Written by Ken Levinsky
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.
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
Written by Staff Report
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
Written by Staff Report
On Wednesday, the Portland Pirates organization issued a promotional video to remind fans that the hockey organization is back in Portland, in a newly renovated arena.
Featuring Maine comedian Bob Marley, the video announces, "The fun begins Oct. 11," and urges fans to buy tickets.
Leaders of the Pirates hockey organization, which spent all of last season playing in Lewiston due to a lease dispute, have vowed to build involvement in the community and bolster the fan experience in Portland.
The organization resolved its differences over leasing space at the Cumberland County Civic Center, now called the Cross Insurance Arena due to a sponsorship agreement.
"Hockey's back at the all new Cross Insurance Arena in downtown Portland. Where will you be sitting?" the new video asks.
"This October we're trading this helmet in for this helmet," Marley says, exchanging a construction helmet for hockey headgear.
In an email this week, the Pirates wrote to fans, "As you likely know, the 2014-2015 season will bring many changes — new ownership, new management, new arena, new players and more. Our community has invested over $30 million dollars in renovations to The Cross Insurance Arena. This investment means Portland has a new state of the art facility to watch Pirates Hockey in! ... The Pirates are committed to doing whatever it takes to win and to have a positive impact on the communities we serve. We are committed to bring back to Maine what it means to be a Pirate with a successful season on and off the ice."
CEO Ron Cain, chief operating officer Brad Church and head coach and general manager Ray Edwards sign off by stating, "Hopeful you will enjoy viewing the video clip below." The video can be seen at http://vimeo.com/103825903?camefrom=EMCL_368612_16852315.
Last Updated on Friday, 22 August 2014 00:49
Written by Ken Levinsky
Portland is home to a successful semi-pro football team made of former high school and college standouts. The Southern Maine Raging Bulls play in the four team Northern Division of the New England Football League's top (AAA) Colonial Conference with the New Hampshire Wolfpack, Lowell Nor'Easter and Merrimack Valley Pride.
The Bulls (4-0) opened their 17th season with impressive wins over each of their division opponents, outscoring them 140 -26. They defeated the Pride (0-5) 23-6 for the second time this season at Deering High's Memorial Field on Saturday night.
The Bulls travel to Springfield on Saturday to play their first "out of division" game against the Western Mass Warriors (1-3). After that game Southern Maine is off for a week and then play the New Hampshire Wolfpack in Manchester on Sunday, Sept. 7, before finally returning home on Saturday, Sept. 13 for a 7 p.m. tilt with the North Shore Generals.
Team members include running back Phil Warren who played at Brunswick High and The University of Buffalo, and running back John Wiechman of Bonny Eagle High School and Southern Connecticut State.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 01:09
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