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July 27, 2013

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HURRICANES WIN

The Northeast Hurricanes 12U softball team beat the New Jersey diamonds 6-3 to advance to the elite 8 of the Pony Nationals in Newtown, Penn.

Brianna Marino pitched for Northeast, which advanced to the single elimination round and face the Sunrise team from Florida this morning for the chance to advance to the Final Four of the 41-team field.

FUTURES AT FENWAY

Futures at Fenway will be at Fenway today when Double-A Portland plays Harrisburg at 12 p.m. at Fenway Park.

Keith Couch (7-3, 3.90) will pitch for the Sea Dogs. He was a 13th-round pick in 2010 out of Adelphi University.

If you’re attending, here at the three top Portland players to keep an eye on:

1. Garin Cecchini: The third baseman is one of the top five prospects in the Red Sox organization. He entered yesterday batting .336 with a .419 on-base percentage and 12 extra-base hits in 31 games with the Sea Dogs since being promoted from Single-A Salem.

2. Christian Vazquez: The catcher is known for his strong defense and quick throws down to second base. His offense still needs some improvement. Entering yesterday, he was batting .259 with a .354 on-base percentage in 69 games for Portland. Vazquez already is on the Red Sox’ 40 man roster.

3. Michael Almanzar: The third baseman/DH has some power. He has 12 homers and is batting .274 with a .335 on-base percentage. It will be interesting to see if he is added to the 40-man this offseason. If not, he’ll be eligible to other teams in the Rule 5 draft.

PEDS SOLD TO HIGH SCHOOLERS

This is an excerpt that appeared on ESPN.com yesterday

“The clinic operator at the heart of a Major League Baseball investigation into performance-enhancing drugs provided them to numerous high school students, according to former associates of Tony Bosch and documents obtained by ‘Outside the Lines.’

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