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July 9th

Local cyclists 'look for fun' at Pan-Mass Challenge

July 9, 2013

CUMBERLAND — At 56 years of age, Scott Miller, a small business owner, doesn’t have to take part in the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge – a grueling, two-day, 192-mile trek from Sturbridge to the tip of Cape Cod in Provincetown.
The Cumberland resident just chooses to, and he has dozens of explanations as to why he participates in the longest, most difficult version of the PMC.

White, Quinlan help Elmwood Sports take 2-1 thriller

July 9, 2013

Contributing writer
PAWTUCKET --- If Tuesday night’s game proved anything, it’s that, in baseball, a team should always play until the final out. Whenever a team is considered down and out, as long as three outs haven’t been recorded in the last inning, a team can still come out victorious.

July 8th

McGair: DiSarcina following in the big-league footsteps of previous PawSox managers

July 8, 2013

PAWTUCKET – Sometimes, he’s simply carrying out marching orders from those above him. Other times, he engages in small talk, a sign that allows the ballplayers to comprehend that, yes, this particular minor-league manager will “have our backs if we heed his expectations.”

You see it during batting practice when PawSox skipper Gary DiSarcina sprays fungos to the infielders while standing not too far from the batting cage. A bum shoulder prevents DiSarcina from throwing a round or two. He makes up for it in other areas such as assuming an even greater instructional role.

July 7th

Pineview claims third straight R.I. Big League crown

July 7, 2013

PAWTUCKET — Pineview Big League skipper Joe Clark revels in this kind of problem.

Thanks to his club’s simplistic 10-1 victory over East Greenwich in the championship game of the R.I. Big League (15-18) All-Star Tournament at its President’s Field home on Sunday afternoon, Clark and Co. earned a berth in the U.S. Eastern Regional Big League tourney in Dover, Del., one that begins Saturday.

With the title, unbeaten Pineview qualified for its third straight regional event, but will need to raise approximately $5,000 to make the trek.

July 6th

Cumberland Town Council to consider Tucker Field project

July 6, 2013

CUMBERLAND – The Town Council is not scheduled to convene this month. Those plans have changed thanks to the proposed significant upgrades to the football and track portions of Tucker Field.

Parks and Recreation Director Michael Crawley confirmed late last week that everything’s in place for the council to gather this coming Wednesday night. The hope is that this special meeting will bring the town one step closer to commencing a construction project that some will say is long overdue.

July 5th

Pawtucket’s Sanabria is dominant in 5-1 Pineview win

July 5, 2013

PAWTUCKET – Pineview Big League skipper Joe Clark admitted his club didn't exhibit the kind of superb defense he expected from a lot of high school players in a 3-2 victory over East Greenwich on Tuesday night.

Sure, Clark and Co. won the game, but they looked rather shaky doing it.

That's why he chose to have a short conference with his young men prior to facing Edgewood/South Elmwood in the R.I. Big League (15-18) All-Star Tournament's winners-bracket final at the Doreen A. Tomlinson Athletic Complex' Presidents' Field on Friday night.

July 4th

Brian Doyle back in the winner's circle at Arnold Mills Road Race

July 4, 2013

CUMBERLAND – The old phrase “Familiarity breeds contempt” took a beating at the Arnold Mills Four-Mile Road Race on steamy Fourth of July morning.

Perhaps a better way to put the overall mood after Northeastern University junior-to-be Brian Doyle, the 20-year-old son of former Ocean State marathon great Bobby Doyle, crossed the finish line in a cautious but solid winning time of 21:07: The mutual admiration society.

July 3rd

PawSox's De La Rosa, Carter rise to I.L. all-star status

July 3, 2013

PAWTUCKET – In Rubby De La Rosa and Anthony Carter, you have two PawSox pitchers who have come a long way since the end of April.

Validation for their efforts in the ensuing months came in the form of a nice reward Wednesday, as the pair was selected to represent the franchise and International League at the Triple-A All-Star Game. The midseason get-together pitting the best players from the I.L. and Pacific Coast League is on tap for Wednesday, July 17 in Reno, Nevada.

Middlebrooks supplies plenty of fireworks as PawSox out-slug RailRiders

July 3, 2013

PAWTUCKET – Where there’s a will, there’s a … possible return to the Boston Red Sox?

While it should be noted that Will Middlebrooks entered Pawtucket’s record books on Wednesday night, there is a much bigger picture to consider. The sledgehammer he took to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s pitching staff came with a note attached: I’m getting close.

RailRiders start fireworks early, down PawSox, 6-4

July 3, 2013

PAWTUCKET – The third largest crowd of the year to fill McCoy Stadium expected to see a solid pitching performance on Tuesday night.
But instead of watching a strong outing from one of the Boston Red Sox’s top prospects, they saw one from a journeyman reliever who is his first full season as a starter in eight years.

July 2nd

Cumberland snares 4th straight D.IV crown

July 2, 2013

CUMBERLAND -- As the girls representing the Cumberland A All-Star squad posed for family photos in center field, manager Chris Boddington just smiled, soaking in the joy.

His kids had just clinched the program’s fourth consecutive R.I. Little League District IV Major Division (11-12) Tournament crown after rolling to an 8-2 victory over North Smithfield on Tuesday, this before approximately 125 fans at Diamond Hill Park, and the head coach chuckled while holding yet another championship banner.

July 1st

American League scout weighs in on PawSox

July 1, 2013

PAWTUCKET — On one hand, the phrase “birds of a feather flock together” seems applicable to the scouting contingent that showed up in droves last weekend at McCoy Stadium.
The section behind home plate became known as an open-air baseball boardroom; one PawSox game featured as many as nine scouts. Remember, the July 31 non-waiver deadline is not that far off – four weeks from Wednesday to be exact.

June 30th

Middlebrooks homers twice in PawSox's 9-6 loss

June 30, 2013

PAWTUCKET — It’s hard to believe, but for the first time this season, the Pawtucket Red Sox have lost three straight games.
The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders made the most out of eight extra-base hits (and their second straight game with four home runs) and overcame a big afternoon from PawSox third baseman Will Middlebrooks on Sunday in producing a 9-6 victory before the fourth largest crowd at McCoy Stadium.

June 28th

PawSox's Huntzinger values move to bullpen

June 29, 2013

PAWTUCKET --- After opening his 2012 season with four woeful starts for the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs, Brock Huntzinger knew that something drastic needed to be done to resurrect not only his season, but possibly his career.

“I just felt like, ‘I get it, I know how this game works,” he recalled. “You either put up or (the organization) gets rid of you or sends you down. I knew there was more in the tank for me as a pitcher, so I had to do something.”

Five-run first dooms DALL to 9-4 defeat

June 28, 2013

PAWTUCKET – Prior to Darlington American's R.I. Little League District II All-Star Major Division (11-12) Tournament opener against Warren on rainy Wednesday, manager Kevin Andella struggled with whom to start on the hill: Co-aces Seth Watson or Chris Pierce.

He chose Watson, and it proved to be an outstanding move. The right-hander baffled the Warren lineup, hurling 3 1/3 innings of no-hit, nine-strikeout ball as DALL captured a satisfying 7-2 victory.

McGair: RIIL division alignment shouldn’t send mixed messages

June 28, 2013

A little of this, a little of that …

Based on recent discussion by the Rhode Island Interscholastic League’s Principals’ Committee on Athletics, it might be time to chisel in stone the following commandment:

“Thou shalt not alter the makeup of divisions in non-realignment years.”

The time has come to take a hard line on teams petitioning the PCOA to move up or down in the midst of a given realignment cycle. The 2013-14 school term marks the conclusion of a two-year realignment, a precursor to the presumed changes to the realignment formula that figure to take effect in 2014-15.

June 27th

Lending a helping hand: Middlebrooks shows PawSox SS Bogaerts the ropes at third base

June 27, 2013

PAWTUCKET – Xander Bogaerts took groundballs at McCoy Stadium on Thursday afternoon, a pregame ritual that the promising shortstop has down to a science.

This particular day was different. Not only was Bogaerts taking grounders at third base, but – as an added bonus – he was the under the tutelage of someone who knows a thing or two about manning the hot corner.

June 26th

Cumberland gets an 'A' for big softball win over N.S.

June 26, 2013

CUMBERLAND — The names have changed, but the results have stayed the same.
A year after cruising through the District IV ranks, as well as the best teams the rest of Rhode Island had to offer, en route to its second straight Major Division state championship, Cumberland’s formidable ‘A’ team picked up where it left off by earning its third mercy-rule victory in as many games before a large gathering at Diamond Hill Park.

Providence's Ledo eyes tonight's NBA Draft

June 26, 2013

Seth Cohen is proud of the business-like fashion that his client conducted himself in during arguably the most important stretch of basketball in his young life.

Middlebrooks doesn’t plan to stay with PawSox for long

June 26, 2013

PAWTUCKET – Will Middlebrooks spoke so softly that it felt as if the PawSox clubhouse had been transformed into a church.

The struggling third baseman didn’t attempt to mask his disappointment regarding a season that has hardly gone according to plan. For the moment, finding a silver lining in the fact that he was sent down is an impossible endeavor. It probably didn’t ease Middlebrooks’ frustration that Wednesday’s Red Sox-Rockies’ game was being featured on the clubhouse’s main television.

 

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