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Sunday July 5, 2015


  • Clearing the Bases - Wednesday Jul 01, 2015 | 9:53 am

    Red Sox in sync; Victorino in Portland; Owens in control

    After Boston’s 4-3 win over Toronto, the Red Sox are still in last place in the AL East, but have won three straight and are climbing. The standings: Orioles 41-36, Rays 42-37, Yankees 41-37 (0.5 behind), Blue Jays 41-38 (1), Red Sox 36-43 (6). Alejandro De Aza went 1-for-3 for Boston and is batting .333 (1.053 OPS) in his last 15 games. Jackie Bradley Jr. homered, but he is still […]

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  • Clearing the Bases - Friday Jun 26, 2015 | 9:43 am

    Sorting out the Sox pitching (in the future)

    Even though Eduardo Rodriguez had a tough fourth inning in Thursday’s 8-6 loss, he still is one of the few Red Sox pitchers with a winning record (3-2) and no one doubts he has a bright future. With that in mind, Friday’s column looks at who is likely to get the next call from Triple-A: Brian Johnson. Meanwhile, another lefty, Henry Owens, had his longest outing of the year in […]

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  • Clearing the Bases - Wednesday Jun 24, 2015 | 9:15 am

    Joe Kelly remind you of anyone?

    Joe Kelly is 2-5 with a 5.67 ERA for the Boston Red Sox. We keep hearing he has great stuff and he has demonstrated that in seven games (2 earned runs or less). But in the other seven starts, he’s allowed: 4 earned runs once, 5 earned run (four times), 6 and 7. Last night: 3 2/3 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 2 K. The Red Sox lost […]

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  • Clearing the Bases - Monday Jun 22, 2015 | 5:45 am

    Nine games out, but hopeful

    Dare Red Sox fans hope? A 3-2 road trip, including a series win over the hot Kansas City Royals – not to mention an offense emerging – and maybe Boston is ready to make a move, at least into contention. The Red Sox (31-40) are still nine games out, with the rest of the division bunched up within three games of each other. But there’s time, right?   Boston beat the […]

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  • High School Extra - Sunday Jun 21, 2015 | 1:03 pm

    Father’s Day feelings at Class A lacrosse

    Father’s Day came a day early at the Class A boys’ lacrosse championship game. Prior to the game, South Portland Coach Tom Fiorini and Brunswick Coach Don Glover shook hands and noted that how for both of them the game was an early gift: the opportunity to coach their own son — or sons in Glover’s case — in the most meaningful game. Fiorini noted to this reporter he had […]

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  • High School Extra - Friday Jun 19, 2015 | 9:22 am

    MPA adjusts lacrosse championship game schedule

    With both the Yarmouth High boys’ and girls’ lacrosse teams reaching the Class B state championship, the Maine Principals Association adjusted its schedule for Saturday’s four championship games at Fitzpatrick Stadium. Now both Class A games will be in the first session and both Class B title tilts will be in the afternoon/evening group. The updated schedule for Saturday: 10 a.m. — Class A boys, South Portland (14-1) vs. Brunswick (15-0) […]

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  • High School Extra - Thursday Jun 18, 2015 | 12:24 pm

    Miss Maine Softball finalists announced

    Thornton Academy’s Bailey Tremblay, Gardiner’s Kristal Smith and Cony’s Arika Brochu have been named finalists for the Miss Maine Softball award, given to the state’s outstanding senior player each year. All three are pitchers. The winner will be announced between the Senior East-West all-star games at Cony High School in Augusta on June 25. The C/D game will be at 4 p.m. and the A/B game will be at 7 […]

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  • Clearing the Bases - Thursday Jun 18, 2015 | 9:48 am

    Red Sox starters tiring out the bullpen

    Saw a post-game interview of Red Sox starter Joe Kelly after Boston’s 5-2 loss Wednesday.  He said that except for a few walks (3 of them), he thought he pitched OK. He threw only five innings (103 pithces) That is not OK. The inability of Boston starters to go deep into games is wearing down Boston’s bullpen. Look at Junichi Tazawa. He had been one of the Red Sox best […]

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  • High School Extra - Wednesday Jun 17, 2015 | 12:48 pm

    South Portland tabs Millington as boys’ basketball coach

    Veteran coach Kevin Millington has been selected as the new varsity boys’ basketball coach at South Portland High, athletic director Todd Livingston announced Wednesday. The hire is pending approval of the South Portland School Board, Livingston said in a press release. Millington has 18 years of head coaching experience. He led Windham to the Western Class A quarterfinals and an 11-9 record last winter. He replaces Phil Conley, who resigned […]

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