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August 9th

Bailey records stellar inning of relief for PawSox, wants return to parent club

August 9, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Andrew Bailey doesn’t know when he may return to the Boston Red Sox, but he’s more than anxious to do so.
In Pawtucket’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 he’s feeling.

PawSox drop second straight to Chiefs, 6-3

August 9, 2012

PAWTUCKET — 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 relievers’ 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).

August 8th

Add Valencia to PawSox's logjam at third base

August 8, 2012

PAWTUCKET – On his first official day as a member of the Pawtucket Red Sox, Danny Valencia found himself out of Wednesday’s starting lineup. His placement under the “extra hitters” portion of the lineup card only furthers the argument that it’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 he’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.

Edd Pedro's Wiffleball Tournament takes flight Sunday

August 8, 2012

PAWTUCKET -- Edd Pedro has only a few wants for his ninth annual “Fight for a Cure Mega-Raffle and Wiffleball Tournament,” slated to begin at 9 a.m., Sunday at Slater Park.
First and foremost, he’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, he’d like for a few more teams to register for the tourney’s divisions, including Adult Competitive, “Just for Fun” and Youth (12-and-under).

August 7th

Joe Morgan can relate to Bobby V's plight

August 7, 2012

Tuesday may have been a rare day off for the PawSox, yet the baseball chatter never ceases …

For the point of this exercise, let’s start with the definition of the word “manage” – 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 – to handle, direct, govern or control in action or use.

August 6th

Boggs reflects on time with PawSox, aka 'Minor League University'

August 6, 2012

Nights like the one that transpired at McCoy Stadium Saturday night don’t come around too often …

PAWTUCKET — 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 Boggs’ promotion came after almost six years in the minors, he felt he had learned everything he needed to begin his big-league career.

August 2nd

McGair: It makes all the sense in the world for Tamburro, Boggs to enter I.L. Hall of Fame together

August 2, 2012

PAWTUCKET — You really have to reach a certain age before taking part in some deep-rooted retrospection. Trying to size up life’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.

July 31st

McGair: Lars Anderson finally gets a change of scenery

July 31, 2012

It’s easy to get swept up with the sentiment that for Lars Anderson, Tuesday was Liberation Day.
The moment the Red Sox brought Adrian Gonzalez into the fold in December 2010, Anderson’s path to reach the big leagues with the club that drafted and developed him became infinitely harder. The deal with the Padres made Gonzalez a rich man while simultaneously poured cold water on the notion that Anderson was Boston’s first baseman of the future.

Baseball Chapel plays major role with players

July 31, 2012

PAWTUCKET – It’s Sunday morning in the PawSox clubhouse, a time of day when players and coaches alike seek to shake the sleep out of their eyes in preparation for that day’s 1:05 first pitch.
Everyone has their own routine. For some, the crossword puzzle beckons. Others, a trip to the indoor hitting cage is imperative. Then there’s kicking back on the plush leather sofa to watch what the majority deems is acceptable on television. Sometimes it’s a movie; other times, like this past Sunday morn, the viewing is the Summer Olympics.

PawSox's Mock stays true to his spiritual side

July 31, 2012

PAWTUCKET — From Garrett Mock’s vantage point, his capacity – relief pitcher for the Pawtucket Red Sox – represents only the tip of iceberg regarding exactly who he is.
Mind you, Mock wasn’t always a devout Christian. The 29-year-old experienced a pair of self-described awakenings – one in 1998 and again in 2006 – that placed everything in proper context.
Nowadays when he takes the mound, Mock isn’t just seeking to get the opposition out; he aims to continue to stay true to his spiritual side that he first tapped as a teenager growing up in Houston, Texas.

July 26th

Duckworth, Mathis leave PawSox for Japanese clubs

July 26, 2012

Understand that veteran minor-league ballplayers have provisions written into their contracts that grant them the freedom to explore and seek opportunities elsewhere. These clauses – no doubt put in at the suggestion of one’s agent – are designed with the player’s protection in mind and can be triggered at different points throughout the season.

N.J. team ousts Cumberland from Eastern Regionals

July 26, 2012

BRISTOL, Conn. – The Cumberland Major Division (ages 11 and 12) All-Star softball team arrived at the end of the line on Thursday afternoon, the team’s magical run culminating in a 4-2 defeat to Robbinsville, N.J. in semifinal-round action of the Eastern Regionals at Breen Field.
The defeat closes Cumberland’s stay at the 10-team tournament, which featured teams from New England and the Mid-Atlantic, at 4-2. In its six games, Cumberland outscored its opponents by a 42-19 margin and outhit them, 49-24.

July 25th

Cumberland cruises into semis of Eastern Regionals

July 25, 2012

BRISTOL, Conn. — One down, two to go.
The Cumberland Major Division (ages 11 and 12) all-star team took its first step towards what it hopes will be the program’s first-ever Eastern Regional championship and a spot in the Little League World Series on Wednesday afternoon by capturing its quarterfinal-round game with ease.

July 24th

Cumberland caps pool play with 8-1 win over Vt. team

July 24, 2012

BRISTOL, Conn. --- Cumberland certainly did its part in pool play. Now the local Major Division (ages 11 and 12) all-star team will try to produce the three victories it needs to capture its first-ever Eastern Regional softball championship and advance to the Little League World Series.
Cumberland wrapped up its New England portion of the regional tournament with its third victory in four games on Tuesday afternoon by producing an 8-1 victory over winless Swanton, Vt. at Breen Field on the Bart Giamatti Complex.

July 23rd

Inaugural PawSox 5K Race/Walk is Sept. 1 at McCoy

July 23, 2012

PAWTUCKET --- The running bug has bitten Augusto “Cookie” Rojas. And on Saturday, Sept. 1, that bug is going to take a bite out of the Pawtucket Red Sox family and the Pawtucket area in the form of the inaugural PawSox 5K Race/Walk.
McCoy Stadium will open its gates and warning track to runners and walkers of all abilities and ages to its first-ever 3.1-mile race, which will get under way at 9:30 a.m. and use its proceeds to benefit the Pawtucket Red Sox Charitable Foundation.

July 22nd

McGair: Pawtucket native Williams treasures time with new Hall of Fame member Barry Larkin; what Daniel Bard needs to do in order to return to Boston

July 22, 2012

Baseball, the romantics cite, is steeped in so much tradition that it’s simple to draw a line in the sand and connect generations – whether we’re referencing fathers and sons or ballplayers from different eras.
Sometimes, though, the art of bridging venerable types with youth whose chapters are waiting to be written requires assistance. In that regard, Mason Williams, the Pawtucket native and high-ceiling outfield prospect in the New York Yankees' farm system owes Joe Logan much thanks.

July 21st

WEB ONLY: Cumberland girls drop thriller to Fairfield

July 21, 2012

BRISTOL, Conn. — A six-run rally by defending New England champion Fairfield, Conn. in the home half of the second inning put Cumberland in a hole the team could not climb out of on Saturday, as the Major Division (ages 11 and 12) all-star team absorbed a tough 7-6 loss in their New England pool play game at Breen Field on the Bart Giamatti Complex.
Down by five runs entering the top of the sixth inning, Cumberland (9-1) bravely battled back for four runs and had runners on second and third with two gone, but were unable to plate the equalizer.

July 20th

Randy Hien Field, it's your time to shine

July 20, 2012

LINCOLN — A showcase event like the R.I. Little League Major Division state tournament calls for just the right venue, a spot that’s accommodating in every applicable way.
Naturally, the spotlight will shine on the players and coaches hailing from the four district winners – Burrillville, Barrington, Cranston Western and Coventry American. In addition, there’s just cause in touting the scene of what figures to be a close and tightly contested double-elimination spectacle.

This time, Pawtucket fighter Falowo leaves nothing to chance

July 20, 2012

LINCOLN — Thomas Falowo didn’t give the judges a chance to decide this fight. The Manfredo’s Gym middleweight rocked his opponent from the opening bell to the end of the fourth round, and for his efforts, he was rewarded with a fourth-round TKO.
The Pawtucket fighter returned to his winning ways on Thursday night at the Twin River Event Center by battering Rahman Yusubov of Dallas, Texas in their six-round fight on the undercard of Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc.’s “Built to Last” show at the Twin River Event Center.

July 19th

Cumberland duels N.E.'s best at Eastern Regionals

July 20, 2012

CUMBERLAND --- Now comes the fun part.
The road to their second straight R.I. District IV Major Division title was a cakewalk. So was their defense of their state championship.
Now the 13 players and the coaching staff on the Cumberland all-star softball team will set their sights on a bigger prize – the Eastern Regional championship – when the 10-team tournament gets under way today at Breen Field on the Bart Giamatti Complex in Bristol, Conn.

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