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August 18th

It's back to work for Cumberland football team

August 18, 2013

Everyone has to start somewhere.

Beginning Monday, high school football coaches and players around Rhode Island will officially take the first steps – baby ones, mind you – in a journey that both parties hope culminates with the following symbolic gesture: Dumping a large bucket of ice water on the Super Bowl-winning coach come the first weekend in December.

August 16th

Red Sox OF Kalish hopes latest surgery does the trick

August 16, 2013

For Ryan Kalish, embarking on the comeback trail has featured an eerily similar narrative.

There’s the surgery aspect, which Kalish has down pat by now. Since diving for a ball in center field at McCoy Stadium on April 21, 2011 – a play the 25-year-old dubs “a stroke of bad luck” – the onetime Red Sox outfield prospect has been subjected to one corrective procedure after another. Yearning to feel like his old self has proven a tough road to hoe, his left shoulder and neck never quite getting back in sync.

August 15th

Life as a backup catcher suits Red Sox' Ross fine

August 15, 2013

PAWTUCKET — There’s light at the end of the tunnel as far as David Ross and his minor-league rehab assignment is concerned.

The veteran catcher is scheduled to be behind the plate for back-to-back nine-inning games for the PawSox on Friday and Saturday before visiting concussion specialist Dr. Micky Collins on Sunday.
If everything checks out accordingly, Ross would rejoin the Red Sox Monday night in San Francisco.

August 14th

SportsBusiness Journal drops Providence/Pawtucket minor-league market nine spots to No. 12 this year

August 14, 2013

PAWTUCKET – Every two years, Smith & Street’s SportsBusiness Journal releases its annual rankings of the top minor-league markets in the country.

According to the publication’s 2013 findings that were unveiled earlier this week, the Providence/Pawtucket market weighed in at a solid 12th out of the 229 markets that were scrutinized and taken under advisement. Two cities that are home to International League clubs finished 1-2 in this year’s compellation with Toledo, Ohio grabbing top honors followed by Rochester, N.Y., which boasts four minor-league operations.

PawSox down Louisville, 6-5, for fourth straight win

August 14, 2013

PAWTUCKET --- It’s been more than a month-and-a-half since the Pawtucket Red Sox strung together four wins in a row, but on Wednesday afternoon, they were able to extend their win streak at the expense of the Louisville Bats.
Three-run homers from Xander Bogaerts and Mark Hamilton and a strong start from Clayton Mortensen enabled the defending International League champions to hold off a seventh-inning rally by the Bats and come away with a 6-5 win at McCoy Stadium.

August 13th

DiSarcina: Middlebrooks 'has a lot to prove' in his return to Boston 'and he knows it'

August 13, 2013

PAWTUCKET – There are two schools of thought regarding Will Middlebrooks and the third baseman’s recent return to major-league duty.

Given the Red Sox were receiving zero in the way of offensive production at the hot corner following the departure of Jose Iglesias – the post-July 31 non-waiver trading deadline saw Brock Holt and Brandon Snyder struggling to the tune of a combined .135 batting average (5-for-37) – the ball club was more than justified in being in the market for an upgrade.

August 11th

Lincoln Little Leaguers have much to be proud of

August 11, 2013

PAWTUCKET – As Lincoln All-Stars' manager Matt Netto drove the 125-plus miles home to Central Falls from Bristol, Conn. late Saturday night, dozens upon dozens of “What ifs?” flooded his mind – how an extra-base hit with Braedon Carney on first with no one out in the third could've changed matters; how Patrick Gribbin could've scored after beating out a perfect bunt with two down in the fifth; how similar this defeat was to the one Lincoln suffered in this same scenario four years before.

R.I. football officials still operating under cloud of uncertainty

August 11, 2013

Just when all seemed copacetic, serious doubts have crept in regarding this autumn’s Rhode Island high school gridiron slate and the inclusion of a full complement of registered R.I. football officials.

August 9th

Coach's message helped get Lincoln Little Leaguers back on track

August 9, 2013

BRISTOL, Conn. — Back on Monday afternoon, the Lincoln All-Stars suffered their first and only defeat of this long summer, an 8-1 decision to South Burlington, Vt., and they didn’t look good doing it.

The previously-unbeaten squad uncharacteristically struck out seven times and committed a pair of errors in the ugly 8-1 defeat, causing parents and others to state to skipper Matt Netto that the team appeared downtrodden, like they didn’t care about being in their lofty position.

Cumberland's Randall gets ready for U.S. Amateur

August 9, 2013

As much as Mother Nature tried her best to put a damper on things Friday, Jamison Randall braved the wet weather and walked approximately eight holes at The Country Club, located in Brookline, Mass.

August 8th

Lincoln now one win away from LLWS

August 8, 2013

BRISTOL, Conn. – It had been billed as a sensational pitcher’s duel – South Burlington, Vt. fireballer Ben Tate against Lincoln’s crafty southpaw Kyle Marrapese.

The pair didn’t disappoint, as they combined to whiff – get this – 19 foes.

In the end, however, Marrapese captured the battle, and it happened due to one precious, hellacious swing from teammate Steve Andrews.

Edd Pedro's whiffleball fundraiser celebrates 10 years!

August 8, 2013

PAWTUCKET — As difficult it is to get the word out, glean sponsors, attract teams from – at the very least, from eastern half of the United States – and put it all together for a premier event, Edd Pedro revels in it all.

Pedro, with the help of some family members and friends, is about to host his 10th annual “Fight For A Cure Wiffle Ball Tournament and Mega-Raffle” at Slater Park beginning at 9 a.m. sharp Sunday.

August 7th

Lincoln crushes N.H.; rematch with Vermont on tap

August 7, 2013

BRISTOL, Conn. — As soon as Little League New England Regional Tournament officials asked the Lincoln All-Stars to walk to home plate to greet “Dugout,” the event’s mascot, Aaron DeSousa knew what was coming
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Together with foe Rye, N.H., they performed the dance accompanying the tune prior to their contest, and it looked like they had a blast doing it.

“I remember other teams doing that from years before, when I was watching on TV,” DeSousa said. “I kind of expected it once they called us over. While we were dancing, it took all the butterflies away. I just didn’t feel as nervous.”

August 6th

Patriots' Mallett has faith in childhood chum Middlebrooks

August 6, 2013

FOXBORO — This is the time of year when the conversations between Texas childhood pals Will Middlebrooks and Ryan Mallett slow to a crawl.

On the surface, it’s perfectly understandable.

Middlebrooks’ baseball duties are in full bloom with two or possibly three months in his season remaining. With Mallett, the dog days of summer represent a hectic time, with practices and intra-squad scrimmages going hand in hand with film sessions and preseason football contests.

August 5th

Pawtucket RBI falls in World Series opener

August 5, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS — The Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket RBI Junior Division All-Stars fell behind 2-0 in the fifth inning before ultimately falling to Miami, Florida, 2-1, on Day 1 of the RBI Junior World Series.

Pawtucket’s lone run came in the sixth inning when Steven Otis scored on a fielder’s choice by Nick Gagnon. The locals loaded the bases with two down in the seventh but proved unable to capitalize.

Lincoln Little League suffers first loss at New Englands

August 5, 2013

BRISTOL, Conn. — Lincoln All-Stars’ assistant coach Marty Gaughan Sr. had a feeling his team would face South Burlington, Vt. ace Sammy Premsagar in the third game of this Little League New England Regional Tournament on Monday afternoon.

That’s why he took all necessary measures to prepare the kids offensively.

“They say he’s a real fireballer; that’s why I just spent the last hour pitching batting practice to them,” he said perhaps 40 minutes before the tilt. “I was throwing them 100-mph heaters so they’d be ready.”

August 4th

Lincoln Little League improves to 2-0 in New England regionals

August 5, 2013

BRISTOL, Conn. — Thankfully for Lincoln Little League, Brandon Lee is just one player.

The No. 3 hitter in Newton South East’s lineup certainly did some damage Sunday, slugging two home runs with four RBI and two runs scored. Collectively, Lincoln was able to overcome the Herculean effort and knock off the Massachusetts representative. 14-8, in the second game round-robin play of the Little League New England Regional Tournament.

Both squads ended up spraying the ball all over Leon J. Breen Field, tallying 22 runs and 25 hits, including 10 extra base hits.

PawSox loaded with major league-caliber bullpen options

August 4, 2013

PAWTUCKET — Sometimes the trades that a major-league ballclub doesn’t end up making can prove quite revealing.

The Jake Peavy acquisition was not the only smoke signal sent out by the Red Sox at the July 31 non-waiver trading deadline. Last Wednesday’s 4 p.m Eastern Time deadline did not feature the acquisition of a warm body for the sole purpose of augmenting the bullpen core that manager John Farrell presently has at his disposal.

August 3rd

PawSox' Ranaudo looks to paint a minor-league masterpiece

August 3, 2013

PAWTUCKET – Rich Sauveur can’t wait to see Anthony Ranaudo go all Pablo Picasso on the blank canvas that will represent his tenure at Triple-A Pawtucket after his promotion here on Friday.

“From what I heard, he was throwing the ball extremely well down in Portland and I can’t wait to see him throw,” stated Sauveur, Pawtucket’s pitching coach. “(Sea Dogs pitching coach Bob Kipper) sent me some information on Anthony, and I was just reading up on it. Kipper thinks that he’s an outstanding person and a great student of the game.

August 1st

Injured Brentz doesn’t want to completely close books on return to PawSox this year

August 1, 2013

PAWTUCKET — Was Bryce Brentz resigned to the possibility that his season was over upon undergoing significant surgery to his right knee? A rollover-and-surrender attitude wouldn’t fit the PawSox outfielder’s hard-charging persona now, would it?

That said, the power hitter is a realist and understands the slippery slope that comes with accelerating the rehab timetable in order to return to the field this season.

 

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