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August 30th

Henry's walkoff hit helps PawSox clinch division title

August 30, 2013

PAWTUCKET – 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, “has had a rough year. He was a .300 hitter in Toledo last year, but he’s one of the best teammates out there.”

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 night’s game against Syracuse.

Buchholz able to achieve peace of mind in rehab start with PawSox

August 30, 2013

PAWTUCKET – Clay Buchholz classified his 3.1-inning stint at McCoy Stadium on Friday as a step forward.

“Tonight, 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,” said Buchholz after scattering seven hits and allowing one run against Syracuse. “That 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.”

Why the importance for minor leaguers to learn multiple defensive positions

August 30, 2013

PAWTUCKET — 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 one’s 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 ‘RF’ next to Jackie Bradley Jr.’s name, not the customary ‘CF’ that came to define the prospect.

Shea, Central Falls, Tolman shine in Injury Fund soccer matches

August 30, 2013

CENTRAL FALLS — 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 “game” against archrival Shea on Friday night.
He did so as a precaution, not to mention a safety measure.
“I was worried about the field,” 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.

August 29th

Barnes wins debut; PawSox reduce magic number to one

August 29, 2013

PAWTUCKET — 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.

PawSox newcomer Berry adds more speed to Red Sox arsenal

August 29, 2013

PAWTUCKET — 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 Farrell’s job a bit easier when David Ortiz, Mike Napoli and Jarrod Saltalamacchia reach base.

The name of the game is scoring runs, and Berry’s fleet-of-foot tendencies could prove quite valuable as Boston casts an eye toward October baseball.

Lapierre begins new chapter as Central Falls' head football coach

August 29, 2013

CENTRAL FALLS — 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.

August 28th

PawSox reduce magic number to clinch division to three

August 28, 2013

PAWTUCKET – With all roads leading to the PawSox qualifying for the Governors’ 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 he’s 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.

Barnes becomes latest top pitching prospect to join PawSox

August 28, 2013

PAWTUCKET — The highly touted right-handed pitcher that breezed through the lower levels of the minor leagues ended up learning an important lesson this season – there’s not always going to be smooth sailing.

August 27th

Unearned runs help RailRiders edge PawSox, 2-1

August 27, 2013

PAWTUCKET — After the Pawtucket Red Sox had eked out a pair of stunning – and thrilling – 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 Miley’s crew rode a superb mound outing from starter Graham Stoneburner, not to mention fellow righty Dellin Betances, to end Pawtucket’s win streak at three.

PawSox's Webster thriving thanks to new mound demeanor

August 27, 2013

PAWTUCKET — From Gary DiSarcina’s perch in the PawSox dugout, the manager is able to hone in and get a proper read on the placid look on Allen Webster’s face, one that until recently had singularly defined the right-hander’s facial expression on the mound.

“He’s got a demeanor that’s really laid back, which is useful at times,” noted DiSarcina.

August 26th

PawSox walk off with 2-1 victory over RailRiders

August 26, 2013

PAWTUCKET – 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.

PawSox's DiSarcina: Jeter's 'a classy individual'

August 26, 2013

PAWTUCKET — 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.

“I hadn’t seen him in a while, but the first thing I thought of when I saw him was ‘Man, he’s a classy individual,’” DiSarcina expressed. “In my mind, he and Cal Ripken Jr. were the torchbearers. Cal handed it over to him, and not because Derek won, but it’s the way he won.

August 25th

McGair: Bogaerts could be this year's version of Orioles' Machado

August 26, 2013

On the surface, Xander Bogaerts is this year’s answer to Baltimore’s 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.

August 24th

WEB ONLY: Magill, Anspach capture individual titles at seventh annual "Yo" Raymond 5K in Cumberland

August 24, 2013

CUMBERLAND — The last time Chris Magill ran in the “Yo” Raymond Memorial 5K, he was on the losing end of the closest finish in the race’s 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.

August 21st

Former Patriots running back Collins speaks to Central Falls student-athletes

August 21, 2013

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 school’s auditorium on Wednesday.

August 20th

Fielding position, holding runners top areas that require PawSox' Ranaudo's attention

August 20, 2013

PAWTUCKET — As PawSox manager Gary DiSarcina and pitching coach Rich Sauveur deftly explained, there are certain and significant areas that require Anthony Ranaudo’s attention.

Mind you this particular topic has nothing to do with Ranaudo’s ability to throw a baseball. In the promising righthander’s case, what DiSarcina and Sauveur are implying is that Ranaudo comprehends the importance of his “other” duties, such as fielding the position and holding runners.

New RIIL realignment guidelines to take effect in 2014-15

August 20, 2013

PROVIDENCE — Perhaps there’s no way getting around it. Coming up with a realignment proposal that soothes the Rhode Island Interscholastic League’s masses is not as simple or straightforward as snapping one’s 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.

August 19th

Boagerts leaves PawSox as totally different player

August 19, 2013

PAWTUCKET — Is Xander Bogaerts really and truly ready for the big leagues – this after spending a little more than 10 weeks at Triple-A Pawtucket?

August 18th

Mortensen finds groove as starter following DFA

August 18, 2013

PAWTUCKET — Clayton Mortensen’s 2013 season has featured a wide range of emotions.

From making Boston’s 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 doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Moving past what seemingly must feel like a lifetime’s worth of transactions that were compartmentalized into a short period has perhaps been reconcilable thanks to the right-handed pitcher’s new role with the Pawtucket Red Sox.

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