May 26, 2013

On Baseball: Varitek was in town, with praise for Vazquez

By Kevin Thomas
Staff Writer

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Christian Vazquez

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RYAN REID WAS back in New England last week when the Pirates' Triple-A club, Indianapolis, visited Pawtucket. Reid, the former Deering High standout, signed with the Pirates in the offseason after seven years in the Rays' organization. He is doing fine with a 0.64 ERA in 17 games (281/3 innings).


REID'S FORMER Deering teammate, Ryan Flaherty, is back in the minors. Flaherty, 28, who spent all last year and the early part of this season with Baltimore, was sent to Triple-A Norfolk last week. He was batting .133 (12 of 90) for the Orioles.


WHEN CHRIS COLABELLO played first base at Hadlock Field last year -- in a New Britain Rock Cats uniform -- it was his first season in affiliated baseball after seven years with the independent Worcester Tornadoes. Colabello said one-time Worcester manager Rich Gedman was a big factor in his success.

Last Wednesday, Colabello, 29, got the unexpected call to the majors, joining the Minnesota Twins. One of the first calls he made was to Gedman, now the Sea Dogs' hitting coach.

"It was nice to hear," Gedman said. "He's a good kid who works hard."


THE ANNUAL FUTURES at Fenway event will feature only one game this year instead of the usual doubleheader. The Portland Sea Dogs will play Harrisburg at noon July 27.


THE SEA DOGS return to Hadlock Field on Tuesday for a 6 p.m. game against New Hampshire.

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