PAWTUCKET â€“ The Pawtucket Red Sox are pleased to announce RH starter Anthony Ranaudo and catcher Christian Vazquez have both been selected to the International League All-Star Team for the 2014 Triple-A All-Star Game that will be played on Wednesday, July 16 at 7:05 pm at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, North Carolina.
CRANSTON â€“ Hanging from the kitchen wall in Dick and Rollie Ernst's cozy Philmont Avenue abode is a laurel he received after his North Smithfield High School icemen captured the R.I. Division III Boys' Hockey Tournament crown with a 6-4 triumph over East Providence at Schneider Arena.
BURRILLVILLE â€” Cumberland I head coach Steve Dâ€™Abrosca had hoped for a premier collective performance from his crew on Monday evening, but wasnâ€™t quite sure if heâ€™d get it.
His troops did, and didnâ€™t, surprise him.
Righthander Abbie Vallely turned in a magical performance in the circle, yielding just three hits and a trio of walks while whiffing 10, and his offense produced four doubles as Cumberland I coasted to a 15-2 triumph over Glocester/Burrillville in a R.I. District IV Major Division (11-12) Tournament round-robin finale at Hauser Field.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Mookie Betts made his Pawtucket Red Sox debut on June 3. Barely three weeks later, the highly-coveted prospect saw the Red Sox call an end to his Triple-A apprenticeship and throw another log into the â€śMookie Maniaâ€ť fire pit.
PAWTUCKET – Earlier this week, Kevin Boles and Ron Johnson met for lunch at the Old Canteen – a restaurant located on Providence’s historic Federal Hill that made for an interesting backdrop for the two baseball lifers.
PAWTUCKET â€” Even though several potential suitors were knocking on his door, Andres Torres was not going to sign with a major-league club until he felt fine physically.
â€śI wasnâ€™t ready because I had the surgery (to repair a strained left Achillesâ€™ tendon). It takes time. I just took my time and made sure that I was good to go,â€ť said Torres on Thursday, his first day with the Pawtucket Red Sox. â€śI [heard] from a few teams, but I was just waiting for the right moment. Once I feel good, I just signed with Boston.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€“ If you werenâ€™t settled into your seat at McCoy Stadium until the second inning Thursday night, you missed a lot.
A five-run first inning highlighted by Garin Cecchiniâ€™s grand slam propelled Pawtucket to a 7-3 victory over Norfolk before 5,297. Cecchini turned on a 2-1 offering from Jason Gurka and deposited it into the right-field bullpen for his third home run of the season.
The homer enabled Cecchini to take over the club lead in RBI with 30. The previous leader was Bryce Brentz with 28. Brentz hasnâ€™t appeared in a game for the PawSox since May 15.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Do not confuse the red welt on Anthony Ranaudoâ€™s left thigh as a badge of honor. It stung, but not to the point that the Pawtucket Red Sox right-hander could not go back out for the sixth inning Tuesday night.
PAWTUCKET â€” There have been three editions to Paul Dicksonâ€™s handy and comprehensive â€śThe Dickson Baseball Dictionary,â€ť though no revised version has graced bookstore shelves in the past five years.
If and when Dickson gets around to updating the gameâ€™s vernacular â€“ 952 pages of words and phrases suggests that the author has covered all the bases (no pun intended) â€“ he should make it a point to insert the full name of the Red Soxâ€™ current version of a Swiss Army knife: Brock Holt.