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PawSox's De La Rosa, Carter rise to I.L. all-star status

July 3, 2013

PAWTUCKET – In Rubby De La Rosa and Anthony Carter, you have two PawSox pitchers who have come a long way since the end of April.

Validation for their efforts in the ensuing months came in the form of a nice reward Wednesday, as the pair was selected to represent the franchise and International League at the Triple-A All-Star Game. The midseason get-together pitting the best players from the I.L. and Pacific Coast League is on tap for Wednesday, July 17 in Reno, Nevada.

Middlebrooks supplies plenty of fireworks as PawSox out-slug RailRiders

July 3, 2013

PAWTUCKET – Where there’s a will, there’s a … possible return to the Boston Red Sox?

While it should be noted that Will Middlebrooks entered Pawtucket’s record books on Wednesday night, there is a much bigger picture to consider. The sledgehammer he took to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s pitching staff came with a note attached: I’m getting close.

RailRiders start fireworks early, down PawSox, 6-4

July 3, 2013

PAWTUCKET – The third largest crowd of the year to fill McCoy Stadium expected to see a solid pitching performance on Tuesday night.
But instead of watching a strong outing from one of the Boston Red Sox’s top prospects, they saw one from a journeyman reliever who is his first full season as a starter in eight years.

Cumberland snares 4th straight D.IV crown

July 2, 2013

CUMBERLAND -- As the girls representing the Cumberland A All-Star squad posed for family photos in center field, manager Chris Boddington just smiled, soaking in the joy.

His kids had just clinched the program’s fourth consecutive R.I. Little League District IV Major Division (11-12) Tournament crown after rolling to an 8-2 victory over North Smithfield on Tuesday, this before approximately 125 fans at Diamond Hill Park, and the head coach chuckled while holding yet another championship banner.

American League scout weighs in on PawSox

July 1, 2013

PAWTUCKET — On one hand, the phrase “birds of a feather flock together” seems applicable to the scouting contingent that showed up in droves last weekend at McCoy Stadium.
The section behind home plate became known as an open-air baseball boardroom; one PawSox game featured as many as nine scouts. Remember, the July 31 non-waiver deadline is not that far off – four weeks from Wednesday to be exact.

Middlebrooks homers twice in PawSox's 9-6 loss

June 30, 2013

PAWTUCKET — It’s hard to believe, but for the first time this season, the Pawtucket Red Sox have lost three straight games.
The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders made the most out of eight extra-base hits (and their second straight game with four home runs) and overcame a big afternoon from PawSox third baseman Will Middlebrooks on Sunday in producing a 9-6 victory before the fourth largest crowd at McCoy Stadium.

PawSox's Huntzinger values move to bullpen

June 29, 2013

PAWTUCKET --- After opening his 2012 season with four woeful starts for the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs, Brock Huntzinger knew that something drastic needed to be done to resurrect not only his season, but possibly his career.

“I just felt like, ‘I get it, I know how this game works,” he recalled. “You either put up or (the organization) gets rid of you or sends you down. I knew there was more in the tank for me as a pitcher, so I had to do something.”

Five-run first dooms DALL to 9-4 defeat

June 28, 2013

PAWTUCKET – Prior to Darlington American's R.I. Little League District II All-Star Major Division (11-12) Tournament opener against Warren on rainy Wednesday, manager Kevin Andella struggled with whom to start on the hill: Co-aces Seth Watson or Chris Pierce.

He chose Watson, and it proved to be an outstanding move. The right-hander baffled the Warren lineup, hurling 3 1/3 innings of no-hit, nine-strikeout ball as DALL captured a satisfying 7-2 victory.

McGair: RIIL division alignment shouldn’t send mixed messages

June 28, 2013

A little of this, a little of that …

Based on recent discussion by the Rhode Island Interscholastic League’s Principals’ Committee on Athletics, it might be time to chisel in stone the following commandment:

“Thou shalt not alter the makeup of divisions in non-realignment years.”

The time has come to take a hard line on teams petitioning the PCOA to move up or down in the midst of a given realignment cycle. The 2013-14 school term marks the conclusion of a two-year realignment, a precursor to the presumed changes to the realignment formula that figure to take effect in 2014-15.

Lending a helping hand: Middlebrooks shows PawSox SS Bogaerts the ropes at third base

June 27, 2013

PAWTUCKET – Xander Bogaerts took groundballs at McCoy Stadium on Thursday afternoon, a pregame ritual that the promising shortstop has down to a science.

This particular day was different. Not only was Bogaerts taking grounders at third base, but – as an added bonus – he was the under the tutelage of someone who knows a thing or two about manning the hot corner.

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