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Sea Dogs' Gibson shines in All-Star Game

The league leading Portland Sea Dogs (63-34) sent several players to Wednesday's 2014 Eastern League All-Star Game in Altoona, Penn. Derrik Gibson led the way batting 2-for-3 with one RBI and two runs in the Eastern Conference's 5-2 loss. Sean Coyle (recently honored as the Eastern League Player of the Month for June) went 1-for-3 while Catcher Blake Swihart was 0-for-2. Pitcher Robbie Scott hurled a solid inning in relief, striking out two batters while yielding only a single.

The Sea Dogs are on the road this weekend and will return home on Monday for three games against the surging second place Binghamton Mets (58-38).
Sea Dogs upcoming schedule:
Friday July 18 at New Hampshire 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, July 19 at New Hampshire 7:05 p.m.
Sunday, July 20 at New Hampshire 1:35 p.m.
Monday, July 21 vs. Binghamton 7 p.m.
Tuesday, July 22 vs. Binghamton 7 p.m.
Wednesday, July 23 vs. Binghamton 6 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 Thursday, 17 July 2014 16:32

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World Team Tennis Boston Lobsters home Saturday and Sunday

The World Team Tennis (WTT) Boston Lobsters play their final 6 matches of the season in the next six days beginning tonight in Philadelphia, against the Freedoms, their biggest rival. The Lobsters, 1-7, are currently 3 games behind second place Philadelphia (4-4) and an Eastern Conference playoff spot. Boston has a good chance to move up in the standings as they play Philadelphia 3 times in the next six days. That stretch drive includes their two last home matches of the year on Saturday against Washington and Sunday against Philadelphia.

John Isner, the top American tennis player and ranked No. 12 in the world, will play for Boston on Sunday against Philadelphia. Isner, a 6-foot, 10-inch power player, was upset 6-4, 7-6  in  a quarter final match in the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships against the No. 7 seed (fellow American and recent Wimbledon men’s doubles champion) Jack Sock last week in Newport, Rhode Island.

World Team Tennis in its 38th year, was created by tennis legend Billie Jean King. New England's team, the Lobsters, play at the Manchester (Massachusetts) Athletic Club, north of Boston. The seats at the Joan Norton Tennis Center are so close to the action that one can hear the on court conversations. The Lobsters roster also includes doubles specialist Eric Butorac (No. 26 in the world at doubles), Rik De Voest, Megan Moulton-Levy, rising Canadian star Sharon Fichman, Caitlin Whoriskey and Coco Vandeweghe.

The seven team league has two conferences, and teams play 14 matches in a three-week span from July 6-23. The top two teams in each conference advance to the playoffs. The conference playoff semifinals will take place on Thursday, July 24 with the league championship match at the home court of the Western Conference Champion on Sunday, July 27.

World Team Tennis has a unique format, which is exciting even to those watching tennis for the first time. Team matches consist of five sets, including one set each of men's singles, women's singles, men's doubles, women's doubles and mixed (coed) doubles. WTT innovations such as "no-ad" game scoring and "let serves are in play" keep things moving. The family friendly event encourages young fans like to stick around after the match to meet the players from both teams at the autograph table.

Remaining Boston Lobsters matches:
Friday July 18 at Philadelphia Freedoms
Saturday, July 19 at 6 p.m. HOME vs. Washington Kastles
Sunday, July 20 at 6 p.m. HOME vs. Philadelphia Freedoms
Monday, July 21 at Washington Kastles
Tuesday, July 22 at Philadelphia Freedoms
Wednesday, July 23 at Springfield Lasers

 

Hewitt takes Newport tennis title

Lleyton Hewitt, the No. 3 seed, defeated the No. 2 seed, Ivo Karlovic 6-3, 6-7, 7-6 to win the Hall of Fame Tennis Championship in Newport, R.I., last Sunday. It was Hewitt's first title at Newport after reaching the finals the two previous years. Besides winning his 30th career title, the former world No. 1 player also captured the doubles title. It was the first time in Hewitt's career that he captured both titles at the same event. The 33-year-old Australian became only the fourth active player with 30 or more singles titles, trailing Roger Federer (79), Rafael Nadal (64) and Novak Djokovic (45).

The No. 1 seed John Isner was defeated 6-4, 7-6 by fellow American No. 7 Jack Sock in the quarterfinal round. Hewitt defeated Sock 6-1 6-2 to reach the finals.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014 16:30

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Sea Dogs scorched 13-3 at Binghamton, hosting N.H.

The Portland Sea Dogs (59-33) were within one, halfway through, but the Binghamton Mets (55-37) roared back for nine runs over the final three innings and swept away the ‘Dogs with the 13-3 victory Thursday at Binghamton. The loss marks the fourth in a row for Portland and the first time all season they have had a losing streak of four games or longer, according to a Sea Dogs game report.
Luis Diaz made his first start against the Mets, and was greeted by a four-run attack in the second inning. Travis Taijeron and Brandon Nimmo began the rally with a walk and single respectively, before Xorge Carillo doubled to left and plated the pair to make it 2-0.
Steven Matz was on the other side of the hill for the B-Mets and the young lefty came out dealing. He threw four perfect frames for Binghamton before Sean Coyle broke up that stretch of 12-in-a row with a double to center. Coyle came around to score the ‘Dogs’ first run on a Keury De La Cruz, which cut the deficit to 4-1.
Matz got out of the fifth without any further damage done, but gave up a pair of runs in the sixth. Heiker Meneses and Peter Hissey reached to begin the inning, and with one out Blake Swihart connected for a double to left that brought home both runners and pulled Portland to within one at 4-3.
That would be as close as the ‘Dogs would get it.
 With a continued onslaught of scoring by the Mets, Cody Satterwhite came on in the ninth and retired Portland in order to finish the game.
Diaz (3-2) went the first five and two-thirds and took the loss, giving up four runs, three earned, on four hits two walks and nine strikeouts — tying a career-high in punch outs. He finished his outing by retiring 13 of the final 14 men he faced. Scott went the next inning and one-third and allowed four runs, three earned, as well.
The Sea Dogs return home and open up a five-game four-day series against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats Friday night at 7 p.m. from Hadlock Field. RHP Jeremy Kehrt (0-0, 2.45) is scheduled to go for the Sea Dogs and will face off against a pitcher that has yet to be named for the Fisher Cats.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 July 2014 23:38

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Top American tennis player competing in Newport and Boston

John Isner, the top American tennis player and ranked No. 12 in the world, is in the midst of spending a couple of pleasant weeks in New England.7-11-14-spts-KL-tennis
On Tuesday evening he visited Fenway Park for the first time and threw out the first pitch. Friday, in Newport, R.I., Isner, the No. 1 seed, will play a quarter final match in the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships against the No. 7 seed (fellow American and recent Wimbledon men’s doubles champion) Jack Sock.
The tournament semifinals and finals will be played on Saturday and Sunday respectively. Other quarter finalists are No. 2 Ivo Karlovic from Croatia, No. 3 Australian Lleyton Hewitt (former world No. 1), No. 4 Nicholas Mahut from France (last year’s winner and participant with Isner in the longest tennis match in history), No. 6 American Steve Johnson, No. 8 Adrian Mannario from France and unseeded Israeli Dudi Sela
A week from Sunday, Isner, a 6-foot, 10-inch power player, will lead the World Team Tennis (WTT) Boston Lobsters in a match against conference rival Philadelphia Freedoms. The Lobsters, 0-3, are currently 1.5 games behind second place Philadelphia (1-1) and an Eastern Conference playoff spot. Two of Boston’s losses were to the defending league champion Washington Kastles, who lead the conference with a 3-0 record.
World Team Tennis in its 38th year, was created by tennis legend Billie Jean King. New England’s team, the Lobsters, play at the Manchester (Massachusetts) Athletic Club, north of Boston. The seats at the Joan Norton Tennis Center are so close to the action that one can hear the on court conversations.
The seven team league has two conferences, and teams play 14 matches in a three-week span from July 6-23. The top two teams in each conference advance to the playoffs. The conference playoff semifinals will take place on Thursday, July 24 with the league championship match at the home court of the Western Conference Champion on Sunday, July 27.
The Lobsters roster also includes doubles specialist Eric Butorac (No. 26 in the world at doubles), Rik De Voest, Megan Moulton-Levy, rising Canadian star Sharon Fichman, Caitlin Whoriskey and Coco Vandeweghe.
World Team Tennis has a unique format, which is exciting even to those watching tennis for the first time. Team matches consist of five sets, including one set each of men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed (coed) doubles. WTT innovations such as “no-ad” game scoring and “let serves are in play” keep things moving. The family friendly event encourages young fans like to stick around after the match to meet the players from both teams at the autograph table.
For more about the 2014 Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, visit http://www.halloffametennischampionships.com/schedule-and-events/schedule-of-events.


Remaining Boston Lobsters home matches:

Tuesday, July 15 at 7 p.m. vs. Austin Aces
Wednesday, July 16 at 7 p.m. vs. San Diego Aviators
Saturday, July 19 at 6 p.m., vs. Washington Kastles
Sunday, July 20 at 6 p.m. vs. Philadelphia Freedoms

Last Updated on Friday, 11 July 2014 01:50

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