August 23rd, 2011
Chris Costantino made sure not leave any traces of doubt.
Thanks to a strong showing this with the Laconia (N.H.) Muskrats of the New England Collegiate Baseball League, any and all speculation the St. Louis Cardinals had in the 19-year-old Lincoln native fell by the waste side. The fact-finding mission might have encompassed much of the summer, but the Cardinals realized that Costantinoâs talents exceeded those of a typical 43rd round selection, which is where he emerged during this past Juneâs Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
WOONSOCKET â Medical receptionist Lisa Gillespie was going about her chores on the eighth floor of the Cornerstone Building yesterday afternoon when something that isn't supposed to happen did.
âI felt a tremor,â said Gillespie. âThe first thing I did was look behind me to see if anyone else felt it, and one of my co-workers confirmed that she did. The patients in the waiting room felt it, too.â
WOONSOCKET â A passerby trying to save people in a burning tenement ended up the only casualty from the fire at 121 Providence St. early Tuesday.
Police said William A. Paul III was treated at Landmark Medical Center for lacerations to his hand after punching through a window.
There's no way Paul could have known, but no one was inside the three-story, four-family residence when he happened upon the fire during a late-night bicycle ride.
âIt was vacant,â said Lt. Michael Morin of the Woonsocket Fire Department. âIt looked like the whole house was going through a rehab.â
UXBRIDGE - Edward H. Powers, 71, of Chapin St. died Mon. Aug. 22 at his home surrounded by his loving family. His wife of 35 years Leona Carol (Depatie) Powers died in 1995.
UXBRIDGE - Russell J. Murray Sr., 79, of Sutton St. died Thur. Aug. 18 at his home. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Claire A. (Vincent) Murray; 2 sons Vincent M. Murray of Hope, ME and Russell J. Murray, Jr. of Wellesley; a daughter Mary Ellen Gordon of Waterbury Center, VT; 4 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; sister Patricia (Murray) Rivet of N. Carolina and several nephews and nieces.
Making the tough call goes with the territory of being a baseball general manager, knowing full well that rosters arenât built on favoritism. The never-ending quest to explore every imaginable avenue in search of talent is one that canât be entered into lightly for fear of making a decision that comes back to haunt the ballclub.
With that as the backdrop, Theo Epsteinâs evaluating glasses figure to get plenty of usage as the Boston G.M. spends the 2012 season drawing conclusions regarding the decisions to be made relating to the teamâs long-term answer at third base.
For the 11 high school teams in the Blackstone Valley, as well as the others from across the state, the road to postseason glory in December started last week during workouts on hot mid-August mornings and afternoons that were better suited for spending on a beach.
And while the ultimate goal of every team is to reach the Super Bowl in their respective divisions, two teams from the area, Woonsocket and Tolman, are hoping to get back to the championship game.
PAWTUCKET â Pawtucket Red Sox manager Arnie Beyeler had only request of his starting pitcher Monday night â pitch deep into the game.
Tony Pena Jr. heeded the wishes of his skipper, the right-hander tossing 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball Monday night as Pawtucket held on for a 3-2 win against Syracuse. The victory enables the PawSox to move into sole possession of first place in the I.L. North after Lehigh Valley was shut out by Indianapolis, 2-0.
PAWTUCKET â Luis Exposito finally heard the words heâs longed to hear â the catching responsibilities for the Pawtucket Red Sox are his and his alone.
No longer is Exposito subjected to a strict platoon partnership, one that can test even the most patient of souls. Thanks to Ryan Lavarnwayâs promotion to Boston and the Red Sox shipping off prospect Tim Federowicz at the July 31 trade deadline, the 24-year-old Exposito holds the title as the primary backstop.
Naturally, PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler wasted little time in delivering the message to Exposito.
WOONSOCKET â Mayor Leo T. Fontaine remained unopposed in his bid for re-election as the campaign season opened Monday, but who jumps in â and who doesnât â may depend on the outcome of a new poll in which two potential challengers to the first-term incumbent are named.
Cumberland political pollster Joe Fleming said his company has been hired to conduct research on how former Mayor Susan D. Menard or State Rep. Lisa Baldelli-Hunt (D-Woonsocket) would fare in political competition against Fontaine. But Fleming wonât say who hired him.