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May 4th, 2014

Pawtucket boys' volleyball teams are serving success

May 4, 2014

PAWTUCKET — Dating back to the 2000 campaign, when it captured its first R.I. Division II championship, Tolman High has been one of the premier programs not only against its divisional brethren but statewide as well.
Under veteran mentor Neil Nachbar's direction, the Tigers have earned numerous league titles and four state crowns, with two collected over the past three years.
In that time, only one program has eclipsed that mark. That would be Mount St. Charles, which has five, and because of that success now plays – and excels – in Division I.

May 1st

PawSox Manager: No problem with halting Thursday's game due to fog

May 1, 2014

PAWTUCKET – Kevin Boles had no problem with the umpire’s decision to pull the plug on Thursday’s game. The fog that had engulfed McCoy Stadium reached a point where player safety had been seriously compromised.

Boles had a good view on the final play of this abbreviated contest: a shallow pop fly off the bat of Garin Cecchini that Indianapolis left fielder Chase d’Arnaud had trouble finding. Luckily for the Indians, shortstop Robert Andino – remember him, Red Sox fans? – was able to make the catch for the first out in the home portion of the seventh inning.

Nava’s in good (and familiar) hands with Joppie

May 1, 2014

PAWTUCKET — It’s common to see a number of Pawtucket Red Sox hitters shuffle in and out of the indoor batting tunnel – located a stone’s throw away from the home clubhouse at McCoy Stadium – prior to heading outside for more hitting and on-field work.

This time-tested practice was once again on full display Thursday afternoon, as Bryce Brentz, Alex Hassan, and others chose to take full advantage of the early work services offered by hitting coach Dave Joppie. Daniel Nava was also among the participants, which wasn’t at all shocking.

April 30th

Tolman improves to 9-0, spikes North Smithfield, 3-1

April 30, 2014

NORTH SMITHFIELD — For someone who had just watched his team improve to a perfect 9-0 in league play on the season, Tolman High head coach Neil Nachbar sure didn’t seem very pleased.
His Tigers had just manufactured not only a 3-1 victory over gritty North Smithfield in a Division II crossover clash at the Lovett Memorial Gym on Wednesday night, but also a minimum of four individual season-best performances.
Among them were senior captain’s Eric Silveira’s 20 kills and nine aces; fellow senior setter Kelvin Reyes’ 50 assists; and classmate Denzel DePina’s 15 kills (with two blocks).

CBS Sports Network will broadcast tonight's 7:05 p.m. PawSox-Indianapolis game at McCoy Stadium

April 30, 2014

PAWTUCKET — To get picked first is always a noteworthy feat, not to mention the declaration of admiration and high regard that such a choice implies.

To get selected for the first broadcast in conjunction with CBS Sports Network’s Minor League Baseball Game of the Week package further legitimizes the Pawtucket Red Sox as a national brand within this cottage industry of cultivating and developing the next wave of major league hopefuls.

April 29th

PawSox 3B Cecchini striving to become complete ballplayer

April 29, 2014

PAWTUCKET – Much has already been said about Garin Cecchini’s ability to understand the strike zone and his propensity to get on base. Case in point, the PawSox third baseman entered Sunday ninth in the International League in on-base percentage (.415) while his .329 batting average has him just outside the top 10.

April 28th

Lincoln softball makes quick work of Warwick Vets

April 28, 2014

LINCOLN --- As the weather warms up, so do Lincoln’s bats.

From the top of their batting order to the bottom, the Lions were impressive in putting on a hitting clinic on Monday afternoon at Saylesville Elementary School’s Sullivan Field, and it came at the expense of Warwick Vets.

The two-time defending champs collected 15 hits – including a season-high eight that went for extra bases – and the end result was a 14-3 thrashing that was halted after 4½ innings by the 10-run mercy rule.

April 25th

Nava reports to PawSox in good spirits

April 25, 2014

PAWTUCKET — The Daniel Nava that reported to McCoy Stadium Friday afternoon appeared to be in good spirits.
For the former independent league ballplayer whose rags-to-riches tale has been well documented, the fact the Red Sox shipped him to the minors after 67 at-bats is not going to yield fits of rage. Sure, Nava is disappointed with his .147 start at the plate and the .240 on-base percentage he compiled in 17 games with the Red Sox, but this is someone who has already beaten much bigger odds.

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.

April 24th

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.

April 23rd

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.

April 22nd

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.

April 21st

Patience a virtue for Victorino

April 21, 2014

PAWTUCKET – Never once did the thought of becoming the Red Sox’s everyday center fielder cross Shane Victorino’s mind. He was committed to playing right field, meaning someone else was going to have to fill the void created when Jacoby Ellsbury signed with the Yankees.

Initially, the plan coming out of spring training was to have Victorino flanked by newcomer Grady Sizemore with Jackie Bradley Jr. holding tight in the minors. Of course, those best-laid plans went awry when Boston placed Victorino on the disabled list prior to the first game of the 2014 season.

April 20th

Here's who to keep an eye on at the Boston Marathon

April 20, 2014

If you’re looking to follow the Boston Marathon online today and keep track of the top residents from the Blackstone Valley, keep the numbers 319, 1991, and 5934 in mind.

They are the bib numbers that will be donned by Cumberland’s Jason Reilly, Pawtucket’s Brendan Doyle, and Cumberland’s Dave Constantino, who will be among the runners scattered in the first wave and looking to complete the 118th running of this legendary race in under three hours.

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