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August 30th

Henry's walkoff hit helps PawSox clinch division title

August 30, 2013

PAWTUCKET – It was about 11 a.m. Friday when Gary DiSarcina received a text message from Justin Henry, a player who according to the PawSox skipper, “has had a rough year. He was a .300 hitter in Toledo last year, but he’s one of the best teammates out there.”
Henry had a simple request. His mother was in town and was wondering if it was possible for DiSarcina to include him in the lineup for that night’s game against Syracuse.

Buchholz takes ‘step forward’ in solid rehab start

August 30, 2013

PAWTUCKET – Clay Buchholz classified his 3.1-inning stint at McCoy Stadium on Friday as a step forward.
“Tonight, I was much more impressed with the velocity that I was able to sustain over the period I was out there and being able to throw all my pitches with the same effort level and arm angle,” said Buchholz after scattering seven hits and allowing one run against Syracuse. “That was basically the final hump I had to get over as far as not having a second thought in the back of my head. It was about getting my release point down on all my pitches.”

August 29th

Barnes wins debut; PawSox reduce magic number to one

August 29, 2013

PAWTUCKET — As far as Triple-A debuts go, Matt Barnes looked quite comfortable.

The slender right-hander was in total command on the McCoy Stadium mound Thursday night, tossing 5.1 scoreless innings that featured a little bit of everything. His Pawtucket teammates were able to make Barnes a victor as the locals silenced Syracuse, 2-0, before 5,021 fans.

Newcomer Berry adds more speed to Red Sox arsenal

August 29, 2013

PAWTUCKET — Teams that harbor deep playoff aspirations prefer to have all their bases covered.

In acquiring Quintin Berry, the Red Sox have sent out the following signal: They have a late-game, pinch-running weapon that figures to make manager John Farrell’s job a bit easier when David Ortiz, Mike Napoli and Jarrod Saltalamacchia reach base.

The name of the game is scoring runs, and Berry’s fleet-of-foot tendencies could prove quite valuable as Boston casts an eye toward October baseball.

August 28th

PawSox reduce magic number to clinch division to three

August 28, 2013

PAWTUCKET – With all roads leading to the PawSox qualifying for the Governors’ Cup playoffs for a third straight season, it raises the question of what kind of squad manager Gary DiSarcina will have at his disposal when the second season arrives.
To that end, DiSarcina admitted Wednesday that he’s had brief conversations with Red Sox Director of Player Development Ben Crockett about how many players Pawtucket stands to lose on Sept. 1, which is the first day Major League teams are allowed to expand their rosters.

Barnes becomes latest top pitching prospect to join PawSox

August 28, 2013

PAWTUCKET — The highly touted right-handed pitcher that breezed through the lower levels of the minor leagues ended up learning an important lesson this season – there’s not always going to be smooth sailing.

August 27th

Unearned runs help RailRiders edge PawSox, 2-1

August 27, 2013

PAWTUCKET — After the Pawtucket Red Sox had eked out a pair of stunning – and thrilling – come-from-behind, one-run victories the previous two nights, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre returned the favor on Tuesday evening.
The RailRiders notched two unearned runs, one each in the sixth and seventh frames, to thump the PawSox, 2-1, before a sparse crowd of 4,430 fans at McCoy Stadium.
Manager Dave Miley’s crew rode a superb mound outing from starter Graham Stoneburner, not to mention fellow righty Dellin Betances, to end Pawtucket’s win streak at three.

Change in mound demeanor fuels Webster’s recent success

August 27, 2013

PAWTUCKET — From Gary DiSarcina’s perch in the PawSox dugout, the manager is able to hone in and get a proper read on the placid look on Allen Webster’s face, one that until recently had singularly defined the right-hander’s facial expression on the mound.
“He’s got a demeanor that’s really laid back, which is useful at times,” noted DiSarcina.

August 26th

PawSox walk off with 2-1 victory over RailRiders

August 26, 2013

PAWTUCKET – Follow the trail of pixie dust and it will lead you directly to the home clubhouse at McCoy Stadium.
The good times continued at the ballpark Monday night as the PawSox staged a 2-1 walk-off win over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. Pawtucket trailed 1-0 heading into the bottom of the ninth before receiving a game-tying sacrifice fly from catcher Ryan Lavarnway and a game-ending RBI single by Mark Hamilton that came on a 3-2 pitch.

PawSox's DiSarcina: Jeter's 'a classy individual'

August 26, 2013

PAWTUCKET — For PawSox manager Gary DiSarcina, seeing Derek Jeter propel himself through the rehab process this past weekend helped conjure up one pleasant memory after another.

“I hadn’t seen him in a while, but the first thing I thought of when I saw him was ‘Man, he’s a classy individual,’” DiSarcina expressed. “In my mind, he and Cal Ripken Jr. were the torchbearers. Cal handed it over to him, and not because Derek won, but it’s the way he won.

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