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June 22nd, 2012

Tamburro, Schwechheimer take pride in PawSox's exceptional first half of season

June 22, 2012

PAWTUCKET — The art of running a minor-league franchise isn’t solely based on ticket and merchandise sales or making sure the paying customer enjoys the utmost experience. The success and vitality of the on-field product is just as important to the cause, the belief that if there’s quality in place, the rest will take of itself.

Russell heads into final day with Northeast lead

June 22, 2012

EAST PROVIDENCE — Recent Texas A&M University graduate Jordan Russell had just finished what he deemed an inconsistent round of two-over-par 71 at Wannamoisett Country Club on Friday afternoon, and was less than thrilled with the outing.
He nevertheless remained two strokes ahead of his closest competitors at the 51st annual Northeast Amateur Invitational Golf Tournament.

June 20th

WEB ONLY: Bard blows lead as PawSox drop third straight

June 20, 2012

SYRACUSE, N.Y. --- Three straight singles with one out in the bottom of the 11th inning helped the Syracuse Chiefs score the run that produced a come-from-behind 6-5 victory over the Pawtucket Red Sox on Wednesday night at Alliance Bank Stadium.
Down by a 5-3 score heading into the home half of the ninth, the Chiefs tied the score by scoring twice off reliever Daniel Bard, who gave up a single and a double and only threw half of his 22 pitches for strikes. He did not walk or strike out anyone.

Cooley, Friars eye 'team building' summer

June 20, 2012

WARWICK – In Rhode Island, the fiscal year begins on the first day of July. To Ed Cooley, the date also signifies the first step the head coach, along with his assistants, will take in laying the foundation for the 2012-13 Providence College Friars.

Brad Schneider overcomes injury, fires 66 at Northeast Amateur

June 20, 2012

EAST PROVIDENCE — On a day when Texas A&M University graduate Jordan Russell owned Wannamoisett Country Club, firing a phenomenal six-under 63 to lead the first round of the 51st Northeast Amateur Golf Tournament, the University of Central Florida's Brad Schneider proved to be the model of consistency.

June 19th

Pressel-Haas’ uncanny surge wins CVS Classic

June 19, 2012

BARRINGTON — Just last year, Morgan Pressel and playing partner Davis Love III had to settle for second at this CVS Caremark Charity Classic after they combined for a 22-under total of 120.
Unfortunately for them, the tandem of PGA standouts Matt Kuchar and Zach Johnson finished two strokes better and garnered the $300,000 first prize, not to mention the tournament trophy.

June 18th

MSC sits in three-team league; Lions fall to Div. II

June 18, 2012

PROVIDENCE — Monday afternoon saw the Rhode Island Interscholastic League’s Principals’ Committee on Athletics convene for one final time in 2011-12. Yet before this governing body could officially close the books on the just completed high school sports season, there was the matter of attending to several housekeeping chores.

'Old folks' Quigley-Inkster team share CVS lead

June 18, 2012

BARRINGTON — When 13-time LPGA Tour winner Juli Inkster discovered about two weeks ago that she would be paired with Champions Tour “Iron Man” Dana Quigley for the first round of the 14th annual CVS Caremark Charity Classic, she was ecstatic.
“I was really excited to be playing with Dana,” she said minutes after the two had mustered a birdie on the final hole on Monday afternoon. She then deadpanned, “I'm glad they put me with someone who can tolerate me for 18 holes.

June 17th

Tri-Force MMA's Jeffrey wins first main event fight

June 17, 2012

LINCOLN --- When Keith Jeffrey woke up last Friday morning, he had his sights set on producing an impressive performance later that night in the co-feature of Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc.’s “Proving Grounds” card at the Twin River Event Center.
Turns out that Jeffrey was successful in accomplishing that, but he ended up doing so in the main event, the first time in his career that he stepped into the limelight for the night’s grand finale.

Lincoln ends 22-0 season with first softball title

June 17, 2012

PROVIDENCE -- The drama stemmed not so much if Lincoln High would claim its first-ever state title in fast-pitch softball.
It instead revolved around whether junior phenom Lindsay Mayer would hurl a no-hitter while it doing so.
She didn’t, but that didn’t keep the Lions from a wild celebration after sealing a 4-1 victory over never-say-die Coventry High in the R.I. Division I Tournament championship tilt before a crowd of approximately 300 at Rhode Island College on Saturday afternoon.

June 16th

C.F. gridders will appear in Capitol City All-Star Game

June 16, 2012

PROVIDENCE --- The recently-graduated seniors on the Central Falls and North Smithfield football teams put on their helmets and pads on Wednesday night and worked out together on the Northmen’s turf complex to prepare for one final game before officially turning the pages on their high school careers.
But if you’re thinking that final game they’re getting ready for is the 14th annual Governor’s Cup showdown – the one that pits Rhode Island’s top seniors against Connecticut’s finest 12th graders – on June 30 in Southington, Conn., think again.

The son becomes the father: Derwin and Mason Williams

June 16, 2012

What is the most important gift a father can give to his child?
If you answer unconditional love or a top-flight education, you’re right on target. What about providing a supportive and nurturing home life geared toward helping one’s offspring achieve their best? Can’t find fault with that, either.

June 13th

Thanks to PawSox pitching coach, Bard’s arm, confidence on the rise

June 13, 2012

PAWTUCKET — From his dugout vantage point, Rich Sauveur saw something in Daniel Bard’s delivery that was fixable while the pitcher was toeing the rubber – providing that the PawSox pitching coach could grab the attention of catcher Ryan Lavarnway.

June 11th

WEB ONLY: Bard allows run in PawSox loss to Gwinnett; Cook's agent weighs in on pitcher's progress

June 11, 2012

PAWTUCKET – Daniel Bard got his wish Monday night. Unfortunately for the pitcher, the switch to the bullpen did little inspire confidence that he’s ready to turn the corner.
Working one inning, Bard allowed one run on one hit with a walk and two strikeouts as the PawSox saw a ninth-inning rally come up just short in an 11-8 loss to the Gwinnett Braves. Bard ended up tossing 22 pitches, 11 for strikes.

McGair: It's time to give Bard a definite path

June 11, 2012

Through all the video and bullpen sessions along with everything else geared toward the task of Reconstruction: The Daniel Bard Story, there’s one loose end left.
What exactly is Bard’s mound assignment moving forward – starter or reliever? Judging by the early returns in his minor-league stint with the PawSox, such a pretty important clarification appears to have been left off the struggling pitcher’s itinerary, the one that the Red Sox brain trust undoubtedly compiled and left atop Bard’s equipment bag as he packed up his Fenway Park locker.

Pilgrim ends Tolman spikers' bid for repeat title

June 11, 2012

PROVIDENCE – And just like that, there will be a new champion in Division II this year.
Tolman High’s run at the top came to a sudden and abrupt end Monday night, the semifinal loss sustained against an undefeated Pilgrim High outfit that pulled away in the third and final game en route to posting a sweep at the Providence Career & Technical Academy field house.

June 10th

Champions! Davies belts Central for Div. III title

June 10, 2012

PROVIDENCE — Immediately after the Davies Tech team bus arrived at the Rhode Island College diamond at approximately 4:30 p.m., Sunday, skipper Scott Cooper strode up the aluminum stands to the press box for a coin flip with Central High's mentor, Michelle Rawcliffe.
That toss would decide the home team for this Rhode Island Division III Tournament championship series' “rubber” tilt.
When Rawcliffe chose “tails” and won the flip, choosing to bat in the bottom half of each inning, Cooper silently said a prayer.

Clippers’ Patrick holds Rebels at bay

June 10, 2012

Contributing writer
WEST WARWICK — If there is a margin of separation between the Cumberland Clippers and the South Kingstown Rebels, it doesn’t appear to be a very big one.
Yesterday, behind a shutout pitched by Justin Patrick, the Clippers beat the Rebels 1-0 to send the series into a third game. In seven innings, Patrick gave up just two hits while striking out six batters with only one walk.
Cumberland’s head coach Paul Murphy could not have asked for more of his starter in a critical elimination game.
“He’s been absolutely fantastic in the playoffs,” Murphy said of Patrick.

June 8th

Lavarnway’s catching on as PawSox's primary backstop

June 8, 2012

PAWTUCKET — There was Ryan Lavarnway the other day, sitting in PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler’s office along with Chad Epperson, the Red Sox minor-league catching coordinator. The seating arrangement resembled that of an atypical boardroom meeting, with Beyeler staring directly at Lavarnway from his behind-the-desk vantage point while Epperson occupied the plush leather couch to the right of 24-year-old.

Former pitching coach Cather weighs in on Bard

June 8, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Mike Cather was Daniel Bard’s pitching coach in Double-A Portland when Bard made the conversion from starting pitcher to reliever.
What does Cather, currently the minor-league pitching coordinator for the San Diego Padres, recall about watching Bard undergo said conversion in 2008? Let’s just say that experience is something that the struggling Red Sox pitcher should think long and hard about drawing upon during his stint with the Pawtucket Red Sox.

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