BARRINGTON â Paired in the final group with Matt Kuchar and Zach Johnson, defending champion J.B. Holmes (and playing partner Ricky Barnes) got a bird's eye view of the overall leaders during the final round of the CVS Caremark Charity Classic on Tuesday.
âIt's almost boring watching those guys play,â Holmes said. âThey hit it right down the fairway and get it on the green. They hit the wedges really good and they putted really good. They made a lot of 10- and 12-footers. They are great players and it was fun to watch.â
BARRINGTON â Matt Kuchar admitted he felt a little beat up after finishing in a five-way tie for 14th at the U.S. Open this past weekend.
But the 33-year-old PGA veteran still had plenty left in the tank to team with playing partner Zach Johnson to manufacture enough good shots to take the first-round lead at CVS/Caremark Charity Classic on Monday.
EAST PROVIDENCE â This weekâs 50th Annual Northeast Amateur Invitational, which begins Wednesday morning at Wannamoisett Country Club, boasts one of its strongest fields in recent years, according to tournament director Dennis Glass.
Oklahoma Stateâs Peter Uihlein, the No. 1 amateur in the world, heads the field. However, the tournament took a slight hit on Saturday afternoon when second-ranked amateur Russell Henley, a senior at the University of Georgia, made the cut at the U.S. Open.
FOXBORO â Asked how the National Football League lockout might impact his restaurant, Jeff Senior had a simple response.
âIn todayâs economy, I think any time sales are down itâs significant â whether itâs small or large,â said Senior, owner of Skipjackâs Seafood Emporium at Patriot Place. âA lot of potential guests wonât be coming.â
PAWTUCKET â Protecting pitchers from injury is a major part of Pawtucket Red Sox manager Arnie Beyelerâs job. It isnât something he can control. Competition and the need to succeed push some pitchers to keep throwing, even when their body sends them hints that something is wrong.
On Sunday, PawSox starter Kyle Weiland âfelt a twingeâ while warming up for the sixth inning. He quickly motioned to the dugout and Beyeler went to his bullpen.
REHOBOTH â If you talk to golfers who play Rehoboth Country Club on a regular basis, one thing becomes clear.
âYou canât spray the ball on this course,â East Providence native Luke Ring admitted. âI try to hit the ball in the middle of fairway and then get the ball on the green as quickly as possible. And that isnât easy. Rehoboth has distance and itâs very narrow on most holes.â
Pawtucketâs Al Deroche, a retired firefighter, strikes a similar note.
PAWTUCKET â As a safeguard, veteran players signing minor-league contracts often include opt-out clauses. Call it a creative response by agents in making sure their clients have the best chance of making it to the parent club.
Andrew Miller received a crash course in this cut-and-dry process earlier in the week. For those unfamiliar, Miller had a clause in his contract that would have granted him free agency Wednesday. The rangy lefthander let the deadline pass after being told by the Red Sox that he would soon be promoted to the major-league roster.
Just shy of his teenage years, Brendan Doyle remembers being at a few of the water stops along the course of the 1990 Ocean State Marathon.
His older brother Patrick was there, too.
Earlier in their lives they were two young to really witness the impact that their father had at the 26.2-mile race that traversed over the Newport streets. On this day, though, it was different.
First-hand, the oldest sons of the late Bobby Doyle, got to see their dad in action.
PAWTUCKET â Andrew Miller is proof that itâs never too late to turn things around. At the seasonâs onset the lanky lefty was viewed as the ultimate redemption project, a pitcher who had spent the better portion of his career mixing promise with underwhelming results.
This may sound like an altruistic plea, but baseball and wooden bats belong together. Those governing American Legion baseball in this state are inclined to agree, as board members have decided to eliminate the usage of aluminum in favor of a wooden-bat league.
This landmark change takes effect for the 2011 summer session, which is currently under way. Gone is the ringing âping!â sound that ensues whenever an aluminum bat strikes a baseball. Expect to hear a âcrack!â at your local Legion ball field, a natural emanation that figures to add great theater to this season.