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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.
Everyone has to start somewhere.
Beginning Monday, high school football coaches and players around Rhode Island will officially take the first steps â baby ones, mind you â 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.
For Ryan Kalish, embarking on the comeback trail has featured an eerily similar narrative.
Thereâs 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 â a play the 25-year-old dubs âa stroke of bad luckâ â 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.
PAWTUCKET â Thereâs 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.
PAWTUCKET â Every two years, Smith & Streetâs SportsBusiness Journal releases its annual rankings of the top minor-league markets in the country.
According to the publicationâs 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 yearâs compellation with Toledo, Ohio grabbing top honors followed by Rochester, N.Y., which boasts four minor-league operations.
PAWTUCKET --- Itâs 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.
PAWTUCKET â There are two schools of thought regarding Will Middlebrooks and the third basemanâs 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 â 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) â the ball club was more than justified in being in the market for an upgrade.
PAWTUCKET â 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 âWhat ifs?â flooded his mind â 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.
Just when all seemed copacetic, serious doubts have crept in regarding this autumnâs Rhode Island high school gridiron slate and the inclusion of a full complement of registered R.I. football officials.
BRISTOL, Conn. â 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 didnât 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 didnât care about being in their lofty position.
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.