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Thunder hand Sea Dogs third straight loss

on Aug. 02, 2014, at 11:36 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The Portland Sea Dogs fell for the third straight game to the Trenton Thunder 5-2 Saturday night at Hadlock Field. The Sea Dogs (71-44) headed to the late innings with a 2-1 lead, but the Thunder responded for four runs in the seventh and took a lead …
Former University of Maine goaltender Ben Bishop has received a two-year contact extension from the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning.

Former UMaine goalie Bishop signs extension with Lightning

By The Sports Xchange on Aug. 02, 2014, at 10:11 p.m.
The Tampa Bay Lightning signed goaltender Ben Bishop to a two-year contract extension Saturday. Bishop, 6-foot-7, 214 pounds, went 37-14-7 with a 2.23 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage in 63 games last season and was a finalist for the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s top goalie. The former …

Trenton Thunder two-hit Sea Dogs

on Aug. 01, 2014, at 11 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The Portland Sea Dogs had their bats zapped again and managed just two hits in a 5-1 loss to the Trenton Thunder on Friday night at Hadlock Field. Trenton’s Tyler Austin got the scoring going in the top of the fourth inning with a solo home run …
Boston Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli (left) celebrates as Dustin Pedroia scores against the New York Yankees during the third inning of Friday night's game at Fenway Park. The Red Sox won 4-3.

Ranaudo solid in debut as Red Sox edge Yankees

By Wire Service Reports on Aug. 01, 2014, at 10:43 p.m.
BOSTON, Massachusetts — Anthony Ranaudo tossed six strong innings in his major league debut, Dustin Pedroia drove in two runs and the new-look Boston Red Sox won the opener of a three-game series against the rival New York Yankees 4-3 on Friday night at Fenway Park. Designated hitter David Ortiz …
Dustin Johnson, pictured during the British Open on July 20, has reportedly been suspended by the PGA Tour for six months for using cocaine.

Report: Dustin Johnson suspended by PGA after testing positive for cocaine

By Mark Herrmann, Newsday on Aug. 01, 2014, at 8:23 p.m.
Dustin Johnson’s absence from professional golf, which he called a “leave of absence” in a statement Thursday, is a six-month suspension issued by the PGA Tour for having tested positive for cocaine, reported Friday. Johnson, a top golfer who has come close to winning two majors and had clinched …

Trenton’s Long tames Sea Dogs

on July 31, 2014, at 9:59 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The Trenton Thunder silenced the Portland Sea Dogs’ bats to take a 2-1 Eastern League baseball victory Thursday night at Hadlock Field. Justin Haley made his Double-A debut for the Sea Dogs and didn’t miss a beat. The right-hander allowed the first two to reach to begin …

Contrite Ravens’ Rice apologizes to wife, family

By The Sports Xchange on July 31, 2014, at 6:05 p.m.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. — A contrite Ray Rice apologized publicly to his wife, his 2-year-old daughter, his mother and children wearing No. 27 Baltimore Ravens jerseys in his first public comments since the NFL suspended him two games for a domestic violence incident in February. “My actions that night were …
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher John Lackey was traded Thursday to the St. Louis Cardinals.

Red Sox trade pitcher Lackey to Cardinals; Miller dealt to Orioles, Drew to Yankees

By The Sports Xchange on July 31, 2014, at 1:36 p.m.
While whiffing on the No. 1 starters they were chasing, the St. Louis Cardinals landed another middle-of-the-rotation veteran Thursday, acquiring John Lackey from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for starting pitcher Joe Kelly and Allen Craig, who can play first base and the corner outfield positions. Lackey is under …
Jon Lester

Red Sox trade ace pitcher Jon Lester to Oakland

By The Sports Xchange on July 31, 2014, at 10:13 a.m.
Boston Red Sox left-handed ace Jon Lester was traded to the Oakland A’s on Thursday morning as Oakland general manager Billy Beane continues his all-in push for a World Series. But to get Lester, the A’s part with All-Star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, a 28-year-old who served as the big bat …
Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez (55) tags out Toronto's Melky Cabrera during the sixth inning at Fenway Park in Boston Wednesday night.

Blue Jays roar past slumbering Sox

By Mike Shalin, The Sports Xchange on July 30, 2014, at 10:16 p.m.
BOSTON — The short-handed Toronto Blue Jays roared to their fifth straight win, riding Mark Buehrle’s first win in 10 starts to a 6-1 pasting of the slumbering Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night. In completing a sweep of the three-game series and winning their sixth straight over Boston in …
Boston's Felix Doubront pitches against the Oakland Athletics during the third inning at Coliseum on June 20. The Red Sox traded Doubront to the Cubs Wednesday.

Red Sox trade pitcher Doubront to Cubs

By Wire Service Reports on July 30, 2014, at 8:38 p.m.
BOSTON — Disgruntled left-handed pitcher Felix Doubront was traded by the Boston Red Sox to the Chicago Cubs Wednesday. Doubront was dealt to the Cubs for a player to be named later, according to a news release on the Red Sox website. The Red Sox called up right-hander Brandon Workman …

Sea Dogs rally in eighth for 2-1 victory over Fightin Phils

on July 30, 2014, at 5:20 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The Portland Sea Dogs were stymied most of the afternoon, but plated a pair of runs in the eighth and took down the Reading Fightin Phils 2-1 in front of a sellout crowd of 7,368 Wednesday afternoon at Hadlock Field. Portland (71-41) trailed 1-0, but turned it …
Boston's Dustin Pedroia (15) reacts after fouling a ball off his foot during the fifth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park in Boston Tuesday night.

Blue Jays’ Stroman stifles struggling Sox

By SportsDirect on July 29, 2014, at 10:31 p.m.
BOSTON — Toronto’s Marcus Stroman dominated the Boston Red for the second time in a week as the Blue Jays won for the seventh time in eight games, 4-2 Tuesday night at Fenway Park. Stroman (7-2), who tossed seven scoreless innings to defeat the Red Sox on Thursday in Toronto, …

Perseverance pushed center Wendell into Patriots’ picture

By The Sports Xchange on July 29, 2014, at 5:26 p.m.
Bill Belichick loves an underdog, and he found one in center Ryan Wendell. The starting pivot for the New England Patriots arrived as an undrafted free agent in 2008, with a strong recommendation from Belichick pal and confidant Pat Hill, whose experience as an NFL offensive line coach gives him …
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester works in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, on Friday.

Red Sox shopping Lester as Thursday trade deadline looms

By The Sports Xchange on July 29, 2014, at 5:11 p.m.
With Boston out of contention in the American League East and the non-waiver trade deadline set for 4 p.m. on Thursday, the Red Sox are taking calls about potential trades for Jon Lester, with the likelihood increasing that the ace left-hander could soon be dealt. Under owner John Henry, the …

Sea Dogs’ Augliera shuts down Fightin Phils

on July 29, 2014, at 12:24 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The Portland Sea Dogs opened the series with some outstanding pitching from Mike Augliera, taking down the Reading Fightin Phils 2-0 Monday night at Hadlock Field. The right-handed Augliera (5-9) retired the side in order over the first three innings and dismissed the first 10 in a …
Toronto's Melky Cabrera (left) celebrates his home run against the Boston Red Sox with Juan Francisco (47) and Anthony Gose (right) during the sixth inning at Fenway Park in Boston Monday night.

Cabrera hits two homers as Blue Jays rout Red Sox

By SportsDirect on July 28, 2014, at 10:39 p.m.
BOSTON — Melky Cabrera homered twice and drove in five runs while light-hitting Ryan Goins had four hits and four RBIs as the Toronto Blue Jays rode a big sixth inning en route to a 14-1 pounding of the Boston Red Sox Monday night at Fenway Park. R.A. Dickey (9-10) …

Judge rules in favor of Clippers sale

By The Sports Xchange on July 28, 2014, at 7:37 p.m.
A California judge ruled on Monday that the record $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer can move forward, siding in favor of Shelly Sterling on all three counts in a probate court trial against Donald Sterling. Donald Sterling’s estranged wife, Shelly, burst …
Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz waits on deck to bat during the fifth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, Sunday.

Ortiz hopes Red Sox don’t deal Lester

By The Sports Xchange on July 28, 2014, at 5:28 p.m.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — With a 48-57 record, the Boston Red Sox could receive plenty of phone calls as the trade deadline approaches. Saturday’s trade of Jake Peavy to the San Francisco Giants for minor league pitchers Edwin Escobar and Heath Hembree might not be the only change to the …

Sea Dogs rally past Rock Cats in 11th

on July 27, 2014, at 8:23 p.m.
NEW BRITAIN, Connecticut — The Portland Sea Dogs needed extra innings, but took down the New Britain Rock Cats 8-5 in the 11th thanks to an unlikely hero in Danny Bethea Sunday at New Britain Stadium. Leading 5-4 in the eighth, the Rock Cats (52-54) trotted Cole Johnson out to …
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