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June 24th, 2014
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.
PAWTUCKET â€” In the world of target dates and timetables, Shane Victorinoâ€™s bid to rejoin the Red Sox during the teamâ€™s current West Coast sojourn came up well short.
With Wednesday marking the final game of a three-game set in Seattle, the best that Victorino can hope for is a return this weekend in New York. In order reach the point where the Red Sox feel comfortable enough to activate him, itâ€™s safe to say that the outfielder will have to withstand the challenge of playing nine innings.
BARRINGTON â€“ Peter Jacobsen found himself in an unusual position when the first round of the 16th annual CVS Caremark Charity Classic ended Monday afternoon.
The former PGA star and playing partner Jimmy Walker manufactured a nine-under 62 at Rhode Island Country Club, and he admitted being tied for the lead â€“ with the defending champion tandem of Steve Stricker and Bo Van Pelt â€“ was a spot he didn't anticipate.
â€śWhat was our secret? I don't know, except maybe my youngest daughter (Kristen Sahler) is in the hospital (in Greenwich, Conn.); she's in labor, so maybe that's it,â€ť he smiled.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ Stewart Jolly admitted he had a tremendously difficult decision to make earlier this spring.
Do I travel with my teammates to the prestigious Palmer Cup, or do I keep my word and compete in the Northeast Amateur Invitational?
He struggled with which way to go for days, England or southeastern New England, he said, but the 21-year-old senior-to-be at Louisiana State University couldn't have been happier with the choice at about 3:20 p.m., Saturday.
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EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ Someone turned the wind machine down to low and Mother Nature dropped a bit of rain on Wannamoisett Country Clubâ€™s dry greens and all of a sudden the best players in this yearâ€™s Northeast Amateur field began to make some birdies.
Not a whole lot, mind you. LSUâ€™s Stewart Jolly made four birdies en route to his second straight round of 67 on Thursday, giving him a three-shot lead at the halfway point over Mercer University grad Hans Reimers, who shot par 69 in the second round.
PROVIDENCE â€“ After several years of watching Rhode Island high school boysâ€™ basketball crown one undisputed state champion and do so with mostly positive reviews, the girlsâ€™ hoops community is officially prepared to follow suit.
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EAST PROVIDENCE â€” Using a steady wind as its most effective punch, Wannamoisett Country Club more than held its own on Wednesday in the first round of the 53rd Northeast Amateur Invitational.
Only five of the 87 contestants broke par with medalist honors going to LSU junior Stewart Jolly, who teed off last and came home first, birdieing his final two holes for a two-under par round of 67.
Four players tied for second with 68s â€“ UNLVâ€™s Kurt Kitayama, Purdueâ€™s Adam Schenk, Mississippiâ€™s Blake Morris and Mercer University grad Hans Reimers.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Itâ€™s not unusual for the Pawtucket Red Sox organization to schedule a summertime event at McCoy Stadium while the primary tenants are off waging International League wars at another teamâ€™s ballpark. Through the years, McCoy has opened its doors to headline performers such as Bob Dylan and the Dropkick Murphys to welcoming Team USA Baseball.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The Rhode Island high-school baseball championships arenâ€™t the only item of note to come out of McCoy Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.
The Pawtucket Red Sox are pleased to announce that they will host The Jeffrey Osborne Celebrity All-Star Softball Classic, featuring Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, at McCoy Stadium on Sunday, August 10 at 6:05 p.m. Gates will open at 4:30 p.m and the game, between the Magic Johnson/Jeffrey Osborne All-Stars and the New England Patriots Alumni Celebrity All-Stars, will be played at 6:05 pm.
PAWTUCKET â€” Walking into McCoy Stadium didnâ€™t seem quite as daunting to Dante Baldelli. Never mind that heâ€™s a precocious 16-year-old who on the surface has some big shoes to fill following in a certain big brotherâ€™s footsteps.
Call it a case of what happens when baseball and family serve as parallel threads.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Despite an early lead and a dominating five-inning performance from Felix Doubront (see related story), the PawSox couldnâ€™t close out Charlotte on Fatherâ€™s Day.
Left-hander Drake Britton came on in the ninth with Pawtucket guarding a 1-0 lead they had held since their first turn at bat. Britton got the Knightsâ€™ Matt Davidson to foul out to first to start the inning, but yielded a ground single to left to Matt Tuiasosopo. The Sox then caught a break as Tyler Saladino botched a sacrifice bunt attempt and fouled out to catcher Christian Vazquez.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Professional baseball was a way of life for Kevin Boles and Travis Shaw long before they reached their respective posts with the Pawtucket Red Sox.
Both have their fathers to thank for lighting the way, giving them a model for understanding the gameâ€™s finer points. Thereâ€™s no substitute for having a dad who understands the baseball culture because heâ€™s lived and experienced it.
PAWTUCKET – At least Clay Buchholz’ trip to McCoy Stadium was not a complete washout – no pun intended, considering the deluge that blanketed the area all day Friday.
PAWTUCKET â€” In rather brisk fashion, the winds of change have swept through the top tier of the athletic department at St. Raphael Academy.
PAWTUCKET â€” To say that Felix Doubront was merely okay in his rehab outing for the PawSox on Tuesday would be a fair and accurate assessment.
There were times when the lefthander appeared in control, mainly when he utilized his changeup and curveball. His velocity, however, suggested a pitcher who was content with the idea of keeping things under wraps â€“ at least for now.
It all added up to a 4.2-inning stint where he was charged with two runs on six hits â€“ all of which were struck with authority â€“ as Pawtucket rallied to knock off Louisville in 10 innings, 4-3.
PAWTUCKET â€” Even though he has one more rehab start lined up, Felix Doubront didnâ€™t beat around the bush when asked about the significance of Tuesdayâ€™s mound assignment for the PawSox.
PAWTUCKET â€” It took one of the top hitters in the National League to ruin what would have been one of the most memorable afternoons of Pawtucket Red Sox southpaw Chris Hernandezâ€™s career.
Hernandez carried a no-hit bid into the seventh inning of Sunday afternoonâ€™s contest against the Louisville Bats, only to watch rehabbing Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto break it up with a leadoff single.
PAWTUCKET â€” With a look of determination on his face, Mookie Betts tried to make sense of the scouting report devoted to the Louisville starting pitcher the PawSox faced on Sunday afternoon.
Mind you Pawtucket did not face your garden-variety Triple-A hurler, hence why the information provided to the clubâ€™s hitters was a bit more elaborate. In Chien-Ming Wang, weâ€™re talking about a 34-year-old right-hander who once posted back-to-back 19-win seasons for the New York Yankees and has eight years of big-league service time on his rĂ©sumĂ©.
LINCOLN â€” Rich Gingras remembers all too well the first time he sported a New England championship belt around his waist.
It lasted all of two minutes.
Last summer, after a marquee matchup with Providenceâ€™s Vladine Biosse for Biosseâ€™s super middleweight title at Twin River went to the judgesâ€™ cards, it was announced that Gingras had won the championship, winning by a slim margin on two of the three cards.
PAWTUCKET â€“ St. Raphael Academy found its missing offensive attack on Friday during a 22-6 rout of The Prout School that sent the Saints into the Division II losersâ€™ bracket semifinals on Sunday afternoon.
SRA, which had scored just seven runs in its first three tournament games, netted 13 runs on 11 hits in the first inning alone on Friday.