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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - The long off-season is almost over for the Sea Dogs. Seven months and two days since they closed out the 2013 season, Portland will finally take the field in Eastern League play.

The Dogs open the season on the road at Reading tonight with highly touted pitching prospect Henry Owens getting the opening day start. It's a day he's been anxiously awaiting for a long time.

"I would say probably about a month left into it I was just ready to get back out here and start the season again, so I'm glad to be out of Florida and get it going," he said.

When asked about pitching in Maine during the typically colder stretches in Portland for the early part of the season, he actually said he not only didn't mind, but actually liked it.

"I like it out here. I love pitching in the cold actually. It's fun," he added.

Unfortunately for Owens, Thursday's forecast in Reading resembles that of a more seasonally spring night. First pitch temperature at 7 p.m. is expected to be 57 degrees with some light rain on the horizon.

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