Archive - Aug 16, 2012 - Sports Article
PAWTUCKET â€“ At this point, you have to feel for Daniel Bard.
The Red Sox can point to the fact that Bard was not touched for an earned run in his inning of work Thursday night, but make no mistake: it was another tough night at the office for the struggling reliever. In case youâ€™re just joining us, Bardâ€™s latest attempt to get back on track provided a nice, tucked-in capsule of what has plagued the reliever during his two-plus month stint with the Pawtucket Red Sox.
PAWTUCKET â€” If Daisuke Matsuzaka made what he dubbed a â€śsmall mechanical adjustmentâ€ť prior to taking the mound for the fifth inning Wednesday night, itâ€™s news to both PawSox pitching coach Rich Sauveur and catcher Dan Butler.
â€śWhatever tweak he made, he made on his own,â€ť stated Sauveur on Thursday, one day after Matsuzaka delivered what could be coined a mixed bag of an outing.
There was good Matsuzaka â€“ four scoreless innings in which he retired 12 of 13 Scranton batters â€“ following by bad Matsuzaka, the damage pertaining to the five runs (four earned) he yielded in the fifth.
WOONSOCKET â€” Barbara Dixon will never forget the first-ever Blackstone River Valley Greenway Challenge, held in late September of 2001.
In fact, she and other organizers questioned whether they'd be able to take care of the logistics in time.
â€śThis is how bizarre it was that first year,â€ť noted Dixon, who works closely with the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor Commission, located at the old train station near Main Street.