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  • Friday Apr 24, 2015 | 7:15 am

    So far, the P-word is prevalent in AL East

    After the Baltimore Orioles beat the Boston Red Sox last Sunday, the two teams sat tied atop the American League East. By Thursday night, the East featured a three-way tie, but the Orioles were in last. The predicted parity in this division is evident, so far. The standings: Boston, New York, Toronto: 9-7 Tampa Bay: 8-8 Baltimore: 7-9. Yes, it’s early, with only 10 percent of the schedule being played. […]

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  • Tuesday Apr 14, 2015 | 8:32 am

    Porcello looked pretty good, too

    BOSTON – While it was “The Mookie Betts Show,” as Hanley Ramirez described Monday’s Red Sox home opener, there was some else going right for Boston. Rick Porcello’s line: 8 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K Porcello may never be a dominant pitcher, but he can be so efficient, and that is what the Red Sox, and their tired bullpen, needed on Monday. Porcello is […]

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  • Friday Apr 10, 2015 | 4:40 am

    Another opening no-hitter; Johnson strong; Red Sox-Yankees

    Last year, Henry Owens began the minor league season with a rain-shortened, six-inning no-hitter for the Portland Sea Dogs. Owens, a top pitching prospect, showed his stuff Now, along comes Jacob Dahlstrand, and it appears his stuff will play, for now. He pitched six no-hit innings for advanced Class A Salem Thursday night. The game was called in the seventh innings because of rain (Joe Gunkel threw 1/3 of an […]

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  • Thursday Apr 09, 2015 | 8:41 am

    Forget the fastball and curveball. Snowball time

    Portland Sea Dogs assistant GM Chris Cameron gets credit for the best tweet this morning:   I’ve often compared Opening Day to being like Christmas morning, this is not what I had in mind. pic.twitter.com/pG0XsTVBLg — Chris Cameron (@ChrisRCameron) April 9, 2015 We talked to the Sea Dogs players about playing in the cold (see today’s story). As for the Sea Dogs opener scheduled to Thursday at 6 p.m., it […]

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  • Wednesday Apr 08, 2015 | 7:08 am

    Where are those arms the Red Sox traded?

    Arizona Diamonbacks right-hander Rubby De La Rosa won his first start with his new team, but Red Sox fans don’t need to regret the deal that sent De La Rosa and Allen Webster to Arizona for left-handed starter Wade Miley. De La Rosa got plenty of support in the D-Backs’ 7-6 win over the Giants. He began by giving up a two-run Buster Posey homer in the first and ended […]

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  • Tuesday Apr 07, 2015 | 6:26 am

    Win-win-win for Red Sox on Monday; plus A-Rod, Lavarnway, Iglesias

    Clay Bucholz looked like an ace. Five home runs. A solid pitched locked up. Monday was a good day for the Boston Red Sox, 8-0 winners in Philadelphia. Buchholz pitched seven – count’em, seven – shutout innings. And the offense did its share. Red Sox fans had to be pleased to see Dustin Pedroia swing the bat. He was, saying so in this interview. And after the victory, the Red […]

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  • Monday Apr 06, 2015 | 6:52 am

    Opening thoughts: lineup, Hamels where he expected, Lester loss, Flaherty still with O’s

    Philadelphia left-hander Cole Hamels spun a clever line before Monday’s season-opening game between the Red Sox and Phillies. “I had a pretty good idea I’d be in this ballpark,” Hamels said in today’s advance. Of course, Hamels could have just as easily been talking about suiting up for the other team, as Boston is continually mentioned as a trade partner for Hamels. Instead, Boston goes with Clay Buchholz – a […]

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    Friday Apr 03, 2015 | 1:18 pm

    Patriots’ Malcolm Butler coming to Hadlock Field

    The Portland Sea Dogs want you to think about baseball, so they announced  Friday that they are bringing a football player to Hadlock Field. Actually, the Sea Dogs bring a New England Patriots player to a game every year and, this month, that player is Malcolm Butler, the cornerback who made the game-saving interception in Super Bowl XLIX.   Butler (shown at left with his interception) will appear at the […]

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    Wednesday Apr 01, 2015 | 8:38 am

    Never know who you will see at Hadlock Field

    In today’s Press Herald, we write about the chance encounter at Hadlock Field between the established slugger (David Ortiz) and the kid trying to get to the big leagues (Pablo Sandoval), back in 2008. Back then, the kid was a catcher. Now he is a third baseman expected to handle the hot corner at Fenway Park, while adding to what general manager Ben Cherington hopes is a relentless lineup. The […]

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