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Thursday March 26, 2015


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    Clearing the Bases - Thursday Mar 19, 2015 | 6:17 am

    Opener three weeks away; Ellsbury out; the Yard Goats?

    The Portland Sea Dogs open their 2015 season at home three weeks from today. Have you seen Hadlock Field lately. It looks nothing like this photo taken earlier this month.   I stopped by Wednesday and saw the snow cleared. We’ll have more about the Dogs’ upcoming season in this Sunday’s column. Minor League spring training games began Wednesday in Fort Myers. Jake Seiner of stopped by the Sea […]

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    Clearing the Bases - Wednesday Mar 18, 2015 | 10:15 am

    Red Sox send Coyle, Shaw and others to the minors

    With minor league spring training games scheduled to begin Wednesday, the Boston Red Sox began thinning out its major league spring training camp, sending six players to the minors. First baseman Travis Shaw and infielder Sean Coyle were optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket. Pitchers Miguel Celestino, Keith Couch and Noe Ramirez, along with first baseman/outfielder Bryan LeHair, were sent to minor league camp. The distinction made for Shaw and Coyle – […]

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  • Clearing the Bases - Tuesday Mar 17, 2015 | 8:44 am

    If Joe Kelly is down, options begin with Wright, Rodriguez

    Joe Kelly started Monday for the Boston Red Sox, but left with a sore biceps muscle. Kelly downplayed it after the game, saying it has happened before and it doesn’t last too long. But Kelly’s early exit quickly created speculation on who would replace him if he wasn’t ready to begin the season. The guesses began with knuckleball pitcher Steven Wright, 30, who has pitched in 10 major league games […]

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  • Clearing the Bases - Friday Mar 13, 2015 | 6:23 am

    Moncada announcement today, Portland-bound later?

    Yoan Moncada, the Boston Red Sox new $63-million investment, will be officially announced as a member of the organization today. Moncada began spring training drills with the Sox on Thursday. He is expected to begin the season in Class A (either in Greenville, South Carolina, or in Advanced Class A Salem, Virginia). How well get adjusts to American pro ball will determine how soon he reaches Portland, to join the […]

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  • High School Extra - Thursday Mar 12, 2015 | 11:51 am

    Lawrence’s Irving wins Gatorade girls’ player of the year

    Junior center Nia Irving, who led Lawrence High to its first Class A girls’ basketball state championship since 1994, has been named the Gatorade Maine girls’ Player of the Year. Irving averaged 22.5 points and 14 rebounds in helping the Bulldogs to a 21-1 record. She had 27 points and seven rebounds in the Class A state title 50-43 win over Thornton Academy. She was an excellent foul shooter as […]

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  • Clearing the Bases - Thursday Mar 12, 2015 | 9:09 am

    The best half-million-dollar outfielder in baseball

    The Boston Red Sox let Jacoby Ellsbury go to the Yankees last year. He makes $21-million a year and will do so until at least 2020. The Red Sox, no cheapskates themselves, have an outfield consisting of Hanley Ramirez ($19-million), Shane Victorino ($13-million) and Rusney Castillo ($10.5-million). So who is turning heads in spring training? Center fielder Mookie Betts ($514,000). “An exciting player. His at-bats are consistent. he hits the […]

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  • Clearing the Bases - Wednesday Mar 11, 2015 | 8:37 am

    Yeah, it’s only spring, but it’s still the Yankees

    Big game today! Well, it is only spring training, but it is still fun when the Red Sox and Yankees get together. This afternoon, they will be playing in Tampa. The Red Sox are bringing a few of their young starters (Mookie Betts and Christian Vazquez), with Joe Kelly starting on the mound. The lineup: Betts CF, Holt SS, Craig DH, Brentz LF, Nava RF, Vazquez C, Cecchini 3B, Shaw […]

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  • Clearing the Bases - Tuesday Mar 10, 2015 | 6:24 am

    Do Red Sox keep Barnes in the pen for now?

    Wade Miley got the start for the Red Sox and threw three scoreless innings. That was the best pitching news for Boston on Monday, but scan down the boxscore and see another pitcher. Matt Barnes: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K. 13 pitches, 13 strikes. Intriguing. Barnes, a first-round draft pick in 2011, was one of the Portland Sea Dogs star starters in 2013, along with […]

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  • High School Extra - Monday Mar 09, 2015 | 3:42 pm

    Four Travis Roy Award finalists announced

    The four finalists for the Travis Roy Award were announced Monday by the Maine Class A High School Hockey Coaches Association: Isac Nordstrom of Falmouth; Andrew Whipple of South Portland/Freeport/Waynflete; Brad Berube of St. Dominic; and Cody Martin of Lawrence/Skowhegan. Nordstrom led the Yachtsmen to the No. 1 seed in the West playoffs this year. He totaled 31 points, despite missing six games because of injury. Whipple was a focal […]

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