PAWTUCKET â€“ All Jason Repko can do is sit tight, hoping that his chance at parole from baseballâ€™s version of no-manâ€™s-land comes sooner rather than later.
Repkoâ€™s placement on the disabled list on July 7 has absolutely nothing do with the hamstring strain that has hamstrung the 31-year-old outfielder to the point that even the player doesnâ€™t know when heâ€™ll be activated. For someone who is completely healthy, Repko finds himself the victim of a numbers game due to the Red Sox being presently flush with outfielders at the major-league and Triple-A levels.
PAWTUCKET --- At no point in its 13-5 defeat to Barrington on Monday night at Slater Park did Darlington American ever think the game was over, or even out of reach.
Barrington scored three runs on seven hits in the first inning, but DALL responded the very next frame with two of their own to make it a one-run game.
In the bottom of the second, Barrington added three more, but again, Darlington American responded with a run of its own in the top of the third to make it a 6-3 contest.
BARRINGTON â€” Thanks to some bottom-of-the-sixth-inning heroics courtesy of Sean Dunphy, Darlington American is now one victory away from capturing the programâ€™s first R.I. Little League District II Major Division banner since 2000.
Dunphy broke a 9-all tie with a home run on a 2-1 count, propelling Darlington to a dramatic 10-9 walk-off triumph against Barrington Sunday night at Sherwood Field. Barrington scored four runs in the top of the sixth to tie this District II final game, but DALL and Dunphy responded with two down in the frame.
SEEKONK â€” As often is the case during the summer, Sandy Gorham could be found standing on a local pool deck exhorting his Kendbrin Swim and Tennis Club competitors to be the best they can be.
On Thursday, the site just happened to be the six-lane, 25-meter Grist Mill club facility; that's where Kendbrin was competing in an cabana club league dual meet.
Weâ€™ll guess that Kevin Youkilis steps into the batterâ€™s box at Fenway Park around 7:13 Monday night â€” three minutes after Red Sox pitcher Aaron Cook rocks back and issues the first offering of the game.
PAWTUCKET â€” Carl Crawford has 142 million reasons to play for the Boston Red Sox in 2012.
The injured outfielder also has 142 millions reasons why he should shut himself down, undergo Tommy John surgery like he hinted at last weekend, and start planning for the future.
When Crawford does return to the BoSox, he will not be 100 percent. That hasnâ€™t stopped him from looking ahead to Monday, which is when the 30-year-old hopes to play in his first major-league game of what to date has been an empty vessel of a season.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Just because Ryan Kalish spent some time with the Boston Red Sox recently doesnâ€™t mean the outfielder is completely in the clear of the shoulder and neck injuries that whitewashed his 2011 season.
PAWTUCKET --- For Pineview manager Joe Clark, traveling with his Big League ballclub to Dover, Del. on the second weekend of each July has become almost an annual tradition.
That weekend is when the Eastern Regional Tournament gets under way, and in six of the last eight seasons, Pineview has ventured down Route 95 to represent Rhode Island.
Pineviewâ€™s best finish during those six trips has been a pair of third-place finishes, the last one coming in 2010.