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McGair: Annual Ed Pedro Wiffleball Tournament set for Aug. 10 at Slater Park

July 19, 2014

By BRENDAN McGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com

PAWTUCKET – The 11th Annual Edd Pedro’s Fight for a Cure Mega Raffle & Wiffleball Event to benefit the Arthritis Foundation will take place on Sunday, August 10 at Slater Park.

In addition to some highly competitive wiffleball contests, this all-day event will include food, carnival games and music. There are three wiffleball divisions: Tournament Fun, Youth, and Adult Competitive.

McGair: Middlebrooks reacts to getting HBP, fight between PawSox, Bisons

July 18, 2014

By BRENDAN McGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com

PAWTUCKET – The night was August 10, 2012. The setting was Cleveland’s Progressive Field.

In the top of the ninth inning of that night’s American League contest between Boston and Cleveland, Will Middlebrooks had an Esmil Rogers’ pitch go off his right wrist that proved to be the final pitch he would see in his rookie season. A few days later, Middlebrooks was diagnosed with a broken wrist.

McGair: Josh Fortune to transfer from Providence College

May 23, 2014

By BRENDAN McGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com

The press release from the Providence College Athletic Department:

PROVIDENCE -- It was announced today that student-athlete Josh Fortune (Hampton, Va.) has decided to transfer from Providence College. Fortune,who just concluded his sophomore year at Providence, has been a member of the men’s basketball team for the last two years.

McGair: Defending PGA Championship winner headlines '14 CVS Charity Classic field

May 13, 2014

By BRENDAN McGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com

SMITHFIELD – For the second straight year, the CVS Caremark Charity Classic features a major champion from the previous calendar year.

Jason Dufner, victor of the 2013 PGA Championship, was announced as part of the 2014 CVS field at a press conference Tuesday morning at Special Olympics Rhode Island. This will mark Dufner’s first-ever appearance at the annual event that specializes in raising money for local nonprofits.

McGair: RIC issues statement on Bob Walsh leaving for Maine basketball program

May 7, 2014

By BRENDAN McGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com

PROVIDENCE -- Per Rhode Island College:

Rhode Island College Head Men’s Basketball Coach Bob Walsh has stepped down to become the Head Men’s Basketball Coach at the University of Maine.

McGair: A look at a mixed night for PawSox pitcher Anthony Ranaudo

May 5, 2014

By BRENDAN McGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com

PAWTUCKET – For five innings Monday night, Anthony Ranaudo was on easy street. Or so it seemed.

Yes, Ranaudo held the Toledo Mud Hens off the scoreboard through five frames, yet an interesting development took place in the fifth that may help explain why the tall right-hander struggled in the sixth inning.

As much as Ranaudo’s fastball was working earlier in the contest, it disappeared in the fifth. Luckily, he was able to dip into his breaking pitches, most notably his curveball, and work his way around a leadoff walk.

McGair: Addition of Daniel Nava part of a busy afternoon for the PawSox

April 25, 2014

By BRENDAN McGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com

PAWTUCKET – Daniel Nava is officially a member of the Pawtucket Red Sox. The struggling outfielder/first baseman joined the Triple-A ranks on what was a busy Friday at McCoy Stadium.

Manager Kevin Boles wasted little time of throwing Nava into the fray, placing the switch hitter in the No. 3 spot in the outfield and in left field. Nava is looking to get back on track after getting off to a .147 start in 17 games for the Red Sox.

McGair: Update on Matt Barnes; Video introduction of the 2014 PawSox

April 1, 2014

By BRENDAN McGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com

PAWTUCKET – Matt Barnes will not be part of Pawtucket’s rotation at the onset of the 2014 International League season. A sore shoulder limited the 23-year-old to just one inning in spring training.

Just how much time will Barnes miss? Red Sox Director of Player Development Ben Crockett didn’t provide a definitive timetable at Tuesday’s PawSox Media Day fete at McCoy Stadium, though it was encouraging to learn that the Barnes is pitching in extended spring training down in Fort Myers, Fla.

McGair: PawSox announce 2014 Opening Day roster

April 1, 2014

By BRENDAN McGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com

PAWTUCKET -- From the PawSox:

PAWSOX 2014 ROSTER RECAP – The Pawtucket Red Sox Opening Night Roster is highlighted by 8 players who at one point last season were members of the 2013 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox. Those elite eight will receive their World Series rings prior to Boston’s home-opener this Friday afternoon at Fenway Park. They are pitchers Drake Britton, Rubby De La Rosa, Brayan Villarreal, Allen Webster, Alex Wilson, catcher Ryan Lavarnway, and infielders Brock Holt & Brandon Snyder.

McGair: Video interview with PawSox President Mike Tamburro

March 31, 2014

By BRENDAN McGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com

PAWTUCKET – This might be hard to fathom considering the dreary weather outside, but the Pawtucket Red Sox kick off the 2014 International League season this Thursday night at McCoy Stadium.

To that end, here’s a video where PawSox Team President Mike Tamburro was asked about what the start of a new Triple-A season means to him. Tamburro also shares his thoughts on the ballclub and new PawSox manager Kevin Boles.

Click here and happy baseball season: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ivr3IE0VZfs&list=UU30UG0gQ8OoHkSxa18-tx4w

McGair: UNC's Williams speaks highly about PC's Cotton

March 21, 2014

By BRENDAN McGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com

SAN ANTONIO – In his final game in a PC Friar uniform, Bryce Cotton made a fan in North Carolina head coach Roy Williams.

After watching Cotton torch his Tar Heels for 36 points, Williams pointed out, “I’ve coached a long time, guys. I’ve had a lot of people play great against me. Lindsey Hunter is an NBA coach, he got 47 points against us one year. Anthony Peeler of Virginia got like 45 against us one night, and we won the game. We held Big Country, Bryant Reeves, to zero and Randy Rutherford got 43, but we won the game.”

McGair: More on the value of PC's training staff

March 8, 2014

By BRENDAN McGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com

If there’s one thing I regret about the article regarding the yeoman’s work on the part of Providence College’s athletic training staff, it’s that there’s no quotes from Ken White, the school’s strength coach.

Like head athletic trainer Bryn VanPatten, White has been plying his trade at PC for some time – he’s currently in his 10th year at the college. One quote that didn’t make the article - http://www.woonsocketcall.com/node/10821 - should help shed some light on the working relationship between VanPatten and White.

McGair: Cumberland to face Central Falls in opener of Division II boys' basketball divisional playoffs

February 27, 2014

By BRENDAN McGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com

The brackets for the divisional tournaments in boys’ basketball have been released and there’s two preliminary games of note set for Friday night.

In Division II, defending champion and No. 10 seed Cumberland travels to Central Falls to face the seventh-seeded Warriors. The two II-North rivals squared off twice during the regular season with C.F. posting a 65-51 win at Cumberland on Dec. 20. The Clippers returned the favor last Wednesday with a 49-47 triumph at the Warriors’ gym.

McGair: New London High to retire number of PC's Kris Dunn

February 11, 2014

By BRENDAN McGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com

After this Thursday night, no one will be allowed to wear the No. 3 jersey for the New London (Conn.) High boys’ basketball any more.

Prior to the Whalers’ 7 p.m. home contest against Hamden High, the program will retire Kris Dunn’s number. Dunn earned McDonald’s All-American honors as a senior at New London High before coming to Providence College in the fall of 2012.

McGair: Tolman High basketball programs to stage "Pink Out" games

February 7, 2014

By BRENDAN McGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com

PAWTUCKET — The boys’ and girls’ basketball programs at Tolman High School will stage “Pink Out Games” next Friday, Feb. 14 at the James W. Donaldson Gymnasium. All donations raised at the two games will go directly to the American Cancer Society.

The Tolman girls square off against Narragansett at 4:30 p.m. At 7:30, the Tolman boys will take to the floor against North Providence.

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McGair: A look at the divisional formats in Rhode Island high school football

January 29, 2014

By BRENDAN McGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com

Below you’ll find the Rhode Island High school football divisions that will be in place for the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

DIVISION I
1. Bishop Hendricken
2. La Salle
3. Cranston East
4. Portsmouth
5. Barrington
6. Cumberland
7. East Providence
8. South Kingstown
9. Cranston West

DIVISION II-A
1. Woonsocket
2. St. Raphael
3. Mt. Hope
4. Central
5. Rogers
6. Warwick Vets
7. Coventry
8. Shea

DIVISION II-B
1. West Warwick
2. Johnston
3. Tolman
4. Westerly
5. North Kingstown
6. Chariho
7. Moses Brown

McGair: Video from Providence press conference following 81-68 win over Creighton

January 19, 2014

By BRENDAN McGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com

PROVIDENCE – Providence has defeated a top 25 team for the first time this year. Here what Ed Cooley and players had to say following Saturday’s 81-68 victory over Creighton: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XT5zW2CdLUo.

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McGair: Where does Ryan Lavarnway fit into Red Sox' plans?; Henry Owens meets the media

January 18, 2014

By BRENDAN McGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com

BOSTON – Nothing is etched in stone, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see the PawSox’ catching situation in the hands of Dan Butler and Christian Vazquez when the curtain goes up on the 2014 season.

McGair: PawSox Hot Stove event set for Jan. 25

January 16, 2014

By BRENDAN McGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com

PAWTUCKET – The 37th annual Pawtucket Red Sox Hot Stove League Party at McCoy Stadium is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 25. The event will run from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

New PawSox manager Kevin Boles and new coach Bruce Crabbe will give fans a preview of what the 2014 club may look like. Several PawSox players and top Red Sox prospects will attend the party and will be available for photos and autographs.

The list of players expected to attend include pitcher Steven Wright and outfielders Bryce Brentz and Alex Hassan.

McGair: Boles officially named PawSox manager

December 18, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com
RED SOX ANNOUNCE 2014 MINOR LEAGUE FIELD STAFFS

BOSTON, MA - The Boston Red Sox today announced the 2014 field staffs for their minor league affiliates, including managers, coaches, and athletic trainers.

Director of Player Development Ben Crockett made the announcement.

The manager for Short-A Lowell is the only position remaining to be filled for next season. The rest of the 2014 staffs are listed below:

Pawtucket (Triple-A, International League)

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