen Fife (Saturday). The Sea Dogs are off Sunday for Easter. Portland will skip Michael Lee's start and go to Alex Wilson on Monday. Lee has an 8.10 ERA.Tweet
Kevin Thomas covers baseball and basketball for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He wisely moved to Maine in 1994 after working for the St. Petersburg Times. He is married to Nancy and they have nine children.
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