PAWTUCKET â€“ Thanks to a pitching tip Ross Ohlendorf picked up from Josh Beckett, the Red Sox may very well have another starting option on their hands.
By his own estimation, Ohlendorf threw â€ś10 or 12â€ť cut fastballs over the course of the six shutout innings he tossed in Pawtucketâ€™s 8-0 win against Lehigh Valley Tuesday afternoon.
CUMBERLAND â€” Itâ€™s almost eerie how well Cumberland High struck the ball on Tuesday afternoon.
â€śWe hit it pretty well in our second game against Moses Brown, and in the Injury Fund (tilt) against Woonsocket, but Iâ€™ve never seen anything like this,â€ť explained senior righty Justin Patrick after the Clippers clubbed 17 hits â€“ including nine for extra bases â€“ in a 14-0 thrashing of still-winless Smithfield High at Tucker Field.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Finally, thereâ€™s some good news concerning Andrew Miller.
Barring any setbacks, the hurler expects to take the next step in his rehab and join the Pawtucket Red Sox at some point on the teamâ€™s upcoming nine-game road trip. Miller made his second of two appearances with Single-A Greenville Monday, seeking to build off of Saturdayâ€™s one-inning stint that featured no runs on two hits. He did just that, retiring all three batters he faced on two groundball outs and one strikeout.
â€śI felt healthy and thatâ€™s all I can ask for,â€ť said Miller when reached Monday afternoon.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Can the unthinkable become tomorrowâ€™s reality? In the season of rebirth and renewal of hope, along with the boundless belief that anything is possible, then, yes, Kashif Montgomery has every right to aim high.
If you had to count the number of softball teams in the Blackstone Valley who should post winning records this season, youâ€™re definitely going to need every finger on your two hands to total them up.
First, you have to start with the regionâ€™s top three teams who play in arguably the toughest division in the state, the Division I-North circuit. Defending state champion Cumberland, two-time state finalist Mount St. Charles, and Lincoln all reside here and figure to be fiercely battling it out for first place once again this season.
PAWTUCKET â€” Chris Iannetta made his major-league debut on August 27, 2006. That nightâ€™s starting pitcher for Colorado happened to be Aaron Cook, one the PawSox arms to keep close tabs on at the onset of the 2012 season.
Let the record show that Cook and Iannetta hit it off instantly, the folks at baseball-reference.com denoting that the pitcher tossed eight innings of two-run ball in Coloradoâ€™s 6-3 win against San Diego.
PROVIDENCE â€” Most coaches will gladly tell you that a win is a win no matter the circumstances. That was certainly the case after Fridayâ€™s three-hour plus affair at Davis Park as Tolman bused back to Exchange Street with a hard-fought 13-8 win against fellow Division II-Central foe Classical.
PAWTUCKET â€“ It had all the pageantry of Opening Day, from the introduction to the teams to the unfurling of an American flag in center field and a cannon salute that sounded off at the conclusion of the national anthem.
The Pawtucket Red Sox kept up their end of bargain, scoring a 4-2 triumph over Buffalo Thursday night before 8,872 shivering fans. Leadoff hitter Pedro Ciriaco led the victors with four hits in five trips. The second baseman showed off his wheels as three of his base knocks did not get past the infield.
PAWTUCKET â€” Aaron Cook joined forces with the Red Sox over the winter after spending every single one of his 10 major-league seasons with the Colorado Rockies. Situated in Pawtucket as the 2012 season gets underway, the 33-year-old comes to McCoy Stadium with the reputation as someone who focuses primarily on pitching to contact and letting the defense take care of the rest.
PROVIDENCE â€” New Brown University athletic director Jack Hayes had just wrapped up his short introductory speech when an inquiring mind asked how he plans to address a personnel matter that figures to be high up on his to-do list.
â€śYou want the job?â€ť replied a smiling Hayes upon being broached about offering some insight surrounding the schoolâ€™s menâ€™s basketball head coaching position, a spot currently operating on an interim basis under the guiding hand of Pawtucket native T.J. Sorrentine.