Portland Sea Dogs – Press Herald https://www.pressherald.com Sun, 18 Mar 2018 00:27:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 Baseball fans balk at ‘bizarre’ new rule in minor leagues to prevent super-long games https://www.pressherald.com/2018/03/14/minor-league-baseball-to-begin-extra-innings-with-runner-on-second-base/ https://www.pressherald.com/2018/03/14/minor-league-baseball-to-begin-extra-innings-with-runner-on-second-base/#respond Wed, 14 Mar 2018 17:54:49 +0000 https://www.pressherald.com/2018/03/14/minor-league-baseball-to-begin-extra-innings-with-runner-on-second-base/ Al Sicard of Saco was none too happy to hear that extra innings at Portland Sea Dogs games this season will begin with a runner placed on second base.

“Why stop there?” asked Sicard, 60, a self-described baseball purist. “If you want to speed up the games, why not take the best player on each team and let them hit home runs until someone wins?”

Other fans in southern Maine had a similar take on Minor League Baseball’s announcement Wednesday of changes designed to enhance the pace of play. Among them are curbing the number of trips to the pitcher’s mound by coaches and players, and reducing the pitch clock to 15 seconds with no runners on base.

But the rule change involving extra innings really struck a nerve with fans.

“It’s just a bad idea. It sounds really bizarre to me,” said Caleb Mason, 62, of Cape Elizabeth. “Those other rules, about pitch clocks and mound visits, affect the subtleties of the game. But there’s nothing subtle about this.”

Caleb Mason, 62, of Cape Elizabeth, says the new minor league rule that extra innings will start with a man on second base is a bad idea. “It messes with the sanctity of the game,” he said. Staff photo by Brianna Soukup

Minor League Baseball President Pat O’Connor said the reason is to lessen “the impact that lengthy extra innings games have on pitchers, position players and an entire organization.” In other words, these guys may be headed to the majors, don’t wear them out.

But what about the impact on fans? Especially hard-core fans who love the game for what it is, not what it might be with 21st-century tweaks. The other changes announced Wednesday don’t give one team an advantage, a head start. They don’t artificially manipulate the game, the way that putting a runner on second does.


“We’ve had to do that sometimes in Little League, so an extra inning game won’t go too long, but doing it with professionals? That’s absurd,” said Dick Matthews, 51, a longtime Little League volunteer in South Portland. “These are guys being prepared for the major leagues. They can hit a home run at anytime. I can’t imagine they need someone to put a runner on second for them.”

In fact, Matthews argues, putting a runner on second to start an inning could make games last longer. Any good minor league hitter will be able to bunt that runner to third. Then another competent player will be able to hit a long fly ball, a sacrifice fly, to score the runner. Then in the bottom of the inning, the other team will do the same thing. It could go on forever.

Baseball purists love extra innings. Some of Mason’s most cherished childhood memories are of secretly listening to the Boston Red Sox on a transistor radio in his bedroom as they played on the West Coast. He’d be up way past his bedtime, then the game would go extra innings, and he’d listen in a dream-like state deep into the night.

Brianna Volk, 36, of Portland, calls extra innings “free baseball.” She and her husband, who together own the local restaurants Portland Hunt & Alpine Club and Little Giant, have season tickets at Hadlock Field. They have two young children and love to spend summer nights watching baseball, as long as they can.

As a minor league fan, Volk has empathy for the new rule, since the minors are about developing players, not working them hard to get the win. But what if this becomes a big-league rule some day? Major league officials have been eager to speed up the game for years, claiming younger fans don’t like the slow pace. Last year the average length of a game was 3 hours, 5 minutes – the longest in major league history. This season, major league teams will be imposing a six-visit limit to the pitcher’s mound, by player or coach. Double-A clubs such as the Sea Dogs will be allowed eight mound visits.


Pitch clocks were first put in use in the upper levels of the minor leagues three years ago, with pitchers having 20 seconds to come to a set position. In Triple-A and Double-A games, the time is being adjusted to 15 seconds this year when no runners are on base and to 20 seconds with runners on.

Mason says he doesn’t think the new extra innings rule will stop him from watching the Sea Dogs, and he’ll enjoy the games just as much. But he definitely doesn’t want to see this rule ever make it to the majors.

“They really don’t want to be messing around with extra innings there. Extra innings are fun. When a position player has to come in to pitch, that’s fun,” said Mason. “One of the things that fans love and makes baseball stand out is that there is no clock. You just play on.”

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Hot Stove Dinner in Maine shows Pedro’s still a hot ticket after retirement https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/17/pedro-still-a-hot-ticket/ https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/17/pedro-still-a-hot-ticket/#respond Thu, 18 Jan 2018 01:40:38 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/17/pedro-still-a-hot-ticket/ SOUTH PORTLAND — The memorabilia for the auction was impressive, but fans fled from the photos and souvenirs, hurrying to the middle of the room.

They swarmed around the man they’d come to meet, hoping for a photo together.

It’s not every day that Pedro Martinez walks in.

Martinez, 46, the Hall of Fame pitcher, made his anticipated appearance at the Portland Sea Dogs Hot Stove Dinner on Wednesday night at the Sable Oaks Marriott.

The event, which benefits the Maine Children’s Cancer Program, was sold out in two hours when Martinez’s appearance was announced last month.

After a brief press conference, Martinez joined fans in a nearby room, where the silent auction was taking place. Bids were put on hold as fans crowded around him. Phones came out for pictures, and there were handshakes and several references to 2004 – when Martinez helped the Red Sox end an 86-year championship drought.

Martinez now works for the Red Sox as an adviser. But he is also a fan and, like everyone else, he is waiting for the team’s president of baseball operations, Dave Dombrowski, to make another move.

“The Red Sox, we still need a big bat behind Mookie and those guys,” Martinez said. “We picked up (Mitch) Moreland, who did a great job last year. But I still believe we need another big bat.

Pedro Martinez talks with Javier Gorriti, left and Chris Sedenka of The Big Jab Sports Radio before the Sea Dogs Hot Stove DInner featuring Pedro Martinez at Portland Marriott at Sable Oaks on Wednesday night. Staff photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellette

“Our pitching staff needs to stay healthy, especially David Price, who is a big, big piece for us. Eduardo Rodriguez needs to come back and be healthy. We can fill up the space for (Dustin Pedroia, who is recovering from knee surgery), until he comes back, with the many prospects we have in the infield.”

Martinez talked fondly of the 2004 World Series, but what stood out in his mind was the Red Sox falling behind the Yankees three games to none in the American League Championship Series.

“I was really angry,” he said. “I couldn’t stand the fact that we were as good as the Yankees, maybe better, and we were behind, and in such a bad way. It was embarrassing. I couldn’t believe we were going away without winning a game.”

Of course, Boston did win, taking four straight games. Martinez started Game 5 and relieved in Game 7.

That 2004 season was Martinez’s last in Boston, as he became a free agent and signed a four-year deal with the Mets. His career ended with the Phillies in 2009 when he faced the Yankees in the World Series, losing two starts.

Now, Martinez is a tutor to young pitchers – “it’s our duty to pass on what we know” – a job that has brought him to Hadlock Field a few times. This week was his first visit to Maine in the winter.

“It’s really beautiful,” he said. “I’m looking forward to the summer, though.”

One of his sons, Pedro Martinez Jr., is a third baseman who recently signed with the Detroit Tigers for a reported $800,000.

Pedro Martinez hugs a fan as he is swarmed by fans before the Sea Dogs Hot Stove DInner. Staff photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellette

“He’s getting there. He’s working,” Martinez said. “If you ask me, I think he has some talent. But there are things he can work on to become better.”

Martinez is a keen observer of the game, a talent he brings to MLB Network, as well as TBS during the playoffs.

“I have a lot more respect for the media. Whatever you say, you have to be accountable for it,” he said. “The players are paying attention. So, if I say something out of place, I’ll hear, ‘Oh, Pedro forgot how difficult the game is.’

“But I understand the game. I speak from experience.”

Martinez spoke later to the 500 dinner guests, with Sea Dogs radio man Mike Antonellis acting as master of ceremonies. Other guests included new Sea Dogs manager Darren Fenster, Sea Dogs slugger Jeremy Barfield and Red Sox director of player development Ben Crockett.

Martinez’s appearance helped raise money to support children with cancer. Martinez has been involved is several charitable causes, recently working to raise money for hurricane victims in the Caribbean and Florida.

“It’s always great being able to give back, to be able to, without much effort, bring smiles to so many people’s faces and to help the community,” he said.

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New Sea Dogs manager fits in quickly with the Red Sox https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/16/new-sea-dogs-manager-fits-in-quickly-with-the-red-sox/ https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/16/new-sea-dogs-manager-fits-in-quickly-with-the-red-sox/#respond Wed, 17 Jan 2018 01:08:16 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/16/new-sea-dogs-manager-fits-in-quickly-with-the-red-sox/ Darren Fenster grew up in Edison, New Jersey, and was a loyal New York Yankees fan. Even when he played minor league baseball for the Kansas City Royals, Fenster could find his way to Yankee Stadium.

“I was at the Aaron Boone game,” Fenster said, recalling the deciding game of the 2003 American League Championship Series, when Boone hit a walk-off homer against Tim Wakefield and the Boston Red Sox.

A painful memory for most of New England.

But then Fenster found himself in the enemy’s camp. His first opportunity to coach in pro baseball came from the Red Sox, hired as hitting coach for the Class A Greenville Drive in 2012.

“Coming over to this organization was very surreal,” he said. “I had no idea what I was getting into. I remember walking into the minor league clubhouse. Two lockers down from me was Rich Gedman. I had his baseball card. My first baseball memory (as an 8-year-old) was the ’86 World Series.

“There is such a history here. Carl Yastrzemski’s locker was on the other side of mine. You’re in awe, and then you realize you’re a part of this.

“It was very easy to flip the switch (to the Red Sox). The people here made me feel valued.”

Valued, and promoted.

Fenster, 39, was officially introduced Tuesday as the Portland Sea Dogs’ new manager. He held interviews with the local media. On Wednesday, Fenster will take part in the sold-out Sea Dogs Hot Stove Dinner, featuring Pedro Martinez.

He will be the 13th manager for the franchise, which is celebrating its 25th season this year.

“This has been a huge stop for the development of some very, very good players,” Fenster said.

Fenster used to be a pretty good player himself; so much so that he did not think about becoming a coach.

But a balky knee, the Kansas City Royals and a college mentor changed his career path.

Fenster began coaching in 2006, two months after he was released as a player.

A 5-foot-9 infielder, Fenster played his college ball at Rutgers, three miles away from his hometown. The Royals picked him in the 12th round of the 2000 draft.

Fenster moved up the system. He batted a combined .304 in advanced Class A and Double-A ball in 2004.

But a major injury to his right knee in the 2005 spring training ended his season before it began. He did meet a new friend in infielder Carlos Febles.

“Carlos had also blown out his knee, and we were rehabbing together, side by side, on training tables,” Fenster said.

They had something else in common – both had played their last regular season baseball game.

“When I got hurt, there wasn’t a day that went by that I ever thought I wouldn’t ever play again,” Fenster said. “I was, ‘it’s OK, just a little bump in the road.’

“Then in 2006, I was medically cleared for spring training, but I obviously was not the player I had been. They released me a week before the season. That kind of blindsided me. I had no Plan B.”

Still confused, Fenster received a call from his coach at Rutgers, Fred Hill. Would Fenster be interested in coaching?

“He said, ‘I think you might be good at it,'” Fenster recalled.

“That 2006 team had some talented players (third baseman Todd Frazier was a sophomore). They made me feel like I could make an impact. I took to coaching very quickly.”

After six seasons, Fenster wanted back in the pros. He had contacts with the Red Sox, including Febles. He became Febles’ hitting coach in Greenville in 2012. He would eventually manage Greenville for four seasons.

Now, Fenster is replacing Febles in Portland (as Febles takes the third-base coaching job in Boston).

“Darren is incredibly passionate and detailed in his work,” Red Sox director of player development Ben Crockett said. “I’m confident he’ll do a great job managing the Sea Dogs.”

At least one former player thinks so. When the Red Sox announced last week that Fenster was moving to Portland, former Sea Dogs infielder Mauricio Dubon (now with the Brewers) sent out a tweet:

“One of the best teachers in the game,” Dubon wrote.

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After bashing homers at Hadlock Field last summer, Barfield gets another shot with Red Sox https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/15/after-bashing-homers-at-hadlock-field-last-summer-barfield-gets-another-shot-with-red-sox/ https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/15/after-bashing-homers-at-hadlock-field-last-summer-barfield-gets-another-shot-with-red-sox/#respond Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:58:33 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/15/after-bashing-homers-at-hadlock-field-last-summer-barfield-gets-another-shot-with-red-sox/ Raised in Texas and now living in Arizona, Jeremy Barfield finds himself in Maine in January.

Jeremy Barfield

“I don’t know about this white stuff on the ground,” he said with a smile.

Dealing with a New England winter is nothing compared to the feeling Barfield has enjoyed for months. He’s wanted.

“The last three years, at this time, I wasn’t close to having a job,” Barfield said. “I was calling teams myself, looking for a tryout.”

No tryout needed in 2018. Jeremy Barfield, who bashed 27 home runs for the Portland Sea Dogs last year, remains part of the Boston Red Sox organization. He signed for another season, with an invitation to the major league spring training camp in February.

At peace?

“Absolutely,” said Barfield, 29, who will be one of the guests at the sold-out Sea Dogs Hot Stove Dinner on Wednesday night. Over the weekend, Barfield made appearances for the Sea Dogs at Hannaford stores in Gorham and Augusta.

He’s now a celebrity, instead of a guy looking for work.

“It took a big year to put myself back on the map,” he said. “It’s all about capitalizing on opportunities.”

Barfield’s big year began in the independent leagues, again, where he hit nine home runs for the Sugar Land (Texas) Skeeters in 35 games. The Red Sox signed Barfield, an outfielder, in late May and assigned him to Portland.

Barfield’s 27 home runs (in only 93 games) was a Sea Dogs’ record as a Red Sox affiliate (The distinction from Portland’s original Marlins affiliate is notable because the 37-foot “Maine Monster” left-field wall was built when the Sea Dogs linked with the Red Sox in 2003.)

Barfield got a brief, three-game promotion to Triple-A Pawtucket, where he hit another home run.

The combined total of 37 home runs was the most by a minor leaguer last year. (The Astros’ A.J. Reed hit 34 homers in Triple-A, the most in affiliated ball.)

But at Barfield’s age, and at a position where the Red Sox have three fine, young major leaguers, it seemed doubtful that Boston would re-sign Barfield. The Red Sox already refused to put another slugging outfielder, Bryce Brentz, also 29, on the 40-man roster after the minor league season.

But the organization quickly put Barfield’s mind at ease.

“They told me before the season was over that they wanted to bring me back,” he said. “The season ended Monday (Labor Day) and they contacted me that Wednesday. I was golfing when I got the call.”

Barfield, who does not have an agent, accepted Boston’s offer, without hearing any other offers.

“I didn’t wait. This is such a good organization,” said Barfield, who was also swayed by the major league camp invitation.

“It only took a decade, but I finally got one,” he said.

Barfield, an eighth-round draft pick of Oakland in 2008, spent seven seasons in the A’s system, including an abbreviated attempt as a pitcher. After the A’s, he joined the Rockies’ organization right before the 2015 spring training, and was cut right before the season began. He’s bounced around since then, mostly in the independent leagues.

“I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for indy ball,” Barfield said. “That got my confidence back.”

Boston’s motivation to re-sign Barfield is obvious. The Red Sox, last in the American League in home runs, are looking for power. It’s also why Brentz was eventually put on Boston’s 40-man roster.

Barfield has gone from being unemployed last winter, to a player waiting for major league spring training.

“It’s a good position to be in,” he said.

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On Baseball: Will Red Sox call up Michael Chavis in 2018? https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/14/on-baseball-will-red-sox-call-up-michael-chavis-in-2018/ https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/14/on-baseball-will-red-sox-call-up-michael-chavis-in-2018/#respond Sun, 14 Jan 2018 09:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1316363 He has gone from potential bust to an elite prospect.

Michael Chavis is now in the conversation about players who could make it to Fenway Park this season.

Hitting 31 home runs in a season will put you back on the radar. No one in the Red Sox organization had more. Bryce Brentz also hit 31, Rafael Devers 30 and Jeremy Barfield 28.

“The success I had in 2017 was important to me, mentally,” Chavis said. “I’m looking forward to building off of that and getting significantly better this year, and years to come.”

The Red Sox believe that might happen. This week Chavis will be one of 10 prospects taking part in Boston’s annual rookie developmental camp, designed for players the team believes are close to the major leagues.

Chavis, 22, is close. He shared his thoughts through a series of email exchanges.

“Growing up as a person and as a player was the biggest adjustment that I’ve made,” he said.

More adjustments are coming. Chavis is a third baseman, a position the Red Sox have taken care of with Devers proving himself major league-ready.

In the last few weeks of the Portland Sea Dogs’ season last summer, Chavis began working out at first base.

During the Arizona Fall League, designed for teams’ top prospects in a 30-game schedule, Chavis played first base for the first time.

“The first game I was actually kind of nervous,” he said. “I started realizing all the specific scenarios of plays that we hadn’t gone over, so I wasn’t sure where to be or what to do.

“But even after the first few innings, I was much more comfortable and relaxed. As I got more in-game reps through the fall league, I got more and more comfortable.

“I’m nowhere near an elite first baseman yet. I have a lot of work to do and I’m looking forward to getting better at it but I would say I am comfortable. It was an easier position to learn than learning to play third, coming from shortstop my first year.”

When Chavis was drafted in the first round (26th overall) in 2014, the Red Sox saw a potential power-hitting infielder. He was only 18 but Boston handed over $1.875 million to sign him.

The Red Sox pushed him in 2015 with an assignment to Class A Greenville. He struggled, batting .223 with 16 home runs.

In 2016, mostly in Greenville, Chavis contended with injuries. He played 81 games, hitting .237 with eight home runs.

“I had success in 2016 but it wasn’t consistent or to the level I knew I was capable of,” he said. “It was frustrating because of the injuries and how things played out.”

Sent to advanced Class A Salem last year, Chavis looked forward to proving himself by not trying so hard.

“Before, I wanted success so badly and wanted to prove how good I was, instead of just playing and letting that take care of itself,” Chavis said. “It made me try to force everything instead of letting my talent play out.

“(Last year), I became more process-oriented instead of result-oriented, and that is something that changed my approach to the game but also to life.”

And interestingly, he saw results quickly, like a three-home run game on April 19. He hit 12 home runs in Salem’s pitcher-friendly park. In 59 games, Chavis batted .318 with 17 home runs and earned a promotion to Double-A Portland on June 22.

Chavis arrived at Hadlock Field with a reputation as a hitter with strength and quick wrists.

In his first at-bat with the Sea Dogs, on the first pitch, a 92 mph fastball, Chavis launched a ball over the left- field wall.

He hit 14 home runs for Portland last summer.

“The success was a result of focus and mental strength,” Chavis said. “I have always known what I was capable of doing, and I know I’m capable of doing significantly better than last year.”

Chavis will continue to look for consistency – despite his success in Portland, he did hit .250 – as he prepares for the 2018 season.

Although the Red Sox have made no announcements, Chavis is almost assured to get an invitation to major league spring training when camp opens next month in Fort Myers, Florida.

In April, expect Chavis to be in Triple-A Pawtucket. He’ll probably play third base with a few shifts at first, where Sam Travis also will be playing.

Then we’ll see if Chavis can swat his way to Fenway.

THE ROOKIE CAMP involves eight players who wore a Sea Dogs uniform and another who is expected to be in Portland this year. Among those invited are pitchers Jalen Beeks, Williams Jerez, Bobby Poyner, Ty Buttrey and Justin Haley, and infielders Chavis, Josh Ockimey and Chad De La Guerra.

Others include pitcher Mike Shawaryn, who was 8-7 with a 3.81 ERA in Greenville and Salem last year; and infielder Esteban Quiroz, 25, a free agent signed out of the Mexican League.

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Darren Fenster named new Portland Sea Dogs manager https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/09/darren-fenster-named-sea-dogs-manager/ https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/09/darren-fenster-named-sea-dogs-manager/#respond Tue, 09 Jan 2018 20:36:12 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/09/darren-fenster-named-sea-dogs-manager/ When Darren Fenster first joined the Boston Red Sox organization in 2012, he was the hitting coach in Class A Greenville. Among his pupils was catcher Blake Swihart.

From 2014 to 2017, Fenster managed Greenville, where prospects such as Sam Travis, Rafael Devers, Yoan Moncada, Andrew Benintendi and Michael Chavis suited up.

“So many good players came through,” said Fenster, who watched his share of players be promoted.

Now Fenster is the one being promoted. The Red Sox named him the new Portland Sea Dogs manager, among a series of staff announcements on Tuesday.

Fenster, 39, replaces Carlos Febles, who was promoted last month to be Boston’s third base coach.

Fenster is a native of Edison, New Jersey, and played his college ball at Rutgers. A 12th-round draft pick of the Kansas City Royals in 2000, Fenster played five years as an infielder in the minor leagues, reaching the Double-A level.

Febles was also in the Royals system at the time.

“We rehabbed knee (injuries) together,” Fenster said.

After his playing days, Fenster coached at his alma mater. When he wanted to return to the pros, he had connections with the Red Sox; not only Febles but former Royals general manager Allard Baird, who is now in the Red Sox front office.

Febles managed Greenville when Fenster joined the Sox farm system in 2012. The next year, Fenster managed the rookie Gulf Coast League team, before coming back to Greenville as manager. His 2017 team finished 79-60 and won the South Atlantic League championship.

When he comes to Portland, Fenster will have likely managed most of the 2018 Sea Dogs at some point in their career.

“It will be great reconnecting with the guys,” he said, “seeing them at a different stage in their career.”

The Sea Dogs also will have a new pitching coach, with Paul Abbott moving up after three seasons with advanced Class A Salem.

Abbott, 50, has coached with the Red Sox since 2011. He was Fenster’s pitching coach in Greenville in 2014 before moving on to Salem. Abbott pitched in the major leagues for 11 seasons with six teams.

Abbott replaces Kevin Walker, who was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket after three seasons in Portland.

Hitting coach Lee May Jr. will return for his second season with the Sea Dogs.

In Pawtucket, Walker is the only new coach. Manager Kevin Boles and hitting coach Rich Gedman return. Walker replaces Bob Kipper, who will coach in Greenville, close to his home.

Replacing Fenster in Greenville is former Sea Dogs player Iggy Suarez, who has managed short-season Lowell the past two seasons.

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Major League notebook: Dodgers claim Owens off waivers https://www.pressherald.com/2017/12/23/major-league-notebook-dodgers-claim-owens-off-waivers/ https://www.pressherald.com/2017/12/23/major-league-notebook-dodgers-claim-owens-off-waivers/#respond Sun, 24 Dec 2017 00:33:59 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/12/23/major-league-notebook-dodgers-claim-owens-off-waivers/ The Los Angeles Dodgers claimed left-hander Henry Owens on waivers Friday, adding a fallen prospect to their stash of pitching depth.

The Boston Red Sox selected Owens in the first round of the 2011 draft, ahead of outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. Owens twice was ranked among the top 50 prospects by Baseball America, but he lost velocity and struggled with command when he arrived in the major leagues.

Owens started 16 games for the Red Sox in 2015-16, with a 4-6 record and 5.19 earned-run average. He also walked 44 in 85 innings.

His command completely betrayed him last season. In 126 innings split between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket, he walked 115, hit 17 batters and threw 17 wild pitches.

The Dodgers claimed Owens on waivers from the Arizona Diamondbacks, who had claimed him two weeks ago after the Red Sox removed him from their 40-man roster. The Diamondbacks needed to clear a roster spot for Japanese reliever Yoshihisa Hirano, whom they signed to a two-year contract on Friday.

INDIANS: Yonder Alonso changed his swing last season and his statistics soared. The Indians hope they can rise even more.

Alonso, who reached a career high in home runs and made the All-Star team for the first time, signed a two-year, $16 million contract with Cleveland, which found a less expensive replacement for first baseman Carlos Santana.

Alonso’s deal, which includes a $9 million club option for 2020, was agreed to earlier in the week. He passed medical tests Friday to finalize the package.

Last year, Alonso altered the “launch angle” in his swing and the ball began to jump off his bat. With a previous season high of nine homers in 2012 for San Diego, Alonso connected for 28 with Oakland and Seattle. Beyond tweaking his swing, Alonso, who hits left-handed, said a commitment to getting stronger pushed up his power numbers.

“It started about two years ago,” he said. “A lot of times I’m in the weight room and I’m just a lot stronger than a lot of guys, and I feel healthier than I’ve ever been, and I felt like I needed to make some changes. I think for a baseball player, in itself to make changes is very hard, but I was able to get through that and realize that my body and my strength wasn’t the problem. It started obviously mentally and it carried on physically.

“I changed some things up with my lower half. I got more flexible. I was able to be more explosive when I was attacking the ball, and after just let my ability take over.”

The Indians had a hole at first after Santana signed a three-year, $60 million contract with Philadelphia. It remains to be seen if Alonso can be as productive as Santana, who became a cornerstone, dependable player, but the 30-year-old fit into Cleveland’s budget and the Indians believe his big season was not a fluke.

“It was a purposeful adjustment that Yonder made with both his approach and also some things with his swing that led to the increased productivity this year,” Indians President Chris Antonetti said. “But it’s also not a one-year trend. If you look at the underlying numbers for him, he’s been a guy who has typically controlled the strike zone, been patient at the plate, and this year he made an adjustment to that approach and hit for some more power.

“That’s also continuing a trend of building on improved exit velocities over the course of the last three or four seasons.”

Alonso, who entered last season with just 39 career homers, also reached personal bests in runs (72), walks (68), on-base percentage (.365), slugging percentage (.501) and OPS (.866).

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Red Sox get outfielder Luke Tendler from Rangers, likely to assign him to Sea Dogs https://www.pressherald.com/2017/12/14/red-sox-get-outfielder-luke-tendler-from-rangers-likely-to-assign-him-to-sea-dogs/ https://www.pressherald.com/2017/12/14/red-sox-get-outfielder-luke-tendler-from-rangers-likely-to-assign-him-to-sea-dogs/#respond Thu, 14 Dec 2017 19:05:47 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/12/14/red-sox-get-outfielder-luke-tendler-from-rangers-likely-to-assign-him-to-sea-dogs/ On the final day of the winter meetings, the Red Sox selected two players Thursday during the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 draft.

While players selected during the MLB phase of the Rule 5 Draft must remain on a team’s 25-man roster for the entirety of the season or be placed on waivers, players selected during the Triple-A and Double-A phases do not fall under this rule.

Boston selected right-hander Andy Ferguson from the Kansas City Royals organization. SoxProspects.com’s Chris Hatfield notes that Ferguson was injured much of the last two seasons accounting for his lack of playing time.

Last season he made just three appearances in the Royals’ rookie league and in 2016 he posted a 2.87 ERA over nine appearances.

Boston also selected outfield Luke Tendler from the Texas Rangers. Tendler hit .245 with a .719 OPS in 113 games last season in Double-A. The previous season in High-A, he hit .297 with a .908 OPS in 132 games.

Hatfield suggests with an already full Triple-A outfield in Pawtucket, that Tendler likely will head to Double-A Portland.

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Red Sox release Henry Owens, according to reports https://www.pressherald.com/2017/12/06/red-sox-release-henry-owens-according-to-reports/ https://www.pressherald.com/2017/12/06/red-sox-release-henry-owens-according-to-reports/#respond Thu, 07 Dec 2017 01:42:59 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/12/06/red-sox-release-henry-owens-according-to-reports/ The Boston Red Sox have placed left-hander Henry Owens on outright waivers, according to media reports on Wednesday, clearing a spot on the team’s 40-man roster.

The 36th overall pick in the 2011 draft, Owens was once considered a top prospect but has struggled with control. He had 121 strikeouts and 115 walks in 126 innings between Triple-A Pawtucket and Double-A Portland last season. He is 4-6 with a 5.19 ERA in 16 career major league appearances.

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Sea Dogs’ Hot Stove Dinner, with Pedro Martinez, sells out in two hours https://www.pressherald.com/2017/12/06/pedro-martinez-to-headline-sea-dogs-hot-stove-dinner/ https://www.pressherald.com/2017/12/06/pedro-martinez-to-headline-sea-dogs-hot-stove-dinner/#respond Wed, 06 Dec 2017 16:13:40 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/12/06/pedro-martinez-to-headline-sea-dogs-hot-stove-dinner/ The Portland Sea Dogs sold out their Hot Stove Dinner, only two hours after annoucing that Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martinez would be the featured guest.

The Sea Dogs’ annual event is Jan. 17 at the Sable Oaks Marriott in South Portland.

The team announced the dinner details, including Martinez’s appearance, late Wednesday morning. Two hours later, Sea Dogs assistant general manager Chris Cameron went on Twitter to say, “Wow! That’s didn’t take long. Event sold out in two hours …”

Individual tickets were $80, and tables of 10 went for $750. Proceeds benefit the Maine Children’s Cancer Program.

More guests will be announced later, including the yet-to-be named Portland Sea Dogs manager for 2018.

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Red Sox promote Sea Dogs manager to become third-base coach https://www.pressherald.com/2017/11/02/red-sox-promote-sea-dogs-manager-to-become-third-base-coach/ https://www.pressherald.com/2017/11/02/red-sox-promote-sea-dogs-manager-to-become-third-base-coach/#respond Thu, 02 Nov 2017 16:41:36 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/11/02/red-sox-promote-sea-dogs-manager-to-become-third-base-coach/ Portland Sea Dogs Manager Carlos Febles will become the new third-base coach for the Boston Red Sox, the team announced Thursday.

Febles, 41, was the Sea Dogs manager the past two seasons. He replaces Maine native Brian Butterfield, who took a similar position with the Chicago Cubs.

The Red Sox also announced two others additions to the coaching staff of their new manager, Alex Cora.

Ron Roenicke, 61, will be the bench coach. Roenicke managed the Brewers from 2011 through part of 2015. Since then, he’s been the third-base coach for the Angels.

Tom Goodwin, 49, is the new first-base coach. He coached first base for the New York Mets the past six seasons. Before that, Goodwin was a minor league instructor for four years with the Red Sox.

Dana LeVangie, 48, is returning as the bullpen coach.

The Red Sox have yet to announce replacements for batting coach Chili Davis (now with the Cubs) and pitching coach Carl Willis (now with the Indians).

This will be Febles’ first coaching job in the majors. A major league second baseman with the Kansas City Royals (1998-2003), Febles ended his playing career with the Red Sox Triple-A team in Pawtucket in 2004. Boston hired him as a minor league coach in 2007, and he worked his way up the system.

Portland went 120-158 under Febles. He was credited with helping Yoan Moncada jump from Class A to the Sea Dogs to the majors in 2016, and Rafael Devers’ climb from Double-A to Triple-A to the Red Sox in 2017.

In addition to his third-base duties, Febles will instruct Red Sox infielders.

In other moves, the Red Sox added outfielder Bryce Brentz and left-handed pitcher Williams Jerez to the 40-man roster, keeping them from hitting the free-agent market. Left-handed pitcher Robbie Ross and infielder Josh Rutledge were removed from the 40-man roster and have opted for free agency.

Boston also exercised 2018 contract options on pitchers Chris Sale and Craig Kimbrel and reinstated infielder Marco Hernandez and pitchers Tyler Thornburg and Steven Wright from the 60-day disabled list.

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Major League notebook: Barfield appears headed back to Red Sox organization https://www.pressherald.com/2017/09/29/major-league-notebook-barfield-appears-headed-back-to-red-sox-organization/ https://www.pressherald.com/2017/09/29/major-league-notebook-barfield-appears-headed-back-to-red-sox-organization/#respond Sat, 30 Sep 2017 00:39:07 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/09/29/major-league-notebook-barfield-appears-headed-back-to-red-sox-organization/ Portland Sea Dogs slugger Jeremy Barfield appears to be back in the fold with the Boston Red Sox organization for next season.

“Already looking forward next year with the Red Sox,” Barfield posted on Twitter on Friday night. “Excited to be back for another season with such a first class organization.”

Barfield, 29, played only 95 games for Portland but hit 27 home runs, a franchise record as a Red Sox affiliate. Barfield, who signed as minor league free agent after starting the year in the independent Atlantic League, is the son of former major leaguer Jesse Barfield.

PHILLIES: Pete Mackanin is out as manager after two seasons but will remain in the dugout for the final three games this weekend and return as a special assistant to general manager Matt Klentak in 2018.

The Phillies are 64-95, last in the NL East and with the second-worst record in the league.

The 66-year-old Mackanin succeeded Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg on June 26, 2015. His record with Philadelphia is 172-237.

WORLD SERIES MVP: Major League Baseball has named its World Series Most Valuable Player award after Willie Mays.

The decision was announced Friday, the 63rd anniversary of Mays’ back-to-the-plate catch in deep center field at the Polo Grounds for the New York Giants against Cleveland’s Vic Wertz in the World Series opener. The Giants went on to sweep the Indians.

Now 86, Mays played in 24 All-Star Games during a 22-year-career.

CUBS: Jake Arrieta will miss his final regular-season start to rest before the playoffs.

MARINERS: Right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma has undergone right shoulder surgery that will keep him from throwing for about five months.

ASTROS: A crowd-funding campaign started by outfielder Carlos Beltran has already raised nearly $1.3 million to help with hurricane relief in his native Puerto Rico.

Beltran and his family donated $1 million to initiate the fund earlier this week.

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Sea Dogs announce 2018 season schedule https://www.pressherald.com/2017/09/18/sea-dogs-announce-2018-season-schedule/ https://www.pressherald.com/2017/09/18/sea-dogs-announce-2018-season-schedule/#respond Mon, 18 Sep 2017 15:27:01 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1257129 The Portland Sea Dogs will begin their 2018 season in Binghamton on April 5 and come to Hadlock Field for their home opener against the Rumble Ponies on April 13, according to the schedule released Monday by the team.

Ticket prices will remain the same next season at $9 to $11, with tickets for senior citizens (62 and over) and children (16 and under) ranging from $6 to $10.

Season tickets are currently on sale. Individual tickets will go on sale at 9 a.m. Nov. 4 at Hadlock Field. Phone and internet orders begin at noon.

Of the 70 home games, 40 will take place after June 18.

The Sea Dogs have five post-game fireworks shows planned: May 25, June 21, July 3, July 21 and Aug. 21. More promotions will be announced later.

For more information and the complete schedule, see www.seadogs.com.

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On Baseball: Will Boston hang on to its older sluggers? https://www.pressherald.com/2017/09/10/red-sox-farm-report-will-boston-hang-on-to-its-older-sluggers/ https://www.pressherald.com/2017/09/10/red-sox-farm-report-will-boston-hang-on-to-its-older-sluggers/#respond Sun, 10 Sep 2017 08:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1252837 How a team uses its minor leaguers depends on a player’s promise and a team’s need.

In his 115 games in Triple-A, Rhys Hoskins hit 29 home runs. Promoted to the major leagues in August, the 24-year-old Hoskins has 13 homers in 29 games with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Bryce Brentz hit 31 home runs in 120 games for Triple-A Pawtucket, including 27 homers in his last 90 games. Yet Brentz is done for the season after the Boston Red Sox apparently decided they don’t need him.

The reasons for Hoskins’ promotion are obvious. He’s a relatively young prospect, and the Phillies are a last-place team. Why not give him a shot?

Brentz, 28, is no longer considered a prospect. The Red Sox, despite their need for power, are in a pennant race and are opting for experience. Team President Dave Dombrowski told the Boston Globe that Brentz would not be added because there is no room on the 40-man roster.

Likewise, in less of a surprise, Jeremy Barfield, 29, won’t be added. Barfield was a minor league free agent when signed by the Red Sox in late May. He hit 37 home runs this year – nine in independent ball, 27 for the Portland Sea Dogs (in 92 games) and one in Pawtucket (in three games).

While it seems Boston could have figured out a way to use Brentz, the question now is if the Red Sox are done with both him and Barfield.

Both can be minor league free agents after the season. Boston could still put Brentz on the 40-man roster after the playoffs, when some players will likely leave, such as outfielder Rajai Davis and possibly Chris Young.

Barfield could be enticed to stay with a lucrative minor league deal and an invitation to major league spring training.

For a team that is last in home runs in the American League, can the Sox afford to let these two sluggers just walk?

Boston has other decisions to make with its Pawtucket roster.

Left-hander Jalen Beeks was the only Sea Dogs starter to reach Triple-A. Beeks, 24, had a 3.86 ERA for Pawtucket, with 97 strikeouts in 95 innings. He is eligible for the Rule 5 draft if Boston doesn’t put him on its 40-man roster.

Right-hander Justin Haley, 26, was picked by the Twins in last year’s Rule 5 draft but eventually returned to the Red Sox. He had a 2.66 ERA in seven starts for Pawtucket. He’s Rule 5 eligible again, and Boston may gamble again by not placing him on the 40-man roster.

Right-handed reliever Kyle Martin, 26, was on the 40-man roster but never reached the majors. Martin was inconsistent all year (4.36 ERA, 1.53 WHIP), and right-handed batters hit .340 against him. He lost his spot on the 40-man roster Tuesday when Carson Smith was activated from the 60-day disabled list.

Chandler Shepherd, 24 (4.07 ERA, 1.29 WHIP in Pawtucket) and Ty Buttrey, 24 (3.72 ERA, 1.35 WHIP in Portland) are also eligible for the Rule 5 draft. Both show promise, and Buttrey has a high-90s fastball.

Buttrey will likely move to Triple-A next year if he stays in the organization, along with lefty reliever Bobby Poyner (0.94 ERA, 0.78 WHIP) and outfielder Danny Mars (.304 average). Mars, 23, is not a five-tool player, but he keeps hitting.

Outfielder Cole Sturgeon, 25, finished the year strong and has been in Portland for 21/2 seasons. His spring training may determine his 2018 destination.

Third baseman Michael Chavis, 22, hit 31 home runs between advanced Class A Salem and Portland. But he only had 67 games in Double-A and he tired at the end of the season, finishing with a .250 batting average. More time in Portland wouldn’t hurt.

Which players from Class A might be headed to Portland next year?

Not many.

The Red Sox minor league system has thinned at the lower levels, and Salem is not expected to send much to Portland in terms of prospects.

Left-hander Dedgar Jimenez got a late call to Portland and was the Sea Dogs’ best starter. Next up should be right-hander Mike Shawaryn, 22, a fifth-round pick in 2016. He was expected to be drafted higher, but slumped his junior year at Maryland. In his first full pro season, Shawaryn and his sinking fastball (to go along with a slider and change-up) began in Greenville, but he was promoted and made 16 starts for Salem (3.76 ERA, 91 strikeouts and 35 walks in 811/3 innings.

Roniel Raudes, 19, looked like he was on the fast track after a stellar 2016 in Greenville, but he stepped back in Salem (4.50 ERA, 1.53 WHIP) and ended August on the disabled list.

The one outfielder likely moving up is Tate Matheny, 23, a fourth-round draft pick in 2015. The son of Cardinals Manager Mike Matheny, he batted .266.

Some of the organization’s best prospects were in Greenville, which made the South Atlantic League playoffs.

While the big name was pitcher Jason Groome, a 2016 first-round draft pick, several others shined, including 18-year-old Bryan Mata (3.74 ERA) and 20-year-old left-hander Darwinzon Hernandez (116 strikeouts in 103 innings).

Groome, 19, was hampered by an oblique injury and a forearm strain. He made only 11 starts for Greenville (6.70 ERA), albeit with 58 strikeouts in 44 innings.

Third baseman Bobby Dalbec, 22, was expected to break out this year, but a wrist injury limited him to 78 games. He hit .246 with 13 home runs, including three in his last five games. If healthy, he should start next season in Salem, with his sights on Portland.

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On baseball: Chavis’ breakout season one of the Sea Dogs’ highlights in 2017 https://www.pressherald.com/2017/09/04/on-baseball-chavis-breakout-season-one-of-the-sea-dogs-highlights-in-2017/ https://www.pressherald.com/2017/09/04/on-baseball-chavis-breakout-season-one-of-the-sea-dogs-highlights-in-2017/#respond Tue, 05 Sep 2017 00:51:12 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/09/04/on-baseball-chavis-breakout-season-one-of-the-sea-dogs-highlights-in-2017/ The change-up to Michael Chavis came in at 85 mph.

It flew out at 102 mph, bouncing off the Hadlock Field message board in left-center for another Chavis home run.

Fitting that Chavis homered in the Portland Sea Dogs’ final game of the season Monday, since Chavis’ emergence was one of the highlights of the 2017 season.

Chavis, who turned 22 last month, was one of the top Red Sox prospects to play at Hadlock. He did not disappoint, swatting 14 home runs in 67 games, with an .802 OPS after his promotion from Salem (where he hit 17 home runs with a 1.029 OPS)

Chavis, Boston’s first-round draft pick in 2014, was finally healthy and productive after three so-so seasons (combined 25 homers and .694 OPS).

Then came the breakout in 2017.

“I’ve had blips (of success) but this is my first year where I continually had success,” Chavis said. “I felt comfortable the entire year and that’s a big steppingstone for me.

“It’s kind of reassuring. There have been times I’ve struggled and had some doubts – not so much my ability, but if I was ready.”

Chavis batted only .250 for Portland. But this has been his longest season and he seemed to tire, hitting .125 (6 for 48) over the last 13 games.

“It’s more fatigue,” Sea Dogs Manager Carlos Febles said. “I’m not going to get caught up in the last couple of games. He’s had a heck of a year.”

Chavis played a solid third base, including a nifty stab on a bouncer down the third-base line and strong throw to first for an out on Monday.

Chavis has also worked out at first base to increase his versatility (especially with third base seemingly set for years at Fenway).

Boston can be patient with Chavis. He’s not eligible for the Rule V draft until after the 2018 season. Next year, Chavis could begin the season in Portland or move to Triple-A. It might depend on his performance in the Arizona Fall League next month, as well as spring training.

No matter where he is next April, Fenway is the goal, and this season has Chavis confident.

“It opened my eyes to realize that I’m not so far off,” he said.

THE TOP PROSPECT for Portland was not Chavis, but Rafael Devers, who is now manning third base for Boston. Devers, 20, batted .300/.944 OPS with 18 home runs in 77 games for Portland.

BIGGEST SURPRISE of the year was infielder Tzu-Wei Lin, who looked to be another bonus baby ($2 million) who was not going to work out. He hit .223/.580 last year in Portland, but was raking (.302/.870) this season when he got called to Fenway in June.

FOUR SEA DOGS reached the majors this years. Along with Devers and Lin, relievers Austin Maddox and Jamie Callahan got the call. Maddox made his debut June 17. Callahan made his debut with the Mets. He was traded to New York on July 31 in the Addison Reed deal.

THE BULLPEN was Portland’s pitching strength, although Maddox and Callahan were promoted to Triple-A early. Ty Buttrey (56 strikeouts in 46 innings) was strong in his first full year out of the pen, and lefty Bobby Poyner (0.94 ERA) was Portland’s best pitcher after his promotion from Salem.

FOR STARTERS, only Jalen Beeks earned a promotion to Triple-A after nine starts (5-1, 2.19). The rest of the rotation had its moments but was inconsistent. Former first-round pick Trey Ball (7-12, 5.27) had his first season in Double-A.

FOR POWER, Devers and Chavis hit the long ball, but were surpassed by Jeremy Barfield, who signed in late June and still hit 27 home runs in 92 games – a franchise record as a Red Sox affiliate.

ATTENDANCE AT Hadlock was the Sea Dogs’ best since 2010. Portland averaged 5,653 a game, an improvement of 299 a game over last year. The 2010 average was 5,832.

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Sea Dogs lose season finale, 11-4 at Hadlock https://www.pressherald.com/2017/09/04/sea-dogs-lose-season-finale/ https://www.pressherald.com/2017/09/04/sea-dogs-lose-season-finale/#respond Mon, 04 Sep 2017 20:56:55 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/09/04/sea-dogs-lose-season-finale/ In the end, the Portland Sea Dogs’ pitching gave it up again.

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats jumped on Portland pitching for 13 hits, including four home runs, to beat the Sea Dogs 11-4 in the final game of the season Monday afternoon before a crowd of 7,225 at Hadlock Field.

The Sea Dogs finished at 65-74, good for fourth place in the Eastern League East Division. Last-place New Hampshire finished 59-80.

Playing in the old-time Portland Eskimos uniforms, a nod to Field of Dreams day at Hadlock, the Sea Dogs were led by Cole Sturgeon. He drove in three runs with a two-run homer, an RBI double and a single.

Michael Chavis also homered for the Sea Dogs.

But the offense could not keep up. It reflected the year as the Sea Dogs featured the second-best batting average in the league (.264), but the worst ERA (4.62).

“They play hard. But to win games, you need more than offense” Sea Dogs Manager Carlos Febles said.

Still, this was Portland’s best season in three years.

“Good season overall,” Febles said. “I don’t think the record described the type of season we had. Eighty-five percent of the guys improved and we had guys who are playing in the big leagues who started here. To me, that’s our season.”

Among those who improved was Sturgeon. He batted .264 for the year, but finished on a tear, hitting .318 with six home runs over the last 56 games.

“I struggled for two months, but it’s better to finish strong,” Sturgeon said.

After Sunday’s rained-out game, the Sea Dogs went with back-to-back starters. Kevin McAvoy (6-9) gave up four runs (two earned) over five innings to take the loss.

Teddy Stankiewicz lasted 21/3 innings, giving up five runs on a walk and four hits, including home runs by Matt Dean and Gunnar Heidt.

Dean also homered off reliever Trevor Kelley.

Sea Dogs catcher Danny Bethea pitched with two outs in the ninth and allowed a home run by Lourdes Gurriel.

Bethea, whose first pitch was 94 mph, wanted to give pitching a try. Febles, with approval from the Red Sox minor league staff, agreed.

Danny Mars went 1 for 3 with two walks. He finished with a team-leading .304 average, ranking him fifth in the Eastern League.

NOTES: Jeremy Barfield was named the team’s MVP in a brief ceremony before the game. Barfield, who was promoted to Triple-A on Saturday, led the Sea Dogs with 27 home runs and a .943 OPS. He batted .288 … Other award winners were Bobby Poyner (Pitcher of the Year, with a 0.94 ERA in 27 relief appearances); Sturgeon (10th Player Award, who produced offensively while playing superb outfield defense); and McAvoy (Citizen of the Year for his volunteer work) … Febles will join the Red Sox staff briefly during Boston’s current homestand, and then work with the team’s advance scouting staff … The four-team Eastern League playoffs begin this week with Binghamton playing Trenton, and Altoona facing Bowie.

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On Baseball: Henry Owens taking small steps in regaining command https://www.pressherald.com/2017/09/03/on-baseball-henry-owens-taking-small-steps-in-regaining-command/ https://www.pressherald.com/2017/09/03/on-baseball-henry-owens-taking-small-steps-in-regaining-command/#respond Mon, 04 Sep 2017 00:58:34 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/09/03/on-baseball-henry-owens-taking-small-steps-in-regaining-command/ Henry Owens sat in the Portland Sea Dogs clubhouse after Saturday night’s game. He faced his locker and scanned his phone, showing no emotion. Owens had just put in one of his better pitching performances in this turbulent season, lasting 62/3 innings.

Did that feel good?

“Yeah, it definitely did,” he said, just a hint of satisfaction in his voice.

Excuse Owens if he’s guarded. He’s not ready to celebrate yet. The road ahead is a long one.

“There is still a lot of work to do and he knows that,” said Sea Dogs pitching coach Kevin Walker.

Owens, 25, is a reclamation project for the Boston Red Sox, a promising left-handed pitcher who starred in Portland as a 22-year-old in 2014. He made his major league debut with Boston the next season.

Since then, bouncing between Boston and Triple-A Pawtucket before getting sent back to Portland this summer, Owens has struggled with his command.

This season at Pawtucket, Owens was 4-5 with a 3.91 ERA, walking 60 batters in 69 innings.

Instead of moving back to the big leagues, Owens was demoted to Portland on June 26.

A new delivery, with more of a sidearm approach, was prescribed.

Owens went to work on it.

“Every single start has felt a little better, or more comfortable,” he said. “Even just playing catch every day, it feels more natural.”

“It’s something to look at as a positive going into the offseason, and into the Arizona Fall League.”

After the season, Owens will take a short break and then attend the instructional league in Florida for a week before heading to Arizona.

The instructional league is mainly for players new to pro ball, while the Arizona league is for prospects – not veterans.

Owens will do what’s needed.

“I could not be prouder of him,” said Portland Manager Carlos Febles. “He’s come in and has done whatever he has to do to get better, instead of complaining about being back in Double-A.

“He made the commitment and has worked his butt off.”

But will it be enough?

On Saturday, Owens retired seven straight batters at one point, needing only 10 pitches in the fourth inning and nine pitches in the fifth.

Then Owens began the sixth with a four-pitch walk.

“That’s what we talk about – the consistency,” Walker said. “Sometimes it’s attacking the zone. Other times, it’s being a little too fine and getting out of what you’re doing well.”

In that sixth inning, Owens issued two walks but also got a strikeout, a foul out to first and a shallow fly ball to right.

“The thing I’ve noticed lately is he’s been able to make that adjustment when (a lack of command) happens and not let things snowball,” Walker said.

“He understands what he’s doing and gets back in the zone. That’s a step in the right direction.”

Were it not for an error, Owens would have finished the seventh inning – matching his longest outing of the year. He allowed four singles, none of which were hit hard, along with four walks and a hit batter.

Opponents batted only .205 against Owens in 12 starts for the Sea Dogs. His 90 mph fastball is effective, especially when his change-up is working well, along with a slider.

But Owens walked 55 and hit 11 batters in 57 innings.

Febles called for patience.

“It takes time. We threw this kid (into a new delivery) right in the middle of the season,” Febles said. “Normally, guys have an opportunity to work on it in spring training and extended spring training … but we threw him right in the fire.

“He struggled early. But look where he’s at today, compared to where he was when he first came here. He’s more comfortable, and I think in spring training he’ll be much better.”

While Owens may be forgotten by Red Sox fans, Walker said other pitchers have had setbacks and have come back.

“We bring up Roy Halladay, who went from the major leagues back to A-ball to work on some things and tweak an arm slot. Andrew Miller, who had some struggles early with command, found a delivery that worked for him and things started to clean up,” Walker said.

Halladay walked 42 batters in 67 innings in 2000 and went back to the minors in 2001 as a 24-year-old. He rebounded and became an eight-time All-Star. Miller bounced between the minors and majors for seven years before becoming a dominant reliever in 2013.

“I think the same thing can happen for Henry,” Walker said. “It takes reps … What I’m seeing now, there are a lot of positives.”

Owens is still on Boston’s 40-man roster. He has minor league options through 2018, so the Red Sox can wait a little bit for him to come around.

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Sea Dogs game canceled by rain https://www.pressherald.com/2017/09/03/sea-dogs-game-canceled-by-rain/ https://www.pressherald.com/2017/09/03/sea-dogs-game-canceled-by-rain/#respond Sun, 03 Sep 2017 17:56:48 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/09/03/sea-dogs-game-canceled-by-rain/ Rain forced the cancellation of the Portland Sea Dogs’ game with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats Sunday at Hadlock Field. It will not be made up.

The rain began just before 1 p.m., when the game was scheduled to begin. It was called at 1:50 p.m.

Normally, rained-out games are postponed and re-scheduled as part of a doubleheader. But Monday is the final game of the regular season and teams have the option not to play a doubleheader, especially if the teams are not contending for the playoffs.

Neither Portland (65-73), nor New Hampshire (58-80) will be involved in the post-season this year.

Monday’s game will feature the annual Field of Dreams celebration, with players emerging from a “cornfield” in center field and eventually entering the stands to greet the fans. The festivities will begin at 1 p.m., with the game starting around 1:20 p.m.

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Sea Dogs top Fisher Cats in 10 innings https://www.pressherald.com/2017/09/02/sea-dogs-field-of-dreams-promotion-postponed-barfield-promoted/ https://www.pressherald.com/2017/09/02/sea-dogs-field-of-dreams-promotion-postponed-barfield-promoted/#respond Sat, 02 Sep 2017 17:19:32 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/09/02/sea-dogs-field-of-dreams-promotion-postponed-barfield-promoted/ Mike Olt hit a ground single into center field for a walk-off RBI in the 10th inning Saturday night in the Portland Sea Dogs’ 5-4 win over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats before 5,812 at Hadlock Field.

Elih Villanueva (5-5) pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the 10th and was the winner. Sea Dogs starter Henry Owens had his second-longest outing this season, going 62/3 innings, allowing four runs (one earned) on four hits, four walks and a hit batter. He struck out six.

Danny Bethea of Portland homered in the third inning to make it 1-1.

New Hampshire got three unearned runs in the seventh, with an error, walk and hit batter.

New Hampshire starter Thomas Pannone allowed three hits over seven innings, but reliever Jose Fernandez gave up three runs in the eighth. Singles by Deiner Lopez, Danny Mars, Cole Sturgeon and Josh Ockimey fueled the rally.

Mars walked to begin the 10th, reached second on a bunt and scored on Olt’s single.

NOTES: The Sea Dogs moved their Field of Dreams promotion from Sunday to Monday because of Sunday’s forecast for rain. Sunday’s game is still scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday’s game is also at 1 p.m. The Field of Dreams features players emerging from a “cornfield” in center field, then mingling with fans in the stands. Fans who want to exchange Sunday’s tickets for Monday should call the ticket office at 879-9500.

Sea Dogs home run leader Jeremy Barfield was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket, helping replenish the PawSox roster that’s losing players to Boston. Barfield, 29, hit 27 home runs in only 92 games (he signed in late May). … Barfield went 4 for 5 with a home run Saturday for the PawSox. In the Red Sox organization, Barfield’s 28 homers only trails the 30 hit by Bryce Brentz (Pawtucket) and Michael Chavis (Salem and Portland). Barfield actually has 37 homers this year, counting the nine he smacked in the independent leagues.

Former Sea Dogs reliever Jamie Callahan made his major league debut Saturday with the New York Mets, pitching two-thirds of an inning (three hits, one earned run). Callahan was traded to the Mets in the Addison Reed deal July 31. … Callahan is the fourth member of the 2017 Sea Dogs to reach the majors, joining utility player Tzu-Wei Lin, third baseman Rafael Devers and reliever Austin Maddox, all with Boston.

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Sports Digest: Barfield homers twice in win for Sea Dogs https://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/31/sports-digest-barfield-homers-twice-in-win-for-sea-dogs/ https://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/31/sports-digest-barfield-homers-twice-in-win-for-sea-dogs/#respond Fri, 01 Sep 2017 03:03:09 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/31/sports-digest-barfield-homers-twice-in-win-for-sea-dogs/ BASEBALL

Barfield’s two home runs carry Sea Dogs at Hartford

Jeremy Barfield hit two more home runs and the Portland Sea Dogs defeated the Hartford Yard Goats 9-3 on Thursday night in Hartford, Connecticut.

Barfield belted a solo homer in the fourth inning to put Portland (63-73) up 1-0. His two-run homer in the ninth was his 26th, tying him for second in the Eastern League.

Josh Ockimey and Josh Tobias each hit a solo homer for Portland, and Michael Chavis had three RBI.

Dedgar Jiminez (5-0) allowing one earned run and four hits for the Sea Dogs while walking three and fanning three.

Omar Carrizales led Hartford (62-74) with two hits.


WOMEN’S SOCCER: Kayla Brace scored in the 84th minute to lift the University of Maine to its first victory of the season, 1-0 over Holy Cross at Worcester, Massachusetts.

It was the first career goal for Brace and came off the first career assist by Nicole Bailey, on a corner kick.

Annalena Kriebisch recorded seven saves for Maine (1-2-1), while Carolina Cashion stopped two shots for Holy Cross (1-3).


EUROPEAN TOUR: Callum Shinkwin shot an opening 6-under 66 to take the lead at the Czech Masters in Vysoky Ujezd.

After finishing second last month at the Scottish Open, the 24-year-old Englishman made seven birdies for a one-stroke lead.

Pontus Widegren of Sweden, South African Dylan Frittelli and another Englishman, James Heath, were tied for second after carding 67s.

U.S. SENIOR AMATEUR: Sean Knapp took the title without making a birdie in a 2-and-1 victory over Paul Simson at Minneapolis.

Knapp, a 55-year-old from Oakmont, Pennsylvania, pulled ahead for good on the 14th hole at The Minikahda Club when Simson missed the fairway and failed to convert a 15-footer for par. He went 2-up when Simson left a shot in the rough and took four shots to reach the 16th green, conceding Knapp’s par putt.

Simson, a 66-year-old from Raleigh, North Carolina, was trying to win the U.S. Senior Amateur for the third time.

WOODS VIDEO: The latest image of Tiger Woods looked more familiar. The 14-time major champion had a golf club in his hand.

Woods tweeted a short video showing him hitting a chip shot with a message that said, “Dr. gave me the ok to start pitching.”

He had a fourth surgery on his back to fuse disks in April. Woods last played a tournament in early February, when he shot 77 and withdrew from the Dubai Desert Classic.


NBA: New Lakers General Manager Rob Pelinka’s contact with Paul George’s agent violated the NBA’s anti-tampering rule and resulted in a $500,000 fine.

The league said a law firm’s independent investigation didn’t find evidence of an agreement or an understanding that the Lakers would sign or acquire George, who was with the Pacers at the time. George, who is eligible to become a free agent after the upcoming season, was traded to Oklahoma City.

The league said Pelinka’s contact with George’s agent “constituted a prohibited expression of interest in the player while he was under contract.”

Chicago Bulls guard Cameron Payne will have surgery next week for a broken right foot. Payne fractured the fifth metatarsal during a workout July 18.

The team says six weeks of rest in a boot were prescribed, but a subsequent scan and examination this week revealed the foot has not healed “satisfactorily.”


WORLD CUP QUALIFYING: France’s 4-0 win over Netherlands has the Dutch on the brink of missing the World Cup, while Cristiano Ronaldo’s three goals helped keep Portugal in contention in European qualifying and moved him ahead of Pele on the list of all-time international scorers.

Belgium trounced Gibraltar 9-0, and Switzerland stayed perfect with a 3-0 win over Andorra in heavy rain.

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Sports Digest: Yard Goats defeat Sea Dogs, 8-5 https://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/29/sports-digest-yard-goats-defeat-sea-dogs-8-5/ https://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/29/sports-digest-yard-goats-defeat-sea-dogs-8-5/#respond Wed, 30 Aug 2017 02:29:31 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/29/sports-digest-yard-goats-defeat-sea-dogs-8-5/ BASEBALL

Yard Goats use big inning to defeat Sea Dogs, 8-5

The Hartford Yard Goats scored five runs in the fifth inning Tuesday night to break a tie and went on to an 8-5 victory against the visiting Portland Sea Dogs.

Ryan Metzler and Juan Ciracio each recorded three RBI for Hartford (61-73).

Mike Olt had three RBI for Portland (62-72) and hit a two-run homer in the sixth.

Red Sox relief pitcher Matt Barnes, who is on assignment with the Sea Dogs, started and pitched one scoreless inning. Barnes allowed one hit and one walk with a strikeout.


COLLEGE: Lute Olsen, the former Arizona coach, will be honored with a statue on campus.

Athletic Director Dave Heeke said the project will cost about $300,000 and construction is scheduled to be completed next March.

Keeshawn Davenport, the University of New Orleans’ women’s basketball coach signed a new deal, keeping her with the Privateers through the 2020-21 season.

NBA: The Portland Trail Blazers agreed to a multiyear contract extension with their president of basketball operations, Neil Olshey.

The team didn’t disclose terms of the deal, which runs through the 2020-21 season.


NASCAR: Chase Elliott will drive his father’s iconic No. 9 next season in a number swap at Hendrick Motorsports.

William Byron will take the No. 24 made famous by Jeff Gordon. The No. 5 will not be fielded for the first time since 1984. It was Hendrick’s original car number and Terry Labonte drove that number in his 1996 championship season.


MLS: The LA Galaxy hired former San Jose coach Dominic Kinnear as an assistant to Sigi Schmid.

Kinnear is one of the four head coaches in league history to win multiple MLS Cup titles, leading the Houston Dynamo to championships in 2006 and 2007.

WORLD CUP: Saudi Arabia’s hopes of automatic qualification for the 2018 tournament were hit by a 2-1 loss to the United Arab Emirates at Al Ain, United Aran Emirates in Asian Group B.


SPANISH VUELTA: Chris Froome kept his lead by avoiding trouble in the difficult final descent of Stage 10, which was won by Matteo Trentin.

It was the second stage victory for the Italian, who outsprinted Spaniard Jose Joaquin Rojas at the end of the 102.4-mile ride from Caravaca de la Cruz to Alhama de Murcia in southeastern Spain.


NHL: A slimmer, trimmer-looking Alex Ovechkin is back on the ice for summer workouts more than two weeks before the start of training camp.

Ovechkin skated in an informal practice with Washington Capitals teammates and looked lighter than his playing weight of 239 pounds last season. General Manager Brian MacLellan had urged Ovechkin to train differently and add more speed.


COLLEGE: The University of Maine took a seven-goal lead into halftime and went on to defeat Bryant 12-1 at Orono.

Libby Reidl scored three goals to lead Maine (2-1). Emily Corbett recorded one save as the Black Bears allowed only two shots on goal.

Victoria Newbill, a former Mt. Blue High player, scored for Bryant.

– Staff and news service report

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Sea Dogs lose to Binghamton, 7-1 https://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/27/sea-dogs-lose-to-binghamton-7-1/ https://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/27/sea-dogs-lose-to-binghamton-7-1/#respond Sun, 27 Aug 2017 20:41:05 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/27/sea-dogs-lose-to-binghamton-7-1/ The Portland Sea Dogs are having their best season in three years, but it will not be a winning one.

The Sea Dogs could not find a clutch hit Sunday afternoon, and lost to the Binghamton Rumble Ponies 7-1 before a sellout Hadlock Field crowd of 7,368.

The Sea Dogs dropped to 62-70, with eight games left in the season. Playoff-bound Binghamton improved to 78-54.

The Rumble Ponies feature one of the best pitching staffs in the Eastern League, and it showed Sunday. Portland had runners in scoring position in four innings, and went 0 for 10 in those situations.

The game was close – 3-1 – until the ninth. Reliever Ty Buttrey ended a string of solid appearances with a disastrous inning – two singles, followed by four walks. The Rumbled Ponies scored four in the frame.

Sea Dogs starter Trey Ball (6-12) allowed three runs (one earned) on six hits and two walks in six innings. He struck out four and walked two.

“Trey Ball threw the ball extremely well,” Portland Manager Carlos Febles said. “Good slider. Fastball had good life.”

And the curve was working, too. Ball ended the fifth inning with two called third strikes with his curveball.

Ball’s only hiccup came in the fourth. After a double, and a one-out fielding error by first baseman Josh Ockimey, Ball allowed three runs on a single, a groundout and a double.

Ball’s ERA dipped to 5.38, but his 102 strikeouts is a career high.

Portland got its run in the fourth. Binghamton starter Corey Oswalt (11-5) walked Michael Chavis. With one out, Henry Urrutia singled up the middle, sending Chavis to third. Chavis scored on Ockimey’s groundout.

Oswalt lowered his league-leading ERA to 2.37.

“He’s got good stuff and he has a good idea what he’s doing,” Sea Dogs left fielder Danny Mars said. Mars, one of the league’s top hitters with a .305 average, was 0 for 4.

“We’ve faced him a few times. He mixes well. He’s deceptive and his fastball has a little bit of life.”

This was Oswalt’s third start against the Sea Dogs. He’s 2-0 with a 2.00 ERA.

“We had a tough task – one of the toughest pitchers in the league,” Febles said. “He did a good job, changing speed and making pitches when he needed to.

“Unfortunately, we didn’t do well in those situations, trying to do too much.”

Oswalt lasted six innings (three hits, three walks and nine strikeouts), and was followed by three relievers, each throwing a scoreless inning.

Josh Smith relieved Ball and pitched two perfect innings.

Buttrey had allowed only two runs in his last eight appearances (111/3 innings). But he could not find the zone on Sunday (30 pitches, 12 strikes).

NOTES: The Sea Dogs will be in Hartford the next four days. Portland is three games ahead of the Yard Goats for fourth place in the East Division. … The Sea Dogs finished in last place the previous two, with 53 and 55 wins respectively.

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Sea Dogs spoil Harvey’s rehab start https://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/26/sea-dogs-spoil-harveys-rehab-start/ https://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/26/sea-dogs-spoil-harveys-rehab-start/#respond Sun, 27 Aug 2017 02:55:46 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/26/sea-dogs-spoil-harveys-rehab-start/ If Portland Sea Dogs hitters were star-struck Saturday night, they didn’t show it.

New York Mets right-hander Matt Harvey, a former All-Star who is working his way back from a stress injury to his scapula, was in town for his latest minor-league rehab start with the Binghamton Rumble Ponies.

But the Sea Dogs scored three runs with Harvey on the mound and tagged two more onto his final line shortly after he exited the game in the fifth inning.

Still, it took a four-run outburst in the eighth for the Sea Dogs to finally shake the Rumble Ponies for a 9-5 win at Hadlock Field.

Danny Mars hit a tiebreaking double in the eighth and Chad De La Guerra added his second two-run double of the night as the Sea Dogs, who had scored only seven runs combined in their previous six games, sent nine batters to the plate.

“We just kept swinging,” De La Guerra said. “We’ve been a little unlucky lately. Balls we’ve been hitting pretty well haven’t been falling. Today they finally fell for us.”

Harvey got a no-decision in his second rehab start for the Rumble Ponies and fourth overall. He has been on the Mets’ disabled list since June 16.

Harvey was originally scheduled to pitch Saturday for the Mets’ High-A affiliate in St. Lucie, Florida. But the threat of inclement weather there prompted the Mets to jet him to Portland to start for their Double-A affiliate instead.

“I was watching him pitch in the World Series two years ago,” said De La Guerra, who went 2 for 5 with four RBI. “Obviously he is rehabbing, so there is stuff he’s working on. Still, it was definitely an awesome experience to face someone like that.”

The Sea Dogs took an early lead when De La Guerra ripped a two-run double off the right-field wall in the third inning. They made it 3-2 in the fourth when Josh Ockimey doubled off Harvey, then scored two batters later on a single by Cole Sturgeon.

Harvey hit a batter with his 72nd pitch. With Harvey watching from the dugout, Ockimey hit a bases-loaded double to make it 5-2.

In 4 2/3 innings, Harvey allowed five runs, three of them earned, on five hits. He struck out two and walked one.

“It was all right,” Harvey said. “Getting up close to 75 (pitches) and still feeling strong and like I could go more was the biggest task. All in all that’s definitely a plus for me, getting up to that many pitches and not having any pain or any discomfort.”

Despite already being out of the Eastern League playoff chase as their season winds down, the Sea Dogs found some satisfaction by finally scoring a bunch of runs, five of them against a pitcher who a few years ago was regarded as one of the best in the majors.

“I remember watching him on TV in 2014 when I was coming out of high school,” said Ockimey, who went 3 for 4. “It was kind of fun facing a guy like that.”

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Sea Dogs split doubleheader https://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/25/sea-dogs-win-doubleheader-opener-2/ https://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/25/sea-dogs-win-doubleheader-opener-2/#respond Fri, 25 Aug 2017 22:57:02 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/25/sea-dogs-win-doubleheader-opener-2/ The Binghamton Rumble Ponies scratched out a run in the top of the seventh inning Friday night to pull out a 2-1 victory against the Portland Sea Dogs and earn a split of an Eastern League doubleheader at Hadlock Field.

In the opener, Portland scored its runs in the first inning, and starting pitcher Teddy Stankiewicz and reliever Ty Buttrey made them stand up in a 2-1 win.

The Sea Dogs totaled eight hits for the two seven-inning games.

“We pitched well in both games,” Portland Manager Carlos Febles said.

“Our offense has been cut down, and I think our pitching and defense are playing well together and have been keeping us in games.”

In the opener, the Sea Dogs got all of their hits and scored both of their runs in the first inning. Danny Mars led off with a triple into the gap in right and scored when Chad De La Guerra sliced an opposite-field double down the left-field line. One out later, Jeremy Barfield lined a run-producing single into left.

The score stayed that way until Pat Biondi tripled off the right-field wall to start the sixth and scored on a groundout.

Stankiewicz, who evened his record at 5-5, limited Binghamton to five hits, striking out five and walking one. Buttrey got the final two outs on fly balls to record his fourth save of the season.

In the second game, Binghamton snapped a scoreless tie when Mike Oberste, Peter Alonso and Kevin Taylor singled to open the sixth. The Sea Dogs tied it when Mars walked on four pitches to lead off the bottom of the inning, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on Josh Tobias’ single to right.

Luis Guillorme led off the seventh with a walk, went to second on Kevin Kaczmarski’s sacrifice, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on David Thompson’s sacrifice fly to center.

Mike Olt led off the bottom of the seventh with his second double of the game and moved to third when Josh Ockimey flied to deep right, but Tyler Bashlor struck out the next two batters to record his second save since making his Double-A debut July 24.

“You always want to win every games but I’m (more) worried about the process and how you go about your business,” Febles said.

“The guys are in a tough stretch for us, but they’re in every game and are playing real hard.”

NOTES: Following a vote of managers, coaches and the media, Barfield and Mars were named to the Eastern League all-star team. Barfield, a right fielder who has a team-high 23 home runs for the Sea Dogs, is among the league leaders in homers, and Mars, a left fielder who is hitting .303, ranks among the league’s top five in batting average. … Former New York Mets ace Matt Harvey will make his second rehab start for Binghamton on Saturday night against the Sea Dogs. It will be the fourth rehab start for the right-hander, who has been on the disabled list since June 15 after having surgery to repair a stress injury to his right shoulder. On Monday night, Harvey allowed four hits, one of them a home run, in a three-inning stint against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. … Tobias was held hitless in three trips to the plate in the opener, ending his season-high 10-game hitting steak. … The announced attendance was 6,523.

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One key hit enough for Sea Dogs to end slide https://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/24/one-key-hit-enough-for-sea-dogs-to-end-slide/ https://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/24/one-key-hit-enough-for-sea-dogs-to-end-slide/#respond Fri, 25 Aug 2017 02:44:21 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/24/one-key-hit-enough-for-sea-dogs-to-end-slide/ The struggling Portland Sea Dogs made the big pitches and got the key hit Thursday night to beat the Binghamton Rumble Ponies 2-1 at Hadlock Field.

Josh Tobias’ two-run double in the fifth inning was the difference as the Sea Dogs (60-68) snapped a seven-game losing streak.

Portland starter Kevin McAvoy (6-7) tip-toed around trouble, allowing one unearned run on six hits and four walks in 71/3 innings while striking out five.

“He was in control from the first pitch,” Sea Dogs Manager Carlos Febles said. “It was a most needed start for us, and win for the club.”

Bobby Poyner got the last five outs for his ninth save.

Binghamton (76-52), in second place in the Eastern League’s East Division, still has a magic number of two to reach the playoffs, as third-place Reading (67-62) won Thursday.

At Hadlock, Ponies starter Marcos Molina (2-7) gave up only three hits over seven innings. But he issued two-out walks to Jordan Procyshen and Danny Mars in the fifth. Tobias followed with a double to left-center.

Binghamton, down 2-1, chased McAvoy with a double and a walk with one out in the eighth. Poyner entered and got a flyout, then walked two batters to load the bases. But he struck out Gustavo Nunez on a fastball to end the threat.

In the ninth, after giving up a leadoff double, Poyner struck out the side.

NOTES: The announced paid attendance was 7,128. … The Red Sox released Sea Dogs pitcher Taylor Grover on Thursday. The 26-year-old Grover, a 10th-round draft pick in 2013, was 3-5 with a 5.16 ERA in 29 games (seven starts). … It was “Throwback Thursday,” with the Sea Dogs wearing the teal and black uniforms of their Marlins-affiliated days. … Third-base prospect Michael Chavis was not in the lineup but did work out before the game at first base. … It was youth football night, and University of Maine Coach Joe Harasymiak addressed several young players before the game. The Black Bears play in Portland on Nov. 4, against Delaware. … Friday’s scheduled game at Hadlock is a 5 p.m. doubleheader because of a rained-out game in Binghamton last weekend.

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Dumoulin takes in his growing celebrity https://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/24/dumoulin-takes-in-his-growing-celebrity/ https://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/24/dumoulin-takes-in-his-growing-celebrity/#respond Fri, 25 Aug 2017 02:34:13 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/24/dumoulin-takes-in-his-growing-celebrity/ Brian Dumoulin warmed up his right arm, even though he was only throwing a ceremonial first pitch. He hadn’t played baseball in 10 years, when he was a sophomore first baseman for Biddeford High.

“They tried to hide me,” Dumoulin joked.

Dumoulin stopped swinging a baseball bat after that.

He held onto his hockey stick.

On Thursday, he came to Hadlock Field as a celebrity, a two-time Stanley Cup winner as a defenseman for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

“It’s cool to have this opportunity. I went to Sea Dogs games as a kid,” Dumoulin said.

Dumoulin, who turns 26 in two weeks, spends his offseason in Boston, where he played three seasons for Boston College, winning NCAA championships in 2010 and 2012. But he doesn’t stay away from home for long.

“It’s always good to have an excuse to come up to Maine,” he said. “I love it here. It seems like every week, I’m shooting up to Maine.

Dumoulin will always be associated with his hometown of Biddeford, where he led the high school team to state hockey titles in 2007 and 2008.

When the Penguins won in 2016, he brought the Stanley Cup to Biddeford Ice Arena, drawing thousands of fans.

Last Friday was Dumoulin’s second turn with the cup. He brought it to Boston College.

He wouldn’t mind a third chance to show off the cup in 2018.

“It’s the way we’re looking at it right now,” said Dumoulin, who has won six championships in 11 years, counting his high school and college days.

“It’s cool. I’ve been fortunate to have a lot of good coaches and teammates around me,” he said. “That always helps in winning championships.

“After winning one, it just makes you hungrier to win another.”

Dumoulin, who was a second-round draft pick by the Carolina Hurricanes, was traded to Pittsburgh in June of 2012. He has developed into one of the team’s top defenders, playing every playoff game the past two seasons. He led the team in ice time during this year’s playoffs.

He proved his toughness in 2017, skating in the playoffs with a broken right hand, suffered when he was slashed in the first round.

“They thought about surgery (after the playoffs), but they let it rest and it’s healed,” Dumoulin said.

Dumoulin was a restricted free agent after the season, until Pittsburgh signed him to a six-year, $24.6 million deal.

“It’s nice, definitely,” he said. “Pittsburgh is the place I wanted to be and that was my goal, coming into this off-season – to sign a long-term deal with them.

“I’m more than happy and anxious to get back with my teammates.”

Before heading to Pittsburgh, Dumoulin needs to check in with a Boston College professor,for his one remaining independent course needed for his degree in marketing.

“Maybe in December I’ll have my degree,” said Dumoulin. “I’m excited to get that done.

Dumoulin has other off-ice duties, including wedding plans. He was recently engaged, and the wedding date is next August.

But in a couple weeks, Dumoulin will be in Pittsburgh, thinking hockey. Considering the Penguins won the Cup on June 11, his time in New England has been brief.

“Having a short summer is a blessing and a curse,” I said. “But I’ll take it every year.”

CORRECTION: This story was updated at 11:10 a.m. on Aug. 25 to clarify that Brian Dumoulin plays for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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Sports Digest: Sea Dogs lose 7th straight, 5-1 to Trenton Thunder https://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/23/sports-digest-sea-dogs-lose-seventh-straight-5-1-to-trenton-thunder/ https://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/23/sports-digest-sea-dogs-lose-seventh-straight-5-1-to-trenton-thunder/#respond Thu, 24 Aug 2017 00:10:43 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/23/sports-digest-sea-dogs-lose-seventh-straight-5-1-to-trenton-thunder/ BASEBALL

Sea Dogs out of contention after seventh straight loss

The Portland Sea Dogs were eliminated from the Eastern League playoff race Wednesday while suffering their seventh straight loss, 5-1 to the Trenton Thunder at Trenton, New Jersey.

Rashad Crawford led the Thunder (85-43), scoring two runs and driving in three. He delivered an RBI single during a two-run third inning. In the sixth, he stole third and continued home on an error. And in the eighth he blasted a two-run homer.

Henry Owens (3-5) allowed two runs and two hits in five innings for the Sea Dogs. He walked five and struck out six.

Chad De La Guerra’s homer in the sixth provided the scoring for Portland (59-68), which last made the playoffs in 2014.

After their winless trip, the Sea Dogs return to Hadlock Field on Thursday to start a five-game series against Binghamton.

EMPIRE LEAGUE: The opening game of the league’s best-of-five championship series between the Old Orchard Beach Surge and the Plattsburgh Redbirds in Plattsburgh, New York, was suspended because of darkness Wednesday night.

The game, already postponed from Tuesday because of rain, will resume at 3 p.m. Thursday with the score 9-9 entering the 10th inning.


NBA: The expansion of the Los Angeles Clippers’ front office isn’t done yet.

After removing Doc Rivers’ title as president of basketball operations earlier this month, the team reached an agreement with Oklahoma City’s Michael Winger to become its general manager, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.

Winger will replace Dave Wohl, who is staying with the team as a special adviser, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has yet to be announced.

Winger had been an assistant GM and team counsel for the Thunder for the last seven years. Previously the 37-year-old executive worked for the Cavaliers.


MASTERS: Billy Payne is retiring as chairman of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters after 11 years of substantial change that included the club’s inviting female members and supporting the game’s growth with two international amateur tournaments.

Payne officially retires Oct. 16. He will be succeeded by Fred Ridley, a former USGA president and U.S. Amateur champion who heads the Masters competition committee. Ridley will be the first chairman who played in the Masters.


GERMAN FEDERATION: Boris Becker was hired for the new position of head of men’s tennis by the German tennis federation.

The six-time Grand Slam champion will advise all top male players from the country and help its Davis Cup team.

Also, Barbara Rittner will move from Fed Cup captain to head of women’s tennis.


CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Liverpool sealed its return to the group stage after a two-season absence by beating Hoffenheim 4-2 at Liverpool, England, producing a devastating attacking display without its star playmaker, Philippe Coutinho.

Emre Can scored goals on either side of Mo Salah’s tap-in as the five-time European champions surged ahead 3-0 after just 21 minutes.

Liverpool advanced 6-3 on aggregate to become England’s fifth representative in Europe’s elite club competition.

Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and the Europa League winner, Manchester United, will be the other English teams in the group stage.

Qarabag became Azerbaijan’s first Champions League group representative after advancing on away goals, following a 2-1 loss at FC Copenhagen. It was 2-2 on aggregate.

Also qualifying were CSKA Moscow, Sporting and Apoel Nicosia.


INDYCAR: Sebastien Bourdais will return to competition this weekend after a three-month recovery from an accident at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The Frenchman fractured his pelvis and right hip during a crash while qualifying for the Indianapolis 500.

Bourdais’ rapid recovery gives him his seat back for the final three races of the season, starting Saturday night at Madison, Illinois.

– Staff and news service report

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Sea Dogs lose sixth straight https://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/22/sea-dogs-lose-sixth-straight-2/ https://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/22/sea-dogs-lose-sixth-straight-2/#respond Wed, 23 Aug 2017 02:17:32 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/22/sea-dogs-lose-sixth-straight-2/ Giving up seven runs in the first inning sends the struggling Sea Dogs to their sixth straight setback.

Portland starter Trey Ball struggled and surrendered seven runs, five unearned, on four hits in just 2/3 inning as the Sea Dogs fell to the Trenton Thunder 8-0 at Trenton, New Jersey.

Mike Ford added a solo home run for Trenton (84-43) in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Thunder starter Jose Mesa went six scoreless innings, allowing one hit while fanning eight and walking a pair of batters.

The loss was the sixth straight for the Sea Dogs (59-67) and their seventh consecutive road defeat, dating back to Aug. 13 in Bowie against the Baysox.

Josh Tobias singled to extend his hitting streak to a season-high eight games, with Deiner Lopez picking up the other Portland hit.

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Thunder silence Sea Dogs in Trenton, 3-1 https://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/21/thunder-silence-sea-dogs/ https://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/21/thunder-silence-sea-dogs/#respond Tue, 22 Aug 2017 02:23:13 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/21/thunder-silence-sea-dogs/ TRENTON, N.J. — Nick Solak singled home the go-ahead run in the seventh inning and Mike Ford followed with another RBI single to lift the Trenton Thunder to a 3-1 win Monday night over the Portland Sea Dogs.

Trenton took the lead in the first inning when Jeff Hendrix scored on an error. Portland tied it in the fifth when Michael Chavis singled home Chad De La Guerra.

Chavis went 4 for 4 with two doubles as Portland outhit Trenton 10-8, but the Sea Dogs left 10 men on base.

Dedgar Jimenez pitched six strong innings for the Sea Dogs, allowing four hits, two walks and an unearned run and striking out five. Jacob Dahlstrand (5-3) took the loss in relief.

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Sea Dogs lose in 2 walkoffs https://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/20/sea-dogs-lose-in-two-walkoffs/ https://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/20/sea-dogs-lose-in-two-walkoffs/#respond Mon, 21 Aug 2017 01:21:12 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/20/sea-dogs-lose-in-two-walkoffs/ BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — Kevin Taylor hit a walk-off RBI single in the seventh inning as the Binghamton Rumble Ponies rallied to a 4-3 victory over the Portland Sea Dogs in the second game of a doubleheader on Sunday.

In the first game, which began Saturday and was suspended because of rain in the fourth inning and completed on Sunday, Kevin Kaczmarski hit a walk-off double in the eighth inning to lift the Rumble Ponies to a 1-0 win.

In the second game, Portland (59-65) took a 3-0 lead in the first inning when Jeremy Barfield hit a three-run home run, his 23rd of the season.

Binghamton (75-49) cut the lead to 3-1 in the sixth on an RBI single by Patrick Mazeika. In the seventh, Binghamton tied it 3-3 on an RBI single by Matt Oberste and an RBI groundout by David Thompson.

Teddy Stankiewicz started for the Sea Dogs and took a no-decision. He allowed one run on five hits, while striking out seven and walking none in 51/3 innings. Bobby Poyner pitched 11/3 innings, allowing three runs on four hits for a blown save and the loss.

Corey Oswalt (10-5) earned the win, allowing six hits and three earned runs with five strikeouts over seven innings.

In the first game, Tim Peterson pitched two scoreless innings for Binhamton to earn the win. Ty Buttrey faced three batters and took the loss for Portland.

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Sports Digest: Sea Dogs game suspended https://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/19/sports-digest-sea-dogs-game-suspended/ https://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/19/sports-digest-sea-dogs-game-suspended/#respond Sun, 20 Aug 2017 02:07:56 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/19/sports-digest-sea-dogs-game-suspended/ Baseball

Sea Dogs game suspended, will be completed Sunday

The first game of a scheduled doubleheader between the Portland Sea Dogs and the Binghamton Rumble Ponies was suspended because of rain Saturday in Binghamton, New York.

The scoreless game will resume in the fourth inning, beginning at 12:05 p.m. The teams will then play Sunday’s regularly scheduled game.

The second game of Saturday’s doubleheader was postponed until Friday, Aug. 25, and will be played in Portland as part of a doubleheader, beginning at 5 p.m.

EMPIRE LEAGUE: Eric Mozeika struck out seven and allowed just three hits to lead the Old Orchard Beach Surge (32-23) to an 11-1 win over the Sullivan Explorers (21-34), capping a doubleheader sweep at Loch Sheldrake, New York.

Edgar Lebron Jr. scored three runs for the Surge, and Kevin Phelps had three RBI.

In the first game, Old Orchard scored three runs in the third and three in the sixth on its way to a 6-3 victory.

Tony Bakeris had two hits, including an RBI single.


EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP: Greece’s basketball federation accused the Milwaukee Bucks and the NBA of hatching a plan to prevent Giannis Antetokounmpo from playing in the event.

About an hour after Antetokounmpo posted on Facebook and Instagram that he was unavailable because of a knee injury, the federation attacked the Bucks and the NBA in a statement, describing an “organized and well-staged plan” to keep Antetokounmpo from playing in the Eurobasket at the end of the month.


BUNDESLIGA: Borussia Dortmund showed signs it can thrive without suspended forward Ousmane Dembele by opening its campaign with a 3-0 rout at Wolfsburg.

United States teenager Christian Pulisic scored one goal and set up another.

Dembele remains suspended after missing training camp when Barcelona made a bid for the player.

PREMIER LEAGUE: Riyad Mahrez showed potential suitors what they could be getting by setting up both goals in Leicester City’s 2-0 win over Brighton.

The Algeria winger put in a transfer request during the offseason, but Leicester has rejected three bids from Italian side Roma.

Elsewhere, Manchester United routed Swansea 4-0, and Liverpool squeezed past Crystal Palace 1-0.


WESTERN & SOUTHERN OPEN: Simona Halep moved within a victory of the No. 1 ranking.

The second-ranked Halep needed just 54 minutes to cruise past Sloane Stephens 6-2, 6-1 in the semifinals at Mason, Ohio, and can displace Karolina Pliskova as the top of the ranking with a win over Garbine Muguruza on Sunday.

Fourth-ranked Muguruza reached her first final in the event with a 6-3, 6-2 win over defending champion Pliskova.

The men’s final will feature two first-timers. Grigor Dimitrov outlasted John Isner 7-6 (4), 7-6 (10) in the first semifinal, and Nick Kyrgios beat David Ferrer 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4).


SIMONE BILES: Olympic champion Simone Biles is back in the gym. Just don’t call it a comeback. At least, not yet.

Biles, who won four gold medals at the 2016 Games, says she is just testing the waters as she considers a return to competition. The 20-year-old has spent the year since Rio de Janeiro taking a break from the sport and says she is in no hurry to make a decision.

– Staff and news service report

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On Baseball: Trey Ball shows another glimpse of his talent https://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/17/on-baseball-trey-ball-shows-another-glimpse-of-his-talent/ https://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/17/on-baseball-trey-ball-shows-another-glimpse-of-his-talent/#respond Thu, 17 Aug 2017 22:34:24 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/17/on-baseball-trey-ball-shows-another-glimpse-of-his-talent/ Three right-handed batters came to the plate Thursday for Altoona in the second inning at Hadlock Field.

Left-hander Trey Ball challenged with fastballs inside, setting up his splitter and slider.

Strikeout. Strikeout. Strikeout.

“For him to be able to pound inside just opens up the entire outside half of the plate, to allow that splitter to work,” said Portland Sea Dogs catcher Jordan Procyshen. “He can also go back foot with that slider.”

Ball, 23, a first-round draft choice (seventh overall) in 2013, gave another glimpse of the potential the Boston Red Sox saw in him when they chose him out of New Castle High in Indiana.

Thursday marked the third time this year that Ball had pitched at least six innings without allowing a run. He went seven innings – with an economical 89 pitches – allowing four hits and one walk, striking out nine to tie a career best.

“Yeah, it was a very good outing,” Ball said matter-of-factly. “Made some pitches and let the defense work.”

Ball’s calm tone doesn’t represent the aggression he brings to the mound – often too aggressive. Ball wants to excel, sometimes at his peril.

“We’ve talked a lot about controlling his aggression level,” said Portland pitching coach Kevin Walker. “Sometimes that haunts him a little bit, trying to do too much. When he does that, he mislocates pitches.

“Today, he was a lot more under control and put the pitches where he wanted to. You saw the difference.”

Ball’s fastball hits 91 mph – not overpowering but effective when pinpointed.

“Everything was working off his fastball,” Procyshen said. “He was able to locate it down and in, up and in, down and away … wherever he wanted to put that fastball, he was hitting the glove.”

At times, Procyshen has been lunging with his glove. Ball can be wild. He came into Thursday with 50 walks in 105 innings. His WHIP was 1.84, tied for highest on the Portland staff.

But on Thursday, Ball allowed only one hit and one walk through the first four innings – and both baserunners were erased on double plays.

“He threw the ball with conviction,” said Manager Carlos Febles. “The ability to throw the secondary stuff for a strike was huge.”

Conviction will bring Ball far. You hear all the time that talented athletes need only to have confidence in their ability, and not press (see Devers, Rafael).

No telling if Ball will bloom into a major league starter, but his stuff looked good enough Thursday.

“Just going outing by outing and working on things in between,” Ball said. “Trying to stay consistent with everything.

“Recently I’ve been working on throwing the ball hard late, and not early when I tense up and the ball is going everywhere.”

In Ball’s two previous starts, both against Bowie, he didn’t get out of the fifth inning (needing 88 pitches for one game, and 90 for the other). He allowed a total of 21 hits, five walks and 10 earned runs.

“The name of the game with Trey is just being consistent,” Walker said.

Ball’s record is 6-10 and his ERA is 5.46. But there are some gems to be found. In nine of his 21 starts, he’s allowed two earned runs or fewer.

Everyone expects first-rounders to rush up to the big leagues – a la Benintendi, an outfielder who played in college – but Ball is grinding away. Boston has time. While Ball is eligible for the Rule V draft this offseason, it would be quite a gamble for a team to pick him and stick him on a major league roster for the entire 2018 season.

Ball won’t be a minor league free agent for two years – two more seasons to find that consistency.

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Sea Dogs finish short homestand with 2-0 matinee victory https://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/17/trey-ball-strikes-out-nine-in-sea-dogs-2-0-victory-over-altoona/ https://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/17/trey-ball-strikes-out-nine-in-sea-dogs-2-0-victory-over-altoona/#respond Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:22:53 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/17/trey-ball-strikes-out-nine-in-sea-dogs-2-0-victory-over-altoona/ Pitchers Trey Ball and Mitch Keller were locked in Thursday, which meant the Portland Sea Dogs and Altoona Curve were being shut out.

But Cole Sturgeon awoke the Sea Dogs with a leadoff triple in the fifth. Two RBI hits followed and that was all Portland needed in a 2-0 win at Hadlock Field.

Portland finished a short homestand by winning 2 of 3 from Altoona.

Ball, 23, the Boston Red Sox first-round draft pick in 2013, won it with seven shutout innings. The left-handed Ball (6-10) gave up four hits and one walk, striking out nine.

Keller, 21, rated the Pittsburgh Pirates’ No. 2 prospect, took the loss (now 0-1) in his third Double-A start. Keller, a right-hander, used a 95 mph fastball and deadly curve to allow four hits, striking out eight over six innings.

Keller had allowed only one hit – a bunt single – through four innings. Then Sturgeon came up.

“He was working in and out all day. He located well,” said Sturgeon, who bats left-handed. “Just trying to have a good at-bat. I got an inside fastball.”

Sturgeon jumped on the pitch – 103 mph exit velocity – sending it down the right-field line. He reached third base standing up.

With one out, Deiner Lopez fisted a bloop double down the left-field line, scoring Sturgeon. Danny Mars singled in Lopez with a grounder up the middle.

Ball was on his game and also got good defense. In the third inning, Elvis Escobar singled and tried to score on Pablo Reyes’ double to left. But the relay from Mars to the shortstop, Lopez, to catcher Jordan Procyshen, got Escobar.

Jake Cosart pitched a 1-2-3 eighth (two strikeouts). Bobby Poyner continued his amazing run with a scoreless ninth (one single), for his eighth save. Poyner, with a 90 mph fastball, along with a solid change-up, lowered his ERA to 0.27 (one earned run in 33 innings).

“The guy goes out there and has a plan,” pitching coach Kevin Walker said. “He has a really, deceptive, sneaky fastball he commands as well as anybody.

“He can command on the corners and can elevate the fastball and that helps the change-up play well.”

NOTES: The announced paid attendance was 5,674. … Mars has a 17-game hitting streak. … Mars and Jeremy Barfield entered the game 2-3 in the Eastern League batting race. Mars (1 for 4) stayed at .313 and Barfield (0 for 4) dropped to .304. Garabez Rosa of Bowie leads at .319.… Cosart lowered his ERA to 3.35 and has 48 strikeouts in 43 innings. … The Sea Dogs left after the game for Binghamton, New York, and five games over three days, making up two previous rainouts. If any of this weekend’s games are rained out, they will be made up when the Rumble Ponies come to Portland on Aug. 24-27. … Binghamton’s appearance at Hadlock would be a lot more interesting if a certain outfielder is promoted to Double-A. But the Mets still have Tim Tebow in advanced Class A.

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On Baseball: Barfield rebuilding his resume https://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/17/on-baseball-barfield-rebuilding-his-resume/ https://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/17/on-baseball-barfield-rebuilding-his-resume/#respond Thu, 17 Aug 2017 08:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1241680 From May 29 through Tuesday, only four professional baseball players had hit 22 or more home runs.

Three are in the major leagues – Giancarlo Stanton, Cody Bellinger and Mike Moustakas.

The other is in Double-A.

Jeremy Barfield keeps swatting them out. His 22 home runs are already a record for the Portland Sea Dogs as a Red Sox affiliate, even though he did not join the team until late May.

But why is he still on the team? If Barfield was a young prospect, Red Sox fans might be calling for his promotion. This is an organization that could use power.

But several factors are keeping Barfield in Double-A.

He’s not young in baseball years. Barfield turned 29 in July. If he was in the Red Sox lineup Wednesday night, he’d be the fourth oldest player.

Lack of track record. Barfield has never reached the majors. He has 77 Triple-A games on his resume, the last of those coming in 2015. He spent last year and the start of this season in an independent league.

The organization. The Red Sox are stocked in young outfielders – with Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Andrew Benintendi.

In fact, Boston may have the most stacked group of minor league outfielders, with no place to go.

In Triple-A Pawtucket, Bryce Brentz has hit 28 home runs, and Rusney Castillo is batting .308 with 14 home runs.

So, is Barfield buried in Double-A?

“I wouldn’t say that,” Sea Dogs Manager Carlos Febles said. “To me, he’s putting himself on the map. (With him coming) from independent ball, I wasn’t expecting him to do what he’s doing.

If not for his age, Jeremy Barfield might be regarded as a top prospect. But even at age 29, he’s sure to attract interest in the offseason if the Red Sox elect not to keep him. Staff photo by Brianna Soukup

“He can hit fastballs and breaking balls. He’s a very good hitter. I wouldn’t count this guy out. Something I would never give up on is power. Where can you find power?

“He might get a shot to come back to this organization, or with another team.”

Barfield, who first played pro ball in 2008, knows better than to think ahead.

“There’s nothing else to think about. I’ve been on my way out of this game the past two years. I’m just trying to keep my foot in the door,” Barfield said.

Barfield was released in spring training in 2015, but played his way back into affiliate ball. But he did not get any offers in 2016 and played for the independent Sugar Land (Texas) Skeeters, hitting 27 home runs.

When Barfield again did not get any offers in 2017, he considered retiring but was convinced by his wife to return. He hit nine homers for Sugar Land before the Red Sox signed him and sent him to Portland.

Barfield received no promises.

“They said I’m going to Portland, and how I do will dictate my playing time. That’s it. That was good enough for me,” Barfield said.

“If I’m here the whole time, that’s fine. I enjoy it here. Good opportunity to set myself up for whatever happens next.”

There are other elder Sea Dogs players with major league experience. They, like Barfield, can control only so much.

“We’ve talked about it,” said corner infielder Mike Olt, 28, who has played for the Cubs and White Sox. “You just need to play, stay healthy and hope good things will happen.

“Putting up numbers like this will help (Barfield) next year.”

What about next year? Has Barfield talked to his agent? He chuckled at the question.

“I don’t have an agent,” he said. “That’s a thing I need to reconsider … It’s a good position to be in, to actually have that conversation.”

But Barfield keeps the conversation in check.

“I’m just trying to be as consistent as possible, in all honesty,” he said. “Just seeing it well. Just trying to capitalize on pitches to hit.”

On Wednesday, Barfield went 2 for 4 with two doubles while also showing off his arm. With a runner on second base, Barfield charged a single and threw home on the fly, keeping the runner at third.

Barfield finally has enough plate appearances to rank among the Eastern League batting leaders – his .309 average is third best, and his .992 OPS easily leads the league. His 22 homers rank fourth. The numbers make Barfield a legitimate MVP candidate.

“Everyone has their own path,” Barfield said. “I’m just trying to prolong my career at this point. I guess I’m just a late bloomer, and that’s OK. I still enjoy it as much as ever.”

Kevin Thomas can be reached at 791-6411 or:


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Jimenez solid as Sea Dogs beat Curve, 6-1 https://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/16/jimenez-solid-as-sea-dogs-beat-curve-6-1/ https://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/16/jimenez-solid-as-sea-dogs-beat-curve-6-1/#respond Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:33:25 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/16/jimenez-solid-as-sea-dogs-beat-curve-6-1/ His fastball does not register above 90 mph, but left-hander Dedgar Jimenez, only 21, knows how to pitch.

“Tempo, tempo, tempo,” said Sea Dogs Manager Carlos Febles. “He gets the ball and he throws it. He has the ability to work both sides of the plate.”

Jimenez was dominant for six innings Wednesday night in a 6-1 win over the Altoona Curve, before a sold-out crowd of 7,368 at Hadlock Field.

Josh Ockimey led Portland (58-61) with two RBI singles. Jeremy Barfield added two doubles.

Jimenez (4-0) allowed three hits and no runs through six innings. With two outs in the seventh, he gave up four straight singles and one run.

His ERA in five Double-A starts is 2.83.

Jimenez signed with Boston when he was a 16-year-old in Venezuela. He has worked his way through the system and was 10-3 for Class A Salem before his promotion to Portland.

His 14 total wins is best among Red Sox minor leaguers, and second best in minor league baseball.

He mixes a curve and change-up with his deceiving fastball.

“His fastball plays pretty well,” Febles said. “He has such a smooth delivery and a short arm. The ball comes out of his hand – it’s 88-90 mph and it looks 95.”

Jimenez did not walk a batter and struck out one.

In the seventh, with the bases loaded and two outs, reliever Ty Buttrey stranded the runners with a strikeout. He then pitched a 1-2-3 eighth, and Bobby Poyner did the same in the ninth. Poyner’s ERA is 0.28.

Portland took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on back-to-back doubles by Henry Urrutia and Danny Bethea.

Michael Chavis and Barfield each hit an RBI double in the third, and the Sea Dogs were on their way.

Urrutia and Danny Mars each had two hits. Urrutia is batting .357 (10 for 28) this month. Mars was 2 for 5, raising his average to .313, second-best in the Eastern League.

NOTES: Wednesday’s sellout was the 10th of the season for the Sea Dogs. … Thursday’s game is a noon start with Trey Ball on the mound for Portland … Poyner has allowed one earned run in 22 Double-A appearances (32 innings). … Bethea has had limited playing time but has been effective (.325, 13 for 40). He also threw out a base stealer Wednesday.

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Elvis is celebrated at Hadlock Field: Photos https://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/16/elvis-celebrated-hadlock-field-photos/ https://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/16/elvis-celebrated-hadlock-field-photos/#respond Wed, 16 Aug 2017 22:56:51 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1241562 The Portland Sea Dogs hosted a tribute to Elvis Presley on Wednesday to mark the 40th anniversary of the singer’s death.

Dana Z, an Elvis impersonator, performed prior to the game.

Any fan that sang at least four lines from “Hound Dog” at the ticket window received one free ticket.

Presley died in 1977 in Memphis, one day before he was scheduled to perform in Maine.


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Wasted chances haunt Sea Dogs in 5-3 loss to Altoona https://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/15/wasted-chances-haunt-sea-dogs-in-loss/ https://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/15/wasted-chances-haunt-sea-dogs-in-loss/#respond Wed, 16 Aug 2017 02:54:15 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/15/wasted-chances-haunt-sea-dogs-in-loss/ The Altoona Curve are a first-place team. The Portland Sea Dogs are fighting to reach .500.

Altoona showed that winning edge Tuesday night, beating the Sea Dogs 5-3 before 6,321 at Hadlock Field.

The Sea Dogs swatted 10 hits. Teddy Stankiewicz recorded his 11th quality start.

But Portland also couldn’t drive in enough runs, leaving 11 on base, including two bases-loaded squanders early.

Danny Mars, Henry Urrutia, Mike Olt and Jordan Procyshen had multiple-hit games for the Sea Dogs, who dropped to 57-61, in fourth place in the Eastern League East Division.

Altoona (63-57) remained in first place in the West.

Stankiewicz (4-5) got into trouble immediately. Leadoff hitter Cole Tucker tripled to right field. Pablo Reyes followed with his ninth home run, a shot over the left-field wall. Stankiewicz, in his second season with the Sea Dogs, lasted six innings (three runs on seven hits).

Mars began the bottom of the first with a single but was thrown out at second when he overslid the base. Altoona starter J.T. Brubaker (7-4) then walked the bases loaded, but Josh Ockimey struck out and Urrutia flied out.

Mars singled in a run in the second, but Portland missed another chance in the third, loading the bases again with one out. Josh Tobias popped out to short and Procyshen grounded out.

Altoona scored three in the seventh (two off reliever Josh Smith) for a 5-1 lead.

Portland scored two in the eighth, including a Procyshen RBI double.

Tate Scioneaux of Altoona recorded his 12th save with a 1-2-3 ninth.

NOTES: Fans began lining up at Hadlock three hours before the game to be among the first to receive Yoan Moncada bobblehead dolls, given to the first 1,000 fans. Moncada played for the Sea Dogs last year and was traded to the White Sox in the offseason. … Former Boston Celtics player (and current TV analyst) Brian Scalabrine threw out the first pitch. Scalabrine filled in for Celtics forward Jaylen Brown, who canceled his scheduled appearance at Hadlock. … Wednesday’s game will begin at 6 p.m. because of the scheduled fireworks afterward. … Before Wednesday’s game, the South Portland American Little League team will be recognized. … Procyshen had a good night behind the plate, throwing out both attempted base-stealers. … Mars was 2 for 5 with two RBI and bumped his average to .312, second-best in the Eastern League. … Third baseman Michael Chavis had a scheduled day off. … Left-hander Dedger Jimenez (3-0, 3.27) will make his fifth start for the Sea Dogs on Wednesday night.

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On baseball: For those in the know, Devers’ success was inevitable https://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/15/on-baseball-for-those-in-the-know-devers-success-was-inevitable/ https://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/15/on-baseball-for-those-in-the-know-devers-success-was-inevitable/#respond Wed, 16 Aug 2017 02:43:28 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/15/on-baseball-for-those-in-the-know-devers-success-was-inevitable/ Aroldis Chapman had already blown away Hanley Ramirez on three pitches when the Red Sox rookie stepped in Sunday night.

A month before, Rafael Devers represented the Portland Sea Dogs in the Eastern League All-Star Game.

“Now he’s in Yankee Stadium, 46,000 fans, national TV,” said Sea Dogs Manager Carlos Febles, who knows about playing in Double-A and the major leagues the same year (1998 with the Royals).

“Once you get to the big leagues, you elevate your game.”

That defines Devers, who played 3½ months for the Sea Dogs, before stopping by Triple-A Pawtucket (nine games), and on to Boston, where his name is coming up in conversations alongside players like Ted Williams and Tony Conigliaro.

In his first 17 games with Boston, Devers is hitting .348 with six home runs and 13 RBI.

“It’s nothing out of the ordinary. That’s Devers,” said Sea Dogs catcher Jordan Procyshen, a teammate for three seasons.

But it has been extraordinary, especially that at-bat against Chapman. The Red Sox trailed 2-1 in the top of the ninth. Chapman is brutal against left-handed batters (.130 average, one homer allowed in his career).

Chapman’s first pitch was a called strike at 102.4 mph.

Devers didn’t back down.

“I think he’s not going to let any moment be too big for him,” said Sea Dogs teammate Mike Olt, a former major leaguer with the Cubs and White Sox. “His natural ability will take over.”

Devers took a ball, then fouled off a high pitch. Both fastballs were also 102 mph.

Then Devers did what has made him such a dangerous hitter. He adjusted.

According to Jeff Sullivan of fangraphs.com, Devers made a slight change for the next pitch to catch up with Chapman’s heat.

“He tweaked to a quieter, up-the-middle approach,” wrote Sullivan. “The feet didn’t open and the hips didn’t open.”

Chapman came with a 102.8 fastball, elevated, inside in the strike zone. Devers met it square for a home run to left-center, tying the game that Boston would win in the 10th inning.

Boston lost Monday night but Devers still hit two home runs, one over the Green Monster, the other golfed on a diving curveball, launched into the visiting bullpen in right field at Fenway Park.

“That’s very unique for any hitter of any age,” Manager John Farrell said.

Devers is only 20. In the last 100 years, only two other Red Sox players under age 21 hit two home runs in a game – Williams and Conigliaro.

Former teammates said they saw it coming.

“I don’t know what people are surprised about this,” tweeted former Sea Dogs infielder Mauricio Dubon (now in the Brewers’ organization). “He’s been doing this since he signed!”

The Sea Dogs usually play at the same time as the Red Sox and later catch highlights of Devers. “We’ve been watching him every step of the way,” Olt said.

Was this much success honestly expected?

“It’s hard for me to say yes but from what we saw here, it’s not hard to believe,” Febles said. “He doesn’t just want to be good. He wants to be great. And he works hard at it.”

Febles praised Devers’ defense, which has greatly improved since 2015, when he was considered a liability at third base.

Now he’s making plays, including the calm way he began a triple play Tuesday night.

And his bat is helping Boston in the stretch run.

“It’s a testament to his development and his preparation,” Sea Dogs hitting coach Lee May Jr. said. “He prepared himself for this moment from the time he’s been here.

“That’s the way Carlos sets things up – preparing guys to go and perform at Fenway. (Devers) took that to heart and that’s the way he went about his business.”

Febles has sent four players to the bigs – Devers, Andrew Benintendi, Tzu-Wei Lin (now in Pawtucket) and Yoan Moncada (traded to the White Sox).

When the White Sox traded Chris Sale to Boston, Chicago reportedly wanted Devers. The Red Sox said no and Moncada was dealt.

Interestingly, the Sea Dogs sponsored a Moncada bobblehead night Tuesday (the dolls were ordered before the trade).

Can you guess one of the bobblehead giveaways next year at Hadlock?

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Baysox hold off Sea Dogs https://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/13/baysox-hold-off-sea-dogs-2/ https://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/13/baysox-hold-off-sea-dogs-2/#respond Sun, 13 Aug 2017 23:10:08 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/13/baysox-hold-off-sea-dogs-2/ BOWIE, Md. — Cole Sturgeon had four hits, including a two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning, but the Portland Sea Dogs couldn’t overcome an early 4-0 deficit and lost 8-6 to the Bowie Baysox on Sunday afternoon.

Bowie built a 4-0 lead in the first two innings against Kevin McAvoy (5-7), scoring all its runs with two outs. D.J. Stewart and Aderlin Rodriguez each hit an RBI single in the first inning, and Austin Hayes delivered a two-run single in the second.

Portland cut the lead to 4-2 in the sixth on RBI singles from Chad De La Guerra and Sturgeon, but Bowie scored three runs in the seventh to take a 7-2 lead.

The Sea Dogs got RBI singles from Danny Bethea and De La Guerra in the eighth inning, and Sturgeon hit his fifth home run of the season in the ninth.

Portland finished with 14 hits, including three each by Bethea and De La Guerra, but stranded 12 runners and hit into two double plays.

McAvoy lasted five innings, allowing seven hits and two walks while striking out six.

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Barfield homers again as Sea Dogs beat Baysox https://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/12/barfield-homers-again-as-sea-dogs-beat-baysox/ https://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/12/barfield-homers-again-as-sea-dogs-beat-baysox/#respond Sun, 13 Aug 2017 03:11:13 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/12/barfield-homers-again-as-sea-dogs-beat-baysox/ BOWIE, Md. — Jeremy Barfield hit his 22nd home run of the season and drove in two runs to lead the Portland Sea Dogs to a 4-2 win Saturday night over the Bowie Baysox.

Barfield homered in the second inning, and drove in a run with a groundout in the fourth.

Danny Mars added an RBI single in the seventh after a triple by Diener Lopez, and Lopez hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth.

Henry Owens (3-3) picked up the win, allowing one hit and one earned run with four strikeouts in five innings before a long rain delay ended his outing. Bobby Poyner struck out two in the ninth to earn his seventh save in seven chances.

Portland’s Ryan Flaherty, making another rehab appearance for Bowie, was 0 for 1 and scored a run after getting hit by a pitch.

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Sports Digest: Sea Dogs lose rain-shortened game to Bowie https://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/11/sports-digest-sea-dogs-lose-rain-shortened-game-to-bowie/ https://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/11/sports-digest-sea-dogs-lose-rain-shortened-game-to-bowie/#respond Sat, 12 Aug 2017 02:30:01 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/11/sports-digest-sea-dogs-lose-rain-shortened-game-to-bowie/ BASEBALL

Sea Dogs fall to Baysox in rain-shortened contest

Austin Hays hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the third inning, and the Bowie Baysox held on for a 4-2, rain-shortened win over the Portland Sea Dogs at Bowie, Maryland.

The game was delayed for 47 minutes before being called after five innings. The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for Portland (56-59).

The Sea Dogs took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a two-run homer by Jeremy Barfield.

Bowie (61-56) cut into the lead on an RBI double by Adrian Marin in the second and took the lead for good an inning later on Hays’ blast.

Trey Ball allowed nine hits and four runs in 41/3 innings for the Sea Dogs.

EMPIRE LEAGUE: Matt Martinez hit a three-run homer to start a seven-run fifth inning that sparked the Old Orchard Beach Surge (25-18) to a 9-4 win over the Plattsburgh RedBirds (25-18) in Plattsburgh, New York.

Martinez’s homer gave the Surge a 4-3 lead. Gevon Jackson, who had four hits, added an RBI single to cap the rally, extending the lead to 8-3.

Casey Cannon picked up the win, allowing three earned runs on two hits and five walks in seven innings.


CUP SERIES: Brad Keselowski won the pole for Sunday’s race at Michigan International Speedway, putting himself in good position to try for an elusive victory at his home state’s track.

Keselowski is winless in 16 career Cup races at Michigan, but with eight top-10 finishes.

Keselowski’s pole is his second this year. He won it with a lap of 35.451 seconds (203.097 mph) in his No. 2 Ford. Joey Logano qualified second, followed by Kevin Harvick.


ROGERS CUP: Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov followed his upset of Rafael Nadal late Thursday with another three-set victory, beating France’s Adrian Mannarino 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 to reach the semifinals.

Roger Federer also advanced, continuing his mastery over 12th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain with a 6-4, 6-4 victory.

 In the women’s event at Toronto, Caroline Wozniacki outlasted top-ranked Karolina Pliskova 7-5, 6-7 (3), 6-4 in a quarterfinal that was delayed multiple times by rain.

Next up, she’ll face American Sloane Stephens, who topped Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic 6-2, 1-6, 7-5 before rain returned.

CINCINNATI MASTERS: Wimbledon finalist Marin Cilic will miss the tournament after withdrawing from the Rogers Cup because of an abductor injury.

– Staff and news service report

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Sports Digest: Sea Dogs complete sweep https://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/10/sports-digest-sea-dogs-complete-sweep/ https://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/10/sports-digest-sea-dogs-complete-sweep/#respond Fri, 11 Aug 2017 02:28:31 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/10/sports-digest-sea-dogs-complete-sweep/ BASEBALL

Sea Dogs complete sweep, shutting out Richmond

The visiting Portland Sea Dogs scored four runs in the third inning Thursday night, highlighted by Jeremy Barfield’s RBI double and Danny Bethea’s run-scoring single, and shut out the Richmond Flying Squirrels 4-0 to sweep a three-game series.

Dedgar Jimenez went the first six innings allowing six hits, striking out five and walking a batter for Portland (56-58), which has won four straight. Ty Buttrey threw 11/3 innings of relief, striking out three.

Richmond lost its fourth straight, falling to 49-66.

EMPIRE LEAGUE: Trailing 3-2 in the fifth inning, the Old Orchard Beach Surge tied it on a double by James Simpson and grabbed the lead for good when Calvin Graves followed with a two-run single to defeat the Plattsburgh Redbirds 10-5 at Plattsburgh, New York.


ROGERS CUP: Roger Federer overcame a weak first set to post a 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 victory over David Ferrer of Spain in the third round at the men’s event at Montreal.

In the quarterfinals Friday, the second-seeded Federer will face 12th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain, who outlasted Gael Monfils of France, 4-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (2).

n Karolina Pliskova advanced to the quarterfinals in the women’s event at Toronto when Japanese qualifier Naomi Osaka was forced to retire because of an injury.


FIFA RANKINGS: The United States climbed nine spots to 26th after winning the Gold Cup.

Brazil regained the top spot after a one-month absence, replacing World Cup champion Germany. Argentina remained third. Switzerland rose to fourth – its highest position since the first rankings 24 years go – and Poland moved to fifth, its high.

MEXICO: The national team and club Atlas issued cautious statements backing embattled star Rafael Marquez but also apparently distancing themselves after he was sanctioned by the U.S. government for alleged drug trafficking ties.


PLAYER DIES: A high school football player lifting a large log with teammates as part of a Navy SEALs-style drill was hit in the head by the log and died at Farmingville, New York, raising questions about adapting such military training to young athletes.

Joshua Mileto, a 16-year-old Sachem East High junior, and about five teammates were carrying the log overhead when the accident happened at a preseason exercise camp supervised by a half-dozen coaches, Suffolk County police said.


NASCAR: Dale Earnhardt Jr. said he’s proud of his accomplishments after Kevin Harvick suggested NASCAR’s growth has been hindered because Earnhardt hasn’t won enough.

“I put a lot into this sport, and I know that I might not have met everyone’s expectations but I certainly exceeded my own,” Earnhardt said while appearing at Chevrolet’s event introducing the Camaro ZL1, a new race car.

– Staff and news service report

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McAvoy throws a gem as Sea Dogs shut out Squirrels, 5-0 https://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/08/mcavoy-throws-a-gem-as-sea-dogs-shut-out-squirrels-5-0/ https://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/08/mcavoy-throws-a-gem-as-sea-dogs-shut-out-squirrels-5-0/#respond Wed, 09 Aug 2017 02:21:23 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/08/mcavoy-throws-a-gem-as-sea-dogs-shut-out-squirrels-5-0/ RICHMOND, Va. — Kevin McAvoy (5-6) threw eight innings of two-hit ball, and Michael Chavis belted his 11th home run of the season for the Portland Sea Dogs during a 5-0 victory Tuesday over the Richmond Flying Squirrels.

The Sea Dogs have won 5 of 7.

McAvoy did not allow a hit in the first seven innings, striking out five. He walked one in each of the first two innings. After the Flying Squirrels’ K.C. Hobson reach on a two-out error in the second, McAvoy retired 16 straight. Hunter Cole ended that streak with a leadoff single in the bottom of the eighth. One out later, Brandon Bednar singled for Richmond’s second and final hit.

Danny Mars singled home Henry Urrutia and Josh Tobias to cap a three-run second inning for Portland. Cole Sturgeon drew a bases-loaded walk to score the inning’s first run.

Chad De La Guerra doubled and scored on Chavis’ homer to left in the top of the eighth.

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Sea Dogs top Baysox, 5-4 https://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/06/sea-dogs-top-baysox-5-4/ https://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/06/sea-dogs-top-baysox-5-4/#respond Sun, 06 Aug 2017 20:20:15 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/06/sea-dogs-top-baysox-5-4/ Deiner Lopez drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift the Portland Sea Dogs to a 5-4 win over the Bowie Baysox in an Eastern League game Sunday afternoon at Hadlock Field.

The Sea Dogs rallied from an early 3-0 deficit to win the rubber game of the three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles’ Double-A affiliate.

The victory overshadowed a strong performance by Portland native Ryan Flaherty, who is on a rehab assignment, coming back from shoulder tendonitis that shelved him in May. Flaherty, a 2005 Deering High graduate, hit four singles, walked twice and scored three runs for the Baysox.

“That’s better than Ryan,” Flaherty joked after the game. “That’s someone else. I don’t get on (base) that many times. I don’t know who that was today.”

Portland Manager Carlos Febles held a different opinion.

“He’s a big leaguer, and you could tell what he was trying to do at the plate,” Febles said. “I think we got him ready to go back.”

Henry Owens, a lefthander who has spent parts of two seasons with the Boston Red Sox, pitched five innings for the Sea Dogs, allowing three runs on five hits, while striking out seven and walking six.

“Owens made big pitches when he had to,” Febles said. “He kept us in the game.”

For the past six weeks, Owens, who was sent down from Triple-A Pawtucket, has worked on delivering the ball from the three-quarter arm slot rather than over the top.

“It’s starting to feel natural, starting to feel comfortable,” he said. “Now I’m at the point where I need to trust it every pitch.”

The Baysox took a 2-0 lead in the third.

Light-hitting Adrian Marin led off with a wind-aided, opposite-field home run. It was his first homer in nearly a year. Flaherty walked, moved to third on a wild pitch and a groundball before scoring on a bloop single to center by Aderlin Rodriquez.

The Baysox took a 3-0 lead in the fourth. Flaherty dumped an opposite-field, two-out single into left, moved to second on a walk and scored when Garabez Rosa shot a single up the middle.

Mike Olt made it 3-1 in the bottom of the fourth when he hit his 15th homer of the season.

The Sea Dogs closed to within a run when Jordan Procyshen led off the bottom of the fifth with a double into the gap in left, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Lopez and scored on Danny Mars’ ground single into left.

The Baysox took a 4-2 lead in the sixth. Flaherty singled with two outs and came around to score when Austin Hays doubled off the right field wall.

The Sea Dogs hit two homers in the sixth to make it 4-4.

Jeremy Barfield extended his hitting streak to 16 games when he led off with his team-high 20th home run, a blast down the line in left.

With two outs, Josh Tobias hit his second homer of the season, a towering shot to left-center.

After the Baysox stranded a total of five runners in the top of the ninth and 10th innings, the Sea Dogs loaded the bases on an error, and singles by Tobias and Procyshen before Lopez capped an eight-pitch at-bat by drawing the decisive walk.

NOTES: Flaherty, who spent Sunday night at his home in Falmouth, was scheduled to fly to Baltimore on Monday. He is unsure what the next step in his rehab will be. “I’m just working along,” he said. “When it’s time, it’s time. (The Orioles) will let me know.” … It was the Sea Dogs’ ninth sellout of the season. Attendence as 7,368.

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Two major leaguers play as Sea Dogs fall to Bowie https://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/05/two-major-leaguers-play-as-sea-dogs-fall-to-bowie/ https://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/05/two-major-leaguers-play-as-sea-dogs-fall-to-bowie/#respond Sun, 06 Aug 2017 02:20:34 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/05/two-major-leaguers-play-as-sea-dogs-fall-to-bowie/ Carson Smith vs. Ryan Flaherty. Maybe Saturday night was a preview of a September matchup when the Red Sox and Orioles meet.

For Saturday, it was the Sea Dogs and Baysox, when Smith and Flaherty made rehab starts at Hadlock Field.

Smith, making his first competitive appearance in almost 15 months, pitched to only four batters, including Flaherty with one on and no outs.

After getting ahead 0-2, Smith threw four straight balls.

Smith struggled, walking the bases full, then giving up a sacrifice fly before leaving. He was to throw around 15 pitches and threw 18, only five for strikes.

“The adrenaline was pumping,” Smith said. “I felt a little foreign and lost my mechanics a little. Just happy to get through it healthy.”

Trey Ball followed Smith, allowed one inherited run to score, then gave up five more in his four innings of work, as Bowie routed the Sea Dogs, 13-7.

The game was called because of rain after two Bowie batters hit in the ninth inning.

Danny Mars, Cole Sturgeon and Josh Ockimey homered for Portland.

Smith, 27, is coming back from Tommy John surgery in May 2016. The right-handed reliever was acquired from Seattle after the 2015 season with pitcher Roenis Elias for pitchers Wade Miley and Jonathan Aro.

In 2016, Smith’s arm trouble began in spring training. He made two rehab appearances with Portland in late April and three appearances with Boston in May before being shut down.

Smith shined for Seattle in 2015 (92 strikeouts in 70 innings, 2.31 ERA) and was supposed to solidify the back end of the Red Sox bullpen. But his injury has had the Boston president, Dave Dombrowski, trading for more eighth-inning arms, first Tyler Thornburg (out for the season) and lately Addison Reed.

Smith threw almost all fastballs with three sliders and a change-up thrown in. While he’s thrown simulated games with the Red Sox, this was a whole new animal.

“You come into this, game atmosphere with an umpire behind the plate. It takes some time to get used to but I’m looking forward to my next outing,” said Smith, whose next scheduled appearance is Tuesday with Triple-A Pawtucket.

Flaherty, the former player at Deering High, played third base for Bowie and was 0 for 2 with two groundouts and three walks. He left in the eighth.

“It was good,” Flaherty said. “Any time you go out and play, you get stronger. We’ll go from there.”

Flaherty, who is coming back from right shoulder tendinitis, said he wasn’t sure if he would play Sunday.

NOTES: The announced paid attendance was 7,012. … Two of the league’s best hitters were on display with Bowie’s Garabez Rosa (4 for 4, .321) and Mars (4 for 5, .313). … Jeremy Barfield has a .307 average/.976 OPS with 19 home runs and 54 RBI in 66 games. Barfield, whose first game with Portland was May 26, will soon qualify to be among the Eastern League leaders, and will be a candidate for MVP honors. Barfield, 29, won the MVP last year in the independent Atlantic League. … Smith has yet to work out for Boston and Elias has been hurt and on a rehab assignment in Pawtucket. Seattle has Aro in Triple-A and Miley was traded to Baltimore.

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Sea Dogs top Baysox 8-5 with a four-run eighth https://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/04/sea-dogs-win-with-four-run-eighth/ https://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/04/sea-dogs-win-with-four-run-eighth/#respond Sat, 05 Aug 2017 02:52:49 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/04/sea-dogs-win-with-four-run-eighth/ The Portland Sea Dogs took advantage of wild Bowie Baysox pitching and rallied for an 8-5 win Friday night at Hadlock Field.

Down 5-4, Portland scored four runs in the eighth – on four walks, a hit batter, and Jeremy Barfield’s two-run single.

Josh Ockimey and Jordan Procyshen homered for the Sea Dogs. Ockimey, a first-base prospect, also doubled in a run.

Ryan Flaherty, a Portland native on a rehab assignment from the Baltimore Orioles, played shortstop for Bowie and went 2 for 4 with two singles and a walk. He also made a throwing error.

Portland’s Jordan Procyshen celebrates after scoring a run. Staff photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellette

D.J. Stewart homered for the Baysox.

Dedgar Jimenez, making his third Double-A start for the Sea Dogs, gave up four runs on 10 hits and two walks over six innings. He struck out two and left with the score 4-4.

Sea Dogs reliever Jake Cosart (5-2) gave up a Garabez Rosa triple and an RBI double by Stewart in the seventh. Rosa finished 3 for 5.

Portland’s Chad De La Guerra turns a double play for the Sea Dogs as D.J. Stewart tries to break up the play for the Bowie Baysox. Staff photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellett

The Sea Dogs rallied in the eighth when reliever Tim Berry (4-1) walked the bases loaded with one out. Reliever Scott McGough hit Joseph Monge and walked Chad De La Guerra to give Portland a 6-5 lead. Barfield added insurance.

Bobby Poyner, now 6 for 6 in save chances, pitched a 1-2-3 ninth with a strikeout to lower his ERA to 0.31. He has 38 strikeouts and five walks in 29 innings.

NOTES: The announced paid attendance was 7,368. … Barfield was named the Eastern League Player of the Month for July, the first Sea Dogs player to receive the honor since two got it in 2014 (Sean Coyle and Mookie Betts). Barfield batted .336 in July with 12 home runs and 33 RBI. … Bowie center fielder Cedric Mullins ran down deep balls from Barfield and Michael Chavis to the warning track. … Ockimey hit 11 home runs for Class A Salem before his promotion this week. … Procyshen has four homers. … Flaherty is one of two rehab major leaguers with Bowie. Outfielder Anthony Santander served as the DH, going 0 for 5. Santander, taken from the Indians in the Rule 5 draft last December, is recovering from a forearm strain. … A third rehab player, Red Sox reliever Carson Smith, is expected to pitch Saturday for Portland. Boston Manager John Farrell indicated that Smith will pitch at Hadlock and Smith tweeted that he’ll be here.

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On Baseball: Flaherty can go home again https://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/04/on-baseball-flaherty-can-go-home-again/ https://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/04/on-baseball-flaherty-can-go-home-again/#respond Sat, 05 Aug 2017 01:53:57 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/04/on-baseball-flaherty-can-go-home-again/ The logical progression for Ryan Flaherty would have been to join the Baltimore Orioles’ Triple-A team in Norfolk, Virginia. But the Orioles gave him an option.

“I had a choice, Norfolk or Portland, Maine,” Flaherty said, making a face that declared it was no choice at all.

“It was a no-brainer. I’m lucky I play for a manager with a big heart.”

Orioles Manager Buck Showalter knows how much Portland means to Flaherty – and vice versa – and gave Flaherty a chance to go home for the weekend, when the Orioles’ Double-A team, the Bowie Baysox, was playing a series at the Portland Sea Dogs.

Ryan Flaherty, the former Deering High star, returned Friday night to Hadlock Field, scoring for the Bowie Baysox while rehabbing for his return to the Baltimore Orioles. Staff photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellette

“Got in at 2 a.m. (to his house in Falmouth), up at 10, and went over to my mom and dad’s house for breakfast,” Flaherty said. “My wife is flying up (Saturday). It should be fun.

“If I’m not going to be (in the major leagues), this is a pretty cool alternative in the meantime. I’m looking forward to getting back, but I’m definitely going to enjoy these couple of games.”

Flaherty, 31, a utility player for the Orioles, is on a rehab assignment, combing back from right shoulder tendinitis that shelved him in May. It’s the first extended injury in Flaherty’s career.

“It’s frustrating,” he said. “Actually, one of the only other injuries I had was on the football field behind here. I hurt my collarbone.”

Flaherty was the Deering High quarterback, playing some games at Fitzpatrick Stadium. He also played basketball at the neighboring Expo.

But baseball was king and Flaherty excelled – high school player of the year, college All-American, and now in his sixth year in the major leagues.

Because Flaherty can become a free agent after this year, 2017 is a key season in determining his future worth. But Flaherty indicated free agency was not on his mind, only health.

Former Deering High School player Ryan Flaherty of the Bowie Baysox attempts to throw out a Sea Dog runner at Hadlock Field. Staff photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellette

“Any time you get hurt, it’s frustrating,” he said.

Numbers-wise, Flaherty never has appeared marketable, with a career .216 average. But Showalter always has coveted Flaherty’s ability to play any position. Flaherty also is a better hitter in the clutch (.259 average with runners in scoring position).

Yet Flaherty always is asked about his place on the roster.

“You know what? Show up, play hard and whatever happens is going to happen,” he said. “From a professional baseball standpoint, it’s one of the most challenging things for a player – even a kid playing here – trying to control things you can’t.

“You can really only show up, have a good attitude and play hard. It sounds cliche, but it’s true.”

To treat “the kids” on the Bowie Baysox, Flaherty is following tradition and paying for the postgame meal. Among the delights will be lobster rolls, of course.

Who figured Flaherty would be picking up the check 15 years ago when he first started toiling at Hadlock as a Deering underclassman? As a junior, in 2004, Flaherty played in a memorable state championship game – featuring future major league pitchers Ryan Reid (Deering) and Mark Rogers (Mt. Ararat) – won by the Rams, 6-1.

“A lot of good memories on this field,” he said.

His final high school game at Hadlock was in the 2005 playoffs.

Former Deering High School player Ryan Flaherty warms up with the Bowie Baysox. Staff photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellette

“I made an error in it. It wasn’t good,” Flaherty said.

In that game, Deering led Portland 6-3 in the sixth inning. The Bulldogs had runners on second and third and two outs. Flaherty charged a bouncer over the mound. He anticipated another bounce, but instead the ball scooted under his glove. Three hits followed and Portland won, 9-6.

Flaherty can go in detail about the play – “I haven’t forgotten.”

But the good times – and the good plays – far outnumber the bad. Anytime Flaherty is on a baseball field is a good time. He discovered that this summer, beginning his rehab in the Orioles’ Florida complex in Sarasota.

“It’s challenging, mentally more than physically,” he said. “You’re down there in Sarasota. You’re away from the team. You feel kind of helpless. And you miss playing.

“You don’t think about it until you actually stop but – you know what? – it’s fun to be out there.”

And it would be fun to be in a chase for the playoffs. Entering Friday, the Orioles were 53-55, 3½ games out of the second wild-card spot.

“Our best days are ahead of us,” Flaherty said. “We’re in the hunt, keeping our head above water and hopefully making a push soon.”

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Flaherty to make rehab appearance in Portland https://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/03/flaherty-to-make-rehab-appearance-in-portland/ https://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/03/flaherty-to-make-rehab-appearance-in-portland/#respond Thu, 03 Aug 2017 21:14:51 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/03/flaherty-to-make-rehab-appearance-in-portland/ Ryan Flaherty is coming back to Hadlock Field.

Flaherty, the Portland native and Baltimore Orioles utility player, will make a rehab appearance Friday evening when the Bowie Baysox play the Portland Sea Dogs.

Flaherty, 31, has been on the disabled list since May because of right shoulder tendinitis. He last played for the Orioles on May 18. He began a rehab assignment July 27, first with Bowie, and then with Class A Frederick.

By putting him back on the Bowie roster, the Orioles are allowing Flaherty to come home. Flaherty played at Deering High, so Hadlock Field is familiar turf.

On Saturday, the Sea Dogs will have their own rehab player, with Red Sox reliever Carson Smith scheduled to pitch. Flaherty also is expected to play Saturday.

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Barfield breaks 10-10 tie with homer in 8th as Sea Dogs win https://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/03/barfield-home-run-breaks-10-10-tie-lifts-sea-dogs-to-a-win/ https://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/03/barfield-home-run-breaks-10-10-tie-lifts-sea-dogs-to-a-win/#respond Thu, 03 Aug 2017 19:22:26 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/03/barfield-home-run-breaks-10-10-tie-lifts-sea-dogs-to-a-win/ It was already Aug. 3, and Jeremy Barfield had not hit a home run this month.

Maybe Portland Sea Dogs fans are getting a little spoiled, but Barfield delivered again Thursday afternoon. His solo blast over the left-field wall in the eighth inning broke a tie and gave Portland an 11-10 victory over the Richmond Flying Squirrels at Hadlock Field.

Barfield, who set a franchise record for home runs in one month with 12 in July, hit a high fastball an estimated 401 feet. He now has 19 home runs in 64 games with Portland.

“I knew he was coming with a fastball,” said Barfield. “You got to be patient with those guys. I wasn’t getting a lot to hit. Had to make sure I didn’t chase.”

Barfield was 1 for 3 with a walk and was also hit by pitch. He’s on 13-game hitting streak and is batting .306.

The Sea Dogs (51-57) also got home runs from Michael Chavis and Henry Urrutia (grand slam).

Portland led 6-1, trailed 9-6, then led 10-9 before Richmond tied the game in the sixth.

Taylor Grover (3-5) got the win with two hitless innings of relief. Bobby Poyner picked up his fifth save with a 1-2-3 ninth.

“The bullpen came in and did their job,” said Sea Dog Manager Carlos Febles, also noting Josh Smith’s effort (one run in 22/3 innings).”

Chavis went 2 for 4. His home run was his 10th in 38 games with the Sea Dogs and 27th overall this season, counting 17 for Class A Salem. That ties Chavis for the most home runs in the minor leagues.

Chavis, 21, was 9 when Urrutia became a pro player in Cuba. Urrutia, 30, has played parts of two seasons with the Baltimore Orioles. When Baltimore released him in May, the Red Sox signed him.

His slam over the fence in left-center gave the Sea Dogs a 6-1 lead in the third inning.

Sea Dogs starter Teddy Stankiewicz allowed one hit – a Jeff Arnold home run – through three innings but could not contain the damage in a hard-luck fourth. He allowed three singles (a misplayed popup, a dribbler and a grounder that beat the shift) before a strikeout. Then the next five batters reached, including Caleb Gindl’s three-run triple that chased Stankiewicz.

Portland came back with four runs in the fifth, including a Chavis RBI double and an RBI single by Urrutia. Richmond (47-62) tied it in the sixth on a double by Hunter Cole and a single by C.J. Hinojosa.

NOTES: The announced paid attendance was 6,569. … Poyner’s ERA is 0.32 in 18 games. … For the second time in three games, there was a delay because a foul ball broke a stadium light. Mike Olt did the honors this time. The now-experienced Sea Dogs crew, which took 17 minutes to clean up the glass on Tuesday, needed only five minutes on Thursday. … Richmond reliever Stephen Johnson was activated off the disabled list Thursday and entered in the fifth inning. But he did not finish his warmups and left because of an undisclosed injury. … Bob Tewksbury was at Hadlock, working with the Flying Squirrels in his capacity as the San Francisco Giants’ mental performance coach. Tewksbury, 56, a former All-Star pitcher from Concord, New Hampshire, held the same position for the Red Sox for 11 years. … The Bowie Baysox come to town Friday with the league’s best offense (.288 average, .783 OPS).

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Richmond beats Sea Dogs in 11 innings, 7-5 https://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/02/richmond-beats-sea-dogs-in-11-innings/ https://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/02/richmond-beats-sea-dogs-in-11-innings/#respond Thu, 03 Aug 2017 03:12:06 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/02/richmond-beats-sea-dogs-in-11-innings/ The Portland Sea Dogs and Richmond Flying Squirrels both lost leads Wednesday night, sending the game into extra innings before 5,797 at Hadlock Field.

Brandon Bednar won it for Richmond, singling home two runs in the 11th for a 7-5 victory.

Jeremy Barfield hit a two-run double and Jordan Procyshen added a solo home run for Portland (50-57). Reliever Jacob Dahlstrand (5-2) took the loss.

Kevin McAvoy came off the disabled list (back) and made his first start for the Sea Dogs since July 13. He gave up five runs on six hits and two walks over 31/3 innings.

Josh Tobias of the Portland Sea Dogs pivots to turn a double play Wednesday night as Myles Shroder of the Richmond Flying Squirrels is forced at second. Staff photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellette

Trevor Kelley made his eighth relief appearance for the Sea Dogs and it was easily his best, pitching a near-perfect 31/3 innings. He retired 10 of 12 batters, allowing a walk and hitting a batter.

Ty Buttery relieved Kelley and threw three innings of two-hit ball, working his change-up well off his 98 mph fastball.

The Sea Dogs took a 2-0 lead in the first when Barfield swatted his two-run double to right-center. Barfield, who went 2 for 5, has a 12-game hitting streak (19 for 48 with 19 RBI).

Portland went up 4-2 in the second with RBI by Danny Mars (double) and Cole Sturgeon (groundout).

Richmond’s C.J. Hinojosa turns a double play as Portland’s Josh Ockimey slides into second base. Staff photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellette

Richmond (47-61) scored three in the fourth for a 5-4 lead. But Procyshen tied it in the bottom of the inning with his blast. Procyshen’s third homer of the season flew off his bat (106 mph) and sailed over the right-field wall, an estimated 414 feet.

In the bottom of the 10th, Josh Ockimey, called up to Portland on Tuesday from Class A, got his first Double-A hit with a double to left field. After an out, Josh Tobias was intentionally walked. Both runners were stranded as reliever Cody Hall (3-2) struck out Procyshen and Mars.

Dahlstrand relieved in the 11th. He gave up a single but was ahead 0-2 on the next batter. Dahlstrand then threw eight straight balls to walk two and load the bases with no outs.

Bednar swung at the first pitch and lined a single to left, scoring two.

The Flying Squirrels brought in closer Tyler Cyr to face the top of Portland’s order in the 11th. Sturgeon led off with a single up the middle.

But Cyr recovered, striking out Chad De la Guerra, inducing a groundout by Michael Chavis and a flyout by Barfield.

Sea Dogs pitcher Kevin McAvoy delivers a pitch against the Richmond Flying Squirels. Staff photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellette

It was Cyr’s 14th save, tying him for second in the Eastern League.

NOTES: Red Sox Manager John Farrell told media in Boston that reliever Carson Smith will make a rehab appearance with the Sea Dogs in Saturday when Portland plays Bowie at 7 p.m. Smith, obtained in a trade before the 2016 season, was with the Sea Dogs when he last pitched in games (April 29-30, 2016). That rehab assignment did not go well and Smith underwent Tommy John surgery the next month.

After Wednesday’s game, the Sea Dogs have averaged 5,323 fans a game, fourth-best in the Eastern League. … Thursday’s game will feature a noon start.

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