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August 27th

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.

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.

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