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Pawtucket Red Sox | Catcher Swihart honing pitch-calling, game management skills

April 23, 2015

PAWTUCKET – At one time, the Red Sox felt Triple A was the perfect place to impress upon the finer points of game management to up-and-coming catchers. 

The organization changed its philosophy shorted after drafting Blake Swihart in 2011. Now the art of calling pitches and understanding opposing hitters’ tendencies gets started at the lower levels.

Pawtucket Red Sox | While big league staff struggles, Pawtucket’s starters look strong

April 22, 2015

PAWTUCKET – When the major-league pitching staff has produced just six quality starts in the first 13 games and has a combined ERA of 5.93, a team’s natural inclination is to take inventory of the alternatives at the Triple-A level.

Boston Marathon | Dionne, Meb make this a run to remember, for all the right reasons

April 20, 2015

You would have thought Hilary Dionne and Meb Keflezighi were life-long friends.

The two of them simultaneously crossed the finish line at the Boston Marathon with their hands joined together and raised high in the air. It was an awesome act of sportsmanship that was accompanied by exalted passion radiating from their respective faces. 

NBA Playoffs Recap and Predictions

April 20, 2015

The NBA Playoffs started this past Saturday. We are going to look at the results and give predictions on how the rest of the series goes. We will start in the Eastern Conference first.

Eastern Conference

Game 1
Chicago Bulls 103
Milwaukee Bucks 91

The Bucks came out in the first half and played tough. The much stronger Bulls restored order in the second half behind the strong play of Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose. This was the first playoff game Rose has played in since 2011 when he tore his ACL. He scored 23 points on an efficient 9-16 shooting from the field.

McGair: SRA's Dorbor hopes year at prep school raises profile among college football scouts

April 19, 2015

A little of this, a little of that …
Alfred Dorbor wants to play high-level college football. To see that vision through, the St. Raphael senior will go the prep-school route to elevate his recruiting profile.

Pawtucket Red Sox | POWER COYLE: Aggressive approach is working for PawSox second baseman

April 17, 2015

PAWTUCKET – The first time players pick up a bat, they are instructed to swing nice and easy … under control. Don’t rush through the zone because you believe that’s the only way the ball is going to clear the fence.

High school softball | Division II preview: Saints look to keep their eye on the ball

April 17, 2015

(Editor's note, this article appeared in the April 11, 2015 edition of the Pawtucket Times)

When it comes to synopsizing this spring’s Division II teams and what they hope to accomplish, there’s no better place to start than North Smithfield High.

In 2014, head coach Paul Mercier’s Northmen rode senior standout Karissa Carlton’s golden arm to a perfect 16-0 II-North slate and the top seed in the D-II state tournament.

Pawtucket Red Sox | Sox win home opener on Brentz walk-off homer in 9th

April 16, 2015

PAWTUCKET – The PawSox won their home opener on Thursday, 8-7 over Rochester thanks to a walk-off home run by Bryce Brentz in the ninth inning.

PawSox starter Steven Wright was tagged for seven runs (just three were earned) in five innings. He received a no decision after Pawtucket tied the game at seven in the bottom of the seventh behind back-to-back home runs by Deven Marrero and Sean Coyle, the number eight and nine hitters in the lineup.

Pawtucket Red Sox | PawSox' home opener has a nice ring to it

April 16, 2015

PAWTUCKET – The finished product had to be something that embodied the 2014 Governors’ Cup title the Pawtucket Red Sox won.

After discussing the anatomy of a championship ring – a glittery reminder of what was achieved – with PawSox outfielder Bryce Brentz, it became clear why so much time and energy was put into coming up with the perfect keepsake. 

Commentary | McGair: Depth of talented PawSox roster already on display

April 16, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Last week, Quintin Berry found himself situated behind Rusney Castillo, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Bryce Brentz in the PawSox’ outfield pecking order.

On Thursday night, Berry was the first Pawtucket hitter to dig into the batter’s box as Triple-A baseball officially resumed at McCoy Stadium. 

With Castillo on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, Boston’s organizational depth was placed under a microscope. Who would hold down the fort during Castillo’s absence from the lineup?