NORTH SMITHFIELD -- David Fraley admitted he was taking the day off from training Friday, but would in fact be back on his bike with fervor this afternoon. After all, he’s 65, and his body needs some rest, especially after lifting weights twice a week and riding his bike dozens of miles in Franklin another two or three days.
PAWTUCKET â Even though several potential suitors were knocking on his door, Andres Torres was not going to sign with a major-league club until he felt fine physically.
âI wasnât ready because I had the surgery (to repair a strained left Achillesâ tendon). It takes time. I just took my time and made sure that I was good to go,â said Torres on Thursday, his first day with the Pawtucket Red Sox. âI [heard] from a few teams, but I was just waiting for the right moment. Once I feel good, I just signed with Boston.â
PAWTUCKET â If you werenât settled into your seat at McCoy Stadium until the second inning Thursday night, you missed a lot.
A five-run first inning highlighted by Garin Cecchiniâs grand slam propelled Pawtucket to a 7-3 victory over Norfolk before 5,297. Cecchini turned on a 2-1 offering from Jason Gurka and deposited it into the right-field bullpen for his third home run of the season.
The homer enabled Cecchini to take over the club lead in RBI with 30. The previous leader was Bryce Brentz with 28. Brentz hasnât appeared in a game for the PawSox since May 15.
PAWTUCKET â There have been three editions to Paul Dicksonâs handy and comprehensive âThe Dickson Baseball Dictionary,â though no revised version has graced bookstore shelves in the past five years.
If and when Dickson gets around to updating the gameâs vernacular â 952 pages of words and phrases suggests that the author has covered all the bases (no pun intended) â he should make it a point to insert the full name of the Red Soxâ current version of a Swiss Army knife: Brock Holt.
BARRINGTON â If PGA stalwarts Steve Stricker and Bo Van Pelt had their way, they'd return to the CVS Caremark Charity Classic every summer.
The only problem? Given the duo's remarkable success at Rhode Island Country Club over the past two years, tournament co-hosts and local favorites Brad Faxon and Billy Andrade joked about their possible return after a wildly-entertaining finish early Tuesday afternoon.
When asked if there was anything he would change about the event, Faxon grinned, âI wouldn't invite Stricker back. He's too good.â
PAWTUCKET â It wasnât Mookie Bettsâ intention to create a firestorm. Thanks to his strong play since joining the PawSox three weeks ago coupled with Red Sox manager John Farrellâs impromptu âI know Mookie Betts is swinging the bat wellâ remark last weekend, the 21-year-old wunderkind is being seen in a different light.
In response to the attention that goes with the territory of being the flavor of the moment, Betts sought out Kevin Boles. The last thing Betts wanted to do was to make the life of the PawSox manager even more chaotic.
PAWTUCKET â In the world of target dates and timetables, Shane Victorinoâs bid to rejoin the Red Sox during the teamâs current West Coast sojourn came up well short.
With Wednesday marking the final game of a three-game set in Seattle, the best that Victorino can hope for is a return this weekend in New York. In order reach the point where the Red Sox feel comfortable enough to activate him, itâs safe to say that the outfielder will have to withstand the challenge of playing nine innings.
BARRINGTON â Peter Jacobsen found himself in an unusual position when the first round of the 16th annual CVS Caremark Charity Classic ended Monday afternoon.
The former PGA star and playing partner Jimmy Walker manufactured a nine-under 62 at Rhode Island Country Club, and he admitted being tied for the lead â with the defending champion tandem of Steve Stricker and Bo Van Pelt â was a spot he didn't anticipate.
âWhat was our secret? I don't know, except maybe my youngest daughter (Kristen Sahler) is in the hospital (in Greenwich, Conn.); she's in labor, so maybe that's it,â he smiled.
WOONSOCKET â Justin Switzer admitted his initial two years at Woonsocket High, those in 2005 and '06, were at the very least problematic.
He had wanted to compete on the Villa Novans' wrestling team, but he missed most of his freshman season because he was deemed academically ineligible. He didn't even practice as a sophomore for the same reason.