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Contributors: Sports - Clearing the Bases

  • Monday Jul 11, 2011 | 6:30 am

    Still tied in the loss column; Weiland’s performance; Lavarnway next up?

    After their terrible start, the Boston Red Sox enter the All-Star break in first place in the AL East. But it is hardly a comfortable lead – one game ahead of the NY Yankees. The teams are tied in the loss column – Boston (55-35), NY (53-35) – so Boston’s lead is the result of playing (and winning) two more games. Could be another AL East division race with the "loser" getting the wild-card berth. By […]

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  • Sunday Jul 10, 2011 | 7:14 am

    Kyle Weiland gets his chance

    Just over four months ago, while watching spring training games, I was talking to Red Sox minor league officials  trying to figure out the Sea Dogs rotation. I guessed right when throwing out names like Fife, Miller and Pimentel. Kyle Weiland? The reply was quick: No way. The Red Sox had bigger plans for Weiland … a quicker path to the big leagues, which begins today with his first major league start. Weiland […]

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  • Thursday Jul 07, 2011 | 6:55 am

    The surprising Wake; Doubront may be needed; Pap’s ERA

    Tim Wakefield is two wins away from 200 in his career. He is helping prop up the injured/sickened rotation that has three pitchers on the DL - Matsuzaka (for the year), Lester and Buchholz (the latter two expected back "sometime" after the All-Star break). Another (Lackey) has been on the DL, and another (Beckett) has missed starts because of sickness. Wakefield is 5-3, although the ERA remains high (4.74). Wakefield, who has battled injuries […]

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  • Wednesday Jul 06, 2011 | 7:56 am

    Lavarnway and Middlebrooks still hot

    Ryan Lavarnway and Will Middlebrooks are two of the best hitters that have put on a Sea Dogs uniform in recent years. Lavarnway is now in Pawtucket, with a lofty 1.030 OPS in 21 games. He had two doubles on Tuesday, and is now batting .338, with a .418 on base percentage. Middlebrooks had himself a day at the ballpark in Binghamton. Playing a doubleheader, Middlebrooks was a combined 7-for-9 […]

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  • Tuesday Jul 05, 2011 | 7:38 am

    Well, at least Burnett gave it up, too; Weiland, Middlebrooks

    Have a few days off, so my 10-year-old is giving me updates. He rushed into the living room last night with a smile on his face and two words: "Yankees lost." Well, that may be some consolation on a day when John Lackey gave up seven early runs. After the Red Sox defeat, A.J. Burnett gave up a Yankees lead in New York’s 6-3 loss to Cleveland. Derek Jeter, headed to […]

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  • Monday Jul 04, 2011 | 10:21 am

    How to make room for Wilson, Buchholz?

    As Alex Wilson keeps dealing for the Portland Sea Dogs (see the Press Herald story), he seems ready to mover up toe Triple-A. But how to make room for him. The PawSox already have five starters – Kyle Weiland, Felix Doubront, Matt Fox, Brandon Duckworth and Kevin Millwood. And while the Sox figure out how to move up Wilson, they have another decision to make. When Clay Buchholz comes off […]

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  • Friday Jul 01, 2011 | 6:23 am

    Cameron memories; the kids rise; stealing to win (twice); Lavarnway (again)

    Mike Cameron was designated for assignment Thursday, struggling with a .149 average. Signing Cameron to a two-year deal last year was not a good move by Theo Epstein. But Cameron did live up to expectations as a "character guy." When he spent a few days in Portland last year on rehab, he seemed to elevate everyone at Hadlock Field with his optimism and respect (for people and the game). After […]

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  • Thursday Jun 30, 2011 | 6:30 pm

    Pimentel scratched, Navarro up; Dogs lineup

    Stolmy Pimentel will not start for the Sea Dogs tonight as scheduled because the Sea Dogs bullpen may not be able to support him. Pimentel (0-8, 9.20) has been limited to three or fewer in his last four starts, as the Red Sox try to get their pitching prospect back on track. But the Sea Dogs bullpen has been taxed recently and would be stretched to covered six-plus innings tonight. […]

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  • Wednesday Jun 29, 2011 | 1:26 pm

    Five Sea Dogs named to Eastern League All-Star Game

    The Sea Dogs may have the worst record in the Eastern League, but Portland does feature some individual talent. Five players were named to play in the Eastern League All-Star Game on July 13 in Manchester, N.H. The five: pitchers Stephen Fife and Alex Wilson, third baseman Will Middlebrooks, and outfielder Chih-Hsien Chiang and Alex Hassan. Fife, who will be making his second straight appearance, leads the Sea Dogs in wins […]

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