Red Sox infielder from 2004 championship to boost Sea Dogs’ ticket pitch next month

Orlando Cabrera, an infielder on the 2004 Boston Red Sox team that won the World Series, will be at Hadlock Field when individual ticket sales for the Portland Sea Dogs start at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2.

A late-season acquisition from Montreal, Cabrera batted .294 in 58 regular-season games. In the four-game sweep against St. Louis, he knocked in three runs despite hitting just .235.

Cabrera will meet with fans and sign free autographs from 9-11 a.m.

Fans will also have an opportunity to take five swings from home plate, with anyone who hits a homer winning a season ticket for 2014.


PNC: Jack Nicklaus is returning to the PNC Father-Son Challenge with his oldest son, Jack Nicklaus II.

They will be among 20 teams that play Dec. 12-15 at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club.

The event is for players who have won a major or The Players Championship and a son – with a few exceptions. Two-time Masters champion Bernhard Langer and two-time major winner Fuzzy Zoeller will play with their daughters.

EUROPEAN TOUR: Needing a win to retain his card, Peter Hedblom fired a 4-under 68 for a share of the lead with Jin Jeong of South Korea and two Australians after the first round of the Perth International in Australia.


LUXEMBOURG OPEN: Caroline Wozniacki, Sloane Stephens and Sabine Lisicki – the top three seeded players – won in straight sets to reach the quarterfinals.

ERSTE BANK OPEN: Top-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga overcame a sloppy second set to beat Daniel Brands of Germany 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 and reach the quarterfinals in Vienna.

No. 2 Tommy Haas and No. 3 Fabio Fognini also advanced from the second round, but No. 4 Philipp Kohlschreiber was upset 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (0) by Ruben Bemelmans.

KREMLIN CUP: Former Grand Slam champions Ana Ivanovic and Samantha Stosur made the quarterfinals with straight-sets victories to set up a rematch of last year’s semifinal.


WORLD CUP: The Brazilian government has created a committee to monitor abusive price hikes of hotel rates and plane tickets during next year’s tournament.


NASCAR: Todd Parrott, the crew chief for Sprint Cup Series driver Aric Almirola, was suspended indefinitely for violating NASCAR’s substance-abuse policy. The substance was not identified.

– From staff and news services

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