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  • Monday Aug 15, 2011 | 5:57 am

    Furbush shines vs. Sox; standings; Lavarnway an untouchable

    When Kevin Youkilis hit a two-run homer off of reliever Jeff Gray, it all was going to play for Mainers who are Red Sox fans. They could cheer for Seattle starter Charlie Furbush, of South Portland, to do well … but not to actually beat the Sox. Furbush held Boston to one run over seven innings. Youkilis’ homer made it 5-3 in the 8th … But that was as close […]

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  • Saturday Aug 13, 2011 | 7:35 am

    Rays hang in; Wilson the next Weiland? An underdog in Lowell

    Tampa Bay beat the Yankees and C.C. Sabathia with five solo home runs on Friday. The Rays, 9.5 games behind the Sox, are 7.5 behind New York in the wild card race. Former Sea Dogs catcher Kelly Shoppach had one of the home runs. He went 2-for-4, but is still batting only .183. David Price went 8 innings for the Rays: 6 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K. Price will […]

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  • Friday Aug 12, 2011 | 6:48 am

    Pitching match-ups highlighted by Furbush vs. the Old man

    The Red Sox and Mariners begin a 3-game series in Seattle. John Lackey (10-8, 6.14) goes against the hot rookie Blake Beaven (3-2, 2.83). Saturday features a good one: Josh Beckett (9-24, 2.17) vs. Felix Hernandez (10-10, 3.31). Sunday will be special for fans in South Portland and St. Joseph’s College. Maine’s own Charlie Furbush (2-4, 4.46) goes against Tim Wakefield (6-4, 4.92). Furbush is 25, Wakefield 45. Meanwhile, the Rays and Yankees […]

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  • Thursday Aug 11, 2011 | 7:19 am

    Almost time for magic numbers; ice coming back to Fenway; Dogs at noon today

    The Red Sox lost Wednesday night, and the Yankees won. Yet, the Red Sox still took a step closer to the playoffs. Because New York beat the Angels, Boston is nearer to at least clinching a wild card berth. The standings:  AL East Boston 72-44 New York 70-45 (1.5 back) Tampa Bay 62-54 (10) Wild Card New York 70-45 Angels 64-53 (7 back) If the Red Sox finish the season […]

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  • Wednesday Aug 10, 2011 | 1:35 am

    Sox leads lengthens; Yanks face a rookie; more Lavarnway; Kalish returns

    With Boston’s win over the Twins, and the Yankees loss (their third straight) to the Angels, the Red Sox now lead the AL East by 2.5 games:  AL East Boston 72-43 New York 69-45 (2.5 back) Tampa Bay 61-54 (11) Wild Card New York 69-45 Angels 64-52 (6 back) Boston can go for the sweep with Jon Lester (11-5, 3.22) going against Nick Blackburn (7-9, 4.58). The Yankees have a renewed Ivan Nova […]

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  • Tuesday Aug 09, 2011 | 11:51 am

    The blog is back; where have all the Sea Dogs gone?

    Geez, a guy spends 8 days in a tent and look what they do to the team he covers. Three gone by trade and two others officially promoted/demoted today. Pitcher Junichi Tazawa was promoted to Triple-A. If he continues his improvement, there is a chance the Red Sox could call him up in September. Infielder Heiker Meneses, 20, who was called up from low Class A Greenville and played pretty […]

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  • Sunday Jul 31, 2011 | 6:00 am

    The paths these prospects take

    Three years ago, Lars Anderson was the rage. He tore up Class A and, after a promotion to Double-A, he was impressive in Portland, too, batting .316 with five home runs in 41 games. Also promoted to Portland in 2008 was an outfielder named Josh Reddick. The Red Sox were high on him, too. But Reddick looked lost in Double-A, batting .214 in 34 games (although his six home runs […]

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  • Saturday Jul 30, 2011 | 5:19 pm

    Thoughts on Navarro’s exit; Wilson coming off DL Tuesday

    Yamaico Navarro batted .189 for Portland in 2009, and he had heads shaking. Navarro, a gifted fielder with quick hands at the plate, was as talented as many of the prospects that have graced Hadlock Field. It took a while for Navarro to demonstrate the effort and confidence to move up. 2010 was kind of a breakout year as he batted a combined .275 for Portland and Pawtucket, and got […]

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  • Saturday Jul 30, 2011 | 9:59 am

    Bedard may be a bargain now; Haeger; Coyle

    With scouts watching, Seattle lefty Erik Bedard could not get out of the second inning: 1 1/3 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 4 BB. Seems like he may not be a hot commodity as the trade deadline looms. But the Red Sox still might want him and, after Friday’s performance, the Mariners’ asking price has likely come down. Pitchers coming off the DL often struggle in their first game back. Maybe Bedard […]

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