PAWTUCKET – The groundwork for what co-manager Matt Bergeron dubbed “a once in a lifetime experience” and “something the kids will be telling their grandkids about years from now” was hatched last summer when the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket RBI Junior Division All-Stars participated in the RBI Junior Division World Series in Minneapolis.
PAWTUCKET â€“ There was a time when the slightest mention of Anthony Ranaudoâ€™s injury-marred 2012 campaign would prompt the same kind of reaction Brad Pitt had in the film â€śFight Club.â€ť
Paraphrasing the 1999 move â€“ â€śWe donâ€™t talk about it.â€ť
â€śLooking back it kind of stinks thinking that I lost a full year of development, but Iâ€™ve put it behind me,â€ť said Raunado about his aforementioned trying season while sitting in the PawSox dugout recently.
BURRILLVILLE – The phenomenal offensive display Cumberland American Little League’s All-Stars assembled on Fourth of July eve wasn’t lost on the victims, Burrillville skipper Chris Toti included.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Deven Marrero attended Arizona State, the same Pac-12 school that also produced Dustin Pedroia. Both players lined up at shortstop for the Sun Devils prior to getting drafted by the Boston Red Sox.
CUMBERLAND â€“ For those harriers who make the running of the annual Arnold Mills Four-Mile Road Race part of their Fourth of July morning, Race Director Tom Kenwood has a simple message.
In response to the concern over the ever-growing list of reports in reference to Tropical Storm Arthur and the potential it has to wreck havoc on the celebrations that are on the docket for Friday, Kenwood says that until otherwise, its still business as usual as far as the 46th running of Arnold Mills is concerned.
CUMBERLAND â€“ Gloucester/Burrillville All-Stars manager Dave Peloquin admitted after his club had suffered a disgruntling 17-2 loss in a R.I. Little League District IV Major Division (11-12) Tournament round-robin finale on Monday night that he had a surprise in store for Cumberland I.
In the winner-take-all championship final, he would pitch Rebecca Arndt, a tall, strong hurler with an innate ability for baffling hitters â€“ not to mention strikeouts.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The Pawtucket Red Sox are pleased to announce RH starter Anthony Ranaudo and catcher Christian Vazquez have both been selected to the International League All-Star Team for the 2014 Triple-A All-Star Game that will be played on Wednesday, July 16 at 7:05 pm at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, North Carolina.
CRANSTON â€“ Hanging from the kitchen wall in Dick and Rollie Ernst's cozy Philmont Avenue abode is a laurel he received after his North Smithfield High School icemen captured the R.I. Division III Boys' Hockey Tournament crown with a 6-4 triumph over East Providence at Schneider Arena.
The date: March 26, 2006.
BURRILLVILLE â€” Cumberland I head coach Steve Dâ€™Abrosca had hoped for a premier collective performance from his crew on Monday evening, but wasnâ€™t quite sure if heâ€™d get it.
His troops did, and didnâ€™t, surprise him.
Righthander Abbie Vallely turned in a magical performance in the circle, yielding just three hits and a trio of walks while whiffing 10, and his offense produced four doubles as Cumberland I coasted to a 15-2 triumph over Glocester/Burrillville in a R.I. District IV Major Division (11-12) Tournament round-robin finale at Hauser Field.
PAWTUCKET â€“ For Bryce Brentz, slow and steady must prevail in his quest to shake free of the persistent hamstring issue that has his season on pause.
â€śThe progress has been good and weâ€™re ahead of schedule right now, but we donâ€™t want to have any more setbacks,â€ť said the PawSox outfielder when reached Monday in Fort Myers, Fla.
Presently, his days are filled with restoring strength to the right hamstring strain that has kept him out of the lineup since May 15.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Mookie Betts made his Pawtucket Red Sox debut on June 3. Barely three weeks later, the highly-coveted prospect saw the Red Sox call an end to his Triple-A apprenticeship and throw another log into the â€śMookie Maniaâ€ť fire pit.
PAWTUCKET – Earlier this week, Kevin Boles and Ron Johnson met for lunch at the Old Canteen – a restaurant located on Providence’s historic Federal Hill that made for an interesting backdrop for the two baseball lifers.
PAWTUCKET â€” Even though several potential suitors were knocking on his door, Andres Torres was not going to sign with a major-league club until he felt fine physically.
â€śI wasnâ€™t ready because I had the surgery (to repair a strained left Achillesâ€™ tendon). It takes time. I just took my time and made sure that I was good to go,â€ť said Torres on Thursday, his first day with the Pawtucket Red Sox. â€śI [heard] from a few teams, but I was just waiting for the right moment. Once I feel good, I just signed with Boston.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€“ If you werenâ€™t settled into your seat at McCoy Stadium until the second inning Thursday night, you missed a lot.
A five-run first inning highlighted by Garin Cecchiniâ€™s grand slam propelled Pawtucket to a 7-3 victory over Norfolk before 5,297. Cecchini turned on a 2-1 offering from Jason Gurka and deposited it into the right-field bullpen for his third home run of the season.
The homer enabled Cecchini to take over the club lead in RBI with 30. The previous leader was Bryce Brentz with 28. Brentz hasnâ€™t appeared in a game for the PawSox since May 15.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Do not confuse the red welt on Anthony Ranaudoâ€™s left thigh as a badge of honor. It stung, but not to the point that the Pawtucket Red Sox right-hander could not go back out for the sixth inning Tuesday night.
PAWTUCKET â€” There have been three editions to Paul Dicksonâ€™s handy and comprehensive â€śThe Dickson Baseball Dictionary,â€ť though no revised version has graced bookstore shelves in the past five years.
If and when Dickson gets around to updating the gameâ€™s vernacular â€“ 952 pages of words and phrases suggests that the author has covered all the bases (no pun intended) â€“ he should make it a point to insert the full name of the Red Soxâ€™ current version of a Swiss Army knife: Brock Holt.
BARRINGTON â€” If PGA stalwarts Steve Stricker and Bo Van Pelt had their way, they'd return to the CVS Caremark Charity Classic every summer.
The only problem? Given the duo's remarkable success at Rhode Island Country Club over the past two years, tournament co-hosts and local favorites Brad Faxon and Billy Andrade joked about their possible return after a wildly-entertaining finish early Tuesday afternoon.
When asked if there was anything he would change about the event, Faxon grinned, â€śI wouldn't invite Stricker back. He's too good.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” It wasnâ€™t Mookie Bettsâ€™ intention to create a firestorm. Thanks to his strong play since joining the PawSox three weeks ago coupled with Red Sox manager John Farrellâ€™s impromptu â€śI know Mookie Betts is swinging the bat wellâ€ť remark last weekend, the 21-year-old wunderkind is being seen in a different light.
In response to the attention that goes with the territory of being the flavor of the moment, Betts sought out Kevin Boles. The last thing Betts wanted to do was to make the life of the PawSox manager even more chaotic.