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PawSox's Fields impresses with increased velocity

August 31, 2012

PAWTUCKET – Believe it or not, pitchers do gain velocity as the season deepens. In the case of Josh Fields, the spike in the right-hander’s radar gun readings have proven most dramatic – not to mention raise eyebrows.
These days a fixture in Pawtucket’s bullpen, Fields generally sits at 93-95 miles per hour with his fastball occasionally touching 96 mph.

August 29th

Bogaerts impresses as 19-year-old Red Sox prospect

August 29, 2012

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – There’s a certain aura that surrounds those lauded as top prospects in the Red Sox farm system, and it only intensifies the higher they progress through the system.

August 27th

Mark Prior reflects on tenure with PawSox, looks ahead toward future

August 27, 2012

His tenure with the Pawtucket Red Sox may have ended in a less-than-desirable fashion, yet make no mistake: Mark Prior remains as determined as ever to refute the industry bias surrounding him by pitching again in a major-league setting.

Shea soccer team back for more

August 27, 2012

PAWTUCKET — After dropping one-goal verdicts in each of the past two Division I state title matches, could the third time be the charm for Shea High this fall?
Veteran head coach Pierre Ridore certainly thinks so, even though he graduated a half dozen key starters, and he let his feelings be known early Monday afternoon before his team boarded its bus for a preseason scrimmage against two-time defending Division II champion Smithfield.

August 25th

WEB ONLY: Sikorowicz, Lapierre win Yo Raymond 5K

August 25, 2012

CUMBERLAND -- When Ray Sikorowicz and his family drove from their Lincoln residence to Camp Ker Anna for the “Yo” Raymond Memorial 5K early Saturday morning, the 45-year-old veteran runner had two modest goals in mind – run a time that was in the low-18 minute range and compete for the top spot in his 40-49 age division.
Sikorowicz was able to accomplish both of those goals, as well as do something that in his wildest dreams he could not have envisioned – win the sixth annual race.

August 24th

Football is the sport that brings Johnson family together

August 24, 2012

CENTRAL FALLS — Back in the mid-1990s, Brian Johnson and Chuck Rinebolt often teased each other about how long they would, or could, last playing semi-pro football.
The game, more often than not, can be thankless. They don't get paid, and – at times – are stuck paying for their own equipment, but they don't care. These men, most of whom work full-time, have to hustle to the practice grid two or three times a week before or after their jobs to hone their skills, speed and strength for their upcoming weekend opponent.
They're in it just for their intense love for football.

August 22nd

Scrimmages mark next phase of H.S. preseason camp

August 22, 2012

Starting Thursday, a series of chess matches will break out on high school football fields across the state.
By definition, scrimmages are akin to shifting pieces around on a square board. Some moves work while others produce less-than-desirable results. Regardless of what transpires during these low-pressure yet highly valuable tussles on the gridiron, coaches understand that the time has come to embark on the next phase of preseason camp following a period of steadily bringing the unit along.

Format for boys' hoops tournament just about set

August 22, 2012

PROVIDENCE – Monday saw the R.I. Interscholastic League Principals’ Committee on Athletics officially welcome St. Patrick’s School of Providence into the fold for boys’ and girls’ basketball, along with boys’ volleyball.

August 21st

Ex-SRA star Iannetta's back in the saddle with Angels

August 21, 2012

BOSTON — There’s bringing a player up to speed after he’s been out for a lengthy stretch due to injury. Then there’s the term that Angels manager Mike Scioscia used in describing the heightened state of urgency Chris Iannetta finds himself in after missing 2 1/2 months with a broken bone in his right hand.
“You can study and simulate stuff all you want, but when you get behind the plate, you’re like that jockey on a saddle,” Scioscia explained prior to Tuesday’s Red Sox-Angels game at Fenway Park. “That’s the feeling you need and that’s where Chris needs the time in order to come together.”

Commitment: C.F. gridders tidy up Calcutt courtyard

August 21, 2012

CENTRAL FALLS — On the morning of Tuesday, July 16, Central Falls High head football coach Mo Jackson walked into his new classroom 107 at Calcutt Middle School and looked out a window bordering the courtyard.
His first thought: What courtyard?
“I was doing some summer programs, and I wanted to get the room ready for the kids,” admitted Jackson, who discovered since school year's end that he would be a new teacher's assistant and behavioral specialist at Calcutt. “I popped open the window, and I couldn't see anything. It looked like a jungle. I thought, 'My God, what happened to it?'

August 19th

These pitchers weigh pros, cons of Strasburg’s innings limit

August 19, 2012

PAWTUCKET — If the Washington Nationals’ decision to pose an innings limit on ace pitcher Stephen Strasburg was debated and haggled over in a court of law, it’s quite possible the rendering would be a hung jury.
Such a case involving a high-profile player and a playoff-starved franchise that has October baseball in its sights poses a provoking conundrum that can be argued and debated from both sides of the equation.
On one hand, Washington can be viewed as looking to protect the investment they have in Strasburg, a star at age 24 who underwent Tommy John surgery nearly two years ago.

Still on Boston’s radar, Bard plans to use next two weeks with Pawtucket to his advantage

August 19, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Daniel Bard admits there’s somewhat of a weight of his shoulders, knowing that regardless of how he’s fared with the Pawtucket Red Sox – 7.45 ERA in 28 appearances – he remains very much on Boston’s radar.
Asked to respond to an item in Sunday’s Boston Herald in which an anonymous Red Sox source clarified that he will pitch again for the big-league team in 2012, Bard took the occasion to explain how he can use the remaining few weeks in Pawtucket’s season to his advantage.

August 17th

McDonald sets record straight on turbulence in Red Sox season

August 17, 2012

PAWTUCKET – Who better to clarify any myths regarding the perceived toxic environment that is the Red Sox clubhouse than a player who spent a hearty amount of time inside the ropes?
Ladies and gentlemen, we give you Darnell McDonald, the former part-time Boston outfielder whose access to the team was short-circuited upon getting designated for assignment in late June. Fortunately for this particular exercise, McDonald is seen as the perfect go-to guy to set the record straight in a Red Sox season that has taken on the tenor of a soap opera in terms of firestorms and drama.

August 16th

Bard struggles again in PawSox's loss to SWB

August 16, 2012

PAWTUCKET – At this point, you have to feel for Daniel Bard.
The Red Sox can point to the fact that Bard was not touched for an earned run in his inning of work Thursday night, but make no mistake: it was another tough night at the office for the struggling reliever. In case you’re just joining us, Bard’s latest attempt to get back on track provided a nice, tucked-in capsule of what has plagued the reliever during his two-plus month stint with the Pawtucket Red Sox.

“Small mechanical adjustment” backfires on Dice-K

August 16, 2012

PAWTUCKET — If Daisuke Matsuzaka made what he dubbed a “small mechanical adjustment” prior to taking the mound for the fifth inning Wednesday night, it’s news to both PawSox pitching coach Rich Sauveur and catcher Dan Butler.
“Whatever tweak he made, he made on his own,” stated Sauveur on Thursday, one day after Matsuzaka delivered what could be coined a mixed bag of an outing.
There was good Matsuzaka – four scoreless innings in which he retired 12 of 13 Scranton batters – following by bad Matsuzaka, the damage pertaining to the five runs (four earned) he yielded in the fifth.

Greenway Challenge prepares for 12th annual race

August 16, 2012

WOONSOCKET — Barbara Dixon will never forget the first-ever Blackstone River Valley Greenway Challenge, held in late September of 2001.
In fact, she and other organizers questioned whether they'd be able to take care of the logistics in time.
“This is how bizarre it was that first year,” noted Dixon, who works closely with the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor Commission, located at the old train station near Main Street.

August 15th

Elizabeth Beisel still doesn’t see herself as 'big deal'

August 15, 2012

PAWTUCKET – The Elizabeth Beisel Welcome Home Tour made a stop at McCoy Stadium Wednesday evening, as the North Kingstown native and Olympic medalist threw out the first pitch and signed autographs at the ballpark’s Cox Fan Center.
Standing on the field in her Team USA jacket and a PawSox cap, Beisel was presented a Pawtucket team jacket by General Manager Lou Schweichheimer and infielder Tony Thomas, who took the occasion to tweet the following after catching the ceremonial toss: “Not a bad arm for a swimmer; thanks for keeping it close so I could catch it!”

Despite dismal outing, Bard receives reassurance from Sauveur

August 15, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Stop if you’ve heard this before, but PawSox pitching coach Rich Sauveur feels that embattled reliever Daniel Bard is closer than the numbers suggest.
Sauveur provided words of reassurance on Wednesday afternoon, one day after Bard had a devil of a time locating the strike zone. You probably know the grizzly numbers by now, but here they are again: On his way to recording one out Tuesday night against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Bard walked four and allowed two runs. Just 10 of the 27 pitches he recorded were strikes.

Harrington prepares to play junior hockey in N.J.

August 15, 2012

ATTLEBORO — There are plenty of recent high school graduates out there who don't have a clue as to what their immediate future may hold.
Connor Harrington, who in mid-June received his diploma from St. Raphael Academy, definitely isn't one of them.
On Tuesday morning, the unassuming, modest 18-year-old loaded his belongings into his car and trekked by his lonesome to New Jersey. His wants: Not only to begin his odyssey at Bergen Community College (he plans on becoming a veterinary technician), but also follow his dream of playing junior hockey for the New Jersey Renegades.

August 14th

Tamburro, PawSox recall Johnny Pesky

August 14, 2012

PAWTUCKET – Pawtucket Red Sox Team President Mike Tamburro will never forget the phone call he received from then-Red Sox General Manager Lou Gorman in June 1990.
“How would you like Johnny Pesky to be your new manager?” was the message Gorman relayed to Tamburro. “I said, ‘We would love to have Johnny (pilot the PawSox).’”

 

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