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Tuesday May 26, 2015

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  • Clearing the Bases - Monday May 25, 2015 | 6:36 am

    Red Sox a contender, as is every AL East team

    The New York Yankees (22-22) have lost six straight games and, for the first time in 20 years, they have lost 10 of 11 games. Yet they are still in second place in the American League East, only 1.5 games behind the Tampa Bay Rays (24-21). Boston (21-23) has won two straight games – including a 6-1 win over the Angels Sunday – and is 2.5 games behind. Were the […]

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  • Sports - Friday May 22, 2015 | 10:18 am

    Workhorse Heath gets the call to keep UMaine baseball season alive

    For the third time this spring, UMaine senior Scott Heath will take the mound against Hartford. This time, he’ll carry the weight of an entire season with him. Heath and the Black Bears will take on the Hawks at 1 p.m. Friday in the first elimination game of the America East Conference baseball tournament at LeLacheur Park in Lowell, Mass. Maine, which was swept out of this tournament a year […]

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  • High School Extra - Friday May 22, 2015 | 9:51 am

    Sub-varsity softball down in SMAA

    Sub-varsity softball games in the SMAA were significantly reduced this season. “About 50 percent of the schools have eliminated JV softball just because of the participation numbers,” Westbrook Athletic Director Mike Connolly said. Westbrook does have a junior varsity team but had to cancel several games, Connolly said. Portland High ran a modified junior varsity schedule, said Athletic Director Rob O’Leary. Portland has nine players on the JV team, with one […]

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  • Clearing the Bases - Friday May 22, 2015 | 5:48 am

    Will Castillo help Red Sox? He can’t hurt

    While the Tampa Bay Rays assumed the top spot in the American League East, the anemic Boston Red Sox lost again, 3-1 to Texas. While outfielder Shane Victorino sat out, nursing another ache, Rusney Castillo (and his $10-million contract) played for Pawtucket. When Castillo got a double Thursday night, it made you wonder why isn’t he at Fenway, helping Boston’s struggling offense. Maybe he will get to Boston in time […]

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  • Clearing the Bases - Thursday May 21, 2015 | 7:05 am

    Anyone want to win the AL East? Sox and Dogs lose; Tejeda hot

    The American League East continues to be the division no one wants to take over. Every division team lost Wednesday night, as the group remains tightly bunched. The standings: Yankees and Rays 22-19 Red Sox 19-21  (2.5 games back) Orioles 17-20 (3) Blue Jays 18-24 (4.5) Another night of offensive futility for the Red Sox in a 2-1 loss. Interestingly, the Sea Dogs also lost 2-1. Oscar Tejeda had the […]

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  • Clearing the Bases - Wednesday May 20, 2015 | 8:37 am

    Napoli busting out? Who is Tim Roberson? Brian Johnson re-groups

    Is Mike Napoli breaking out of his slump? He took a step toward productivity Tuesday night with a 2-for-4 night with a home run and two RBI, in the Red Sox 4-3 win over the Rangers. Napoli is now batting .174. Tim Britton of the Providence Journal pointed out that on May 28, 2011, Napoli was batting .183, and went hit .366 the rest of the season While Napoli is […]

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  • High School Extra - Tuesday May 19, 2015 | 2:47 pm

    Davis catching on for Biddeford

    She calls the game, handles two very good pitchers equally well and has belted six home runs. Even better, Biddeford High softball catcher Brook Davis is just a freshman. Davis hit her sixth home run of the season last Saturday in the Tigers’ 7-6 win against rival Thornton Academy and also added an RBI single in a four-run first inning that helped senior pitcher Abbie Paquette to an early lead. […]

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  • Clearing the Bases - Tuesday May 19, 2015 | 8:43 am

    Sox search for O; Moncada debuts; Dogs at Hadlock

    The Boston Red Sox are finally getting stability in their starting rotation. Now the bats are quiet. Tom Caron looks at the issue. One possible solution is Rusney Castillo, who is still in Pawtucket. Castillo was not in the lineup Monday, which caused a lot of early speculation. Turns out, his wife is having a baby. Pawtucket recently received outfielder Allen Craig from Boston. Since then, Craig has been removed […]

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  • High School Extra - Monday May 18, 2015 | 11:13 am

    Hall soars 20 feet, 5 inches, improves Maine all-time best

    Based on last week’s performances at a few Western Maine Conference meets, the Class B state championship could be packed with record-breaking efforts. The highlight was at a WMC meet Friday in Kittery at Traip Academy where Kate Hall of Lake Region jumped farther than 20 feet for the first time outdoors, with a mark of 20-feet, 5-inches. It smashed her Maine all-time best record set last week (19-8.50). Lake […]

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