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PawSox | Eddie Rodriguez to make big league debut Thursday at Texas

May 27, 2015

PAWTUCKET – At some point you knew the Red Sox were going to call on one of the PawSox’ prized left-handed starters.

The organization has deemed that now is the time for Eddie Rodriguez – arguably the most advanced in the current class of Triple-A arms, that also includes Brian Johnson and Henry Owens. Thursday night in Texas, the 22-year-old Rodriguez will make his big-league debut against the Rangers, who entering Wednesday had scored the fourth-most runs in the American League (210). 

PawSox | Yankees' $175-million-man Tanaka to make rehab start at McCoy Wednesday

May 26, 2015


PAWTUCKET – As is the custom, the scouting report for the next day’s opposing starting pitcher showed up in manager Kevin Boles’ email box.

Mind you the PawSox on Wednesday are not scheduled to face your garden-variety Triple-A pitcher. This particular arm comes with a heavy price tag and perhaps holds the fate of his major-league team’s chances in his hand. 

Passages | As husband, father, and coach, George Patrick Duffy had a love affair with life

May 26, 2015


PAWTUCKET – George Patrick Duffy left this world on Saturday night, clutching a baseball in one hand while feeling the love of family caressing his faltering heart. 

Pawtucket Red Sox | PawSox honor late president Skeffington, unveil 'JJS' patch

May 25, 2015


PAWTUCKET – Playing their first home game since the passing of Jim Skeffington, the Pawtucket Red Sox held a brief but poignant tribute for their late team president prior to Monday’s game against Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre.

International League | Pawtucket native Mason Williams plays in hometown with S/WB RailRiders

May 25, 2015


PAWTUCKET – In order to enjoy a homecoming befitting a native son, Mason Williams had to demonstrate to the Yankees that he was worthy of a promotion to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Thanks to strong numbers in Double-A Trenton, coupled with an injury to Jacoby Ellsbury that set off an organizational chain reaction, Williams found himself promoted to Scranton last Thursday, filling the void created for the RailRiders when Slade Heathcott was assigned to the major league club.

FONDEST OF MEMORIES: Impression made by late Pawtucket sports icon George Patrick Duffy not lost on MLB catcher Chris Iannetta

May 24, 2015

PAWTUCKET – George Patrick Duffy reportedly was watching the Angels-Red Sox game on Saturday night when he passed away at age 94.

In many ways, it was a fitting ode for one of the city’s legendary sports figures. Duffy spent over seven decades as a coach, mentoring countless youngsters who probably went forward in life remembering the messages or words of wisdom he imparted.

Tolman Softball | Tolman, Cumberland, Lincoln all notch wins to keep pace in Div. I-North race

May 23, 2015

WOONSOCKET – With just a few games left on the schedule, the competition has been heating up along with the weather, as local teams jockey for position during the final stretch in Division I-North  softball.

All five teams were in action on Saturday, with division leader Tolman High showing how they got there with a 10-0 mercy-rule win over Mount St. Charles Academy.

Cumberland Baseball | Clippers pull away from Townies, 7-0

May 22, 2015

CUMBERLAND – For five-plus innings, this Division I-B affair between Cumberland and East Providence highs was defined as a premier pitchers’ duel.

It sure didn’t end that way.

Guarding a skimpy 1-0 advantage entering the back half of the sixth, the Clippers exploded for six runs on six straight hits – four for extra bases – to coast to a 7-0 blowout triumph over the Townies before perhaps 70 fans at Tucker Field on Friday afternoon.

Pawtucket Red Sox | GLOVE ACTUALLY: Pitch-calling, defense must come first for Swihart

May 22, 2015

PAWTUCKET – More so than at any other position, for big league catchers, playing high-level defense isn’t a nicety, it’s a necessity.

Such is the lot of young Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart. The highly-touted rookie found himself in the majors after a series of injuries to Boston’s catchers, with a mandate to get his mitt-work up to MLB standards.

“In order to stay there, that has to be the priority,” said PawSox hitting coach Rich Gedman earlier this week.

St. Raphael Academy Tennis | Lefebvre, Mendes help Saints stun top-seeded PCD in semis, 4-3

May 21, 2015


BARRINGTON – St. Raphael’s magical postseason ride continued Thursday as the fifth-seeded Saints stunned top seed Providence Country Day, 4-3, in the Division III semifinals.

The win pushes SRA into Saturday’s title match, which will take place at Slater Park. The Saints will take on the winner of the other semifinal-round match that took place Thursday at Barrington High School, Coventry vs. Scituate.

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