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Barnes goes five solid innings, helps PawSox top Rochester in series finale

April 25, 2014

PAWTUCKET — If there was rust, Matt Barnes didn’t appear to show any in first start of the season.
Standing on a mound in a “juices following” setting for the first time since facing Boston College on Feb. 27 in Fort Myers, Barnes navigated his way through five innings in Pawtucket’s 6-2 conquest of Rochester on Friday night before 7,680 fans. A native of Connecticut, Barnes had been in extended spring training until earlier this week after right shoulder tenderness grounded him for the majority of spring training.

Middlebrooks goes hitless again in third rehab game; PawSox fall to Red Wings, 8-1

April 24, 2014

PAWTUCKET — Other than Will Middlebrooks expressing confidence that he was able to put some nice swings on the ball and that his strained calf survived several demanding tests at third base, there’s not much to take away from Thursday’s matinee at McCoy Stadium.
Anthony Ranaudo struggled on the bump and Pawtucket’s bats went cold as Rochester ran away with an 8-1 victory. Middle-brooks concluded his three-game rehab stint with another hitless day, going 0-for-4. In 10 minor league at-bats, the third baseman failed to collect a single base knock.

Boles prepares to fit Nava into PawSox's fray

April 24, 2014

PAWTUCKET — At first blush, it would seem PawSox manager Kevin Boles has a dilemma on his hands.
His team already flush with options at first base and the corner outfield spots, Boles will have another warm body at his disposal when Daniel Nava finally reports to the Triple-A ranks on Friday. Since Nava isn’t on a rehab assignment, his stay with Pawtucket figures to cut into someone’s playing time.

Cumberland rallies past Lincoln for fifth straight win

April 24, 2014

LINCOLN — It’s very safe to say Cumberland High skipper Paul Murphy had hoped Thursday afternoon’s intense winds would affect rival Lincoln’s pitchers and fielders more than his own.
Through the first four frames of a Division I tilt at Chet Nichols Memorial Field, he didn’t get his wish.
The Lions rushed out to a quick 5-2 lead after the third, but Cumberland’s fortunes changed on a dime in the fifth. Behind only two hits but a pair of Lincoln errors, Murphy’s crew manufactured five runs and raced to what had seemed an improbable but satisfying 7-5 victory.

Tolman softball team suffers third straight loss

April 24, 2014

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PAWTUCKET — The wind came howling in off Newport Avenue on Thursday afternoon, blowing straight across Bailey Field’s softball diamond in gusts approaching 30 miles per hour, as Bay View Academy and Tolman High squared off in a Division I matchup.
The Bengals proved oblivious to the conditions, excelling in the field and at the plate during a 12-3 victory over Tolman that evened their record at 2-2 on the season. Tolman, which lost its third game in a row, fell to 4-4.

Cecchini's late double lifts PawSox past Rochester

April 23, 2014

PAWTUCKET — If Will Middlebrooks is indeed activated by Boston on Friday night, he will have the good fortune of facing a pitcher that has much less zip on his fastball than the one that stymied the PawSox on Wednesday night.
Touching 99 miles per hour on the radar gun, Rochester starting pitcher Alex Meyer slowed the Pawtucket bats to a virtual crawl. Meyer struck out 11 in 6.2 innings and got Middlebrooks to go down swinging in all three of his at-bats.

Middlebrooks: Nava 'is going to land on his feet and be fine'

April 23, 2014

PAWTUCKET — Will Middlebrooks can relate to Daniel Nava.

A year ago, Middlebrooks scuffled so badly that the Red Sox were left with little choice but to send the starting third baseman to Triple A. Looking back at his minor-league penance, Middlebrooks says that he was able to weather a turbulent stretch thanks to his ability to quickly put the grief behind him.

Shea volleyball team suffers 3-1 loss to Central

April 23, 2014

PROVIDENCE — Shea High head coach Christina Daily explained she really wasn’t in the mood for a mini-postgame press conference early Wednesday afternoon.
Really, who could blame her?
Her Raiders had looked pretty solid in a first-game victory over Division II crossover foe Central High, but – slowly – unforced errors, points with little or no communication and serves gone awry became more commonplace.
In the end, the Knights celebrated a 3-1 victory at the Providence Career & Technical Academy field house – and it came via scores of 15-25, 25-14, 31-29 and 32-30.

Seventh-inning rally helps Rochester top PawSox

April 22, 2014

PAWTUCKET — On a Tuesday night when Brandon Snyder crushed two dingers and righthander Rubby De La Rosa assembled a mound masterpiece, the Pawtucket Red Sox’s bullpen collapsed.
The result: An emotionally-draining – not to mention truly sad – 7-5 loss to the Rochester Red Wings before a bummed crowd of 3,070 at McCoy Stadium.
De La Rosa had been hurling a gem, yielding only three hits, an earned run and a walk while fanning seven.

For two area runners, finishing the Boston Marathon after not doing so last year would qualify as success

April 22, 2014

The bib numbers in the 30,000s and high 20,000s look awfully strange.

And the newly created fourth wave won’t start until at least 85 minutes after the first wave has crossed the starting line in Hopkinton.

But to Lincoln’s Poyee Oster, Pawtucket’s Linda Bachand, and the nearly 5,700 runners that did not finish last year’s Boston Marathon because of the terrorist attack, that means very, very little.

Getting another chance to return for the 118th running of this legendary race, and this time, finishing what they started, is the only thing that matters.

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