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May 26th

Portland power surge puts Shaw back on radar

May 26, 2014

PAWTUCKET – For Travis Shaw, the process of getting out of Double-A Portland began in earnest at last year’s Arizona Fall League.

“Last year was a fluke, that wasn’t me. I got so far away from my approach,” stated the 23-year-old Shaw prior to making his Triple-A debut with the PawSox Monday night.

The first baseman was referencing his 2013 numbers with the Sea Dogs, ones that consisted of a high strikeout total (117 whiffs in 444 at-bats), low batting average (.221 in 127 games) and a career low on-base percentage (.342).

May 23rd

Yankees confident former DALL standout Williams will turn around slow start for Double-A Trenton

May 23, 2014

Two high-ranking members of the New York Yankees’ minor-league branch believe that the offensive struggles that Mason Williams has endured for nearly two months are not cause for panic.

Williams, a 22-year-old who spent his formative years growing up in Pawtucket before moving to Winter Garden, Fla. following the completion of seventh grade at St. Teresa School, is in the midst of a deep slump. There’s no easy way to sugarcoat the .199 batting average and .295 on-base percentage he brought into Friday’s game for Double-A Trenton (he stood at .191 prior to Thursday’s two-hit performance).

May 20th

PawSox pitching coach believes young starting pitchers will 'start in the big leagues' someday

May 20, 2014

PAWTUCKET — Rich Sauveur firmly believes that all five current members of the PawSox’ starting rotation possess the ability to hold down jobs at pro baseball’s highest level.

“Whether it’s with Boston or with somebody else, they’re going to start in the big leagues. I really feel that,” said Pawtucket’s pitching coach with a straight face. “I couldn’t tell you when or with who, but they will.”

PawSox fail to produce clutch hit in loss to 'Riders

May 20, 2014

PAWTUCKET — Springtime may have finally sprung in southern New England, but Pawtucket’s bats remain in a deep slumber.
The offensive doldrums that have plagued the locals for much of the season perhaps simmered to a boil during the eighth inning of Tuesday’s disheartening 3-0 loss to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, winners of three games in this four-game set. With two runners on base and the potential tying run at the plate, the PawSox turned to their Nos. 4 and 5 hitters in the hope seeing a ball disappear over the McCoy Stadium fence.

Nelson's clutch eighth-inning hit helps Cumberland walk off with softball victory over rival Lincoln

May 20, 2014

CUMBERLAND — Cumberland and Lincoln have hooked up in some interesting late-season matchups over the years, and on Tuesday afternoon, they continued this tradition with an extra-inning barnburner at Tucker Field.
After watching Lincoln score an unearned run in the top of the eighth inning, Cumberland came back to snag a dramatic 8-7 victory in its half of the frame on a clutch two-out, two-run single to right field by ace pitcher Juliet Nelson.

May 19th

McGair: Time for Nava, Bradley to swap Sox

May 19, 2014

PAWTUCKET -- Monday night marked the 21st game of Daniel Nava’s penance with the PawSox.

The gone-but-certainly-not-forgotten Red Sox outfielder/first baseman carried a .275 batting average, .370 on-base percentage and a .435 slugging mark out to his right-field post while looking to extend a nine-game hitting streak.

May 18th

Pawtucket's Carney mixes family with mentoring prospects following NHL career

May 18, 2014

WOONSOCKET – The Keith Carney who was enshrined into Mount St. Charles’ Athletic Hall of Fame last Friday night was the picture of serenity – suggesting that after 17 years in the NHL, retirement agrees with him.

May 16th

F.I.T. Challenge OCR (Outdoor Course Race) Training Center set to debut in Cumberland

May 16, 2014

CUMBERLAND --- For the past few years, the sand volleyball courts in the back of Fore Court Racquet & Fitness Club on Cray Street had been vacant and pretty much forgotten.

But when a club member approached Dave Morin, the president and general manager of Fore Court, about the possibility of transforming the big outdoor space into a training center for obstacle racing, the wheels went into motion.

May 14th

R.I. Strikers FC hopes to add more Blackstone Valley soccer talent to club

May 14, 2014

Providing quality without paying quantity.

That’s the mindset of the R.I. Strikers FC premier youth soccer organization as it kicks off its second season of existence.

After fielding five teams last season, including an Under-13 boys’ squad that captured the R.I. State Cup, the Strikers are looking to expand to nine teams this summer and include young talent from across the Blackstone Valley.

And they’re doing so with the repeat promise of offering the lowest premier fees in southeastern New England.

May 13th

Tolman baseball team wins McGee/Scanlon Trophy, survives 9-7 slugest with neighboring rival Shea

May 13, 2014

PAWTUCKET — In what now will be an absolute annual clash between the city's two public high schools, Tolman and Shea delivered a strange, sloppy affair inside the Pawtucket Red Sox' long-standing home on Tuesday afternoon.
All told, the two squads combined for 11 errors (with three batters reaching on strikeouts gone bad), six wild pitches, two passed balls and three hit batsmen.
The contest also saw the Tigers jump out to a 6-1 cushion, then watch aimlessly as the Raiders tied it at 6-6 with a quartet in the top of the fourth.

Dufner headlines exceptional field for ‘Sweet 16’ edition of CVS Caremark Charity Classic

May 13, 2014

SMITHFIELD — For golf enthusiasts who remember Jason Dufner’s blistering performance on his way to capturing the 2013 PGA Championship, they know that the Auburn University product is a man of few words. He will respond to someone who acknowledges him with a polite nod, but don’t expect much more.

Intracity baseball trophy to be named for longtime Shea, Tolman ADs

May 13, 2014

PAWTUCKET – One cannot quantify with simple words what John Scanlon and Ray McGee mean to this city’s public school athletic programs.

So given recent developments, two coaches – one from Tolman and the other from Shea – feel that it’s time to begin a new tradition to preserve the legacies of these two dedicated and beloved athletic directors.

Following the final out of Tuesday’s Division II baseball game between the Tigers and Raiders at McCoy Stadium, the first-ever awarding of the “McGee/Scanlon Trophy” will be made to the winning team.

May 12th

Tolman players, parents seek playoff ban reprieve

May 12, 2014

PAWTUCKET – Tolman High’s options to overturn the one-year playoff ban saddled to its football program have been completely exhausted.

May 11th

Handy enters Central Falls Athletic Hall of Fame as player and coach, and with state championship team

May 11, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS — Pawtucket resident Joe Handy recalls with fondness – not to mention an edge in his voice – his years as a student-athlete at Central Falls High School.
But no particular moment meant more to him than the happenings of March 15, 1987. It was on that Saturday at the then-Providence Civic Center that Handy, the Warriors’ senior co-captain, helped deliver to his school its first-ever state basketball championship.

May 9th

N.K. defeats Lincoln, remains unbeaten in softball

May 9, 2014

LINCOLN — As Lincoln High senior first baseman McKenzie Cavanaugh walked to her family car late Friday afternoon, she heaved one last grunt – “Aaarggh!” – at what had occurred just minutes before.
She then shook her head in dismay.
Cavanaugh had every reason for the sentiment, and – actually – had to be relating her teammates’ feelings after the Lions sustained a disgruntling 3-0 Division I loss to still-unbeaten North Kingstown at the Saylesville Elementary School diamond.

May 8th

De La Rosa spins gem in PawSox's 5-3 victory over Toledo

May 8, 2014

PAWTUCKET — There was a time Thursday afternoon when Rubby De La Rosa didn’t appear as if he would make it out of the second inning.
Toledo’s three runs in the frame came as a result of five consecutive batters reaching with two outs. De La Rosa allowed RBI singles to Ben Guez and Daniel Fields, while the pitcher’s own throwing error enabled the Mud Hens to plate another run.

PawSox knuckleballer continues long road back from sports hernia surgery

May 8, 2014

PAWTUCKET — As a knuckleball pitcher, Steven Wright can get loose in a hurry.

As a 29-year-old man who is three months removed from undergoing surgery to repair a sports hernia, the importance of taking things slow and steady cannot be understated.

From his vantage point, Wright earnestly believes that he’s thriving on this unconventional and demanding comeback trail. The Red Sox right-hander is not rehabbing a bum shoulder or a tender elbow. In effect, he had to re-train the muscles in the lower half of his body following a lengthy stretch of inactivity.

May 7th

Workman, PawSox done in by long ball

May 7, 2014

PAWTUCKET --- As good as Brandon Workman was on Wednesday night – and he was very good – his counterpart was just a tad bit better.

Toledo Mud Hens starter Kyle Lobstein delivered his best outing of the year, limiting the Pawtucket Red Sox to four hits and a free pass in 6 1/3 scoreless innings, and the Hens’ bullpen kept the PawSox off the board the rest of the way in securing a 4-0 victory at McCoy Stadium.

Softball Clippers have no trouble with Tigers

May 7, 2014

PAWTUCKET --- Limited to five hits in each of its last two games, Cumberland broke out of its offensive slumber in a big way in the top of the first inning of its Division I contest against Tolman on Wednesday afternoon.

The Clippers scored six times on seven hits in that inning, and then watched ace pitcher Juliet Nelson and their defense contain the hard-hitting Tigers the rest of the way before busing out of Slater Park with a 10-1 triumph.

May 6th

Walsh makes leap from Div. III RIC to Div. I Maine

May 6, 2014

PROVIDENCE — If Rhode Island College was going to see Bob Walsh pursue his basketball coaching dreams elsewhere, Anchormen Athletic Director Don Tencher took comfort in knowing that he was not going to lose his head coach to a Division II or III school.

 

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