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May 7th, 2012
PAWTUCKET â€“ 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 Matsuzakaâ€™s rehab outing for the Pawtucket Red Sox Monday, the right-handed pitcher is still very much a big deal in his native land.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” Lynn Miller calls it â€śuncannyâ€ť 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, â€śnothing to write home about.
In the year-plus quest that has taken Ryan Kalish to the far reaches of dealing with injuries and back again, the Red Sox outfield prospect has learned that itâ€™s best to not get his spirits up too much or sink too low. On the subject of looking ahead, i.e. placing a definitive date on when he might return to game action, Kalish prefers to stay in the moment.
When team officials inform Kalish that heâ€™s passed every single checkpoint, only then will he be allowed to vacate the Fort Myers, Fla. premise thatâ€™s served as his holding cell for some time now.
WOONSOCKET â€” Two teams heading in opposite directions met up Friday with Mount St. Charles maintaining its winning ways courtesy of a come-from-behind 5-3 triumph at Lincoln Highâ€™s expense.
Now winners of three of its last four, MSC hung on a four-spot on visiting Lincoln in the home portion of the sixth, erasing what was a 3-1 deficit. The inning began innocently enough with Taylor Sutherland reaching on an error with Dan Glod singling to make it first and second.
PAWTUCKET â€“ According to head coach Craig Giarrusso, his Tolman High squad more than felt the effects of its first defeat of the season, a 4-3 decision to previously-unbeaten host East Greenwich, on Wednesday afternoon.
Just 24 hours after, the Tigers took on Exeter/West Greenwich in another Division II crossover tilt at Slater Park's Bailey Field, and looked a bit dazed through the first four-plus frames.
Call it a case of allâ€™s well that ends well as Aaron Cook is officially a member of the Boston Red Sox.
Reached Wednesday night, Joe Bick, Cookâ€™s agent, says he went ahead and filed the necessary â€śopt-out notificationâ€ť paperwork shortly after the clock struck midnight and the calendar read May 2, one day following the May 1 opt-out clause that the veteran pitcher had written into the minor-league deal he signed back in January.
PROVIDENCE â€” It seems like almost yesterday, but it was on Oct. 14, 2006 when Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc. presented a marquee intracity duel between Providence super middleweights and bitter rivals Peter Manfredo Jr. and Joe â€śThe K.O. Kidâ€ť Spina that generated a ton of buzz across the state and packed the Dunkinâ€™ Donuts Center.
PAWTUCKET â€” With the St. Raphael Academy boys' volleyball team trailing 17-10 in the third, and what proved to be the final, game Tuesday night, head coach April Oberhelman called a timeout to discuss strategy.
After she finished her soliloquy, junior Steve Carvalho and senior Connor Harrington began stomping to their own version of Queen's â€śWe Will Rock You.â€ť
Stomp, stomp, clap! Stomp, stomp, clap!
Team statistician Pauline Tougas, whose son, senior John Tougas, co-captains the squad with junior Brandon Dasilveira, turned around, laughing.
BOSTON â€“ For Aaron Cook and the Red Sox, D-Day â€“ as in Decision Day â€“ is at hand.
With Tuesday marking May 1, the day in which Cookâ€™s minor-league opt-out clause officially takes effect, Boston must decide whether to promote the veteran pitcher and place him on the active roster or risk losing him to free agency. Reached Monday night, Joe Bick, the agent for Cook, spelled out a step-by-step process that included all involved parties.
BOSTON â€“ The sight of Josh Reddick sporting a green and gold Oakland Aâ€™s uniform inside Fenway Park Monday night only further augments the idea that not every drafted-and-developed Red Sox type has a seat waiting for him at the parent clubâ€™s table.
LINCOLN -- Davies Tech head coach Scott Cooper and assistant Joe Handy have spent a lot of time working on their squadâ€™s base-running skills over the past month or so, and it showed â€“ and then some â€“ on Monday afternoon.
The Patriots turned singles into doubles or more, robbed four bases and registered three runs on wild pitches to snag a 10-0 â€śmercy ruleâ€ť victory over Bishop Keough at the Daviesâ€™ diamond.
The checklist of what to keep tabs on during college basketballâ€™s offseason used to be simple and straightforward. You would look at the pool of underclassmen declaring to take their game to the next level by applying for the NBA Draft, which in turn sparks debate as to whether the decision made is foolhardy or correct.
WEST WARWICK â€” Tolman High passed its latest test with flying colors.
After West Warwick had rallied for three runs in the last of the sixth inning to knot Saturdayâ€™s Division II crossover contest at 5-all, Tolman responded by pushing across the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh in an eventual 6-5 Tiger victory. Tolman improves to 8-0 in II-Central while W.W. falls to 4-2 in II-Central.
EAST PROVIDENCE -- Immediately after the loss, and the post-game handshakes, head coach Rob Traverse followed his East Providence High squadron out to right field and spent at least 10 minutes talking with them.
Once finished, he not only described how he felt about his Towniesâ€™ suffering a 10-0 Division I crossover defeat to still-unbeaten Lincoln High at Pierce Field on blustery Friday afternoon, but also gave his take on Lindsay Mayer, the Lionsâ€™ premier junior righthander.
PAWTUCKET â€” St. Raphael Academy had just committed seven sloppy errors en route to a 6-2 loss to North Kingstown High at Vets Park on drizzly Thursday, but veteran mentor Tom Sorrentine remained remarkably upbeat afterward.
â€śDefensively, we just didn't make the plays, but â€“ honestly â€“ I think we're getting better as a team,â€ť he confessed. â€śYeah, we made a lot of errors, but we're improving. I think we're getting better as we move along in the season.
LINCOLN â€” Euphoria quickly gave way to frustration Thursday afternoon at rainy Chet Nichols Field.
Lincoln, which rallied for three runs in the home portion of the seventh inning to tie the game at 3-3 against visiting Toll Gate, watched as the Titans pushed across an unearned run in the top of the eighth to secure a 4-3 verdict.
PAWTUCKET â€“ If recent history is any sort of indication regarding the Red Soxâ€™s handling of minor league players with opt-out clauses written into their contracts, then expect pitcher Aaron Cook to head up to Boston next week.
PAWTUCKET â€” Leave it to the Yankees to spoil what would have been history-in-the-making for the Pawtucket Red Sox.
Standing just three outs away from extending their winning streak to a franchise-best 10 consecutive games, the PawSox watched as reliever Garrett Mock melted down in an 8-6 loss to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Wednesday afternoon at McCoy Stadium.
LINCOLN -- Cumberland High head coach Scott Carpenter couldnâ€™t believe his good fortune when, back on March 19, two new girls claiming to be goalies showed up at to his first practice at Tucker Field.
â€śI was grinning ear-to-ear, and I know the girls were wondering why,â€ť Carpenter chuckled. â€śWe had two kids who had never played lacrosse before; they were (senior Kara Gorman and (freshman) Julia Eaton. From Day One, you could definitely see both had huge potential.â€ť
PAWTUCKET --- A few pitchers who could find themselves with the Boston Red Sox in the very near future stated their cases for a promotion on Monday night in the Pawtucket Red Soxâ€™s doubleheader with the Durham Bulls.
In the opener, starting pitcher Justin Germano and rehabbing Boston Red Sox reliever Andrew Miller teamed up to blank Durham on three singles, and run-scoring singles by Mike Rivera and Tony Thomas provided all the offense in a 2-0 victory.