Saturday, March 8, 2014
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Boston Red Sox' Daniel Nava plays in an exhibition game against the Baltimore Orioles recently in Sarasota, Fla. After Wednesday's game against the Florida Marlins, Nava was hitting .318.
Sizemore was 22 when he opened the 2005 season, but there is a difference in comparisons. While Bradley has never played Triple-A, Sizemore was called to the majors in midseason 2004 and played 43 games.
PETER HISSEY IS likely to become the Sea Dogs' starting center fielder now that it's obvious Bradley isn't coming back.
Hissey, 23, showed spurts of promise last year after returning from a broken arm.
Hissey batted .250 with a slugging percentage of only .331. That could change this year.
"I put on 20 pounds in the offseason so hopefully I'm able to impact the baseball a little better," he said.
"Hopefully be able to get through a whole year, health-wise, and put myself in an opportunity to help the Sea Dogs win some games."
Hissey, with the help of intense workouts and lots of protein shakes, is now 6-foot-1, 200 pounds.
THE SEA DOGS' annual Welcome Back Dinner is Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Portland Expo. Tickets are $20 and $15 (ages 14 and under), and benefit Opportunity Alliance. For more information, call Opportunity Alliance (874-1175) or see the Sea Dogs' website (www.seadogs.com).
Kevin Thomas can be reached at 791-6411 or firstname.lastname@example.org