August 21st, 2011
Making the tough call goes with the territory of being a baseball general manager, knowing full well that rosters arenâ€™t built on favoritism. The never-ending quest to explore every imaginable avenue in search of talent is one that canâ€™t be entered into lightly for fear of making a decision that comes back to haunt the ballclub.
With that as the backdrop, Theo Epsteinâ€™s evaluating glasses figure to get plenty of usage as the Boston G.M. spends the 2012 season drawing conclusions regarding the decisions to be made relating to the teamâ€™s long-term answer at third base.
LINCOLN â€“ Just up the road from Lincoln High School is Kirkbrae Country Club, a private golf course measuring 6,549 yards from the back tees that plays to a par of 71 (and 74 for the women).
Kirkbrae has been home to many great players since its inception back in 1960. Several of its members have captured the R.I. Amateur championship, including Marc St. Martin (1976, 1984, 1988), Mark Zyons (1985) and Tom McCormick (2005).
Ed Kirby, a Cumberland High grad who turned professional in the mid-1980s, owns the course record of 63.
LINCOLN â€” You know Linda Oliveira is sincere and serious when she says she loves her massive, long-haired German shepherd Smokey, and has since she first gave him a home at seven weeks.
Still, about the time he turned 10 months old, Oliveira â€” the owner of Sunset Stables at Lincoln Woods State Park â€” became worried. Whenever she walked him on nearby trails, he would become overly belligerent with his own kind.
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Following Fridayâ€™s opening Little League World Series loss, Cumberland American manager Dave Belisle promised his team would play better Saturday against home-town favorite Clinton County, Pa.
He was right. But it was not enough to save Cumberlandâ€™s historic season.
Christopher Wright pitched 4 2/3 brilliant innings of six-hit baseball and repeatedly threw well under pressure Saturday night at Lamade Stadium, but Pennsylvania pitcher Alex Garbrick and Tyler McCloskey stymied Cumberland, combining on a three-hit as Cumberland lost, 2-0.
When the wave of transactions swept through Gillette Stadium at the start of training camp, two names expectedly stood out among the rest.
Albert Haynesworth and Chad Ochocinco.
The former, no stranger to controversy on and off the field, has not practiced since Aug. 4 because of an undisclosed injury. The latter, his first-quarter touchdown in the Patriotsâ€™ 31-14 preseason win over the Buccaneers on Thursday notwithstanding, continues to build a rapport with Tom Brady.
I foresee another New England newcomer having a more immediate impact than both Haynesworth and Ochocinco.
Dan Glod, Chris Dugas and Brian Belisle (front, L-R), and Ryan Cannata, Mike Cannata, Dave Rosa and Conor Fleurant (back, L-R), all New England fans, whoop it up as they cheer on the Cumberland American team at the start of the World Series game Friday against Huntington Beach, California at Lamade Stadium in Williamsport, Pa. The locals lost their first game 11-0 and play again Saturday night.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Krystal Durkinâ€™s mother, Cheryl Durkin, went to the Police Station looking for answers Thursday evening.
She had spent the early morning hours of Thursday at Rhode Island Hospital watching as the medical staff tried to save her 25-year-old daughterâ€™s life. Krystal, the mother of an infant daughter, Lillianne Fay, had been struck by a car while walking across Mendon Road just after 11:45 p.m. Wednesday. She suffered severe head injuries when struck and thrown a distance down the road.
PROVIDENCE â€” As decision day looms for RIPTA, the stateâ€™s public transit authority, to implement massive service cuts that would eliminate at least part of 39 of its 54 bus routes, protests are escalating in from riders and public officials alike.
Pawtucket is one of the hardest hit areas, with several routes reduced or eliminated altogether, and Burrillville and Glocester residents face losing an important transportation link to the central part of the state, many of whom use it to get back and forth from work or school.
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. â€” The Cumberland American Little League all-stars have made comebacks a summer-long staple.
Now they hope to stage their best comeback yet.
Braydon Salzman, Nick Pratto and Ryo Takada combined on a three-hit shutout and the offense produced up and down the lineup as California blanked Cumberland, 11-0 Friday at Lamade Stadium in Cumberlandâ€™s Little League World Series debut. The West champions, unbeaten this summer, move into Sundayâ€™s winner bracket to meet either Clinton County, Pa. or La Grange, Ken.
PAWTUCKET â€” The PawSox locker room has looked like a bus station this week, with players coming down I-95 from Portland or heading to Boston.
Fridayâ€™s transit report led with the news of third baseman Will Middlebrooksâ€™s promotion to Pawtucket from Portland. Middlebrooks effectively replaces Ryan Lavarnway, who joined Bostonâ€™s lineup on Thursday.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The Pawtucket Red Sox keep finding ways to win games, even as their 24-man playing roster is adjusted seemingly every day according to organizational needs.
On Friday night, Pawtucket gained a split of its four-game series with Columbus as new addition Greg Smith hurled one-run baseball over seven innings during a 7-1 victory. Smith had been released by Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last week after compiling a 3-3 mark in 13 games for the Yankees.
Elizabeth A. Chute
PAWTUCKET - Elizabeth A. "Betty" Chute, 90, died Tuesday August 16, 2011. Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Michael M. Chute and Anna M. (Walsh) Chute.
Christine C. Drake
PAWTUCKET - Christine C. "Chrissy" Drake, 53, of Pawtucket died August 17, 2011 at Miriam Hospital surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of Bruce D. Drake. She was born in Holland a daughter of Henrietta Tersteege and the late Edward Tersteege. She came to this country 50 years ago settling in Attleboro, MA. She was employed by Fuller Packaging Co. for many years.
Dorothy M. Colomy
PAWTUCKET - Dorothy M. (Herring) Colomy, 84, passed away Thursday, August 18, 2011. She was the beloved wife of the late Jerome H. Colomy, Sr. Born in Providence, the daughter of the late Beatrice (Gardner) Herring, she resided in Pawtucket most of her life.
Dorothy leaves three sons, Jerome H. Colomy, Jr. of Pawtucket, Leslie G. Colomy and his wife Anita of Dexter, Maine and Gordon H. Colomy of Pawtucket; a daughter, Sharon D. Zarzycki and her husband Michael of Rehoboth and four grandchildren, Dan, Katrina, Mike and Nick.
As the players and coaches in the Cumberland American camp discovered this week, thereâ€™s nothing little about the Little League World Series.
On the surface, competing in this grand spectacle â€“ how else would you describe an event that includes participants hailing from around the country and the world? â€“ can seem overwhelming. ESPN cameras are practically everywhere, which CALL manager Dave Belisle hinted at earlier this week upon stating, â€śAll of the eyes of the world are on Williamsport.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€“ Alex Wilson is the latest starting pitching prospect to join the Pawtucket Red Sox. Time will tell if the parent club decides to curb his starting duties and relocate him to the bullpen.
For the past several seasons the Red Sox have openly explored the practice of turning starting pitchers into relievers, the switch in mound assignments more often than not taking place at the Triple-A level. In most instances, the reclassification of guys like Michael Bowden reflects the situation in Boston and whether the hole in the bullpen can be fixed by promoting from within.
PAWTUCKET â€“ On a day in which Ryan Lavarnway was likely inundated with congratulatory messages, his college coach had no problem reaching his former pupil.
â€śHe sounded very matter-of-fact,â€ť Yale head coach baseball John Stuper said via cell phone Thursday, the same day Lavarnway made his major-league debut with the Boston Red Sox. â€śHeâ€™s a pro now and I donâ€™t think this was a surprise to him. If anybodyâ€™s earned it he certainly has â€“ not just through hard work but through actual production.â€ť
LINCOLN - Claire Morin, 88, passed August 18, 2011. She was the wife of the late John B. Morin.
Claire was the daughter of the late Ernest and Laura (Fournier) Audette.
She had been employed by the City of Central Falls for 33 years retiring as a Deputy City Clerk in 1985.
She is survived by 2 sisters, Anita Moreau and Laure Maynard and several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Ernest Audette Jr, Marcel Audette and Estelle Preneta.
PAWTUCKET - Roberto Sostre, 48 of Pawtucket, son of Raul & Luz Maria Sostre passed away on August 17. Rob was the 4th youngest of 12 siblings, Maria, Jorge, Israel, Ebet, Marilyn, Rodrigo, Emily, Raul, Guadalupe, Fernando (RIP) & his baby sister Lisa Dantzler. Besides his siblings Roberto leaves behind his wife Donna Sostre and 3 children Faith, Lil Rob & Shyan along with 2 grandchildren, Tavi & Makaai.
WOONSOCKET â€“ A Cumberland woman was killed after being struck by a motor vehicle Wednesday night as she crossed Mendon Road in search of gasoline for her broken-down van, police said.
Krystal Lee Durkin, 25, was struck about 11:45 p.m. and later pronounced dead at Rhode Island Hospital, said Lt. Todd Boisvert, the lead investigator.
Though Boisvert said the incident remains under investigation, no charges have been filed against the driver, identified as Kevin Poirier, 32, of Cranston. He said there is no evidence that drugs or alcohol were a factor.
See Friday's TIMES for complete story.