On Baseball: By Kevin Thomas

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Postby Tom Nolette » Sun May 04, 2014 7:13 am

On Baseball: Talent-rich Sox in good position
Mookie Betts is blocked out – for now.
By Kevin Thomas

As second baseman Mookie Betts broke out to become the hottest prospect in the Boston Red Sox organization and, actually, in all of minor league baseball, many Red Sox followers did what they do best. They fretted. They worried. They wondered: Where will the Red Sox put Betts?...

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On Baseball: Sea Dogs pitcher's fear is gone but potential remains
Brian Johnson has worked his way up after being leveled by a line drive that slammed into his face in August 2012.
By Kevin Thomas

There was a time when Brian Johnson, the newest Portland Sea Dogs pitcher, would sit back and savor his gourmet meal. Macaroni and cheese. It was the only food Johnson could eat besides liquids. The small noodles were sliced in half, and he could insert one piece at a time into his fractured face. “It took me about an hour to eat a cup of mac and cheese,” Johnson said. “But it was worth it.”...

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On Baseball: Travis Shaw’s numbers suddenly a hit
The Sea Dogs first baseman shrugged off a second poor start.
By Kevin Thomas

Last year, when first baseman Travis Shaw came to bat in early April, all he could see was his terrible batting average flashed on the scoreboard. So what was Shaw thinking this year in mid-April, when he saw his name on the scoreboard next to a .114 average with no home runs?...

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Postby Tom Nolette » Sun May 18, 2014 7:16 am

On Baseball: Mookie Betts’ on-base streak ends
The Sea Dog went 66 straight regular-season games getting on base.

In 1995, a young Portland Sea Dogs outfielder named Billy McMillon put together a .423 on-base percentage, and he didn’t even notice it. “It wasn’t something I was working toward,” said McMillon, now the Sea Dogs manager. “I was aggressive to my pitch, walking more than I struck out. It’s something Mookie is doing now – except he’s hitting 100 points higher.”..
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On Baseball: Henry Owens cruises except for his control
Walks to go with strikeouts are driving the Sea Dogs pitcher out of games early.
By Kevin Thomas

Henry Owens has struck out 22 batters in his last 152/3 innings, including eight Monday. In that time he’s allowed three hits. That’s one reason the Red Sox like the left-handed Owens so much. Owens also has walked 14 in the last 152/3 innings. That’s one reason he’s in Double-A, a promising prospect polishing the rough edges...

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On Baseball: Deven Marerro is facing up to his future
The Sea Dogs shortstop has impressed both his teammates and Red Sox Manager John Farrell.
By Kevin Thomas

Deven Marrero sat with a couple of teammates Tuesday afternoon, eating his pregame meal on a couch in the Portland Sea Dogs clubhouse. On the TV, baseball commentators discussed Boston’s signing of shortstop Stephen Drew and what that means for Xander Bogaerts. Reporter Ken Rosenthal chimed in that “if Marrero is what (the Red Sox) think at shortstop, then Bogaerts stays at third base.”...

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On Baseball: Betts may be heading to Triple-A soon
Mookie Betts is just one of the Sea Dogs who may be unpacking in Pawtucket soon.
By Kevin Thomas

Whenever a prospect in the minor leagues begins to prosper, all the armchair general managers want him promoted. With Mookie Betts tearing up the Eastern League as a leadoff hitter, some Red Sox fans wonder why he isn’t rushed up to Boston, which obviously needs a little offensive help. “Too early” came the answer from reasonable voices...

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On Baseball: Coyle shows why he’s a prospect
Sea Dogs infielder Sean Coyle has been hot since his return from injury.
By Kevin Thomas

He’s not tall, but he’s quite a hitter, batting well over .300. He used to play second base but has moved around. And his name is not Mookie. Sean Coyle, 22, may be a forgotten player on this potent Portland Sea Dogs team, but only because he has been on the disabled list with a strained hamstring and bruised index finger. He is healthy now, and making it known he’s back...

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On Baseball: Knuckleballer Steven Wright returns from injury
Sea Dogs starting pitcher allows just two earned runs in first start of season.
By Kevin Thomas

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The knuckleball has been on the shelf all spring. But it showed plenty of life Monday, as Steven Wright got back on the mound. Wright made his first rehab appearance, pitching for the Portland Sea Dogs against New Hampshire. He gave up five hits and three runs (two earned) Monday afternoon in Portland’s 6-3 win...

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Postby Tom Nolette » Wed May 28, 2014 5:21 am

On baseball: Ramos on an even keel with Sea Dogs
Henry Ramos has improved as his emotions remain under control.
By Kevin Thomas

You have heard the names all spring: Betts, Cecchini, Marrero, Shaw, Coyle … along with Bogaerts and Middlebrooks. So many prospects. So many infielders, although Mookie Betts is getting a look in center. But aren’t there any natural outfielders developing in the touted Boston Red Sox system? Back in Portland, the Sea Dogs appear to be grooming one. Henry Ramos, 22, is figuring things out in Double-A...

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