EAST PROVIDENCE â€” This weekâ€™s 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 Stateâ€™s 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.
â€śIn todayâ€™s economy, I think any time sales are down itâ€™s significant â€“ whether itâ€™s small or large,â€ť said Senior, owner of Skipjackâ€™s Seafood Emporium at Patriot Place. â€śA lot of potential guests wonâ€™t be coming.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” Protecting pitchers from injury is a major part of Pawtucket Red Sox manager Arnie Beyelerâ€™s job. It isnâ€™t 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 â€śfelt a twingeâ€ť 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.
â€śYou canâ€™t spray the ball on this course,â€ť East Providence native Luke Ring admitted. â€śI try to hit the ball in the middle of fairway and then get the ball on the green as quickly as possible. And that isnâ€™t easy. Rehoboth has distance and itâ€™s very narrow on most holes.â€ť
Pawtucketâ€™s 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 itâ€™s never too late to turn things around. At the seasonâ€™s 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 â€śping!â€ť sound that ensues whenever an aluminum bat strikes a baseball. Expect to hear a â€ścrack!â€ť at your local Legion ball field, a natural emanation that figures to add great theater to this season.
Dave Adamonis Jr. knows his younger brother Bradâ€™s golf game as well as anyone.
Growing up in Cumberland, the two siblings, a mere four years apart in age, spent endless hours on the links during their childhood years and beyond. Although more than 1,000 miles separate them now, they still keep in close contact, talking about golf and their personal lives.
â€śEven though Brad lives in Florida,â€ť Dave said, â€śwe still talk to each other every day.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” Andrew Miller looked very much like a pitcher who doesnâ€™t belong pitching every fifth day in Triple-A Tuesday night.
With Wednesday signifying the first of two reported opt-out dates â€” the second occurring Aug. 5 â€” Millerâ€™s timing couldnâ€™t have worked out any better. The lanky lefthander delivered his finest outing in a PawSox uniform, allowing one run while striking out 10 Charlotte Knights in 5 1/3 innings. He received a no decision as Pawtucket fell in 11 innings, 4-2.