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McGair Lincoln's Zammarelli bypasses Red Sox for Elon University

July 11, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com
LINCOLN – After weeks of pondering his baseball future, Nick Zammarelli decided late Wednesday night that he is heading to Elon University.

The recent Lincoln High graduate made up his mind on the same night that Boston Red Sox scouts Ray Fagnant and Quincy Boyd were on hand to see Zammarelli take batting practice at North Providence High School and in Westerly as North Providence Post 29 took on Gordon Greene Post 27 in R.I. American Legion action.

McGair: Presence of Middlebrooks isn't going to slow down Red Sox' defensive plan for Bogaerts

June 27, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com
PAWTUCKET – Just because Will Middlebrooks is now taking up residence in the PawSox’ clubhouse doesn’t mean that the Xander-Bogaerts-to-third-base experiment has been relegated to the back burner.

McGair: With Lavarnway in Boston, PawSox' Butler has catching spotlight all to himself

June 26, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com
PAWTUCKET – There’s a ripple effect to the Red Sox placing David Ross on the 60-day disabled list. Concussion issues continue to plague the backup catcher, his up-in-the-air status for the balance of the season paving the way for Ryan Lavarnway to stick with the major-league team for the foreseeable future.

McGair: What Alex Hassan can expect now that he's back with the PawSox

June 14, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com
PAWTUCKET – Alex Hassan is listed on Boston’s 40-man roster. Such a distinction helps spell out what manager Gary DiSarcina has to do now that Hassan is back with the PawSox.

McGair: Bogaerts may be new to Triple A, but he's no stranger to PawSox

June 13, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com
PAWTUCKET – “I’ll keep it short. He’s really good. In all phases.”
Clearly, the scout that spoke about Xander Bogaerts is a big-time admirer, the former basing his opinion on what he saw when the latter was in Double-A Portland earlier this season. The Red Sox echoed the scout’s sentiment when they officially promoted the 20-year-old to Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday.

McGair: Red Sox draft Lincoln High senior Nick Zammarelli

June 8, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com
NORTH KINGSTOWN -- Lincoln High senior Nick Zammarelli was busy taking grounders at shortstop prior to his team's Division I baseball playoff game against North Kingstown when the good news came down - the Boston Red Sox had selected the prospect in the 28th round of the MLB first-year player draft, pick No. 833 overall.

MLB.com lists Zammarelli as a third baseman and at 6-foot-1, 195 pounds. Zammarelli signed a letter of intent with North Carolina's Elon University last November.

McGair: Updated RIIL Baseball Playoff Schedule; PawSox rained out

June 7, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com
As expected, Friday’s high school baseball playoff schedule was pushed back a day due to heavy rain. Here’s what’s on tap for Saturday:
Division I, Region 2: Lincoln at North Kingstown, 4 p.m.
Division I, Region 3: St. Raphael at La Salle, 3 p.m.
Division II, Region 2: Ponaganset at Tolman, 7:30 p.m.
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McGair: Two at-bats that show Middlebrooks is on the right track

June 5, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com
PAWTUCKET – From the walk he was able to work after falling behind 0-2 to going the other way for a three-run home run, there was plenty to like regarding Will Middlebrooks’ second rehab game with the Pawtucket Red Sox on Wednesday night.
Playing seven innings, Middlebrooks went 2-for-3 with five RBI in Pawtucket’s come-from-behind 7-4 triumph against Charlotte. On the disabled list with a lower back strain, the third baseman confirmed following the game that he plans to play all nine innings of Thursday’s contest.

McGair: PawSox unable to complete sweep of Chiefs

June 3, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com
PAWTUCKET – It was not a sweeping success for the Pawtucket Red Sox as the Syracuse Chiefs pushed across the go-ahead run in the 11th inning to win by a 6-5 count Monday night before 3,892 fans at McCoy Stadium.

McGair: Updated High School Playoff Baseball, Softball Schedule

June 3, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
Monday’s rain means a respite from the high school softball and playoff action. Here’s what’s on tap come Tuesday:

TUESDAY
BOYS
BASEBALL
(Division I playoffs)
Region 1: Portsmouth at Cumberland, 4 p.m.
Region 2: Woonsocket at Lincoln, 4 p.m.
Region 3: Middletown at St. Raphael, 4 p.m.
(Division II playoffs)
Region 1: Mount St. Charles at East Providence, 4 p.m.
Region 2: Narragansett at Tolman, 4 p.m.
Region 3: North Smithfield at Chariho, 4 p.m.
GIRLS
SOFTBALL
(Division I playoffs)

McGair: De La Rosa scratched; Iglesias to make 3B debut; no Futures at Fenway for PawSox

May 21, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
PAWTUCKET – Some PawSox notes to pass along as the locals close out an eight-game homestand with a matinee against Indianapolis.

-- Tuesday’s starter was supposed to be Rubby De La Rosa, but those plans were scrapped after the hard-throwing Pawtucket pitcher tweaked a muscle in his side while throwing on flat ground on Monday.
“Better safe than sorry with him,” said manager Gary DiSarcina. “It’s nothing to get concerned about. He came in (Tuesday) and said he felt better.”

McGair: Iglesias says DiSarcina did the right thing in sitting him

May 14, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
PAWTUCKET – As radio broadcaster Paul Harvey would say, “And now, the rest of the story.”
Following Pawtucket’s 5-3 win over Gwinnett on Tuesday, Jose Iglesias spoke about his absence from the lineup for three straight games earlier this month, such a course of action coming on the heels of manager Gary DiSarcina pulling the shortstop in the middle of a game.

McGair: PawSox updates on Bradley, Iglesias, De La Rosa

May 5, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
PAWTUCKET – Some PawSox notes to pass along on this Sunday:

-- Jackie Bradley Jr. is not in the lineup for the second straight day. According to manager Gary DiSarcina, the outfielder has a touch of bicep tendinitis. Bradley hasn’t played in the field since the first game of Pawtucket’s eight-game home stand, which concludes Sunday against Durham. He also sat out last Sunday and Monday before returning to the lineup as the club’s DH for the Tuesday and Thursday games (Wednesday was an off-day).

Optimism reigns supreme as Aceves gets set to make first start with PawSox

May 2, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
PAWTUCKET – Which Alfredo Aceves will PawSox fans get to see on Thursday night?
Will they see a pitcher who is prone to coming apart at the seams when things go south on the mound, or will the Aceves who in good times with the Red Sox made his mark as a starting and relieving option show up?
Thursday will mark Aceves’ first appearance on the rubber since last Tuesday’s 13-0 rain-marred debacle at Fenway Park. The troubled pitcher has been in Pawtucket since last Saturday and in the eyes of manager Gary DiSarcina has been a model citizen.

High school volleyball tournament set for Saturday at Bryant U.

April 19, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
SMITHFIELD – A high school volleyball tournament that will include representatives from Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New Jersey will take place this Saturday at Bryant University, starting at 9 am.
Representing Rhode Island will be Barrington, Bishop Hendricken, Central, Coventry, East Providence, North Kingstown, Pilgrim, Tolman and West Warwick.

McGair: David Ortiz returns to PawSox lineup and weighs in on Boston Marathon tragedy

April 16, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
PAWTUCKET – David Ortiz is resuming his rehab assignment Tuesday afternoon after two straight days of being MIA from Pawtucket’s lineup. He’s batting third and serving as the PawSox’ designated hitter.
His left heel heavily bandaged after going through some pregame agility drills, Ortiz sat at his locker and held court with several reporters for about eight minutes. The conversation with the Red Sox slugger started off about his health before switching over to the tragic events that marred Monday’s Boston Marathon.

McGair: Ortiz experiences "good soreness" after first game with PawSox

April 11, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
PAWTUCKET – Before anyone gets too alarmed, let David Ortiz explain what “good sore” means.
“General soreness … we did a lot today,” the Red Sox designated hitter clarified as to why he came out following three at-bats in Pawtucket’s 5-4 win over Rochester Thursday night at McCoy Stadium. “I was getting cold out there and I was getting a little sore.”

PCOA awards football officials' contract to South Eastern Mass.

April 10, 2013

PROVIDENCE – The Principals’ Committee on Athletics (PCOA), the governing board of the RIIL, met on Wednesday morning to review and discuss the bid proposals submitted to the R.I. Interscholastic League to administer and assign football officials for all RIIL football games.
During this process, the PCOA allowed the RI Football Officials Association the opportunity to address their issues, concerns and their proposal.

PC's Ledo to enter NBA Draft

April 9, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
PROVIDENCE – Ricky Ledo will leave Providence College without playing a single minute for his hometown Friars.
School officials confirmed Tuesday afternoon that Ledo will forego his four years of collegiate eligibility and enter the 2013 NBA Draft.

McGair: PawSox' Webster cool customer in first Triple-A test

April 5, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
MOOSIC, Pa. – In the eyes of some, Allen Webster passed his Triple-A debut with flying colors.
As far as the promising pitcher is concerned, the fact he ended up tossing five shutout innings of two-run ball with five strikeouts and three walks doesn’t paint the entire picture. Regarded as the top pitching prospect in Boston’s minor-league system, Webster said that things could have gone better Friday night as Pawtucket rallied for its second straight win against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 9-4.

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