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Bryce Brentz, who hit 30 home runs in Class A last year, will start this season with the Sea Dogs.
Boston Red Sox
SEA DOGS OPENERS
SEASON: 4 p.m. Thursday, at Reading (DH)
HOME: 6 p.m. April 12, vs. Binghamton Mets
His struggles in Lowell may have been the best learning tool for Brentz. The Red Sox hope he can adjust and still be a power hitter.
"He's a very, very, very aggressive hitter," Joppie said. "That is something that we will not take away from him. He has the ability to impact the game with his bat.
"We need for him to tighten up routines and become consistent with his approach. That's going to be our goal."
So Brentz will be in Portland today, ready to learn. He already knows about Red Sox fans -- "the support is everywhere, the fans already know who you are" -- and has heard good things about the Portland franchise.
He also has heard about the good hunting in Maine, although that will have to wait for the offseason. Brentz likes to hunt with a bow. Last week on a day off, he killed a hog south of Fort Myers.
Sea Dogs fans may remember that Jon Still did the same thing two years ago in Fort Myers, providing a feast for the minor league camp.
Brentz thought of doing the same thing, but there was a problem with storing 250 pounds of meat at the Red Sox complex, so Brentz took it to a grateful homeless shelter.
Now he has to put down the bow and pick up the bat.
Be ready for the thwack.
Staff Writer Kevin Thomas can be contacted at 791-6411 or at: firstname.lastname@example.org