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July 18th, 2014
PAWTUCKET â€“ Whether itâ€™s promoting him to a new level or putting more responsibilities on his plate, the Red Sox have never shied away from challenging Christian Vazquez.
â€śWhether itâ€™s going to the Arizona Fall League or his first big-league (spring training) camp, this guy has exceeded expectations every time,â€ť gushed Red Sox Minor-League Catching Coordinator Chad Epperson on Thursday when asked about the recently-promoted-to-the-majors Vazquez.
FOXBOROUGH – The New England Patriots announced Thursday they will open their annual training camp on Wednesday, July 23, when players report.
CUMBERLAND – Twenty-four hours after their epic, come-from-behind 9-6 victory over gritty Lincoln in the District IV championship game, it was back to business as usual for the Cumberland American All-Stars.
They returned to practice at their Garvin Field home on Tuesday night, ready to move on from one of the most exciting and memorable contests in R.I. Little League Tournament history.
BURRILLVILLE -- For participants and fans alike, Monday night’s R.I. District IV Major Division (11-12) Tournament championship game was something like a Six Flags water slide – jam-packed with thrilling twists and turns, while getting everyone soaked.
Members of the Lincoln 9-10-Year-Old District IV All-Star team take a victory lap around Burrillville's Sherman Park after capturing the district title Monday night
BURRILLVILLE â€” If you have a penchant for the dramatic, and you attended the Cumberland American-Lincoln All-Star Game on Monday night, your appetite was whetted.
In the end, Jayden Struble walloped a three-run home run to left field with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning to deliver to CALL a 9-6 walk-off victory over Lincoln at Sherman Park. With the triumph, Cumberland American not only captured the Rhode Island District IV Major Division crown, but also sealed a berth in next weekendâ€™s state tournament in Bristol.
It looks like Theo Epstein may have the last laugh after all. All the former general manager of the Red Sox would have to do is point to last Wednesday when the starting lineup included five rookies. Surely such a development would have brought a smile to Epstein’s face if he were still running the day-to-day baseball operations on Yawkey Way.
SMITHFIELD – His teammates call him “Hien Machine.”
“He got that nickname because he’s a machine – at the plate, on the mound and in the field,” said Lincoln All Stars head coach Charlie Hien of his younger brother and star pitcher/shortstop, Randall Hien, on Friday.
WOONSOCKET – Something typical of the Lincoln Little League All-Stars – keeping alive a tradition that has held true for years now after a win or rare loss – coaches ask their players to hustle to the outfield for a team meeting.
Skipper Charlie Hien directed his troops to do the same on Wednesday night, but he seemingly spent more time on his cell phone than lauding his guys for a job well done.
JOHNSTON – It’s considered a “no-no” for any teammates involved in a no-hitter to acknowledge it, but that’s just what Will Andino did before the bottom of the sixth inning on Tuesday night.
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