April 4, 2013

Sea Dogs opener: Hadlock night with a tinge of Boston

Stephen Drew is on rehab and Daniel Bard is a member of the Sea Dogs to start the season.

By Kevin Thomas kthomas@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Stephen Drew, recovering from a concussion, may be with the Sea Dogs through the weekend before reporting to the Red Sox.



WHO: Trenton Thunder (Nik Turley) vs. Portland Sea Dogs (Drake Britton)

WHEN: 6 p.m.

WHERE: Hadlock Field

TICKETS: 1,800 available

Kipper coached Bard in Greenville in 2008. Bard had a 0.64 ERA in 15 games and was sent to Portland. He skyrocketed to Boston and shined until last year.

"We're talking about a man who is exceptionally talented. That has not changed," Kipper said. "We're trying to get back to simple. When an athlete is at their best, their game is simple."

Kipper said there is a difference to developing Bard in 2007-08 and tweaking him now.

"The baseline is totally different," Kipper said. "In '07 we were talking about a young man with no professional experience. Now we're talking about a man with three years at the major league level under his belt and, at one time, being one of the most dominant setup guys in baseball.

"That will serve him well. The goal is to reclaim dominance. I believe wholeheartedly that this young man will reclaim dominance."

NOTES: It's not known how Drew's presence will affect the lineup. If he's the designated hitter for a game, then top prospect Xander Bogaerts plays shortstop. If Drew plays short, then Bogaerts may be the DH. Other likely starters include catcher Christian Vazquez, first baseman Travis Shaw, second baseman Heiker Meneses, and either Michael Almanzar or Kolbrin Vitek at third base. Manager Kevin Boles will pick three starters from the outfield group of Shannon Wilkerson, Peter Hissey, Ronald Bermudez and Tony Thomas.

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