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PAWTUCKET â It was about 11 a.m. Friday when Gary DiSarcina received a text message from Justin Henry, a player who according to the PawSox skipper, âhas had a rough year. He was a .300 hitter in Toledo last year, but heâs one of the best teammates out there.â
Henry had a simple request. His mother was in town and was wondering if it was possible for DiSarcina to include him in the lineup for that nightâs game against Syracuse.
PAWTUCKET â Clay Buchholz classified his 3.1-inning stint at McCoy Stadium on Friday as a step forward.
âTonight, I was much more impressed with the velocity that I was able to sustain over the period I was out there and being able to throw all my pitches with the same effort level and arm angle,â said Buchholz after scattering seven hits and allowing one run against Syracuse. âThat was basically the final hump I had to get over as far as not having a second thought in the back of my head. It was about getting my release point down on all my pitches.â
PAWTUCKET â It was a warm late June night and first pitch at McCoy Stadium was still several hours away. Up in the press box, a number of baseball scouts had gathered for some friendly chatter that ranged from strengths and weaknesses of particular players to each oneâs travel log of minor-league ballparks.
Curious about the lineups, one scout turned his head left to where they were posted in a plastic case on the wall. He thought his eyes were playing tricks on him, the result of seeing âRFâ next to Jackie Bradley Jr.âs name, not the customary âCFâ that came to define the prospect.
CENTRAL FALLS â Tolman High head coach Jack Coutu chose not to play senior goalie and quad-captain Adam Ghazal long before the start of the Tigers' R.I. Injury Fund âgameâ against archrival Shea on Friday night.
He did so as a precaution, not to mention a safety measure.
âI was worried about the field,â Coutu indicated of the uneven, dusty Macomber Stadium surface minutes before the scrimmage, one designed to raise money for the Rhode Island Interscholastic League for injury/insurance reasons and also give squads statewide an opportunity to face live competition.
PAWTUCKET â As far as Triple-A debuts go, Matt Barnes looked quite comfortable.
The slender right-hander was in total command on the McCoy Stadium mound Thursday night, tossing 5.1 scoreless innings that featured a little bit of everything. His Pawtucket teammates were able to make Barnes a victor as the locals silenced Syracuse, 2-0, before 5,021 fans.
PAWTUCKET â Teams that harbor deep playoff aspirations prefer to have all their bases covered.
In acquiring Quintin Berry, the Red Sox have sent out the following signal: They have a late-game, pinch-running weapon that figures to make manager John Farrellâs job a bit easier when David Ortiz, Mike Napoli and Jarrod Saltalamacchia reach base.
The name of the game is scoring runs, and Berryâs fleet-of-foot tendencies could prove quite valuable as Boston casts an eye toward October baseball.
CENTRAL FALLS â Jeff Lapierre spent 11 years working with Central Falls High grid head coach Mo Jackson, and enjoyed virtually every minute.
The only ones he didn't? Watching the kids fail to execute in games after excelling at the same plays in practice.
He learned a great deal from Jackson, who retired from his longtime position in grand style with two impressive victories at the end of the 2012 season. Now, Lapierre owns that title outright, but admits teaching this new crop of players will be a shared workload.
PAWTUCKET â With all roads leading to the PawSox qualifying for the Governorsâ Cup playoffs for a third straight season, it raises the question of what kind of squad manager Gary DiSarcina will have at his disposal when the second season arrives.
To that end, DiSarcina admitted Wednesday that heâs had brief conversations with Red Sox Director of Player Development Ben Crockett about how many players Pawtucket stands to lose on Sept. 1, which is the first day Major League teams are allowed to expand their rosters.
PAWTUCKET â The highly touted right-handed pitcher that breezed through the lower levels of the minor leagues ended up learning an important lesson this season â thereâs not always going to be smooth sailing.
PAWTUCKET â After the Pawtucket Red Sox had eked out a pair of stunning â and thrilling â come-from-behind, one-run victories the previous two nights, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre returned the favor on Tuesday evening.
The RailRiders notched two unearned runs, one each in the sixth and seventh frames, to thump the PawSox, 2-1, before a sparse crowd of 4,430 fans at McCoy Stadium.
Manager Dave Mileyâs crew rode a superb mound outing from starter Graham Stoneburner, not to mention fellow righty Dellin Betances, to end Pawtucketâs win streak at three.
PAWTUCKET â From Gary DiSarcinaâs perch in the PawSox dugout, the manager is able to hone in and get a proper read on the placid look on Allen Websterâs face, one that until recently had singularly defined the right-handerâs facial expression on the mound.
âHeâs got a demeanor thatâs really laid back, which is useful at times,â noted DiSarcina.
PAWTUCKET â Follow the trail of pixie dust and it will lead you directly to the home clubhouse at McCoy Stadium.
The good times continued at the ballpark Monday night as the PawSox staged a 2-1 walk-off win over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. Pawtucket trailed 1-0 heading into the bottom of the ninth before receiving a game-tying sacrifice fly from catcher Ryan Lavarnway and a game-ending RBI single by Mark Hamilton that came on a 3-2 pitch.
PAWTUCKET â For PawSox manager Gary DiSarcina, seeing Derek Jeter propel himself through the rehab process this past weekend helped conjure up one pleasant memory after another.
âI hadnât seen him in a while, but the first thing I thought of when I saw him was âMan, heâs a classy individual,ââ DiSarcina expressed. âIn my mind, he and Cal Ripken Jr. were the torchbearers. Cal handed it over to him, and not because Derek won, but itâs the way he won.
On the surface, Xander Bogaerts is this yearâs answer to Baltimoreâs Manny Machado. Both are talented 20-year-olds with left-side-of-the-infield pedigree who have skyrocketed up the organizational ladder, each making their respective debut on an American League East squad during the height of a playoff race.
CUMBERLAND â The last time Chris Magill ran in the âYoâ Raymond Memorial 5K, he was on the losing end of the closest finish in the raceâs seven-year history.
In the 2011 event, Louis Raffetto of South Boston, Mass. edged the Cumberland native by a mere second, storming past Magill with less than a tenth of a mile to go to claim the thriller in a 16:39 time.
Tony Collins, a former running back with the New England Patriots, talks to the student-athletes at Central Falls High School about his life in the NFL, dealing with substance abuse and its life-changing repercussions, along with what it truly takes to be successful during a visit to the schoolâs auditorium on Wednesday.
PAWTUCKET â As PawSox manager Gary DiSarcina and pitching coach Rich Sauveur deftly explained, there are certain and significant areas that require Anthony Ranaudoâs attention.
Mind you this particular topic has nothing to do with Ranaudoâs ability to throw a baseball. In the promising righthanderâs case, what DiSarcina and Sauveur are implying is that Ranaudo comprehends the importance of his âotherâ duties, such as fielding the position and holding runners.
PROVIDENCE â Perhaps thereâs no way getting around it. Coming up with a realignment proposal that soothes the Rhode Island Interscholastic Leagueâs masses is not as simple or straightforward as snapping oneâs fingers.
That said, a few ruffled feathers has not impeded the realignment committee branch of the Rhode Island Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (RIIAAA) from coming up with a solution that on the surface could help foster the kind of harmony that has been elusive whenever this particular topic is mentioned.
PAWTUCKET â Is Xander Bogaerts really and truly ready for the big leagues â this after spending a little more than 10 weeks at Triple-A Pawtucket?
PAWTUCKET â Clayton Mortensenâs 2013 season has featured a wide range of emotions.
From making Bostonâs Opening Day roster to landing on the disabled list with a right groin strain to getting designated for assignment for the first time ever, the 28-year-old Mortensen is living baseball proof that what doesnât kill you makes you stronger. Moving past what seemingly must feel like a lifetimeâs worth of transactions that were compartmentalized into a short period has perhaps been reconcilable thanks to the right-handed pitcherâs new role with the Pawtucket Red Sox.