Archive - Aug 2012 - Sports Article
Donâ€™t tell area high school football coaches that these truly are the dog days of summer. They donâ€™t want to hear about such talk.
Monday marks the commencement of preseason training camps across the state and to suggest that teams are seeking to hit the ground running would be a gross understatement. The importance of the coming week cannot be underscored â€“ albeit for a myriad of reasons.
PAWTUCKET â€” Andrew Bailey doesnâ€™t know when he may return to the Boston Red Sox, but heâ€™s more than anxious to do so.
In Pawtucketâ€™s 6-3 loss to the Syracuse Chiefs at McCoy Stadium on Thursday afternoon, Bailey relieved starter Billy Buckner in the sixth inning and allowed just one hit (without a walk and fanned a pair in his one-frame stint.
That, coupled with a solid outing the night before when he hurled one inning of flawless ball (with a strikeout), the 28-year-old from Cherry Hills, N.J. likes how heâ€™s feeling.
PAWTUCKET â€” Despite a 6-3 matinee loss to the Syracuse Chiefs on Thursday afternoon, Pawtucket Red Sox skipper Arnie Beyeler sat in his McCoy Stadium clubhouse office afterward explaining his pleasure with three relieversâ€™ respective outings.
In a rehab assignment with Pawtucket, righty Andrew Bailey allowed just one hit and fanned two in a single-inning stint (20 pitches, 14 strikes), while Daniel Bard took over in the seventh and yielded a hit, run and two walks while whiffing one. (In the process, he hit 97 mph on the radar gun, and threw 22 pitches, 12 for strikes).
PAWTUCKET â€“ On his first official day as a member of the Pawtucket Red Sox, Danny Valencia found himself out of Wednesdayâ€™s starting lineup. His placement under the â€śextra hittersâ€ť portion of the lineup card only furthers the argument that itâ€™s going to be tough for the 27-year-old to carve out regular playing time.
Valencia is a third baseman by trade, a position where heâ€™s logged 2,281 innings in 262 big-league games. Coming over from the Minnesota Twins via trade on Sunday, Valencia joins a PawSox ballclub that's pretty well stocked at the hot corner.
PAWTUCKET -- Edd Pedro has only a few wants for his ninth annual â€śFight for a Cure Mega-Raffle and Wiffleball Tournament,â€ť slated to begin at 9 a.m., Sunday at Slater Park.
First and foremost, heâ€™d love the day to be graced by good weather; second, he hopes to raise $20,000 to give to the Arthritis Foundation, with the New England regional headquarters stationed in Warwick; and, finally, heâ€™d like for a few more teams to register for the tourneyâ€™s divisions, including Adult Competitive, â€śJust for Funâ€ť and Youth (12-and-under).
Tuesday may have been a rare day off for the PawSox, yet the baseball chatter never ceases â€¦
For the point of this exercise, letâ€™s start with the definition of the word â€śmanageâ€ť â€“ to bring about or succeed in accomplishing, sometimes despite difficulty or hardship.
Or to take charge or care of represents another form of usage. Or, finally, someone in a position to manage conducts business by the following means â€“ to handle, direct, govern or control in action or use.
Nights like the one that transpired at McCoy Stadium Saturday night donâ€™t come around too often â€¦
PAWTUCKET â€” As much as he enjoyed his two-year stint with the Pawtucket Red Sox, Wade Boggs wanted no part of the Triple-A ball club upon reaching the parent team in 1982.
Any ballplayer will tell you that his goal is not just to make the majors, but to make it and stay there, leaving the minor leagues in their rear-view mirror for good. When Boggsâ€™ promotion came after almost six years in the minors, he felt he had learned everything he needed to begin his big-league career.
PAWTUCKET â€” You really have to reach a certain age before taking part in some deep-rooted retrospection. Trying to size up lifeâ€™s journey along the way is simply too tall an order, not to mention how distracting it can be from the pursuit of reaching what each individual interprets as the zenith.