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Sea Dogs seeking top playoff seed at home this weekend

The Eastern Division-leading Portland Sea Dogs (85-52) are in the midst of a regular-season ending eight-game home stand. The Sea Dogs are hosting the 51-86 Harrisburg Senators (AA affiliate of the Washington Nationals) through Labor Day beginning Friday evening at 7 p.m.8-29-14-spts-KL-sea-dog
The top two clubs in each Division compete in the Eastern League playoffs. Entering Thursday’s action Portland had clinched a post-season berth and was two games ahead of second-place Binghamton.
The first round of the playoffs (which begins on Wednesday, Sept. 3) is a best-of-five series with the top two teams in each division playing each other. The second-place teams host games one and two, and the first-place teams host games three, four (if necessary) and five (if necessary). The winners advance to another best-of-five series with the Eastern Division team hosting games three, four (if necessary), and five (if necessary). At things stand now, Portland would be at Binghamton in the first round for games one and two and host the remaining games of the series.
Portland has already assured itself of a winning season and has a chance to surpass the 1995 team’s best ever Sea Dogs record of 86-56. Since becoming a Red Sox affiliate in 2003, Portland’s best won-loss record prior to this season had been 76-66 set in 2005.
The Sea Dogs (85-53) dropped their third straight, 3-1 to the Reading Fightin Phils (62-76), Thursday night. The loss coupled with the New Britain Rock Cats’ 5-3 win over the Binghamton Mets decreases Portland’s magic number for a division title to two games, keeping the ‘Dogs two games up over the Mets, the team reported.
The game headed to the seventh tied up at 1-1, but the Phils jumped in front with two runs against a shaky Portland bullpen in the top half of the frame. Aaron Altherr sparked the rally with a leadoff walk and moved to third on KC Serna’s double with one out.
Portland tallied three base runners over the final two innings, but could not score against Kyle Simon who locked down the three-inning save. Ruiz (3-2) took the loss in relief, allowing three runs on two hits, three walks and one strikeout, according to a game report.

Sea Dogs upcoming schedule:

Friday, Aug. 29 vs. Harrisburg, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 30 vs. Harrisburg, 6 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 31 vs. Harrisburg, 1 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 1 vs. Harrisburg, 1 p.m.

Sea Dogs games can be heard on WPEI 95.5/ 95.9 FM Portland, WEZR 1240 AM/105.5 FM Lewiston/Auburn, WKTQ 1450 AM South Paris and WTME 780 AM Rumford. Coverage begins 20 minutes prior to the first pitch with the pre-game show.

Last Updated on Friday, 29 August 2014 02:28

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Patriots rookie from Maine shines against Panthers

Recent University of Maine standout Derrick Johnson, No. 13, enhanced his chance for a roster spot with the New England Patriots last week.8-26-14-spts-KL-patriot

The 5-foot, 11-inch, 190-pound wide receiver from Hempstead, N.Y., who co-led Maine's 2013 playoff team lead with 60 receptions, saw his first action of the season during New England's third preseason game last Friday. The Patriots defeated the Carolina Panthers 30-7 at Gillette Stadium, and Johnson caught two passes, for 31 and 8 yards each.

The Patriots fourth and final preseason game will be played on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. against the Giants in New Jersey. Prior to that game the first mandatory cuts of the NFL season take place today (Tuesday, Aug. 26) when each team is required to reduce its active roster to a maximum of 75 players.
Final roster cuts occur after the last preseason game. On Saturday, Aug. 30 all teams must reduce their rosters to a maximum of 53 players. New England opens the regular season at Miami on Sunday, Sept. 7 at 1 p.m.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 August 2014 00:53

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Portland Sea Dogs may surpass best-ever record

The Eastern Division-leading Portland Sea Dogs (80-50) are in the midst of their final road trip of the season. They play three games at New Hampshire (63-66) this weekend before returning home to Portland on Monday to begin a regular season ending eight-game home stand.8-22-14-spts-KL-farrell

The top two clubs in each division compete in the Eastern League playoffs. Entering Thursday's action Portland had clinched a post-season berth and was two games ahead of second-place Binghamton.

The first round of the playoffs (which begins on Wednesday, Sept. 3) is a best-of-five series with the top two teams in each division playing each other. The second-place teams host games one and two, and the first-place teams host games three, four (if necessary) and five (if necessary). The winners advance to another best-of-five series with the Eastern Division team hosting games three, four (if necessary), and five (if necessary). As things stand now, Portland would be at Binghamton in the first round for games one and two and host the remaining games of the series.

Portland has already assured itself of a winning season and has a chance to surpass the 1995 team's best-ever Sea Dogs record of 86-56. Since becoming a Red Sox affiliate in 2003, Portland's best win-loss record prior to this season had been 76-66 set in 2005.

Sea Dogs upcoming schedule:
Friday, Aug. 22 at New Hampshire 7 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 23 at New Hampshire 7 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 24 at New Hampshire 1:30 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 25 vs.Reading 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 26 vs. Reading 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 27 vs. Reading 7 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 28 vs.Reading 6 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 29 vs. Harrisburg 7 p.m.

Sea Dogs games can be heard on WPEI 95.5/ 95.9 FM Portland, WEZR 1240 AM/105.5 FM Lewiston/Auburn, WKTQ 1450 AM South Paris and WTME 780 AM Rumford. Coverage begins 20 minutes prior to the first pitch with the pre-game show.

 

PHOTO: Second-year Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell met with the media prior to Monday evening's game with the Angels to explain Mookie Betts' call-up to Boston. The centerfielder had a hit, walk and scored a run in his return to the major leagues. The 21-year-old Betts began the 2014 season as the Portland Sea Dog's second baseman. (KEN LEVINSKY PHOTO)

Last Updated on Friday, 22 August 2014 02:02

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Sea Dogs clinch playoff spot on winning night

The Portland Sea Dogs baseball team (79-50) came back from a 4-1 deficit to down the Harrisburg Senators (49-79) 5-4 in the opener of a three-game series Tuesday night at Metro Bank Park, during an evening that brought big news for the franchise. The Sea Dogs clinched a playoff spot in the second inning when New Britain's loss to Richmond was complete, the team reported. This marks their eighth berth in franchise history and first since 2008.
Portland had climbed its way out of an early deficit and took a 4-4 tie into the top of the eighth inning, the Sea Dogs reported. Neil Holland was working in his second inning and he retired the first man he faced on a strikeout before facing the reigning Eastern League Player of the Week, Keury De La Cruz. The designated hitter crushed a homer to right, on an 0-2 pitch from Holland and put Portland in front 5-4.
The Eastern League of Professional Baseball Clubs named De La Cruz as the Eastern League Player of the Week for the week of Aug.11 through Aug. 17. De La Cruz was the fourth Sea Dogs player to earn Eastern League Player of the Week honors this season joining Sean Coyle, Deven Marrero and Mookie Betts. Additionally, Sea Dogs' pitcher Henry Owens, Mike McCarthy and Brian Johnson have all earned Eastern League Pitcher of the Week honors this season.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 August 2014 00:48

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