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McGair: Make way for Middlebrooks?

August 21, 2011

Making the tough call goes with the territory of being a baseball general manager, knowing full well that rosters aren’t built on favoritism. The never-ending quest to explore every imaginable avenue in search of talent is one that can’t be entered into lightly for fear of making a decision that comes back to haunt the ballclub.
With that as the backdrop, Theo Epstein’s evaluating glasses figure to get plenty of usage as the Boston G.M. spends the 2012 season drawing conclusions regarding the decisions to be made relating to the team’s long-term answer at third base.

Kirkbrae Country Club: A good fit for its members

August 21, 2011

LINCOLN – Just up the road from Lincoln High School is Kirkbrae Country Club, a private golf course measuring 6,549 yards from the back tees that plays to a par of 71 (and 74 for the women).
Kirkbrae has been home to many great players since its inception back in 1960. Several of its members have captured the R.I. Amateur championship, including Marc St. Martin (1976, 1984, 1988), Mark Zyons (1985) and Tom McCormick (2005).
Ed Kirby, a Cumberland High grad who turned professional in the mid-1980s, owns the course record of 63.

Cumberland American falls to 0-2

August 20, 2011

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Following Friday’s opening Little League World Series loss, Cumberland American manager Dave Belisle promised his team would play better Saturday against home-town favorite Clinton County, Pa.
He was right. But it was not enough to save Cumberland’s historic season.
Christopher Wright pitched 4 2/3 brilliant innings of six-hit baseball and repeatedly threw well under pressure Saturday night at Lamade Stadium, but Pennsylvania pitcher Alex Garbrick and Tyler McCloskey stymied Cumberland, combining on a three-hit as Cumberland lost, 2-0.

Don't overlook Patriots' Andre Carter

August 20, 2011

When the wave of transactions swept through Gillette Stadium at the start of training camp, two names expectedly stood out among the rest.
Albert Haynesworth and Chad Ochocinco.
The former, no stranger to controversy on and off the field, has not practiced since Aug. 4 because of an undisclosed injury. The latter, his first-quarter touchdown in the Patriots’ 31-14 preseason win over the Buccaneers on Thursday notwithstanding, continues to build a rapport with Tom Brady.
I foresee another New England newcomer having a more immediate impact than both Haynesworth and Ochocinco.

Cumberland American roughed up in LLWS opener

August 19, 2011

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — The Cumberland American Little League all-stars have made comebacks a summer-long staple.
Now they hope to stage their best comeback yet.
Braydon Salzman, Nick Pratto and Ryo Takada combined on a three-hit shutout and the offense produced up and down the lineup as California blanked Cumberland, 11-0 Friday at Lamade Stadium in Cumberland’s Little League World Series debut. The West champions, unbeaten this summer, move into Sunday’s winner bracket to meet either Clinton County, Pa. or La Grange, Ken.

Middlebrooks brings potent stick to PawSox

August 19, 2011

PAWTUCKET — The PawSox locker room has looked like a bus station this week, with players coming down I-95 from Portland or heading to Boston.
Friday’s transit report led with the news of third baseman Will Middlebrooks’s promotion to Pawtucket from Portland. Middlebrooks effectively replaces Ryan Lavarnway, who joined Boston’s lineup on Thursday.

Smith hurls PawSox past Columbus

August 19, 2011

PAWTUCKET – The Pawtucket Red Sox keep finding ways to win games, even as their 24-man playing roster is adjusted seemingly every day according to organizational needs.
On Friday night, Pawtucket gained a split of its four-game series with Columbus as new addition Greg Smith hurled one-run baseball over seven innings during a 7-1 victory. Smith had been released by Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last week after compiling a 3-3 mark in 13 games for the Yankees.

Other local teams have been to L.L. World Series

August 18, 2011

As the players and coaches in the Cumberland American camp discovered this week, there’s nothing little about the Little League World Series.
On the surface, competing in this grand spectacle – how else would you describe an event that includes participants hailing from around the country and the world? – can seem overwhelming. ESPN cameras are practically everywhere, which CALL manager Dave Belisle hinted at earlier this week upon stating, “All of the eyes of the world are on Williamsport.”

Alex Wilson joins PawSox pitching staff

August 18, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Alex Wilson is the latest starting pitching prospect to join the Pawtucket Red Sox. Time will tell if the parent club decides to curb his starting duties and relocate him to the bullpen.
For the past several seasons the Red Sox have openly explored the practice of turning starting pitchers into relievers, the switch in mound assignments more often than not taking place at the Triple-A level. In most instances, the reclassification of guys like Michael Bowden reflects the situation in Boston and whether the hole in the bullpen can be fixed by promoting from within.

PawSox lose Lavarnway, and ball game

August 18, 2011

PAWTUCKET – On a day in which Ryan Lavarnway was likely inundated with congratulatory messages, his college coach had no problem reaching his former pupil.
“He sounded very matter-of-fact,” Yale head coach baseball John Stuper said via cell phone Thursday, the same day Lavarnway made his major-league debut with the Boston Red Sox. “He’s a pro now and I don’t think this was a surprise to him. If anybody’s earned it he certainly has – not just through hard work but through actual production.”

 

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