PAWTUCKET â€” It wasnâ€™t Mookie Bettsâ€™ intention to create a firestorm. Thanks to his strong play since joining the PawSox three weeks ago coupled with Red Sox manager John Farrellâ€™s impromptu â€śI know Mookie Betts is swinging the bat wellâ€ť remark last weekend, the 21-year-old wunderkind is being seen in a different light.
In response to the attention that goes with the territory of being the flavor of the moment, Betts sought out Kevin Boles. The last thing Betts wanted to do was to make the life of the PawSox manager even more chaotic.
PAWTUCKET â€” In the world of target dates and timetables, Shane Victorinoâ€™s bid to rejoin the Red Sox during the teamâ€™s current West Coast sojourn came up well short.
With Wednesday marking the final game of a three-game set in Seattle, the best that Victorino can hope for is a return this weekend in New York. In order reach the point where the Red Sox feel comfortable enough to activate him, itâ€™s safe to say that the outfielder will have to withstand the challenge of playing nine innings.
BARRINGTON â€“ Peter Jacobsen found himself in an unusual position when the first round of the 16th annual CVS Caremark Charity Classic ended Monday afternoon.
The former PGA star and playing partner Jimmy Walker manufactured a nine-under 62 at Rhode Island Country Club, and he admitted being tied for the lead â€“ with the defending champion tandem of Steve Stricker and Bo Van Pelt â€“ was a spot he didn't anticipate.
â€śWhat was our secret? I don't know, except maybe my youngest daughter (Kristen Sahler) is in the hospital (in Greenwich, Conn.); she's in labor, so maybe that's it,â€ť he smiled.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ Stewart Jolly admitted he had a tremendously difficult decision to make earlier this spring.
Do I travel with my teammates to the prestigious Palmer Cup, or do I keep my word and compete in the Northeast Amateur Invitational?
He struggled with which way to go for days, England or southeastern New England, he said, but the 21-year-old senior-to-be at Louisiana State University couldn't have been happier with the choice at about 3:20 p.m., Saturday.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ Someone turned the wind machine down to low and Mother Nature dropped a bit of rain on Wannamoisett Country Clubâ€™s dry greens and all of a sudden the best players in this yearâ€™s Northeast Amateur field began to make some birdies.
Not a whole lot, mind you. LSUâ€™s Stewart Jolly made four birdies en route to his second straight round of 67 on Thursday, giving him a three-shot lead at the halfway point over Mercer University grad Hans Reimers, who shot par 69 in the second round.
PROVIDENCE â€“ After several years of watching Rhode Island high school boysâ€™ basketball crown one undisputed state champion and do so with mostly positive reviews, the girlsâ€™ hoops community is officially prepared to follow suit.
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EAST PROVIDENCE â€” Using a steady wind as its most effective punch, Wannamoisett Country Club more than held its own on Wednesday in the first round of the 53rd Northeast Amateur Invitational.
Only five of the 87 contestants broke par with medalist honors going to LSU junior Stewart Jolly, who teed off last and came home first, birdieing his final two holes for a two-under par round of 67.
Four players tied for second with 68s â€“ UNLVâ€™s Kurt Kitayama, Purdueâ€™s Adam Schenk, Mississippiâ€™s Blake Morris and Mercer University grad Hans Reimers.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Itâ€™s not unusual for the Pawtucket Red Sox organization to schedule a summertime event at McCoy Stadium while the primary tenants are off waging International League wars at another teamâ€™s ballpark. Through the years, McCoy has opened its doors to headline performers such as Bob Dylan and the Dropkick Murphys to welcoming Team USA Baseball.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The Rhode Island high-school baseball championships arenâ€™t the only item of note to come out of McCoy Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.
The Pawtucket Red Sox are pleased to announce that they will host The Jeffrey Osborne Celebrity All-Star Softball Classic, featuring Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, at McCoy Stadium on Sunday, August 10 at 6:05 p.m. Gates will open at 4:30 p.m and the game, between the Magic Johnson/Jeffrey Osborne All-Stars and the New England Patriots Alumni Celebrity All-Stars, will be played at 6:05 pm.
PAWTUCKET â€” Walking into McCoy Stadium didnâ€™t seem quite as daunting to Dante Baldelli. Never mind that heâ€™s a precocious 16-year-old who on the surface has some big shoes to fill following in a certain big brotherâ€™s footsteps.
Call it a case of what happens when baseball and family serve as parallel threads.