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Clippers’ Patrick holds Rebels at bay

June 10, 2012

Contributing writer
WEST WARWICK — If there is a margin of separation between the Cumberland Clippers and the South Kingstown Rebels, it doesn’t appear to be a very big one.
Yesterday, behind a shutout pitched by Justin Patrick, the Clippers beat the Rebels 1-0 to send the series into a third game. In seven innings, Patrick gave up just two hits while striking out six batters with only one walk.
Cumberland’s head coach Paul Murphy could not have asked for more of his starter in a critical elimination game.
“He’s been absolutely fantastic in the playoffs,” Murphy said of Patrick.

Lavarnway’s catching on as PawSox's primary backstop

June 8, 2012

PAWTUCKET — There was Ryan Lavarnway the other day, sitting in PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler’s office along with Chad Epperson, the Red Sox minor-league catching coordinator. The seating arrangement resembled that of an atypical boardroom meeting, with Beyeler staring directly at Lavarnway from his behind-the-desk vantage point while Epperson occupied the plush leather couch to the right of 24-year-old.

Former pitching coach Cather weighs in on Bard

June 8, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Mike Cather was Daniel Bard’s pitching coach in Double-A Portland when Bard made the conversion from starting pitcher to reliever.
What does Cather, currently the minor-league pitching coordinator for the San Diego Padres, recall about watching Bard undergo said conversion in 2008? Let’s just say that experience is something that the struggling Red Sox pitcher should think long and hard about drawing upon during his stint with the Pawtucket Red Sox.

Lincoln answers Coventry’s challenge, grabs 5-2 win

June 8, 2012

PROVIDENCE — Constant success can be bad for the psyche.
So claimed Lincoln High head coach Dick Ryan after his Lions posted an unusual, come-from-behind 5-2 victory over Coventry in a state Division I Tournament quarterfinal at Rhode Island College late Friday afternoon.
In 12 of its initial 18 contests, Lincoln registered seven or more runs, and six of those were of the 10-run “mercy-rule” variety.

Bard discusses demotion, mechanical flaws

June 8, 2012

PAWTUCKET – Daniel Bard could have taken the easy way out.
He could have tucked himself away in the trainer’s room, or if he wanted to be out of complete sight, he could have hid in the indoor batting tunnels or some other out-of-the-way location in McCoy Stadium.
Instead, the embattled starting pitcher faced the media in the Pawtucket Red Sox’s weight room at 5 p.m. sharp Thursday, discussing his recent demotion from Boston and the mechanical issues that have plagued him.

Prachniak revels in WCU's D-II World Series title

June 8, 2012

LINCOLN – When Dr. Edward M. Matejkovic chose to hire Lincoln's own Jad Prachniak to skipper his West Chester University baseball squad last July, he knew he was putting a lot of faith in an unknown product.
After all, up to that point, Prachniak had served just one year as an undergraduate assistant coach at the University of Rhode Island in 2005, then served as Frank Leoni's pitching coach/recruiting coordinator at the College of William & Mary the following five years.

Will, belief drive Mark Prior's comeback

June 6, 2012

The question cut right to the heart of the matter and can only be answered by Mark Prior himself.
Why keep revisiting what has been a torturous comeback trail in the same manner where in the past, injuries played a significant part in removing the luster of this onetime pitching star?
Why not come to terms that the last major-league start you made occurred August 10, 2006, take comfort in knowing you gave it your best shot and realize that at age 31, you still have an entire life ahead of you?

Tolman spikers begin defense of Div. II title

June 6, 2012

PAWTUCKET -- Last spring, Tolman High finished the season as it hoped it would — as Rhode Island Division II champions.
It nevertheless wasn’t easy, as it had to manufacture come-from-behind victories over Pilgrim in a quarterfinal, Cranston West in a semifinal and finally Barrington, 3-1, in the championship match.

Giants draft Lincoln's Pickering in 32nd round

June 6, 2012

LINCOLN — Call what happened to Lincoln’s Chris Pickering on Wednesday afternoon a pleasant and unexpected surprise – that of getting selected by the San Francisco Giants on the third and final day of the MLB Draft.


June 5, 2012

See East Providence long jumper Chris Moura and others compete in a slideshow of the RIIL Outdoor Track and Field State Championship held Sunday. Click SPORTS in the menu bar at top of page to view.


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