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2014 New England Baseball Home Openers

The surest sign that spring is upon us is the start of Baseball. And while the forecast may still occasionally predict snow, make no mistake about it – the “boys of summer” will be taking the field starting in April. To help you plan for this annual right of spring, following are the home openers for all of New England’s professional baseball teams:

  • April 3, 2014 at 6:35 PM for the New Britain Rock Cats (MiLB AA, affiliate of the Minnesota Twins) who will play the Richmond Flying Squirrels.
  • April 3, 2014 at 7:05 PM for the Pawtucket Red Sox (MiLB AAA, affiliate of the Boston Red Sox) who will play the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • April 4, 2014 at 2:05 PM for the Boston Red Sox (MLB) who will play the Milwaukee Brewers.
  • April 10, 2014 at 6:30 PM for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (MiLB AA, affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays) who will play the Binghamton Mets.
  • April 10, 2014 ay 6 PM for the Portland Sea Dogs (MiLB AA, affiliate of the Boston Red Sox) who will play the New Britain Rock Cats.
  • June 13, 2014 at 7:05 PM for the Lowell Spinners (MiLB Class A Short Season, affiliate of the Boston Red Sox) who will play the Vermont Lake Monsters.
  • June 16, 2014 at 7:05 PM for the Vermont Lake Monsters (MiLB Class A Short Season, affiliate of the Oakland Athletics) who will play the Connecticut tigers.
  • June 18, 2014 at 7:05 PM for the Connecticut Tigers (MiLB Class A Short Season, affiliate of the Detroit Tigers) who will play the Lowell Spinners.
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With the Return of Baseball, Spring is Definitely Here!

Picture or a Baseball Home PlageI know that Mother Nature has not been too cooperative with at least a couple of snow storms right at the official beginning of spring making it feel decidedly un-spring like. But if flower show season was not enough to convince you that spring is, in fact, here, then stop to think about this. Baseball returns to the region starting next week. You read correctly – next week.

Yes, the boys of summer are once again taking up bat and ball with the Portland Sea Dogs and the New Hampshire Fisher Cats getting things started on April 4, 2013. The Boston Red Sox are right behind them on April 8, 2013. So if the Vernal equinox was not enough to convince you that spring is here, baseball should certainly push you over the edge…

Dates of home openers for New England’s baseball teams are as follows:

  • April 4, 2013 at 6:00 PM: Portland Sea Dogs (MiLB AA) against the Trenton Thunder.
  • April 4, 2013 at 6:35 PM: New Hampshire Fisher Cats (MiLB AA) against the Reading Phillies.
  • April 8, 2013 at 2:05 PM: Boston Red Sox (MLB) against the Baltimore Orioles.
  • April 11, 2013 at 6:05 PM: New Britain Rock Cats (MiLB AA) against the Portland Sea Dogs.
  • April 11, 2013 at 7:05 PM: Pawtucket Red Sox (MiLB AAA) against the Rochester Red Wings.
  • April 26, 2013 at 7:05 PM: Bridgeport Bluefish (Independent) against the York Revolution.
  • June 17, 2013 at 7:05 PM: Connecticut Tigers (MiLB A Short Season) against the Lowell Spinners.
  • June 19, 2013 at 7:05 PM: Lowell Spinners (MiLB A Short Season) against the Connecticut Tigers.
  • June 20, 2013 at 7:05 PM: Vermont Lake Monsters (MiLB A Short Season) against the Connecticut Tigers.

To learn more about all of New England’s sports teams see:

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For 2012 April Vacation – Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Picture of New Hampshire Fisher Cats Stadium

New Hampshire Fisher Cats Stadium

Here is another idea for April school vacation – take in a baseball game. The season for all of the major professional baseball teams gets under way in April, and most of them are at home for at least a portion of April . To help you with planning here is the round-up of who is in town for the middle three weeks of April:

  • Boston Red Sox (MLB)
    • April 13-16, 2012: At home against the Tampa Bay Rays
    • April 17-18, 2012: At home against the Texas Rangers
    • April 20-22, 2012: At home against the New York Yankees

Remember that April 19th there will be a free open house at Fenway Park to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the ballpark. April 20th is the 100th anniversary game against the exact same foes of 100 years ago – the New York Yankees (who were then known as the New York Highlanders).

The minor league baseball teams who will be at home in April include:

  • Pawtucket Red Sox (MiLB AAA)
    • April 9 & 10, 2012: At home against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs
    • April 20-23, 2012: At home against the Durham Bulls
    • April 24 & 25, 2012: At home against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees
  • New Britain Rock Cats (MiLB AA)
    • April 9-11, 2012: At home against the Harrisburg Senators
    • April 19-22, 2012: At home against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats
    • April 23-25, 2012: At home against the Portland Sea Dogs
  • New Hampshire Fisher Cats (MiLB AA)
    • April 12-15, 2012: At home against the New Britain Rock Cats
    • April 16-18, 2012: At home against the Binghamton Mets
    • April 27-29, 2012: At home against the Trenton Thunder
  • Portland Sea Dogs (MiLB AA)
    • April 12-15, 2012: At home against the Binghamton Mets
    • April 16-18, 2012: At home against the New Britain Rock Cats
    • April 27-29, 2012: At home against the Reading Phillies

Picture credits: The picture of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats Stadium is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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New England Gets Ready for the 2011 Baseball Season

With the 2011 baseball season set to get underway in a few weeks, I thought that it would be good to give a roundup of opening days for the region’s various baseball teams. So here you go for Major League, Minor League, and Independent baseball opening days.

Major League Baseball

  • Boston Red Sox – Open on the road against the Texas on April 1. The Fenway Park opener is against the Yankees on April 8.

Minor League Baseball

  • Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA Red Sox affiliate) – Open the season at home against Rochester on April 7.
  • Manchester Fisher Cats (AA Blue Jays affiliate) – Open the season at home against the Trenton Thunder on April 7.
  • Portland Sea Dogs (AA Red Sox affiliate) – Open the season at home against the Reading Phillies on April 7.
  • Connecticut Tigers (A Short Season Tigers affiliate) – Open the season on the road against the Lowell Spinners on June 17. Their home opener is June 20 against the Tri-City ValleyCats
  • Lowell Spinners (A Short Season Red Sox affiliate) – Open the season at home against the Connecticut Tigers on June 17.
  • Vermont Lake Monsters (A Short Season A’s affiliate) – Open the season on the road against the Tri-City ValleyCats on June 17. Their home opener is June 20 against the Lowell Spinners.

Independent Baseball

  • Brockton Rox (CanAm League) – Open at home against the Worcester Tornadoes on May 26.
  • Pittsfield Colonials (CanAm League) – Open at home against New Jersey on May 26.
  • Worcester Tornadoes (CanAm League) – Open on the road against the Brockton Rox on May 26. Their home opener is May 30 against New York.
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