Reliever Andrew Bailey hasn’t pitched for the Red Sox yet in the regular season after having thumb surgery in April, but he’s working his way to the Sox bullpen and making a stop in Portland, rehabbing with the AA Sea Dogs. The 28-year-old righty pitched three seasons as the closer for the Oakland Athletics, compiling 75 saves with a 2.07 ERA and 174 strike outs. Bailey was acquired by the Red Sox this offseason with Ryan Sweeney in exchange for outfielder Josh Reddick and minor leaguers Raul Alcantara and Miles Head. Portland Sea Dogs radio voice Mike Antonellis caught up with Bailey during his rehab stint.
One of the few moves the Red Sox made at the deadline was trading PawSox first baseman/outfielder Lars Anderson to the Cleveland Indians for right-handed pitcher Steven Wright. The 27-year-old Wright was having a good season for Cleveland’s AA affiliate, the Akron Aeros, leading the team in wins with a 9-6 record in 20 starts and posting a 2.49 ERA. The full-time knuckleballer recently sat down with Sea Dogs radio voice, Mike Antonellis.
Our Sunoco Text Question of the night is this (reference video below): “What do you think of this umpire throwing out the organ player for playing ‘Three Blind Mice’ after a questionable call?”
Outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker was selected by the Red Sox out of Ball State in the fourth round of the 2009 draft. The 24 year old stole 63 bases in 2010 and 47 more last season. Hazelbaker split time in 2011 with A+ Salem and AA Portland. Between the two he finished with an .806 OPS and 17 home runs. So far this season in 80 games with Portland Hazelbaker has slashed .249/.332/.427/.759 with 11 home runs and 19 stolen bases. Sea Dogs radio voice Mike Antonellis recently caught up with Hazelbaker.
The injury news out of Fenway tonight is both good and bad, as Dustin Pedroia, Will Middlebrooks, and Carl Crawford each provided updates about their status
Pedroia said he’s officially been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a thumb injury, though a different injury than the one that kept him out of the lineup for 6 days last month. The new injury to his right thumb, being called a “hyperextension” accoring to a Red Sox press release, requires a cast, which he showed off to reporters in the clubhouse earlier today. Pedroia says he’s seeing another doctor today, but says he expects to be back soon after his DL clock is up later this month. He assured WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford that he heals quickly, and that he promises to be a contributing member of the lineup soon. The Sox have called up infielder Pedro Ciriaco from Pawtucket. Manager Bobby Valentine says Ciriaco will start in at least one of the two games tomorrow.
The news for third baseman Will Middlebrooks was a bit better, however. Middlebrooks told ESPN’s Joe McDonald that he’s at about 75 percent right now, in regards to his nagging hamstring injury. Bobby Valentine said that pinch-hitting tonight was a possibility for Middlebrooks, who took BP on the field today and has run the last two days. Will seemed optimistic about his chances of being in the lineup for at least one of the two games tomorrow.
Outfielder Carl Crawford was in the clubhouse today after playing a few games for the AA Portland Sea Dogs earlier this week. Crawford says that his elbow still isn’t at 100%, but maintains that he plans to come back after the All-Star break.
Carl Crawford is ready for the next step in his rehab. Crawford checked out ok in Boston this weekend and tomorrow he’ll be in the line-up for AA Portland. Today Sea Dogs broadcaster Mike Antonellis caught up with Crawford.
RHP Anthony Ranauso was a sandwich pick in the 2010 draft. The Red Sox selected him 39th overall out of LSU. His final season with the Tigers was slowed by injury, but he pitched very well for Brewster in the Cape Cod League in 2010 before signing with Boston. Ranaudo pitched for both single A Greenville and high A Salem in 2011. Combined he made 26 starts, pitched to a 3.97 ERA and finished 9-6. This season Ranaudo has started 8 games for the AA Portland Sea Dogs. The record is 1-2 and the ERA is 6.23. Ranaudo has allowed 34 hits, walked 26 and struck out 27 in just over 34 innings. The 22 year old from New Jersey recently sat down with Portland broadcaster Mike Antonellis.
23 year old outfielder Bryce Brentz was taken 36th overall by the Red Sox in the 2010 draft out of Middle Tennessee State. Brentz split his second pro season at A Greenville & A+ Salem, where he combined to slash .306/.365/.574 with 30 homers. He’s at AA Portland this season and so far in 35 games with the Sea Dogs Brent has hit .289/.333/.430 with 3 HRs. One area the power prospect is working on is his strikeout rate. Last year in Salem Brentz struck out nearly 25% of the time and so far this season he’s K’d over 28% of the time. Brentz has been hot as of late and earlier this week he sat down with Portland broadcaster Mike Antonellis.
When I arrived at the studio today to get ready for the rubber game of the Red Sox/Royals series in Kansas City I figured that if I heard any bad news, it would be about either a last-minute lineup change, or something about a delay in Jacoby Ellsbury’s return to the Red Sox. Instead I heard of a lineup change…but not the one anyone expected. I was informed that Carl Beane, a staple of Fenway Park since 2003 as the Red Sox’ PA announcer, had passed away earlier in the day.
Back in 2009, I heard that there was a Boston vs. New York Media game at Fenway Park (& Yankee stadium) every year. I wanted in real bad, so I asked Joe Castiglione how I would be able to get involved. He told me that he’d ask Carl Beane, the team’s manager for me. The next day, I was on the phone with Joe talking about that night’s broadcast and he happened to be standing next to Carl…Joe turned to him, asked him about the Media game and Carl (with his booming pipes) said “no problem, have Jon be at Fenway on the day of the game at 8:30am.”
Meeting Carl in person was surreal, as I had heard his voice over the radio and over the PA at Fenway when I went to games for years…his voice was totally unique and instantly recognizable. I had the honor of talking with him at length a few times about baseball, broadcasting and his love for the Red Sox and I, along with anyone else who had the privelage of meeting with, speaking and listening to Carl instantly came away with the feeling of kindness, comfort, and that he loved what he did & wouldn’t change it for anything in the world.
During tonight’s broadcast, Joe Castiglione asked listeners to text in their remembrances of Carl…here’s some of the responses we received:
-So lucky-met Carl Beane twice. He was SO proud of being from Western MA. Spoke 2 Amherst Baseball banquet great stories let everyone wear his WS ring.
-John in Warren Ma. My favorite Carl Bean memory was from July 2005. Carl annonced my twin sons Little League Tournament in Holland Ma as if the players were in a Major League game @Fenway. That day he also let anyone that wanted to wear his World Series Ring wear it and take pictures. A thrilling day for players and parents. A very nice man.
-Makes sense that Carl Beane loved his role with the red sox, he had the perfect voice for it. He will be hard to replace and he’ll be missed by all of us
-I never thought anyone could replace Sherm Feller. But Carl Beane, with that familiar voice, stepped perfectly into the role and left his own huge mark on Sox history. He will be greatly missed. From: Kirk, in New Jersey
–God must have needed a voice in heavens ballpark GOD BLESS YOU CARL Paul in Waterford CT
-I met Carl years ago when I used to work at a TV station very humble always willing to talk to you and one of the nicest people I’ve ever met
-I feel very sad Carl Beane. He was my favorite announcer. E. V. E. R
-Carl had a very warm welcoming velvet voice to the Fenway faithful & Red Sox line-up
-Lost a huge part of our nation today. My heart goes out to his family.
-I wouldn’t know Carl if I walked by him but I would recognize that confident soothing voice anywhere. My condolences to all. –Joe
-loved Carl’s voice! I thought they made a great choice when they gave him the job in 2003. I will miss him. Rest in peace Carl. Andy from South Hadley
Carl, your kindness allowed me to live out a kid from Boston’s dream: stepping foot on Fenway’s sacred soil….a place you called home.
Your voice will never be silenced.
We’ll miss you, Carl.