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Sunday November 23, 2014

Contributors: Sports - Clearing the Bases

  • Saturday Sep 06, 2014 | 9:09 am

    With Castillo playing with Sea Dogs, the odds are ever in their favor

    One baseball game does not make a career. And too often when a baseball player is hyped and then has a bad game (or even a bad at-bat), the doomsayers come out. Likewise, a good game can turn into unrealistic expectations. A big contract can do the same thing. So Red Sox fans expect big things from outfielder Rusney Castillo, who just signed a $72.5-million deal with Boston. Castillo went […]

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  • Friday Sep 05, 2014 | 5:34 am

    Sea Dogs (with Castillo) back at Hadlock; Koji shutdown?

    After tying their best-of-five series at 1-1, with a 7-0 victory in Binghamton, the Portland Sea Dogs will play at least two more games at Hadlock Field, tonight and Saturday, both at 6 p.m. If a Game 5 is needed, it will also be home, Sunday at 1 p.m. The Sea Dogs not only bring title hopes to their fans, they will bring along newly-signed Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo, who […]

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  • Tuesday Sep 02, 2014 | 5:38 am

    Big series (for Yankees); Castillo added to Sea Dogs playoff roster

    When the Red Sox schedule is released, you always look to see where the Yankees series’ are. Boston visit the Bronx for a three-game set today through Thursday. These are important games (for the Yankees). New York (70-65) is tied for fourth place with Cleveland in the Wild Card standings, four games back. The Red Sox? They’re 60-77, tied with Minnesota for the fifth-worst record in baseball. Joe Kelly goes […]

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  • Monday Sep 01, 2014 | 7:20 am

    Rare Buchholz dominance in East; Betts; Owens; the other Miller

    Clay Buchholz (6-8, 5.40) threw a complete-game, three-hit shutout against the Rays. It was rare dominance for Buchholz against the AL East. Against the Yankees, Blue Jays and Orioles this season, Buchholz is 1-5 with a 6.99 ERA. With obvious talent, but maddening inconsistency, Buchholz will be one of the mysteries heading into next season. What will the 2015 Buchholz be like? Mookie Betts (.259) batted second for Boston and […]

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  • Sunday Aug 31, 2014 | 9:44 am

    Almanzar traded; Haley on again

    When Michael Almanzar came out of the Sea Dogs game Saturday night, it was not that unusual. Almanzar has been in out of the lineup with various ailments, usually the result of being hit by a pitch (shoulder, hand, etc.). But this time there was a different reason. Almanzar and Red Sox infielder/outfielder Kelly Johnson were traded to Baltimore for infielder/outfielder Jemile Weeks and minor league infielder Ivan De Jesus. […]

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  • Friday Aug 29, 2014 | 8:29 am

    Red Sox careful about Johnson; Ranaudo starts; Dogs close

    The Cleveland Indians once had a prized pitching prospect named Adam Miller, who threw only 70 innings in 2005 because of an elbow strain. In 2006, he pitched 166 2/3 innings for Double-A Akron and was scheduled for the deciding Game 5 of the Eastern League championship series, against the Portland Sea Dogs. But Cleveland said no. Miller was scratched before the game (which Portland won 8-5), worried that he […]

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  • Thursday Aug 28, 2014 | 10:44 am

    Middlebrooks’ fade continues; Asuaje and Travis on the rise

    Used to be that you could count on Will Middlebrooks raking in Toronto. But in the past three days, he is 1-for-13 with eight strikeouts. He went 0-for-3 Wednesday night. Middlebrooks is batting .188 with two home runs. Since coming off the disabled list: .178, 0 homers, 23 strikeouts in 73 at-bats. Boston will give him a chance to turn it around. But how long? The Red Sox have acquired […]

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  • Tuesday Aug 26, 2014 | 10:47 am

    Ranaudo Pitcher of the Year again; Dogs rolling with arms

    Anthony Ranaudo picked up his second Pitcher of the Year award, this time from the International League, where he was 14-4 with a 2.61 ERA for Pawtucket. Ranaudo won the Easter League award last year while with the Portland Sea Dogs. Ranaudo’s Pawtucket teammate, Matt Barnes, kept up his good run with 7 1/3 innings on Monday: 4 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 4 K. Barnes (8-8, 3.80) has a […]

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  • Monday Aug 25, 2014 | 6:10 am

    Red Sox among leaders (for draft position); historic Sea Dogs come home

    After their eighth straight loss Sunday, the Boston Red Sox dropped to 56-74. Boston is positioning itself nicely – for the 2015 draft. Boston has the fifth-worst record, behind Texas (50-79), Colorado (52-77), Arizona (55-76) and Houston (55-76). In the months-long tryout for next year’s rotation, Allen Webster (3-2, 5.81) did himself no favors, going only 4 1/3 innings: 8 H, 6 R, 2 BB, 5 K. Pawtucket (74-62) lost […]

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