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PawSox prefer to platoon catchers

July 11, 2011

Some thoughts designed to close the books on the first half of the 2011 season for the Pawtucket Red Sox …
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For the past several seasons the PawSox have sworn by a platoon situation at catcher.
“We run a 2-2 split,” manager Arnie Beyeler explained. “They get their work, so that’s what’s important.”

PawSox have savvy pitching coach

July 11, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Know those acceptance speeches an Oscar recipient gives upon being presented a solid gold statuette? The ones that begin with “I’d like to thank …”

Some speeches turn out sappy bordering on cringeworthy. Those falling in the melodramatic category tend to feature the winner crying to point where you can barely make out what’s being said. Bottom line? It’s about extolling credit where credit is due.

Time to talk some baseball

July 11, 2011

If you’re not a baseball fan, stop here. It’s time to talk baseball.
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The All-Star break isn’t just a respite for players. The short vacation gives baseball fans a few days off to think about the second half of the pennant race. That’s what we fans do. Can’t play so we sit around mulling schedules and statistics while the grass turns brown in our front yard.
In New England, when you mention pennant race, that can only mean one thing – Red Sox vs. the Yankees, with a little dose of the Tampa Bay Rays thrown in.

Kahn rules Amica Ironman Triathlon

July 10, 2011

PROVIDENCE – A couple of family members, a cousin and even his coach graduated or are still attending Brown University.
Despite all those connections, David Kahn had never been to Providence until this weekend.
But the 27-year-old Long Island triathlete, a recent dental school graduate from the University of Pennsylvania, sure made his first visit to the capital city worthwhile on Sunday with a wire-to-wire victory at the fourth annual Amica Ironman 70.3 triathlon. Kahn finished the race – a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run – with a time of 4 hours, 52 seconds.

Lavarnway leads PawSox to victory

July 10, 2011

PAWTUCKET – The type of season Ryan Lavarnway is enjoying tends to open the door to possibilities down the road, one being a September call-up.
Right now Lavarnway prefers to let his bat do the talking. The power-hitting catching prospect went 3-for-4 with two home runs Sunday as the Pawtucket Red Sox ended the unofficial first half of the season with a 4-3 win against Buffalo.

All-Star break welcome respite for PawSox players

July 10, 2011

PAWTUCKET – The PawSox players and staff couldn’t vacate the McCoy Stadium grounds fast enough Sunday evening.
After holding on for a 4-3 win against Buffalo, the PawSox put the unofficial first half (91 of 143 games) behind them and will use the next three days to regroup mentally. Baseball, a staple for all involved parties since the start of spring training in mid-February, plans take a back seat to vacation getaways and family reunions.

Lincoln faces Smithfield tonight in District 4 clash

July 8, 2011

LINCOLN — The Lincoln All-Stars have dominated pool play the first three games of the season, outscoring their rivals by a 31-1 margin.
When his unbeaten squad finishes up its slate in Pool A on Saturday night, Lincoln coach Matt Netto isn’t expecting similar results against equally-unbeaten Smithfield (3-0) at Randy Hien Memorial Field.

Cumberland American zooms to 4-0 in pool play

July 8, 2011

Contributing writer
CUMBERLAND – A week off did nothing to cool down Cumberland American’s scorching bats. Nor did the steady rain that fell at Garvin Field throughout Friday’s pool play finale against North Smithfield.
Next up for manager Dave Belisle’s team: the District IV tournament semifinals.
Conor Lavallee and Steve Dugas belted home runs for Pool B champion Cumberland American (4-0), which collected its third mercy-rule victory of the tourney, a 12-1 thumping of North Smithfield (1-3).

Cumberland claims District IV softball title

July 7, 2011

Contributing writer
LINCOLN – Cumberland exacted revenge against Lincoln in the best way possible: with a victory in the District IV softball championship game.
After dropping a one-run decision to Lincoln last Friday, its lone loss of pool play, Cumberland used a five-run fifth inning to separate itself in Thursday’s title bout and held on for a 9-7 win at Sullivan Field.

McGair: Closing games has done Bowden a world of good

July 7, 2011

This past Wednesday marked the one-year anniversary of Michael Bowden relocating from the rotation to the bullpen. Rest assured cake was not served in the PawSox clubhouse to commemorate the occasion.

 

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