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McGair: R.I. high school playoff football games pushed to Wednesday night

November 27, 2012

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
All three of the area’s R.I. semifinal-round football contests – West Warwick-Cumberland, Central-Woonsocket, North Smithfield-Mount Pleasant – have been pushed back a day to Wednesday night. All three games will begin at 6 p.m.

McGair: Taking inventory of the high school football playoff picture

October 22, 2012

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
It seems like only yesterday that high school football teams were preparing for the season under the hot August sun. Now we only have one weekend left in October and with it very precious little time remaining in the regular season.

McGair: Taking stock of potential PawSox call-ups to Boston

September 19, 2012

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
DURHAM, N.C. – Now comes the obvious question. With the PawSox’ season officially over, will any players get called up to Boston?
Two members of the Governors’ Cup-clinching ball club were informed following Tuesday’s 10-3 loss in the Triple-A National Championship that they will be spending the balance of the Red Sox’ season with the parent club. When Boston opens a home series against the playoff-chasing Baltimore Orioles on Friday, third baseman Danny Valencia and reliever Pedro Beato are expected to be included on the active roster.

McGair: PawSox upbeat after dropping Triple-A Championship

September 18, 2012

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
DURHAM, N.C. – The mood in the clubhouse did not match up with a team that had just dropped a 10-3 decision in the Triple-A National Championship game.
Instead, music blasted from Nelson Figueora’s iPad, tunes that by no means were intended to sooth the savage beast. The PawSox understand that Tuesday’s loss to the Reno Aces does little to diminish what this team had already accomplished heading into the week – that of capturing the franchise’s third Governors’ Cup.

McGair: PawSox manager calls Lucchino's visit to McCoy Stadium 'neat'

September 5, 2012

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
PAWTUCKET – You always want to make a good impression whenever a member of hierarchy stops by, which the Pawtucket Red Sox were able to do Wednesday night courtesy of a 7-4 win against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in Game One of their best-of-five opening-round Governor’s Cup series.
With Red Sox president & CEO Larry Lucchino present at McCoy Stadium, the PawSox were able to put their best foot forward and demonstrate winning baseball – two traits that have been MIA for a vast majority of Boston’s 2012 season.

McGair: Middlebrooks remains as active as ever despite season-ending injury

August 21, 2012

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
BOSTON – Even a season-ending wrist injury hasn’t completely dampened Will Middlebrooks’ spirit.
There was Middlebrooks on Tuesday afternoon, stationed at third base during batting practice as Boston third-base coach Jerry Royster sent groundball after groundball in the player’s direction. All appeared normal until Middlebrooks took the ball and gently flipped it off to the side.

Rich Hill to resume rehab schedule with the PawSox Thursday; why Jose Iglesias was a late scratch Monday

August 20, 2012

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
PAWTUCKET – As he walked out of McCoy Stadium Monday night, Rich Hill mapped out what the next few days will cover as far as the left reliever’s rehab schedule.
Carrying a Red Sox equipment bag, Hill mentioned that he’ll workout in Boston Tuesday and Wednesday before rejoining the PawSox Thursday in Charlotte where the primary focus will be pitching on consecutive days.

McGair: Closer or setting up? Bailey uncertain of role upon rejoining Red Sox

August 8, 2012

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
PAWTUCKET – Sprinkle in a few more spotless outings on top of the 1-2-3 sixth inning Andrew Bailey tossed for the PawSox Wednesday night and it’s hard not to imagine him returning at some point during Boston’s 10-game, three-city road trip, which gets under Thursday night in Cleveland.
The question is what capacity will Bailey serve upon joining the Red Sox. Will he close games – the primary reason why Boston general manager Ben Cherington acquired the 28-year-old in the first place – or serve as a bridge to Alfredo Aceves, the current incumbent?

McGair: Carpenter hopes to pitch in back-to-back games for PawSox: what hitting HR No. 20 means for Mauro Gomez

July 16, 2012

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
PAWTUCKET – In Chris Carpenter’s eyes, the fact that he’s rehabbing in Triple A following previous stops at the lower levels does not change the equation.
“Every time I go out there, I do so with the same mindset, which is attack the hitters,” said Carpenter following his PawSox debut Monday night, which consisted of one scoreless inning on 10 pitches, five for strikes. “I feel like I’ve done that at every level so far and was able to do it again (against the Chiefs).”

McGair: Struggles continue for Bard; Podsednik to play OF for PawSox on Saturday

June 29, 2012

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
PAWTUCKET – It doesn’t get any lower if you’re Daniel Bard.
The embattled Pawtucket Red Sox reliever added to his misery Friday night, lasting all of one-third of an inning in the PawSox’ 5-2 loss to the Charlotte Knights, a defeat that lowered the curtain on a cover-your-eyes 1-7 homestand. Bard faced seven Charlotte batters and tossed 26 pitches, nine for strikes.

McGair: Work done, Pawtucket's Sanders sets sights on NBA Draft

June 27, 2012

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
PAWTUCKET – After spending the past two months crisscrossing across the country, Rakim Sanders is about find out if hard work does pay off.
Sanders will watch Thursday night’s NBA Draft in his native Pawtucket, surrounded by family friends. The Fairfield University product wound up performing in individual workouts before the following pro franchises: Brooklyn, Sacramento, Golden State, Dallas, Phoenix, Houston and the Los Angeles Clippers.

McGair: PawSox manager named to I.L. All-Star coaching staff

June 13, 2012

Mike Sarbaugh, manager of the two-time defending Triple-A Baseball National Champion Columbus Clippers, and Marty Brown, former Buffalo manager and currently in his second year as skipper of the Las Vegas 51s, have been named managers of their respective league's All-Star teams for the 2012 Triple-A All-Star Game. This marks just the second time that both All-Star managers are making a return trip to the event (2003, Marc Bombard and Rick Sweet).

McGair: One step at a time for Daniel Bard folllowing his first outing with the PawSox

June 8, 2012

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
PAWTUCKET – Here’s what Daniel Bard had to say following his one-inning outing for the Pawtucket Red Sox Friday night:

Bard’s general reaction to the three runs he allowed on 25 pitches, 16 for strikes:
“The best thing about throwing down here (in the minors) is that you can kind of throw out the results and not worry about wins and losses too much. I’m trying some tweaks mechanically and I think they were really good on some pitches and that’s what I was looking for, to get some feel.

Iglesias to the DL; Ex-Cub Prior officially joins the PawSox

June 1, 2012

Per the PawSox:

PAWSOX PLAYER MOVES - The PawSox today placed SS Jose Iglesias on the
7-day disabled list (retroactive to May 29) with lower back soreness.
Iglesias, who is hitting .269 in 42 games this season and was
Pawtucket's top hitter in May (.341 in 20 games), has not played since
May 25 vs. Toledo.
The PawSox today added veteran RHP Mark Prior to their roster. Prior,
31, will be used out of the PawSox bullpen. He was signed by the Red
Sox as a free agent on May 2 and has been pitching for Boston's extended

McGair: Rakim Sanders' pre-draft session with Celtics pushed back, working out for Pistons, Rockets and Warriors this week

May 29, 2012

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
Originally, Rakim Sanders was to workout for the Boston Celtics last Friday at the team’s practice facility in Waltham, Mass. – one day before Boston ousted Philadelphia in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
On Monday Sanders’ agent, Brian Samuels, passed along in an email that the Pawtucket native’s session with the C’s has been rescheduled for a future date.

McGair: Expect Brown to have a new hoops coach in place by next Thursday

May 25, 2012

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
PROVIDENCE – Memorial Day weekend on Brown University’s campus means one thing: Biding graduates adieu.
Come next Thursday, that same campus will roll out the welcome mat for its new men’s basketball head coach. Those same sources say that the two remaining candidates for the job include Pawtucket native and current Brown interim coach T.J. Sorrentine along with Mike Martin, who played at Brown (Class of 2004) and is presently an assistant coach at Penn.

MiLB.com launches contest for “Best Mascot in Minor League Baseball”

May 23, 2012

New York, NY – MiLB.com, the official website of Minor League BaseballTM, earlier this week launched MiLB.com Mascot Mania, an interactive tournament allowing fans to choose the best mascot in Minor League Baseball. Voting for Round One starts today and runs through Tuesday, May 29. Five additional rounds will follow before the fans’ choice as the “Best Mascot in Minor League Baseball” is crowned on Tuesday, June 19. Fans can cast their vote now at http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120521&content_id=31888292&vk...

McGair: Talking football with New England QB Ryan Mallett

May 21, 2012

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
Besides talking about his childhood friend and current Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks in a piece that ran in Monday’s edition (here it is in case you missed it: http://pawtuckettimes.com/content/happy-you-buddy-pats’-qb-mallett-elated-middlebrooks-can-officially-call-himself-big-leaguer), Patriots third-string quarterback Ryan Mallett weighed in about a few pigskin-related topics.

On what Mallett’s offseason dance card consisted of leading up to the start of Organized Team Activities:

POLITICS AS USUAL (By JIm Baron) It's very unlikely that Pleau will be executed

May 13, 2012

Let’s face facts: The fight between Gov. Lincoln Chafee and U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha is about where Jason Pleau is going to spend the rest of his life — in a federal prison or at the ACI. It is not — I repeat not — about Pleau getting the death penalty. That’s because it is extremely unlikely that Pleau is going to be executed, no matter how the current legal wrangling plays out.
The family of David Main, the Lincoln man gunned down by Pleau as he was making a deposit at a Woonsocket bank, would be spared a lot of anguish if someone would tell them that.

McGair: Friars look to max every ounce out of Desrosiers' 7-foot frame

May 1, 2012

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
On Nov. 11, 2011, Carson Desrosiers blocked eight Loyola (MD) shots, a high sum that undoubtedly warmed the heart of Wake Forest head coach Jeff Bzdelik. It was unrealistic to expect that Desrosiers would be able to swat away that many shots on a nightly basis, yet it wasn’t out of bounds to expect that the seven-footer would emerge as some sort of bruising force for the Demon Deacons down on the blocks.

 

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