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Rock Cats snap nine-game winning streak by Sea Dogs pitcher Owens

on July 24, 2014, at 10:31 p.m.
  NEW BRITAIN, Conn. — Jose Berrios earned his first Double-A win and Kennys Vargas hit a grand slam as the New Britain Rock Cats beat the Portland Sea Dogs 7-1 on Thursday night in the series opener at New Britain Stadium. Berrios (1-2) was sensational in his home debut, …

Ravens’ Ray Rice suspended by NFL for two games

By Jeff Zrebiec and Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun on July 24, 2014, at 9:25 p.m.
The Ravens have known for a while that they’d likely be without Ray Rice at the start of the 2014 season. Now, they know exactly how long their top running back will be sidelined. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday handed downed a two-game suspension without pay to Rice for …

Bruins name former Avs head coach as new assistant coach

By The Sports Xchange on July 24, 2014, at 6:26 p.m.
The Boston Bruins hired former Colorado Avalanche head coach Joe Sacco as an assistant coach, the team announced Thursday. Sacco, 45, spent the 2013-14 season as an assistant coach for the Buffalo Sabres. The former NHL forward served as the head coach of the Avalanche from 2009 to 2013 where …
Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz grimaces as he leaves the game after injuring his back while battting in the ninth inning in Boston's 8-0 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays Thursday in Toronto.

Blue Jays hold Red Sox to one hit in 8-0 victory

By SportsDirect on July 24, 2014, at 6:06 p.m.
TORONTO — Marcus Stroman allowed one hit through seven innings and Juan Francisco drove in four runs while finishing a double shy of the cycle as the Toronto Blue Jays clinched a series win over the Boston Red Sox, 8-0 Thursday. Melky Cabrera doubled three times and drove in a …
 Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester throws a pitch against the Kansas City Royals in the first inning at Fenway Park in Boston on Sunday.

Lester asks Red Sox to pause contract talks

By The Sports Xchange on July 24, 2014, at 5:46 p.m.
Contract talks between the Boston Red Sox and left-handed starter Jon Lester will be tabled until the end of the season. Lester asked the team to halt the ongoing negotiations so that he can focus solely on pitching, and since the calendar turned to June he has never been better. …
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Patriots’ tight end Gronkowski cleared for training camp

By The Sports Xchange on July 24, 2014, at 7:20 a.m.
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who had set a goal of returning from a torn anterior cruciate ligament by September, has been fully cleared for training camp. The first team practice is scheduled for Thursday, and coach Bill Belichick confirmed Gronkowski will be on the field, not on …

Bautista propels Blue Jays by Red Sox

By Larry Millson, The Sports Xchange on July 23, 2014, at 10:16 p.m.
TORONTO — Jose Bautista had two RBIs with a homer and a double and R.A. Dickey pitched six innings as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Boston Red Sox 6-4 on Wednesday night. Dickey (8-10), a right-handed knuckleballer, allowed nine hits and four runs, including three in the first inning …

Mets’ Matz shuts down Sea Dogs for 4-2 victory

on July 23, 2014, at 9:42 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The Portland Sea Dogs scored first, but faltered in the finale of the season series, losing 4-2 to the Binghamton Mets Wednesday night at Hadlock Field. The game got off to a loud start with each side tallying a homer in the first three innings. Sean Coyle …

Roof rallies Sea Dogs by Mets in ninth

on July 22, 2014, at 11 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The Portland Sea Dogs scored three runs in the third, but saved the best for last and used a run in the bottom half of the ninth to down the Binghamton Mets 4-3 Tuesday night. The fifth walk-off win of the season sends the Sea Dogs (66-37) …
Boston's Stephen Drew throws his bat after striking out against the Toronto Blue Jays in the sixth inning Tuesday night in Toronto. The Blue Jays won 7-3.

Blue Jays snap Boston’s five-game winning streak

By Larry Millson, The Sports Xchange on July 22, 2014, at 10:32 p.m.
TORONTO — J.A. Happ threw the Boston Red Sox a curveball on Tuesday night. Then he threw another and another. The curveball turned out to be the big pitch for the Toronto Blue Jays’ left-hander. Combined with a fastball that he was able to command and a decent changeup, he …
NBC Sports commentator Tony Dungy

Dungy clarifies his comments on gay football player

By The Sports Xchange on July 22, 2014, at 3:44 p.m.
A day after Tony Dungy was largely skewered for saying he would not have drafted openly gay linebacker Michael Sam, the former NFL coach clarified his comments and provided context. Dungy said Tuesday that Sam deserves an opportunity to play in the NFL. His intial concern was with the media …

Sports briefs for July 21, 2014

By -- From Staff and Wire Reports on July 22, 2014, at 10:42 a.m.
Field hockey festival Saturday The Maine Field Hockey Association’s annual Field Hockey Festival will be held Saturday at Thomas College in Waterville. Thirty­-five teams will gather from around the state to play in a seven-on-seven round robin format. Games begin at 8:30 a.m. and continue until 4 p.m. with a …
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester sits in the dugout during a game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium last month.

Red Sox surge might keep Lester off the market

By The Sports Exchange on July 22, 2014, at 10:24 a.m.
BOSTON — When Jon Lester pitches the way he did Sunday, the way he pitched for so much of this season, it is hard to imagine the Boston Red Sox not making sure they keep him beyond this season. So far, however, no contract. Talks were tabled. There even was …

Sea Dogs rally past Mets in seventh

on July 22, 2014, at 12:18 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The Portland Sea Dogs broke a tie with two runs in the seventh and downed the Binghamton Mets 6-4 in the opener of a three-game series, Monday night at Hadlock Field. The Sea Dogs (65-37) held a 3-1 lead, heading into the seventh inning, but Brandon Nimmo …

tv radio sports schedule for July 25, 2014

on July 21, 2014, at 9:24 a.m.
BASEBALL, MAJOR LEAGUE BOSTON at TAMPA BAY, 7 p.m., NESN-TV; WZON Bangor 620 AM, WDEA Ellsworth (1370 AM), WHOU Houlton (100.1 FM), WQDY Calais (92.7 FM), WYBA Rockland (105.5 FM), WSYY Millinocket (94.9 FM), WEGP Presque Isle (1390 AM), WKTJ Farmington (99.3 FM), WALZ Machias (95.3 FM), WLOB Portland (1310 …

Fisher Cats rally by Sea Dogs in ninth

on July 20, 2014, at 7:01 p.m.
MANCHESTER, N.H. — The Portland Sea Dogs held an advantage in the ninth, but the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (47-53) plated a pair in the final inning and walked off with the 3-2 win Sunday afternoon at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium. The Sea Dogs (64-37) led 2-1 from the fifth …
Boston's David Ross (3) is congratulated after a two-run home run against the Kansas City Royals in the fourth inning at Fenway Park in Boston Sunday. The Red Sox won 6-0.

Lester sharp again as surging Red Sox blank Royals

By The Sports Xchange on July 20, 2014, at 6:34 p.m.
BOSTON — Jon Lester pitched eight shutout innings as the Boston Red Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 6-0 on Sunday afternoon to complete a three-game sweep. The left-handed Lester, making his first appearance since pitching one inning in the All-Star Game, improved to 10-7 and lowered his ERA to …

TV, radio schedule for July 19-20, 2014

on July 20, 2014, at 5:55 a.m.
SATURDAY AUTO RACING IndyCar, Honda Indy Toronto, race 1, 3 p.m., NBCSN-TV NASCAR Nationwide Series, EnjoyIllinois.com 300, 8:30 p.m., ESPN2-TV; WNZS Veazie (1340 AM) radio BASEBALL, MAJOR LEAGUE KANSAS CITY at BOSTON, 7 p.m., NESN-TV; WZON Bangor 620 AM, WDEA Ellsworth (1370 AM), WHOU Houlton (100.1 FM), WQDY Calais (92.7 …
Boston Red Sox left fielder Jonny Gomes (5) high fives second baseman Dustin Pedroia (15) after defeating the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park in Boston Saturday night.

De La Rosa, Napoli lead Red Sox past Royals

By Matthew Carroll, The Sports Xchange on July 19, 2014, at 11:18 p.m.
BOSTON — Rubby De La Rosa pitched seven sharp innings and Mike Napoli homered to lead the surging Boston Red Sox to a 2-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday night. Napoli, Boston’s first baseman, had two hits and a walk and scored two runs. He hit a …

Road woes continue for Sea Dogs

on July 18, 2014, at 10:45 p.m.
MANCHESTER, N.H. — The New Hampshire Fisher Cats made it two straight wins in the series, beating the Portland Sea Dogs 7-4 Friday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium. Portland has lost seven straight road games, but still holds the best record in the Eastern League (63-36). New Hampshire’s Matt …
 
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