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IronPigs blank PawSox in season opener, 4-0

April 3, 2014

PAWTUCKET — It had all the pageantry of Opening Day, from the introduction to the teams to Boston bullpen cop Steve Horgan tossing out the ceremonial pitch to the unfurling of an American flag in center field and a cannon salute that sounded off at the conclusion of the national anthem.

Eight PawSox players will venture to Fenway Park this afternoon for Boston's ring ceremony

April 3, 2014

PAWTUCKET — If eight PawSox players show up late to McCoy Stadium this afternoon, don’t fret. Their potential tardiness has already been taken under advisement.
“It will be okay,” smiled manager Kevin Boles. “Opportunities like this don’t come around too often, so you’ve got to take advantage of them.”

BASEBALL PREVIEW: Tolman looks to repeat as division champs

April 2, 2014

At this point of the high school baseball season, the main topic of discussion doesn’t pertain to the depth of the pitching staff or whether there’s enough offense to carry the day.

After the brutal winter and wet early spring Rhode Islanders have endured, the burning question pertains to the status of the local diamonds. Are they ready to come to life following a deep slumber?

Five items to watch as PawSox begin 2014 campaign

April 2, 2014

PAWTUCKET – The 2014 season for the PawSox is upon us, and with it brings the promise of intrigue and discovery. Who will produce enough to get summoned to Boston? The answers will start to reveal themselves beginning with Thursday’s season and home opener against Lehigh Valley.

Until the answers begin to trickle in, here are five items one scribe plans to closely monitor in the early going:

1). A spin-off of Three’s Company

Back to work at McCoy for PawSox

April 1, 2014

PAWTUCKET -- A year after reaching the Governors’ Cup finals, the Pawtucket Red Sox are looking to come back even stronger with a veteran Triple-A squad that will boast more than just a ring of familiarity.

Eight players on the PawSox opening day roster will be at Fenway Park the following afternoon to receive the World Series rings they earned as contributors to last year’s champion Boston Red Sox. Among the “Elite Eight” is Pawtucket’s opening day starter, Allen Webster.

SOFTBALL PREVIEW: St. Raphael should contend in Division II

April 1, 2014

Veteran Mount St. Charles head coach Cliff Matthews couldn't help but pitch a bit of levity when asked how his girls' softball team should fare when Division I fast-pitch action begins this week.

“It's not about Lincoln or Cumberland, La Salle or Coventry; it's all about the Mounties!” he laughed. “Tell (Lions' mentor) Dick Ryan we're coming after them.”

Naturally, he was joking. How could he not? Lincoln hasn't lost a game since 2011.

DOMINO EFFECT: How the PawSox plan to reap the benfits from World Series Champion Red Sox

March 31, 2014

PAWTUCKET – “Champions Rise” is once again en vogue at McCoy Stadium. This time, though, the popular slogan is not directly paying homage to the building’s primary tenants.

Last year, “Champions Rise” was synonymous with the Pawtucket Red Sox and the franchise’s 2012 Governors’ Cup title. As patrons passed through the main entrance at McCoy, they were greeted by a colossal banner that proved a fitting salute to a fitting champion.

After busy stint in big-league camp, PawSox manager Boles eyes regular season

March 31, 2014

PAWTUCKET – As Kevin Boles discovered this spring, the day-to-day duties and responsibilities of managing the Pawtucket Red Sox will come in good time.

Reached over the weekend from Fort Myers, Boles noted that he and PawSox coach Bruce Crabbe remained with the parent club until the near completion of Grapefruit League play. Keeping the Triple-A manager around the big-league atmosphere is a fairly common practice for the Red Sox, as Boles recalled that his PawSox predecessor, Gary DiSarcina, reported to the minors just as camp was set to conclude.

Family, school, basketball finally fit C.F.'s George Carle

March 29, 2014

In a recent conversation with former Central Falls basketball standout Rob Alers, he was asked the whereabouts of fellow C.F. alumnus and his roommate at Lyndon State, George Carle.

With immediate confidence – the kind that comes when you’re pretty sure about something – Alers ventured a guess as to his good friend’s location on the Vermont-based campus.

“He’s probably in the gym as we speak,” was what Alers’ senses were telling him.

Pawtucket Pacers celebrate 15th anniversary

March 27, 2014

As always before each practice session, head coach Lisa Bessette addressed her Pawtucket Pacers on Tuesday night, detailing what four groups of athletes would be doing for the next 75 minutes to prepare for the upcoming Special Olympics Rhode Island's Northern Area Games, those slated for Saturday, May 3 at Bryant University.
She stood in the middle of the Francis J. Varieur Elementary School's cafeteria/gymnasium, laying down the groundwork not only for that competition but also the SORI's State Games at the University of Rhode Island beginning May 30.

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