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September 8th, 2013
PAWTUCKET â Even though he was the winning pitcher in the decisive game, Charlie Haeger wished to have the spotlight redirected elsewhere.
âThe real hero you guys should be talking to is standing over there,â said Haeger while pointing in the direction of Chris Martinâs locker.
PAWTUCKET â Hear Matt Barnes talk about recently-arrived catcher Christian Vazquez and itâs clear that whoever takes the mound on a given day is in good hands.
PAWTUCKET â Steven Wright returned to McCoy Stadium on Thursday afternoon. His Pawtucket Red Sox teammates didnât get back from Rochester until 5:30 on Friday morning.
The move to make sure that Pawtucketâs Game 3 starter was well rested paid off handsomely. Wrightâs knuckleball baffled the Rochester hitters to the tune of 6.1 scoreless innings as the PawSox downed the Red Wings, 5-1, before 4,681 enthusiastic and supportive fans Friday night at McCoy Stadium.
LINCOLN â Fans flocked to Lincoln High's Ferguson Field on Thursday afternoon/evening to catch a glimpse of what their varsity grid teams may offer this season in the Rhode Island Interscholastic League's four divisions.
Perhaps the most tense tilt for the crowds attending this R.I. Injury Fund quadruple-header came in the form of Shea's 7-0 victory over Woonsocket, that a battle of usual Division II mainstays. The most entertaining contest, however, was the third, a free-for-all between D-I's East Providence and D-II's St. Raphael Academy.
PAWTUCKET â After her squad had sealed a satisfying 2-1 victory over Masters Regional Academy of Smithfield, Shea High head coach Danielle Bishop spent perhaps 10 minutes with her girls addressing their collective strengths and weaknesses.
Conditioning certainly wasn't an issue in the Raiders' Division 3-B opener at Max Read Field on Wednesday afternoon. Now she's hoping the collective mind-set for a long season will follow suit.
The Pawtucket Red Sox â correction, the 2013 Eastern Division champion Pawtucket Red Sox â will begin the Governorsâ Cup playoffs Wednesday night on the road against wild-card entry Rochester.
Just let that marinate for a second.
The PawSox captured the division flag with the Red Wings ending up 3.5 games off the pace. To borrow from A Few Good Men, âThese are the facts of the case. And they are undisputed.â
To that end, why pray tell is this best-of-five first-round series starting at Frontier Field as opposed to McCoy Stadium?
Good question, and below is the actual answer.
PAWTUCKET â Back in February, Pawtucket Youth Soccer Association President Fatima Daly attended, as always, a Soccer Rhode Island meeting at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick.
This one in particular sparked her interest more than any other. The reason: One of the subjects was educating developmentally or physically disabled children about the game so many others had been enjoying.
PAWTUCKET â Tommy Harper always seems to enjoy his visits to McCoy Stadium. Granted, his capacity as Red Sox minor-league consultant explains why he comes around, yet watch this proud 72-year-old during batting practice and itâs apparent that he still has an appetite for the game.
PAWTUCKET â Megan Jaswell was a little disappointed she was unable to defend her womenâs title at Saturdayâs PawSox 5K, but that didnât wipe the winning smile off her face after completing the second annual race at McCoy Stadium.
âEvery race is completely different, and you can never expect to do as well as you did in the last one,â said Jaswell. âBut this is a fun race, and itâs nice to come out and support something good like this.â
PAWTUCKET â It was about 11 a.m. Friday when Gary DiSarcina received a text message from Justin Henry, a player who according to the PawSox skipper, âhas had a rough year. He was a .300 hitter in Toledo last year, but heâs one of the best teammates out there.â
Henry had a simple request. His mother was in town and was wondering if it was possible for DiSarcina to include him in the lineup for that nightâs game against Syracuse.
PAWTUCKET â Clay Buchholz classified his 3.1-inning stint at McCoy Stadium on Friday as a step forward.
âTonight, I was much more impressed with the velocity that I was able to sustain over the period I was out there and being able to throw all my pitches with the same effort level and arm angle,â said Buchholz after scattering seven hits and allowing one run against Syracuse. âThat was basically the final hump I had to get over as far as not having a second thought in the back of my head. It was about getting my release point down on all my pitches.â
PAWTUCKET â It was a warm late June night and first pitch at McCoy Stadium was still several hours away. Up in the press box, a number of baseball scouts had gathered for some friendly chatter that ranged from strengths and weaknesses of particular players to each oneâs travel log of minor-league ballparks.
Curious about the lineups, one scout turned his head left to where they were posted in a plastic case on the wall. He thought his eyes were playing tricks on him, the result of seeing âRFâ next to Jackie Bradley Jr.âs name, not the customary âCFâ that came to define the prospect.
CENTRAL FALLS â Tolman High head coach Jack Coutu chose not to play senior goalie and quad-captain Adam Ghazal long before the start of the Tigers' R.I. Injury Fund âgameâ against archrival Shea on Friday night.
He did so as a precaution, not to mention a safety measure.
âI was worried about the field,â Coutu indicated of the uneven, dusty Macomber Stadium surface minutes before the scrimmage, one designed to raise money for the Rhode Island Interscholastic League for injury/insurance reasons and also give squads statewide an opportunity to face live competition.
PAWTUCKET â As far as Triple-A debuts go, Matt Barnes looked quite comfortable.
The slender right-hander was in total command on the McCoy Stadium mound Thursday night, tossing 5.1 scoreless innings that featured a little bit of everything. His Pawtucket teammates were able to make Barnes a victor as the locals silenced Syracuse, 2-0, before 5,021 fans.
PAWTUCKET â Teams that harbor deep playoff aspirations prefer to have all their bases covered.
In acquiring Quintin Berry, the Red Sox have sent out the following signal: They have a late-game, pinch-running weapon that figures to make manager John Farrellâs job a bit easier when David Ortiz, Mike Napoli and Jarrod Saltalamacchia reach base.
The name of the game is scoring runs, and Berryâs fleet-of-foot tendencies could prove quite valuable as Boston casts an eye toward October baseball.
CENTRAL FALLS â Jeff Lapierre spent 11 years working with Central Falls High grid head coach Mo Jackson, and enjoyed virtually every minute.
The only ones he didn't? Watching the kids fail to execute in games after excelling at the same plays in practice.
He learned a great deal from Jackson, who retired from his longtime position in grand style with two impressive victories at the end of the 2012 season. Now, Lapierre owns that title outright, but admits teaching this new crop of players will be a shared workload.
PAWTUCKET â With all roads leading to the PawSox qualifying for the Governorsâ Cup playoffs for a third straight season, it raises the question of what kind of squad manager Gary DiSarcina will have at his disposal when the second season arrives.
To that end, DiSarcina admitted Wednesday that heâs had brief conversations with Red Sox Director of Player Development Ben Crockett about how many players Pawtucket stands to lose on Sept. 1, which is the first day Major League teams are allowed to expand their rosters.
PAWTUCKET â The highly touted right-handed pitcher that breezed through the lower levels of the minor leagues ended up learning an important lesson this season â thereâs not always going to be smooth sailing.
PAWTUCKET â After the Pawtucket Red Sox had eked out a pair of stunning â and thrilling â come-from-behind, one-run victories the previous two nights, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre returned the favor on Tuesday evening.
The RailRiders notched two unearned runs, one each in the sixth and seventh frames, to thump the PawSox, 2-1, before a sparse crowd of 4,430 fans at McCoy Stadium.
Manager Dave Mileyâs crew rode a superb mound outing from starter Graham Stoneburner, not to mention fellow righty Dellin Betances, to end Pawtucketâs win streak at three.
PAWTUCKET â From Gary DiSarcinaâs perch in the PawSox dugout, the manager is able to hone in and get a proper read on the placid look on Allen Websterâs face, one that until recently had singularly defined the right-handerâs facial expression on the mound.
âHeâs got a demeanor thatâs really laid back, which is useful at times,â noted DiSarcina.