Rutledge Homers in PawSox Series Opener

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — On a star-studded night at BB&T Ballpark, the Pawtucket Red PawSox Series OpenerSox fell to the Charlotte Knights in the series opener, 3-1, on Tuesday.

In a game that featured a pair of big leaguers on rehab assignments (including a 2016 All-Star), a consensus top-5 prospect and a former first-round pick, the Knights (5-7) used a pair of first-inning home runs to coast by the PawSox (6-6) to kick off the three-game set. Pawtucket has now lost three in a row.

Before Tuesday’s series opener, the PawSox added a pair of players on MLB rehab assignments. Jackie Bradley Jr., who suffered a right knee sprain with the Red Sox in Detroit on April 8, batted second and played center field before leaving after his five scheduled innings. In the first inning, he grounded into a 4-6-3 double play. Two innings later, Bradley struck out looking against Charlotte starter and 2015 first-round pick Carson Fulmer. Bradley tracked down two fly balls in center — one moving back and one jogging in during the third inning.

Rutledge, meanwhile, batted third as the designated hitter. The 27-year old, who suffered a left hamstring strain in late March during spring training, clocked a solo home run in the first inning. He later struck out swinging and grounded out to short.

Fulmer (W, 2-1) allowed just one run on five hits and a walk in six innings and outdueled PawSox starter Shawn Haviland (L, 2-1), who settled in after the first frame and logged seven innings. Haviland ceded just the three runs on nine hits and a walk to go along with eight punchouts.

Pawtucket, however, only mustered three singles after the second inning and hit into a pair of double plays. Flame-throwing Knights righty Zack Burdi (S, 2) secured the save in the ninth by striking out three consecutive PawSox hitters after allowing back-to-back singles to start the stanza.

PawSox center fielder Rusney Castillo (2-for-4) and left fielder Junior Lake (2-for-2, BB) each posted multi-hit nights.

In the top of the first inning, Rutledge lifted an opposite-field home run to right to crack open a 1-0 lead.

But, the Knights countered in the bottom of the first. Leadoff man and former Red Sox top prospect Yoan Moncada mashed a home run to right field. Two batters later, center fielder Willy Garcia pulled a two-run shot to left to vault Charlotte in front, 3-1.

The PawSox continue their three-game series in Charlotte against the Knights on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. Pawtucket right-hander Héctor Velázquez (0-0, 5.79) is scheduled to oppose Charlotte righty Lucas Giolito (0-1, 7.56). Radio coverage on WHJJ (920 AM) and throughout the PawSox Radio Network begins with the PawSox Pre-Game Show at 6:35 p.m.

The PawSox return home to McCoy Stadium April 25-30. Good seats are available, and fans can visit the McCoy Stadium box office, which is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. through 5 p.m., and during all home games. Fans can also call (401) 724-7300 or log on to PawSox.com for tickets.

Sea Dogs Opening Day Postponed Due to Rain

Portland, Maine- Thursday’s Portland Sea Dogs Opening Day game against the Reading Fightin Phils at Hadlock Field has been postponed due to rain.  The Sea Dogs are now set to open the season on Friday, April 7th at 6:00 PM against Reading.
Thursday’s postponed game will be made-up as part of a single admission doubleheaderPortland Sea Dogs Opening Day on Friday, May 5th at 5:00 PM.  The doubleheader will consist of two seven inning games.
Tickets for the April 6th postponed game, can be exchanged for tickets of equal or lesser value to any 2017 Sea Dogs home game, subject to availability.  Any questions regarding rained out tickets can be directed towards the Sea Dogs Ticket Office at 207-879-9500 or tickets@seadogs.com.
This is the fifth time in the Sea Dogs 24-year history that Opening Day has been postponed but the first time due to rain.  The previous four postponements (2001, 2003, 2007, & 2015) have been due to snow or field conditions due to melting snow.
“It’s disappointing to have Opening Day postponed,” stated Sea Dogs General Manager Geoff Iacuessa.  “However, I’m very proud of the job that our grounds crew and front staff did preparing the field and stadium to open.  We were ready, despite having eight inches of snow on the field on Sunday morning.”
Kevin Youkilis was scheduled to throw-out the ceremonial first-pitch in honor of the Sea Dogs’ 15th season as a Red Sox affiliate.  His appearance at Hadlock Field will be rescheduled for a date later this season.
Tickets are available for all 2017 Sea Dogs home games.  Book your nine inning vacation by calling the Sea Dogs ticket office at 207-879-9500 or online at www.seadogs.com.

Portland Sea Dogs: Kevin Youkilis to Throw Out the Ceremonial First Pitch

Portland, Maine – The Portland Sea Dogs have announced the details of the Opening Day ceremonies set for Thursday, April 6th at 6:00 PM when the Sea Dogs host the Portland Sea Dogs Opening DayReading Fightin Phils.  The 2017 season marks the Sea Dogs 15th season as an affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, to commemorate the occasion, former Sea Dog Kevin Youkilis will throw out the ceremonial first-pitch.
On his way to a nine-year career with the Boston Red Sox, Kevin Youkilis made stops in the minor leagues, including the Portland Sea Dogs. In 2003, Youkilis appeared in 94 games with the Sea Dogs, hitting .327 with 6 homers and 37 RBI.  The Cincinnati native managed to complete a streak he started while in Portland, reaching base in 71 consecutive games, tying future teammate Kevin Millar’s minor-league record for consecutive games reaching base. In 2004, Youkilis made his Major League debut and was part of Red Sox history. Youkilis appeared in 1,061 games in his Major League career with Boston, Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees.
Youkilis will be available to sign free autographs from 6:00 to 7:00 PM in the concourse.
The Bellamy Jazz Band will perform on the front plaza at Hadlock Field prior to the game.  The Falmouth High School Concert Choir will perform the National Anthem. The Sea Dogs will also host Portland Recreation students in a “Read Your Way to Opening Day” parade.
The Hadlock Field gates will open at 4:00 PM with the Opening Ceremonies tentatively scheduled to get underway at 5:40 PM complete with team introductions.
Tickets for all Sea Dogs home games in 2017 are on sale and available at the Sea Dogs ticket office at Hadlock Field, by phone at 207-879-9500, and online at seadogs.com.  Advance tickets range in price from $9.00 to $11.00 for adults and $6.00 to $10.00 for children (16 and under) and seniors (62 and over), with group rates available. Book your nine-inning vacation today!

PawSox Foundation to Present “A VETERANS HOME RUN: 5K WALK ‘N RUN”

Pawtucket, RI – The Pawtucket Red Sox and the PawSox/Skeffington Charitable Foundation today announced exciting changes to their annual 5K Walk ‘N Run, which thisPawSox fans year will take place on Saturday, May 20th at 9:30 am with the route both starting and finishing at McCoy Stadium.  An earlier time of year (the race was held Labor Day weekend the past five years), a revamped course which will now take runners by downtown Pawtucket, and an enhanced partnership with area veterans are among the new highlights for this popular event.

The revitalized PawSox Foundation, now in its 18th year, has worked closely with both Operation Stand Down RI and 21 Heroes among other veterans organizations. Proceeds from the race will benefit the Foundation’s veterans initiatives.  Operation Stand Down serves the Ocean State’s 67,800 veterans and their families while 21 Heroes was established to honor the 21 soldiers from Pawtucket who lost their lives in the Vietnam War.  A 21 Heroes memorial dedication will take place the day after the 5K on Sunday, May 21 at Slater Park capping off an historic weekend for veterans causes in Pawtucket.

“We are so pleased to work with the wonderful people from Operation Stand Down and with Terry Nau of 21 Heroes to honor and give something back to the many amazing Rhode Island veterans and their families,” said PawSox Senior Vice President/Club Counsel Kim Miner, who also runs the PawSox Foundation.  “In our ongoing effort to build on the PawSox legacy of celebrating our veterans, we were especially pleased to introduce a nightly ‘In Debt to a Vet’ salute during each game at McCoy Stadium last year and that tradition will continue this season.”

One of the premier road races in the area, the PawSox Foundation 5K will start from the McCoy Stadium parking lot, weave through the streets of downtown Pawtucket, and eventually finish at home plate on the McCoy playing field.  This new and improved route will help showcase the beautiful riverfront and other reinvigorated areas of the Pawtucket downtown.

“Our veterans and those currently serving in the armed services give so much to us to ensure that our freedom and the American Dream endure,” said Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien. “Partnering to promote causes to support our veterans is the least that we can do. Thank you to the PawSox Foundation for working with our local organizations and investing in our community. And thank you to Operation Stand Down and Heroes 21 for ensuring that our veterans are never left behind.”

The race is sponsored by National Grid, Planet Fitness, W.B. Mason, and Coast 93.3.  The first 500 participants who register on pawsox.com will receive a free race t-shirt.  Pre-registration is $25 per person, and teams of 10 or more will be just $20 per person.  On the day of the race, registration will open at 7:30 am and the cost will be $30.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners.  Festivities will continue after the race with food and entertainment in the PawSox Party Tent area at McCoy.  All participants will also receive tickets to the PawSox game on May 23 vs. Louisville at 6:05 pm, and will be invited to take part in a pre-game on-field parade and award ceremony that evening.

Sea Dogs Unveil Two New Hats For 2017

Portland, Maine–  The Portland Sea Dogs are proud to announce two new game day hats for the 2017 season at Hadlock Field. On Saturday, the team will wear State of Maine hats and Sunday will feature a kid friendly Slugger hat.

 The State of Maine hat will cater to our tourist population, featuring slugger over the state Portland Sea Dogs hatof Maine logo.  The hat features a red brim and backing, with blue on the front.
The kid-friendly hat for Sunday home games, features a larger slugger, blue brim and a blue backing, with a red front.
Both hats compliment our primary logo, which has stayed the same since the Sea Dogs first season (1994).
Portland has 11 Saturday games this season featuring some returning promotions and portland sea dogs hatnew concepts for 2017. Our first Saturday (April 8th) is Kids Opening Day featuring appearances by Nickelodeon characters Dora the Explorer, Sponge Bob, and Skye and Marshall from Paw Patrol.  In addition, the Sea Dogs Mascot Band the Kastaways performs every pre-game. Other Saturday games include Star Wars Night on August 5th and Fireworks on June 24th.
The Hoods Kid’s Club has a special outing in 6 of 11 Sunday home games this season.  Additionally, kids can run the bases following every Sunday home game.
The official Saturday and Sunday hats can be purchased at the Sea Dogs Souvenir Store online at www.seadogs.com and at (207) 879-9501.

PawSox Host Free Open House April 1st

PAWTUCKET, RI – The Pawtucket Red Sox will again host “A Touch of Spring” Open House on Saturday, April 1, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., at McCoy Stadium.  The free event includes autographs, photographs, tours of the 75-year-old stadium—and free hot dogs forPawSox Opening Night everyone in the family.

Tours will include the PawSox Clubhouse, the home and visitors’ dugouts, the playing field, the press box, and historic exhibits in various coves.  Fans can also wander at their leisure, enjoying the elaborate photographs, artifacts, and memorabilia on the PawSox’ Hall of History, typically open only to private suite guests.

Former Red Sox and PawSox pitcher Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd, who won 16 games in 1986 to help the Boston Red Sox reach the ‘86 World Series, will be on hand to take photographs and sign autographs in the PawSox Baseball Store.  A Meridian, MS native who now lives in Providence, Oil Can went 78-77 in 214 major league games with the Red Sox (1982-89), Montreal (1990-91), and Texas (1991).

Mascots Paws & Sox will also provide autographs and take photographs with children of all ages.

“We’ve been counting the days to springtime,” said PawSox President Dr. Charles A. Steinberg, “And we are eager to share the spring fever with our faithful fans.  Amid lingering snowflakes, Grounds keeper Matt McKinnon has been working day and night to prepare our green lawn for a summer of baseball.

pawsox mascot“We would like our children to be the first to see and touch the grass—it’s an Instagram moment and a Snapchat moment.”

The grandstands will have some added color, as the PawSox will place balloons on seats that are still available for the 2017 season.  The PawSox Box Office and the PawSox Baseball Store will both be open throughout the day.  Again this year, tickets for children and seniors start at only $6, and for adults at $9.  The PawSox will present fireworks set to music after every Saturday night home game.  Pawtucket’s home-opener at McCoy will take place on Monday, April 10 vs. Syracuse at 6:15 pm.

In addition to the coupons for free hot dogs on April 1, the PawSox will have special family-friendly prices on concessions and merchandise, including new gear celebrating McCoy’s Diamond Anniversary.