Archive - Apr 20, 2012 - Sports Article
WOONSOCKET â As soon as senior Zack Viveiros grounded out to third to end the top of the sixth inning, Tolman High skipper Theo Murray huddled his troops in front of their first-base dugout early Friday afternoon and implored them to exhibit outstanding defense.
âThis is it,â he told them, referring to the Tigersâ 2-1 cushion. âTheyâve got 9-1-2 (the ninth, first and second batters) coming up! Weâve got to get out of this inning!â
PAWTUCKET â On paper, there appears a surefire remedy to put struggling reliever Mark Melancon â viewed as one the key moves Ben Cherington made during his first offseason as Bostonâs general manager â back together.
Fans will undoubtedly cringe when they hold Melanconâs cover-your-eyes 49.50 ERA up to the light, knowing full well the 27-year-oldâs inability to get anyone out played a huge part in the big-league club demoting the struggling pitcher to Pawtucket. Yet what gets lost in shuffle is that Melancon was not pitching on a regular basis.