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Seadogs get another chance
The Portland Sea Dogs face a rematch with the Akron Aeros for the Eastern League championship, starting a five-game series Tuesday in Ohio.
Akron defeated the Altoona Curve 5-2 Sunday night in Game 5 of the Southern Division series at Canal Park in Ak- ron.
The Aeros defeat- ed the Sea Dogs last season in the league finals, three games to one. Porland won the first game at Hadlock Field, then lost three straight, one in Portland and two in Akron.
This year, Akron is the host team for the first two games Tuesday and Wednesday, tentatively scheduled for 7 p.m.
After a travel day Thursday, the series shifts to Portland on Friday and, if necessary, Saturday and Sunday. All games at Hadlock will start at 6 p.m.
For the Eastern League Championship Series, which begins tonight in Akron, those second-hand players can be a bargain.
"Experience," Todd Claus said, summing up their advantage.
Just look at the Sea Dogs' starting infield. First baseman Luis Jimenez, 24, is the kid of the bunch, and he's been playing pro ball since he was 17.
Then there is second baseman David Bacani, 27, already a two-time Eastern League All-Star; shortstop Keoni De Renne, 27, who has been in Triple-A the previous two seasons.
And, at third base, is Brian Myrow, 30. This time last year, Myrow was batting for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
So why are these guys back in Double-A? Hey, things happen.
The Aeros love to run, but are without their best base-stealer. All-Star second baseman Elder Torres (41 steals) is out with a broken jaw, an injury suffered after a punch from teammate and relief pitcher Bubbie Buzachero, who has been removed from the roster.