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On Baseball: By Kevin Thomas

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun May 12, 2013 5:42 am

On Baseball: Portland wise to beware of former Sea Dogs
By Kevin Thomas

BOSTON - At least three former Sea Dogs are still in the Eastern League and one, Tommy Hottovy, will likely be facing his old team this week.

Hottovy, 31, is relieving for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, the Double-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays. Hottovy pitched in parts of five seasons for the Sea Dogs, moving from starter to reliever.

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Re: On Baseball: Portland wise to beware of former Sea Dogs

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri May 17, 2013 4:32 am

On Baseball: These Dogs are a special breed
By Kevin Thomas

MANCHESTER, N.H. - Want to know a few things about this Portland Sea Dogs team that comes back to Hadlock Field tonight?

They have won 23 of 38 games, the best start of a Portland team since it became a Red Sox affiliate, just ahead of the vaunted 2005 club (think Papelbon, Lester and Pedroia). That team was 22-16 through 38 games.

At 23-15, the Sea Dogs lead the Eastern League East Division by two games over the Binghamton Mets, the team that visits Portland Friday.

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Re: On Baseball: Portland wise to beware of former Sea Dogs

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon May 20, 2013 6:16 am

On Baseball: The Art of the minor league deal on display in Manchester, N.H.

By Kevin Thomas

MANCHESTER, N.H. - When the New Hampshire Fisher Cats joined the Eastern League in 2004, there was talk of a state border rivalry between the Manchester team and the Portland Sea Dogs.

But the Sea Dogs saw the rivalry dealing with more than baseball games.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri May 24, 2013 5:56 am

On Baseball: The visitor in a place once home
By Kevin Thomas

BOSTON - John Farrell and Terry Francona both looked chipper Thursday afternoon

Farrell has occupied the Red Sox manager's office only a short time.

Francona has been away from it long enough to recover.

"Lot of attention and demands that might be different here," Farrell said of the job. "But those are the things you accept. Maybe after 162 (games) I might

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Postby Tom Nolette » Mon May 27, 2013 6:16 am

On Baseball: Sox have plenty of heart, but can they be consistent?
By Kevin Thomas

BOSTON - They jumped onto each other in joy, many of the Red Sox running onto the playing field before the winning run came across.

There was no doubt Stephen Drew would score that game-winner, completing a four-run ninth inning for a 6-5 victory over the Cleveland Indians.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Jun 03, 2013 5:50 am

On Baseball: Red Sox well-positioned to land a top prospect in draft
by Kevin Thomas

BOSTON - That 69-93 record in 2012 had at least one benefit.

The Boston Red Sox hold the No. 7 pick in this year's major league baseball draft, which begins Thursday. It's the best draft pick Boston has had in 20 years.

Back in 1993, the Red Sox chose a high school outfielder from North Carolina named Trot Nixon with the No. 7 overall pick.

Nixon never reached stardom. But he became a regular in 1999 and went on to play eight seasons for the Red Sox, with a .277 batting average and about 16.5 home runs a year.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Jul 01, 2013 5:22 am

On Baseball: Red Sox system is full of talent
By Kevin Thomas

PORTLAND - As the Portland Sea Dogs begin a nine-game, eight-day home stand Monday night at Hadlock Field, the Red Sox will take the day off, having reached their 50th win on Sunday.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Jul 07, 2013 6:24 am

On Baseball: Hot corner is hot topic as Sox seek stability
By Kevin Thomas

PORTLAND – In the famous Abbott and Costello routine, we all know who plays first base -- "Who's on First."

But do you remember the nickname for the third baseman.

"I don't know."

How appropriate for Boston.

The Red Sox have an abundance of third base potential and at the same time have had to fill the position with minor league free agents (Brad Snyder and Jonathan Diaz).

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Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Jul 14, 2013 7:22 am

KEVIN THOMAS ON BASEBALL: Red Sox deciding who goes, stays
With the July 31 trade deadline coming up, what will the Boston Red Sox do?

They head into the All-Star break in first place in the American League East. The Red Sox can try to improve their team, and they have prospects galore to trade, if they want.

But why would they want to?

The Sox prospects that have proven their worth at Hadlock Field in Portland and McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, are the future at Fenway -- and that's not just a marketing slogan for the minor league teams.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Jul 18, 2013 5:47 am

On Baseball: Sea Dogs coming and going, and losing
By Kevin Thomas

MANCHESTER, N.H. - When major league shortstop Stephen Drew shows up Thursday at Hadlock Field, the Portland Sea Dogs may not even notice.

Just another new guy.

Players are reporting to the Sea Dogs -- and leaving them -- at a rate of almost three per day in the last week.

Portland underwent 18 roster moves during a seven-day trip that ended Wednesday.

As players prepared for their Wednesday night game in Manchester, I expected them to be wearing "Hello, My Name Is _____" name tags.

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