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MOOSIC, Penn. â€” Terry Doyle admits that the Pawtucket Red Sox were playing with house money.
With the PawSox having won the first three games against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the main question heading into Sundayâ€™s series finale was whether the RailRiders could save face and avoid falling victim to a season-opening four-game sweep at PNC Field.
MOOSIC, Pa. â€“ It appears the Red Sox are electing to take a cautious approach with pitcher Rubby De La Rosa.
The fifth member of Pawtucketâ€™s starting rotation will make his first start of the season at Lehigh Valley on Monday night. Unlike the teamâ€™s other four starters, all of whom have thrown around 85 pitches, De La Rosa will be limited to about 50 pitches. Graham Godfrey, who tossed two innings in Thursdayâ€™s season opener, is expected to serve as backup.
â€śJust taking it easy on him,â€ť said PawSox pitching coach Rich Sauveur about De La Rosa. â€śNo rush.â€ť
MOOSIC, Pa. â€“ The book on Jackie Bradley Jr. is that he possesses a keen eye at the plate and is a very disciplined hitter. In his first week with the Boston Red Sox, the highly-touted outfielder did little to sway how heâ€™s perceived.
Entering Sundayâ€™s road-trip finale in Toronto, Bradley had seen 92 total pitches in five games. The 18.4 pitches-per-game average furthers the belief that despite beginning just his second full pro season, the 22-year-old already has a thorough understanding of what is a strike and what isnâ€™t.
MOOSIC, Pa. â€“ There are baseball lifers, and then thereâ€™s someone like Gary DiSarcina.
In short, the 45-year-old is a man whoâ€™s worn many hats since retiring 11 years go. Heâ€™s enjoyed successful stints in three totally different realms with all roads leading back to the game that saw him carve out a 12-year major-league career. Thanks to experiencing life as a manager, television analyst and trusted front-office contributor, DiSarcina can speak comfortably on a number of topics.
PAWTUCKET â€” When the Mount St. Charles team bus rolled into the parking lot fronting Slater Park's Mike Kenny Courts on Friday afternoon, and head coach Sean McClelland stepped from it, a chorus of boos rang out from the Tolman High netters.
Most mentors would've been flabbergasted, and spoken immediately to the opposing coach about a lack of respect.
PAWTUCKET â€” It wasn't pretty, not by any stretch of the imagination.
Still, Shea High utilized more-than-aggressive base-running and several stellar offensive performances to cruise past extremely inexperienced Central Falls, 19-9, in both squads' Division III season debut at Max Read Field on Wednesday afternoon.
PAWTUCKET â€“ In the wake of Rutgers University's Wednesday afternoon firing of men's basketball coach Mike Rice for physically and orally abusing his players, some local â€“ and legendary â€“ high school coaches/athletic directors chose to â€śweigh inâ€ť on the subject.
Rice's dismissal came at the helm of a video that news outlets nationwide carried throughout the afternoon and evening hours. It showed numerous clips of Rice rifling basketballs at players' backs, legs, etc., grabbing them by their jerseys and shoving them; he also could be heard screaming obscenities and homosexual slurs at them.
PAWTUCKET â€“ After ending a 28-year Governorsâ€™ Cup drought last season, the Pawtucket Red Sox will defend their title while holding true to the organizationâ€™s No. 1 creed â€” put players in a position where if an opportunity arises in Boston, theyâ€™re ready to answer the call.
PAWTUCKET --- After hitting bullets last September to help spark the Pawtucket Red Soxâ€™s magical run to the Governorsâ€™ Cup championship, Bryce Brentz nearly had a bullet end his 2013 season long before it began.
What started out as a routine cleaning of a handgun three months ago in his Knoxville, Tenn. home nearly resulted in tragedy for the power-hitting right fielder, who was tabbed as the No. 8 ranked prospect in the Boston Red Sox organization by Baseball America.
PROVIDENCE â€“ In his travels around the state following the 2012-13 season, whenever Ed Cooley has crossed paths Providence College basketball fans, they have met him with big smiles and thanks for providing hope for the future.
As far away as it may seem, PCâ€™s fan base canâ€™t wait for the 2013-14 season to tip off. They see the cast that is scheduled to return for the Friars â€“ fingers crossed on that front â€“along with two transfers and two incoming freshmen, and hope the mix contains the necessary ingredients to end what is a near-decade NCAA Tournament drought.
Spend time in the company of Andrew Veiga and youâ€™ll discover why this young man possesses such a keen sense of direction. The course he mapped out is so precise, with every last detail accounted for, that itâ€™s easy to confuse him for a cartographer rather than a high school student-athlete whose forte is baseball.
It wasnâ€™t that long ago when parity was the name of the game in the Division I ranks.
In those days, the competition was so balanced that as many as 9-10 teams entered each season with a realistic chance at state championship glory. And during in an 11-year stretch from 2001-2011, nine different teams enjoyed their moments in the spotlight with the championship plaque.
PAWTUCKET --- You can tell a business is booming when after three months in operation, the owners have been so busy that they havenâ€™t found the time to plan a Grand Opening ceremony.
Thatâ€™s been the case with the ownership group of DH Hitting, LLC, a baseball and softball indoor training facility on 70 Vineyard St. in Pawtucket that opened its doors last Nov. 16 and hasnâ€™t slowed down since the very first swings were taken in their batting tunnels.
What is one telltale sign that an organization is doing well from a financial standpoint? Answer: When a revenue-sharing plan is met with a ringing endorsement by the powers-that-be.
â€śWeâ€™re all in this together,â€ť is the phrase Tom Mezzanotte, executive director of the Rhode Island Interscholastic League, used shortly the approval of a revenue-sharing program at the March 18 Principalsâ€™ Committee on Athletics meeting. The unanimous vote (10-0) green lights the distribution of profits that are leftover once all the RIILâ€™s expenses are all squared away to the 55 member high schools.
Tolman High softball players Ashley Clark (left) and Ashley Hessler signed their respective Letters of Intent during a ceremony held last week inside the schoolâ€™s library. A Second Team All-State selection as a junior, Clark will continue her playing career at Division II Assumption College. A Se-cond Team All-Division selection as a junior, Hessler will take her talents to Connecticutâ€™s University of Bridgeport, a Division II participant.
Within every road trip, there lies a theme. Sometimes itâ€™s apparent the moment the car pulls out of the driveway. Other times, you may elect to start impulse free, the mind filled with vagaries. Then the theme emerges later.
The main objective of Providence Collegeâ€™s sojourn deep into the heart of Texas is short and succinct. The theme is this â€“ â€śGet to the Garden.â€ť
PROVIDENCE â€” A small, sly grin quickly formed on Ed Cooleyâ€™s face upon being asked about reaching out to members of the coaching fraternity with firsthand knowledge of Robert Morris University.
Venturing a guess based on his facial expression, the Providence head coach set some time aside over the weekend to put feelers out. If undertaking the quest of learning more about the Colonials is Cooleyâ€™s pleasure, a valuable resource is located just up the road.
PROVIDENCE â€“ The wounds from Providence Collegeâ€™s 17-point loss to Cincinnati were still in need of suturing when Ed Cooley sat down at a podium inside Madison Square Garden. Clearly determined to not wallow in self-pity following the Friarsâ€™ latest one-and-done result in the Big East Tournament, the head coach elected to use the forum to look down the road.
PROVIDENCE â€“ After months of silence on the comings and goings of the re-configured Big East, Providence College officials had plenty to say Wednesday.
Staging a press conference that served as the lead-in for the PC-Charlotte NIT battle, School President the Rev. Brian J. Shanley and Athletic Director Bob Driscoll spoke for roughly 30 minutes about a wide range of Big East-related topics. The PC power pair not only broke down the leagueâ€™s new structure, they also revealed why they have been so close-mouthed in public over recent weeks.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” The past five months or so have been hectic for Jim Bourgault, though he wouldn't have it any other way.
When he's not working as an assistant supervisor in Teknor Apex's Plastics Division, or tending to his wife, Jean, and their three children and two grandchildren, Bourgault is busy weight training in his garage behind his Hunt Street home.
Naturally, he's nicknamed it the â€śPowerasylum.â€ť