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Edd Pedro wiffleball tourney is Sunday at Slater Park

August 3, 2011

PAWTUCKET --- Edd Pedro has been a busy man these days. Very busy.
The namesake and driving force behind what will be the eighth edition of the Edd Pedro Wiffleball Tournament has been burning the midnight oil this week making final preparations for Sunday’s mega-event at Slater Park.
“This week’s been pretty crazy,” Pedro said on Tuesday night during a break from his preparations. “I’m up to midnight every night normally, and I’m just out in my garage working on something for the tournament.

Cumberland's Kirby Murphy still going strong at 48

August 3, 2011

CUMBERLAND - It's always the same. For most of his 30-plus years playing softball, nothing’s changed for Kirby Murphy each time he faces an opposing pitcher.
Before he approaches the on-deck circle, he takes three warm-up swings with three different bats. He then walks near the batter’s box with the bat that he’s going to use and swings that three times. He then signals for a time out and takes two more swings inside the batter’s box before he’s ready to go.

Will Millwood finish season with PawSox?

August 2, 2011

PAWTUCKET – It wasn’t as if Kevin Millwood was deliberately ambiguous when asked if the veteran pitcher envisions finishing the season with the Pawtucket Red Sox. The simple answer is that Millwood doesn’t have one.
“I don’t know. That’s kind of tough to answer right now,” said a well-meaning Millwood after tossing a bullpen session Tuesday morning.

Spears' walkoff homer lifts PawSox past Bats

August 2, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Nate Spears did more than achieve hero status after belting a game-ending two-run home run in Pawtucket’s 4-3 win against Louisville Tuesday afternoon. Rewarded with his efforts with a shaving cream pie in the face – courtesy of Michael Bowden, Luis Exposito and Ryan Lavarnway – Spears reminded the masses that the PawSox feature contributors who may not appear on any prospect watch list, but they are just as instrumental to the cause.

Cumberland American prepares for N.E. tourney

August 2, 2011

CUMBERLAND — After a much-deserved 10-day break from competitive baseball, recent state champion Cumberland American begins its quest for a trip to Williamsport, Pa., for the Little League World Series this weekend. The All-Star squad faces Massachusetts’s titlist Andover National Saturday afternoon at 2 in the opener of the New England Regional Tournament at Breen Field in Bristol, Conn.

PawSox’s Tamburro: Lavarnway’s worth watching

August 1, 2011

PAWTUCKET – The topic was Ryan Lavarnway and the most prolific home run hitters to ever to suit up for the Pawtucket Red Sox. After all, when you’ve amassed 13 round trippers in 43 games – Lavarnway’s mashing rate heading into Monday’s action – you start flashing back to names like Jim Rice, Sam Horn, Phil Plantier and Izzy Alcantara and the baseballs they made vanish.

Elmwood Sports earns spot in Connie Mack quarters

August 1, 2011

PAWTUCKET — The Connie Mack Baseball League has always taken a back seat to American Legion baseball during the summer months. And that’s too bad because there are some good players performing in relative anonymity inside the 12-team Rhode Island organization.
Elmwood Sports, which features players from Pawtucket and Central Falls, showed off some of its talent during a 2-0 victory over West Warwick in a first-round playoff game on Monday evening at McConnon Field. Bryan Quinlan knocked in both runs to back Andrew Larson’s shutout pitching.

Post 14 loses state title legion contest

August 1, 2011

WEST WARWICK – As Jim Dawber watched a mentally and physically drained Ryan O’Dell unleash pitch after pitch, a conclusion to Sunday’s marathon of baseball at McCarthy Stadium unfolded in his mind.
“Oh wow,” the Cumberland Post 14 manager thought to himself. “We’re going to win the championship, and he’s going to win the MVP.’”
Speaking through visible emotion a short while later, Dawber came to grips with the crushing reality.
“It didn’t play out that way in real life,” he said.

Lars Anderson reflects on 'almost' trade

July 31, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Lars Anderson made four trips to the plate Sunday, every one of them transpiring in a Pawtucket Red Sox uniform.
For someone who spent Saturday night bidding farewell to teammates and contemplating a future in Oakland, Anderson spent most of Sunday morning trying to make sense of the unstable trade winds that had rocked his universe. One minute the first baseman was standing in the batter’s box in McCoy Stadium. Then came word that Anderson was involved in a trade that would have sent starting pitcher Rich Harden to Boston.

Louisville rolls over PawSox

July 31, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Not even the nifty baserunning maneuver that Ryan Lavarnway pulled off the eighth inning could yield a smile on the face of PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler.
Truth be told, Lavarnway’s ability to avoid the tag while sliding into second base represented the lone highlight in Pawtucket’s 7-2 loss to Louisville Sunday afternoon. The power-hitting catcher had his eyes on second base after lining a bullet down the left field line. The throw from Bats leftfielder Felix Perez was there with plenty of time to spare, but Lavarnway was able to dance around the tag and get a hand on the bag.

 

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