April 28th, 2015
PAWTUCKET – “Everything is out of my control. I just play ball.”
So said Jackie Bradley Jr. earlier this month at PawSox Media Day, but the outfielder most likely did in fact exert some control over his promotion to the major leagues on Tuesday, with his run of excellent play throughout the month of April.
PAWTUCKET – As promising as North Smithfield’s start was, St. Raphael still had 21 outs to work with.
Turns out the Saints needed just 18 outs in a come-from-behind 8-7 win over the Northmen on Monday afternoon at Hank Soar Complex.
PAWTUCKET – The PawSox could welcome outfielder Rusney Castillo back to the lineup as soon as Wednesday night’s game.
PROVIDENCE â€“ In front of an audience that included about 25 protestors, members of the Pawtucket Red Soxâ€™ ownership group laid out their vision for an $85 million riverfront ballpark in downtown Providence to members of the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission Monday.
Prior to the start of the commissionâ€™s meeting, the protestors stood outside of the Rhode Island Commerce Corp. office to voice their opposition to the proposal, particularly the net $4 million annual rent.
Volunteers on Saturday took to the streets in Pawtucket and Central Falls to clean garbage, remove graffiti, and plant flowers in an effort to beautify their communities during the cityâ€™s annual Earth Day celebrations.
Arthur Plitt, president of the Neighborhood Alliance of Pawtucket, explained that Saturdayâ€™s city-wide cleanup was â€śa really great event on a nice day.â€ť
PROVIDENCE – A mini-celebration erupted at the intersection of Eaton St. and River Ave. the moment Providence College sent out a release regarding Kris Dunn’s desire to put the NBA on hold and remain a Friar for a little bit longer.
“I thought about not having him a lot,” said coach Ed Cooley. “It would have been a totally different team without him.”
Editor's note: This story first appeared in the Apirl 18, 2015 print edition of The Times
LINCOLN – It was rather by accident that Lincoln High senior soccer star Hailee Jarry discovered Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, N.C.
Before Feb. 11, she had planned on attending Converse College in Spartanburg, S.C.; in fact, she already had given school officials an oral commitment to study and play there.
PAWTUCKET â€“ State representatives whose districts include Pawtucket are having a hard time digesting a recent proposal for an $85 million riverfront ballpark in Providence that seeks to become the future home of the Pawtucket Red Sox, with some believing instead that McCoy Stadium and the area surrounding the ballpark could become a destination.
However, a spokeswoman for the Providence ballpark project contends that it would cost $65 million just to bring the 73-year-old stadium up to league standards.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The U.S. Secretary of Labor joined congressmen and senators from Rhode Island on a tour of family-owned machinery and laser technology facilities Friday afternoon as part of an overall discussion on workplace flexibility for families.
Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez joined U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, Rep. David Cicilline, Rep. Jim Langevin, state Sen. Gayle Goldin, and state Director of Labor and Training Scott Jensen on a tour of Gold International Machinery and LNA Laser Technology on Newell Avenue Friday as part of the nationwide â€śLead on Leaveâ€ť tour.
PROVIDENCE – Turns out the most important 2015 recruit in Ed Cooley’s sights is staying put at Providence College.
The NBA can wait for Kris Dunn, who on Friday ended a month’s worth of speculation by announcing that he is returning to the Friars for his redshirt junior season. Dunn still has two years of playing eligibility remaining, but academically he will be a senior who in one year is scheduled to graduate with a degree in social science.
PAWTUCKET – Veteran head coach Tom Seaver couldn’t help but laugh as he watched his Mount St. Charles players enter the first-base gate to McCoy Stadium’s splendor on Friday morning.
“We got here at 10 a.m., an hour before game time, and their eyes lit up when they saw the field,” a grinning Seaver said. “A lot of them had their cell phones out, taking pictures of this beautiful park.”
Picture yourself in a grocery store with your son or daughter. It's a seemingly everyday afternoon, but as you're working your way through the aisles, putting items in your basket and crossing them off your list, your child suddenly begins to lash out.
People stop what they are doing and gawk at the scene, like rubberneckers on a highway. What do you do? And what do those other people think? Do they view your child as a misbehaving spoiled brat? Or perhaps they see you as an inattentive, unfit parent? If only they knew the truth of the matter, maybe they don't think those things.
PAWTUCKET – At one time, the Red Sox felt Triple A was the perfect place to impress upon the finer points of game management to up-and-coming catchers.
The organization changed its philosophy shorted after drafting Blake Swihart in 2011. Now the art of calling pitches and understanding opposing hitters’ tendencies gets started at the lower levels.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” While fire officials are still trying to determine what caused an explosion that injured a worker at a Portuguese bakery on Taunton Avenue Tuesday night, what is known is that the blast took place roughly four hours after a handful of night bakers began their shift making baked goods for Wednesday morning.
PAWTUCKET – When the major-league pitching staff has produced just six quality starts in the first 13 games and has a combined ERA of 5.93, a team’s natural inclination is to take inventory of the alternatives at the Triple-A level.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The Pawtucket Police Department is taking a â€śproactive approachâ€ť to a national increase in crime related to online private business transactions by creating an Online Purchase Safe Zone at the Police Station, authorities said.
The Police Department will designate the parking lot and front lobby of the Police Station, at 121 Roosevelt Ave., as the â€śsafe zone,â€ť police officials announced in a release Tuesday. The creation of the safe zone will aim to â€średuce the likelihood of citizens falling victim to scams or more serious crimes.â€ť
You would have thought Hilary Dionne and Meb Keflezighi were life-long friends.
The two of them simultaneously crossed the finish line at the Boston Marathon with their hands joined together and raised high in the air. It was an awesome act of sportsmanship that was accompanied by exalted passion radiating from their respective faces.
PAWTUCKET â€“ In what was an overall busy weekend for the Pawtucket Police Department, officers arrested a pair of motorists on drunk-driving charges and a city man for possession of heroin and cocaine.
Officers also arrested an East Providence man for attacking an ex-girlfriend inside her apartment, and a homeless man who assaulted a police officer at Memorial Hospital.
A 41-year-old East Providence man was arrested Sunday and now faces a slew of charges after he forced his way into his ex-girlfriendâ€™s apartment on Clark Avenue and attacked the woman, police said.
The NBA Playoffs started this past Saturday. We are going to look at the results and give predictions on how the rest of the series goes. We will start in the Eastern Conference first.
Chicago Bulls 103
Milwaukee Bucks 91
The Bucks came out in the first half and played tough. The much stronger Bulls restored order in the second half behind the strong play of Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose. This was the first playoff game Rose has played in since 2011 when he tore his ACL. He scored 23 points on an efficient 9-16 shooting from the field.