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August 7th, 2011
PAWTUCKET â Kevin Millwoodâs tenure with the Pawtucket Red Sox has come to an end. Now the 36-year-old will have to weigh whether to seek out another opportunity or bow out gracefully, a decision that could be complicated based on the right-handed pitcherâs belief that he still has something to give.
For now, though, Millwood plans on visiting family he has based up and down the East Coast and squeeze in as many rounds of golf as possible. That sounds like someone who isnât optimistic heâll be on a mound again this season.
HARMONY â Glocester Country Club is more than just a golf course. Situated on Waterman Lake, this private club also offers tennis, swimming and boating for its members. A sandy beach and tree-lined picnic grove border the lake. Clay tennis courts are located near the main clubhouse, adjacent to a putting green.
The club is situated on Route 44, just west of Greenville.
PROVIDENCE â His hair soaking wet and his feet inside some soggy pair of racing flats that just endured more than an hourâs worth of rainfall, Patrick Moulton sized up the weather for the inaugural Rock ânâ Roll Providence Half Marathon on Sunday morning with a glass-half-full approach.
âIt got tough, but at least it wasnât hot,â he said. âIt got gusty a few times, but for August you canât complain. It could have been 100 degrees out there.â
PAWTUCKET â Brett Carroll wasted no time fitting in with the Pawtucket Red Sox
Carroll blooped a two-out, two-run single to give the PawSox their third walk-off win of the week, this one a 6-5 triumph against Buffalo Friday night. Staring at a 2-2 count against Bisons reliever Dale Thayer, Carroll fisted the ball just over the head of first baseman Valentino Pascucci, who blasted a two-run home run off of Kevin Millwood in the first inning.
As the associate head coach at Norwalk (Conn.) Community College, Patrick Vigilio enjoyed a front row seat to see Erik Bedard go from an unknown with tried-and-true Canadian roots to a bona fide staff ace.
âErik was a hockey player for the most part. Most kids in Canada are because they donât have high school baseball up there,â recalled Vigilio in a telephone interview Friday. âHe was throwing in the mid 80s when he started out, but through hard work he was able to take his game to the next level, obviously.â
BRISTOL, Ct. - Manager Dave Belisle considers every one of the 13 players on his Cumberland American All-Star roster a reason itâs down in Bristol, Connecticut this weekend for the Eastern Regional Tournament, a reason it has an outside chance to earn a trip to Williamsport, Pa., for the Little League World Series
âWhat you see with this team is theyâre picking each other up,â Belisle said. âThere have been some situations where we looked like we were going to fold, but someone has picked the individuals up. Itâs a team game. It just seems that one through 13 somebody contributed.
FOXBORO â Tom Brady is especially glad heâs not a rookie this year â for a couple of reasons.
âNot only because their salaries got cut in half,â said the New England Patriots quarterback, referencing the NFLâs newly ratified collective bargaining agreement.
Rookies are also tasked with an accelerated acclimation to NFL life because of the leagueâs 4 1/2-month lockout.
A week into his 12th training camp with the Patriots, Brady acknowledges that this one is unique.
LINCOLN --- Itâs been nearly two months since Bruce Foster finished in a tie for second place with his brother, Jeff, at the 2011 Spartan Death Race, a 45-hour ultra-endurance test through a grueling 40-mile course in Pittsfield, Vt., but their accomplishment has still been the talk around Lincoln.
The brothersâ success has also reached a point where workout enthusiasts of all ages, sizes, and abilities have asked them if they could train with them and follow the extra-tough training regimen they used to prepare for and succeed in the Death Race.
PAWTUCKET â It is August and baseballâs various pennant races are beginning to take shape.
The Pawtucket Red Sox and their âparentâ team in Boston are locked in battles for first place in their respective leagues. The PawSox are chasing Lehigh Valley for first place in the International League North while maintaining a slight edge on the Gwinnett Braves for the leagueâs lone wild-card berth.
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Former Pawtucket resident Mason Williams is leading the New York Penn League in batting average. The son of former Patriots wide receiver Derwin Williams is hitting .358 in the short-season Class A League while toiling for the Staten Island Yankees. He leads the league in hits, is tied for fourth in total bases and OPS, and has 16 steals in 42 games.
PAWTUCKET --- Edd Pedro has been a busy man these days. Very busy.
The namesake and driving force behind what will be the eighth edition of the Edd Pedro Wiffleball Tournament has been burning the midnight oil this week making final preparations for Sundayâs mega-event at Slater Park.
âThis weekâs been pretty crazy,â Pedro said on Tuesday night during a break from his preparations. âIâm up to midnight every night normally, and Iâm just out in my garage working on something for the tournament.
CUMBERLAND - It's always the same. For most of his 30-plus years playing softball, nothingâs changed for Kirby Murphy each time he faces an opposing pitcher.
Before he approaches the on-deck circle, he takes three warm-up swings with three different bats. He then walks near the batterâs box with the bat that heâs going to use and swings that three times. He then signals for a time out and takes two more swings inside the batterâs box before heâs ready to go.
PAWTUCKET â It wasnât as if Kevin Millwood was deliberately ambiguous when asked if the veteran pitcher envisions finishing the season with the Pawtucket Red Sox. The simple answer is that Millwood doesnât have one.
âI donât know. Thatâs kind of tough to answer right now,â said a well-meaning Millwood after tossing a bullpen session Tuesday morning.
PAWTUCKET â Nate Spears did more than achieve hero status after belting a game-ending two-run home run in Pawtucketâs 4-3 win against Louisville Tuesday afternoon. Rewarded with his efforts with a shaving cream pie in the face â courtesy of Michael Bowden, Luis Exposito and Ryan Lavarnway â Spears reminded the masses that the PawSox feature contributors who may not appear on any prospect watch list, but they are just as instrumental to the cause.
CUMBERLAND â After a much-deserved 10-day break from competitive baseball, recent state champion Cumberland American begins its quest for a trip to Williamsport, Pa., for the Little League World Series this weekend. The All-Star squad faces Massachusettsâs titlist Andover National Saturday afternoon at 2 in the opener of the New England Regional Tournament at Breen Field in Bristol, Conn.
PAWTUCKET â The topic was Ryan Lavarnway and the most prolific home run hitters to ever to suit up for the Pawtucket Red Sox. After all, when youâve amassed 13 round trippers in 43 games â Lavarnwayâs mashing rate heading into Mondayâs action â you start flashing back to names like Jim Rice, Sam Horn, Phil Plantier and Izzy Alcantara and the baseballs they made vanish.
PAWTUCKET â The Connie Mack Baseball League has always taken a back seat to American Legion baseball during the summer months. And thatâs too bad because there are some good players performing in relative anonymity inside the 12-team Rhode Island organization.
Elmwood Sports, which features players from Pawtucket and Central Falls, showed off some of its talent during a 2-0 victory over West Warwick in a first-round playoff game on Monday evening at McConnon Field. Bryan Quinlan knocked in both runs to back Andrew Larsonâs shutout pitching.
WEST WARWICK â As Jim Dawber watched a mentally and physically drained Ryan OâDell unleash pitch after pitch, a conclusion to Sundayâs marathon of baseball at McCarthy Stadium unfolded in his mind.
âOh wow,â the Cumberland Post 14 manager thought to himself. âWeâre going to win the championship, and heâs going to win the MVP.ââ
Speaking through visible emotion a short while later, Dawber came to grips with the crushing reality.
âIt didnât play out that way in real life,â he said.
PAWTUCKET â Lars Anderson made four trips to the plate Sunday, every one of them transpiring in a Pawtucket Red Sox uniform.
For someone who spent Saturday night bidding farewell to teammates and contemplating a future in Oakland, Anderson spent most of Sunday morning trying to make sense of the unstable trade winds that had rocked his universe. One minute the first baseman was standing in the batterâs box in McCoy Stadium. Then came word that Anderson was involved in a trade that would have sent starting pitcher Rich Harden to Boston.
PAWTUCKET â Not even the nifty baserunning maneuver that Ryan Lavarnway pulled off the eighth inning could yield a smile on the face of PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler.
Truth be told, Lavarnwayâs ability to avoid the tag while sliding into second base represented the lone highlight in Pawtucketâs 7-2 loss to Louisville Sunday afternoon. The power-hitting catcher had his eyes on second base after lining a bullet down the left field line. The throw from Bats leftfielder Felix Perez was there with plenty of time to spare, but Lavarnway was able to dance around the tag and get a hand on the bag.