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August 22nd, 2012

Format for boys' hoops tournament just about set

August 22, 2012

PROVIDENCE – Monday saw the R.I. Interscholastic League Principals’ Committee on Athletics officially welcome St. Patrick’s School of Providence into the fold for boys’ and girls’ basketball, along with boys’ volleyball.

August 21st

Ex-SRA star Iannetta's back in the saddle with Angels

August 21, 2012

BOSTON — There’s bringing a player up to speed after he’s been out for a lengthy stretch due to injury. Then there’s the term that Angels manager Mike Scioscia used in describing the heightened state of urgency Chris Iannetta finds himself in after missing 2 1/2 months with a broken bone in his right hand.
“You can study and simulate stuff all you want, but when you get behind the plate, you’re like that jockey on a saddle,” Scioscia explained prior to Tuesday’s Red Sox-Angels game at Fenway Park. “That’s the feeling you need and that’s where Chris needs the time in order to come together.”

Commitment: C.F. gridders tidy up Calcutt courtyard

August 21, 2012

CENTRAL FALLS — On the morning of Tuesday, July 16, Central Falls High head football coach Mo Jackson walked into his new classroom 107 at Calcutt Middle School and looked out a window bordering the courtyard.
His first thought: What courtyard?
“I was doing some summer programs, and I wanted to get the room ready for the kids,” admitted Jackson, who discovered since school year's end that he would be a new teacher's assistant and behavioral specialist at Calcutt. “I popped open the window, and I couldn't see anything. It looked like a jungle. I thought, 'My God, what happened to it?'

August 19th

These pitchers weigh pros, cons of Strasburg’s innings limit

August 19, 2012

PAWTUCKET — If the Washington Nationals’ decision to pose an innings limit on ace pitcher Stephen Strasburg was debated and haggled over in a court of law, it’s quite possible the rendering would be a hung jury.
Such a case involving a high-profile player and a playoff-starved franchise that has October baseball in its sights poses a provoking conundrum that can be argued and debated from both sides of the equation.
On one hand, Washington can be viewed as looking to protect the investment they have in Strasburg, a star at age 24 who underwent Tommy John surgery nearly two years ago.

Still on Boston’s radar, Bard plans to use next two weeks with Pawtucket to his advantage

August 19, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Daniel Bard admits there’s somewhat of a weight of his shoulders, knowing that regardless of how he’s fared with the Pawtucket Red Sox – 7.45 ERA in 28 appearances – he remains very much on Boston’s radar.
Asked to respond to an item in Sunday’s Boston Herald in which an anonymous Red Sox source clarified that he will pitch again for the big-league team in 2012, Bard took the occasion to explain how he can use the remaining few weeks in Pawtucket’s season to his advantage.

August 17th

McDonald sets record straight on turbulence in Red Sox season

August 17, 2012

PAWTUCKET – Who better to clarify any myths regarding the perceived toxic environment that is the Red Sox clubhouse than a player who spent a hearty amount of time inside the ropes?
Ladies and gentlemen, we give you Darnell McDonald, the former part-time Boston outfielder whose access to the team was short-circuited upon getting designated for assignment in late June. Fortunately for this particular exercise, McDonald is seen as the perfect go-to guy to set the record straight in a Red Sox season that has taken on the tenor of a soap opera in terms of firestorms and drama.

August 16th

Bard struggles again in PawSox's loss to SWB

August 16, 2012

PAWTUCKET – At this point, you have to feel for Daniel Bard.
The Red Sox can point to the fact that Bard was not touched for an earned run in his inning of work Thursday night, but make no mistake: it was another tough night at the office for the struggling reliever. In case you’re just joining us, Bard’s latest attempt to get back on track provided a nice, tucked-in capsule of what has plagued the reliever during his two-plus month stint with the Pawtucket Red Sox.

“Small mechanical adjustment” backfires on Dice-K

August 16, 2012

PAWTUCKET — If Daisuke Matsuzaka made what he dubbed a “small mechanical adjustment” prior to taking the mound for the fifth inning Wednesday night, it’s news to both PawSox pitching coach Rich Sauveur and catcher Dan Butler.
“Whatever tweak he made, he made on his own,” stated Sauveur on Thursday, one day after Matsuzaka delivered what could be coined a mixed bag of an outing.
There was good Matsuzaka – four scoreless innings in which he retired 12 of 13 Scranton batters – following by bad Matsuzaka, the damage pertaining to the five runs (four earned) he yielded in the fifth.

Greenway Challenge prepares for 12th annual race

August 16, 2012

WOONSOCKET — Barbara Dixon will never forget the first-ever Blackstone River Valley Greenway Challenge, held in late September of 2001.
In fact, she and other organizers questioned whether they'd be able to take care of the logistics in time.
“This is how bizarre it was that first year,” noted Dixon, who works closely with the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor Commission, located at the old train station near Main Street.

August 15th

Elizabeth Beisel still doesn’t see herself as 'big deal'

August 15, 2012

PAWTUCKET – The Elizabeth Beisel Welcome Home Tour made a stop at McCoy Stadium Wednesday evening, as the North Kingstown native and Olympic medalist threw out the first pitch and signed autographs at the ballpark’s Cox Fan Center.
Standing on the field in her Team USA jacket and a PawSox cap, Beisel was presented a Pawtucket team jacket by General Manager Lou Schweichheimer and infielder Tony Thomas, who took the occasion to tweet the following after catching the ceremonial toss: “Not a bad arm for a swimmer; thanks for keeping it close so I could catch it!”

Despite dismal outing, Bard receives reassurance from Sauveur

August 15, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Stop if you’ve heard this before, but PawSox pitching coach Rich Sauveur feels that embattled reliever Daniel Bard is closer than the numbers suggest.
Sauveur provided words of reassurance on Wednesday afternoon, one day after Bard had a devil of a time locating the strike zone. You probably know the grizzly numbers by now, but here they are again: On his way to recording one out Tuesday night against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Bard walked four and allowed two runs. Just 10 of the 27 pitches he recorded were strikes.

Harrington prepares to play junior hockey in N.J.

August 15, 2012

ATTLEBORO — There are plenty of recent high school graduates out there who don't have a clue as to what their immediate future may hold.
Connor Harrington, who in mid-June received his diploma from St. Raphael Academy, definitely isn't one of them.
On Tuesday morning, the unassuming, modest 18-year-old loaded his belongings into his car and trekked by his lonesome to New Jersey. His wants: Not only to begin his odyssey at Bergen Community College (he plans on becoming a veterinary technician), but also follow his dream of playing junior hockey for the New Jersey Renegades.

August 14th

Tamburro, PawSox recall Johnny Pesky

August 14, 2012

PAWTUCKET – Pawtucket Red Sox Team President Mike Tamburro will never forget the phone call he received from then-Red Sox General Manager Lou Gorman in June 1990.
“How would you like Johnny Pesky to be your new manager?” was the message Gorman relayed to Tamburro. “I said, ‘We would love to have Johnny (pilot the PawSox).’”

August 12th

High school football opens for business on Monday

August 12, 2012

Don’t tell area high school football coaches that these truly are the dog days of summer. They don’t want to hear about such talk.
Monday marks the commencement of preseason training camps across the state and to suggest that teams are seeking to hit the ground running would be a gross understatement. The importance of the coming week cannot be underscored – albeit for a myriad of reasons.

August 9th

Bailey records stellar inning of relief for PawSox, wants return to parent club

August 9, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Andrew Bailey doesn’t know when he may return to the Boston Red Sox, but he’s more than anxious to do so.
In Pawtucket’s 6-3 loss to the Syracuse Chiefs at McCoy Stadium on Thursday afternoon, Bailey relieved starter Billy Buckner in the sixth inning and allowed just one hit (without a walk and fanned a pair in his one-frame stint.
That, coupled with a solid outing the night before when he hurled one inning of flawless ball (with a strikeout), the 28-year-old from Cherry Hills, N.J. likes how he’s feeling.

PawSox drop second straight to Chiefs, 6-3

August 9, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Despite a 6-3 matinee loss to the Syracuse Chiefs on Thursday afternoon, Pawtucket Red Sox skipper Arnie Beyeler sat in his McCoy Stadium clubhouse office afterward explaining his pleasure with three relievers’ respective outings.
In a rehab assignment with Pawtucket, righty Andrew Bailey allowed just one hit and fanned two in a single-inning stint (20 pitches, 14 strikes), while Daniel Bard took over in the seventh and yielded a hit, run and two walks while whiffing one. (In the process, he hit 97 mph on the radar gun, and threw 22 pitches, 12 for strikes).

August 8th

Add Valencia to PawSox's logjam at third base

August 8, 2012

PAWTUCKET – On his first official day as a member of the Pawtucket Red Sox, Danny Valencia found himself out of Wednesday’s starting lineup. His placement under the “extra hitters” portion of the lineup card only furthers the argument that it’s going to be tough for the 27-year-old to carve out regular playing time.
Valencia is a third baseman by trade, a position where he’s logged 2,281 innings in 262 big-league games. Coming over from the Minnesota Twins via trade on Sunday, Valencia joins a PawSox ballclub that's pretty well stocked at the hot corner.

Edd Pedro's Wiffleball Tournament takes flight Sunday

August 8, 2012

PAWTUCKET -- Edd Pedro has only a few wants for his ninth annual “Fight for a Cure Mega-Raffle and Wiffleball Tournament,” slated to begin at 9 a.m., Sunday at Slater Park.
First and foremost, he’d love the day to be graced by good weather; second, he hopes to raise $20,000 to give to the Arthritis Foundation, with the New England regional headquarters stationed in Warwick; and, finally, he’d like for a few more teams to register for the tourney’s divisions, including Adult Competitive, “Just for Fun” and Youth (12-and-under).

August 7th

Joe Morgan can relate to Bobby V's plight

August 7, 2012

Tuesday may have been a rare day off for the PawSox, yet the baseball chatter never ceases …

For the point of this exercise, let’s start with the definition of the word “manage” – to bring about or succeed in accomplishing, sometimes despite difficulty or hardship.
Or to take charge or care of represents another form of usage. Or, finally, someone in a position to manage conducts business by the following means – to handle, direct, govern or control in action or use.

August 6th

Boggs reflects on time with PawSox, aka 'Minor League University'

August 6, 2012

Nights like the one that transpired at McCoy Stadium Saturday night don’t come around too often …

PAWTUCKET — As much as he enjoyed his two-year stint with the Pawtucket Red Sox, Wade Boggs wanted no part of the Triple-A ball club upon reaching the parent team in 1982.
Any ballplayer will tell you that his goal is not just to make the majors, but to make it and stay there, leaving the minor leagues in their rear-view mirror for good. When Boggs’ promotion came after almost six years in the minors, he felt he had learned everything he needed to begin his big-league career.

 

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