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May 17th, 2012

Saints belt Clippers, keep playoff prayers alive

May 17, 2012

CUMBERLAND — Just before Cumberland High hosted St. Raphael Academy in a critical Division I-North tilt on Thursday afternoon, the two squads stood on their respective baselines and watched Sue Lanctot, a Cumberland resident and two-time breast cancer survivor, throw out the first pitch.
The touching moment drew a hefty round of applause, and for good reason: The contest had been set up weeks ago to benefit the American Cancer Society. Both players and coaches had purchased special, blue-and-white “Strike Out Cancer” caps to wear, at $15 each.

May 15th

Lacrosse Clippers on a roll

May 15, 2012

CUMBERLAND — The last time Cumberland enjoyed a season as magical as the one the Clippers have put together so far this spring, its current members were learning the sport in middle school, and its head coach, Scott Carpenter, was savoring his retirement from coaching after a long, successful run as the Clippers’ hockey coach.

Larson, Tigers wrap up division title

May 15, 2012

PAWTUCKET — It was about lunchtime Tuesday when Tolman High senior Andrew Larson sat in his English class, discussing with teacher Kevin Kavanaugh the “ins and outs” of preparing for portfolio reviews.
“We were talking about the interview process, being interviewed by people who judge our portfolios, which we need to graduate, and he brought up the newspaper,” Larson explained. “He also brought up sports in general, and what we'd say to a reporter, like, after a win. He told me to remain calm, listen to every question carefully and try to respond … well, intelligently.”

May 14th

Former PawSox pitching coach Rick Wise recalls time with Wakefield in 1995

May 14, 2012

Generally, Tim Wakefield’s 19-year MLB odyssey is broken down into two separate and distinctive parts. There was the Wakefield of Pittsburgh Pirates fame, the hotshot knuckleball specialist who helped guide the franchise to the brink of the 1992 World Series.

McGair: PawSox's Wilson has more value in rotation, not bullpen

May 14, 2012

We’re just past the quarter mark of the PawSox’s season. Such a distinction comes with a few observations that have made an impression upon this particular observer …

If the Red Sox knew a month ago what they know at the present time, perhaps they wouldn’t have been so quick to move Alex Wilson from the rotation to the bullpen.

North Kingstown tops Cumberland softball team, 5-0

May 14, 2012

CUMBERLAND — If there’s any good news for Cumberland High, it will return to Division I-North action beginning Wednesday afternoon, when head coach Marty Crowley’s crew hosts La Salle Academy at 3:45.
The bad: The Clippers closed their D-I crossover slate Monday afternoon with a 5-0 loss to North Kingstown at Tucker Field, as Skippers’ junior righty Taylor Butler yielded just five hits and two walks while whiffing eight in her complete-game outing.

May 13th

Hassan's HR pushes Pawtucket's winning streak to five games

May 13, 2012

PAWTUCKET -- Alex Hassan opened the season a dismal 0-for-17 at the plate before he broke out of the slump with a 3-for-4 outing at Rochester on April 13.
Slow but sure, his confidence increased, and that was more than obvious on Sunday afternoon.
Hassan finished 3-for-3 with a double, homer, sacrifice fly, two RBI and three runs scored to pace the Pawtucket Red Sox’ 5-4 come-from-behind triumph over the Clippers before 5,516 fans at McCoy Stadium.

Versatility the name of Lars Anderson's game; Podsednik joins PawSox

May 13, 2012

PAWTUCKET -- The way Lars Anderson figures it, versatility is the key to getting back to the Boston Red Sox.
That’s why the Pawtucket Red Sox first baseman called Mike Hazen, now Boston’s Vice President and Assistant General Manager, last November and asked that he be considered for an outfield position.
Given Adrian Gonzalez’ contract with Boston, he figured, “Why not?
“He told me he thought it was a good idea, and that he would talk to the powers-that-be,” Anderson, 24, said in the clubhouse prior to Pawtucket’s tilt against the Columbus Clippers on Sunday morning.

May 11th

Mortensen takes demotion to PawSox in stride

May 11, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Despite posting downright gaudy numbers in his shortlived Red Sox stint, Clayton Mortensen was farmed out to Pawtucket because of one simple yet often overlooked factoid.
He still has minor-league options remaining.
Guys like Mortensen, they perform a service akin to a security blanket. To the big-league teams, to have a player with options still on the table, creates the kind of roster flexibility that can prove most handy.

Tolman netmen top Shea, return to winning ways

May 11, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Just as head coach Frank Laliberte had envisioned, Tolman High cinched an elementary 6-1 Division II-North victory over arch rival Shea at Slater Park's Mike Kenny Courts on Friday afternoon.
For that, he was both excited and relieved. Over the previous 10 days, the Tigers had lost four straight, including two tight, 4-3 crossover decisions to II-South foes Pilgrim and Chariho, and Laliberte really wanted his guys to get off the schneid.

May 10th

Wrist surgery to sideline SRA alum Iannetta

May 10, 2012

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Angels catcher Chris Iannetta will be out six to eight weeks because of an injury to his right wrist.
Without specifying the exact injury, the Angels announced Thursday that Iannetta will undergo surgery Friday.
Iannetta has been playing with the injury since getting hit by a pitch during his first at-bat May 2. He stayed in the game and caught Jered Weaver's no-hitter against Minnesota.
Before his injury, Iannetta had been a solid addition to the Angels' lineup since arriving in an offseason trade with Colorado.

Gomez to the rescue as PawSox edge Red Wings

May 10, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Mauro Gomez ended his slump in a big way on Thursday afternoon.
The veteran first baseman delivered a two-out, two-run double into the right-field corner in the bottom of the eighth inning to erase a one-run deficit and lift the Pawtucket Red Sox to a 6-5 victory over the Rochester Red Wings in the finale of their four-game series at McCoy Stadium
Gomez, who was an International League All-Star with the Gwinnett Braves last year, came into this contest with just four hits in his last 45 at-bats, two of them coming in Wednesday night’s 5-2 win over the Red Wings.

May 9th

Justin Thomas reflects on Boston bullpen stint; PawSox clip Red Wings

May 9, 2012

PAWTUCKET – For Justin Thomas, the near month he spent as member of Boston’s bullpen was merely a case of guilt by association.
Even though the 28-year-old lefthander was relegated to afterthought status – while with the Red Sox, Thomas allowed four runs in 4 2/3 innings prior to getting farmed out to Pawtucket on April 27 – he was still part of a unit that became known as the land of diminished returns. No matter which reliever BoSox manager Bobby Valentine summoned, disaster seemed to follow.

PawSox' Hassan able to turn things around

May 9, 2012

PAWTUCKET – Through all the early-season struggles he endured, Alex Hassan never once thought about reinventing the wheel, i.e. tweaking his batting stance or adjusting his hands on the bat, the kind of wholesale changes that no doubt creep into a player’s mind whenever things aren’t going well.

May 8th

Rochester snaps PawSox's four-game win streak

May 8, 2012

PAWTUCKET – The Pawtucket Red Sox were able to dodge the raindrops Tuesday night. The same cannot be said of the Rochester Red Wings.
Buoyed by 5 2/3 innings of strong pitching by Liam Hendriks, the Red Wings grounded the PawSox, 3-1, before 3,325 rain-free fans at McCoy Stadium. The forecast called for a major weather disturbance to arrive at some point during the game, but the precipitation was able to hold off long enough that the teams were able to get this one in.

Brunansky’s ‘still in awe’ over honor from Red Sox

May 8, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Say this about the Boston Red Sox – the organization is leaving no stone unturned when it comes to commemorating the centennial anniversary of Fenway Park.
As part of the season-long celebration, the Sox have set aside this month as a prime chance to revisit some of the ballpark’s most spine-tingling moments and salute the players primarily responsible for creating them.

SRA-Burrillville tennis showdown is suspended

May 8, 2012

BURRILLVILLE -- The D’Antuono brother tandem of sophomore Mike and junior Matt wanted desperately for Burrillville High to post a spirited victory over St. Raphael Academy on Tuesday afternoon.
They did their part, as both assembled straight-set victories over the Saints’ No. 1 and 2 representatives, seniors Sam Reinhardt and Juan Bedoya, respectively.
Perhaps a half hour after Mike had mustered a 6-1, 6-0 win over Reinhardt and Matt dispatched Bedoya, 6-1, 6-1, however, the rain became steadier, though the remaining players wanted to continue their assaults on winning.

May 7th

Matsuzaka labors as PawSox earn fourth straight win

May 7, 2012

PAWTUCKET – In true maddening fashion, Daisuke Matsuzaka nibbled and nibbled some more in his rehab start Monday, which saw the Pawtucket Red Sox post a 4-0 victory. Facing a free-swinging Rochester outfit, Matsuzaka lasted just 4 2/3 innings, with 49 of his 87 pitches going for strikes.

Dice-K still very much a big deal in Japan

May 7, 2012

PAWTUCKET – To many Red Sox fans, Daisuke Matsuzaka has always been a man of mystery. Granted, the language barrier has made it next to impossible for the American populous to get a firm handle on the Japanese import, yet judging by the heavy media turnout for Matsuzaka’s rehab outing for the Pawtucket Red Sox Monday, the right-handed pitcher is still very much a big deal in his native land.

May 6th

E.P. duckpin bowlers are headed to Nationals

May 6, 2012

EAST PROVIDENCE — Lynn Miller calls it “uncanny” how the scores of her Bowling Academy Major Division All-Stars, a quintet of high school- and college-aged kids, improve the more important the event.
When they're competing in regular house leagues, they all roll rather pedestrian numbers, “nothing to write home about.

 

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