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May 10th, 2012
LINCOLN -- When senior Brad Auclair checked his text messages at Mount St. Charles on Thursday morning, he found one particularly intriguing â and funny.
âMy father (John) likes to give me some advice before every match, and he said something like, âSwing smooth, relax, just go out and have fun,ââ Auclair explained. âHe also said, âHit the ball solidâ and to think my way around the course, where I should leave each shot. He closed it with âGo out and shoot 32 again.â
âWhen I read it, I was thinking, âYeah, right,ââ he added. âI just wanted to be around par.â
PAWTUCKET â For Justin Thomas, the near month he spent as member of Bostonâs bullpen was merely a case of guilt by association.
Even though the 28-year-old lefthander was relegated to afterthought status â while with the Red Sox, Thomas allowed four runs in 4 2/3 innings prior to getting farmed out to Pawtucket on April 27 â he was still part of a unit that became known as the land of diminished returns. No matter which reliever BoSox manager Bobby Valentine summoned, disaster seemed to follow.
PAWTUCKET â Through all the early-season struggles he endured, Alex Hassan never once thought about reinventing the wheel, i.e. tweaking his batting stance or adjusting his hands on the bat, the kind of wholesale changes that no doubt creep into a playerâs mind whenever things arenât going well.
PAWTUCKET â The Pawtucket Red Sox were able to dodge the raindrops Tuesday night. The same cannot be said of the Rochester Red Wings.
Buoyed by 5 2/3 innings of strong pitching by Liam Hendriks, the Red Wings grounded the PawSox, 3-1, before 3,325 rain-free fans at McCoy Stadium. The forecast called for a major weather disturbance to arrive at some point during the game, but the precipitation was able to hold off long enough that the teams were able to get this one in.
PAWTUCKET â Say this about the Boston Red Sox â the organization is leaving no stone unturned when it comes to commemorating the centennial anniversary of Fenway Park.
As part of the season-long celebration, the Sox have set aside this month as a prime chance to revisit some of the ballparkâs most spine-tingling moments and salute the players primarily responsible for creating them.
BURRILLVILLE -- The DâAntuono brother tandem of sophomore Mike and junior Matt wanted desperately for Burrillville High to post a spirited victory over St. Raphael Academy on Tuesday afternoon.
They did their part, as both assembled straight-set victories over the Saintsâ No. 1 and 2 representatives, seniors Sam Reinhardt and Juan Bedoya, respectively.
Perhaps a half hour after Mike had mustered a 6-1, 6-0 win over Reinhardt and Matt dispatched Bedoya, 6-1, 6-1, however, the rain became steadier, though the remaining players wanted to continue their assaults on winning.
PAWTUCKET â In true maddening fashion, Daisuke Matsuzaka nibbled and nibbled some more in his rehab start Monday, which saw the Pawtucket Red Sox post a 4-0 victory. Facing a free-swinging Rochester outfit, Matsuzaka lasted just 4 2/3 innings, with 49 of his 87 pitches going for strikes.
PAWTUCKET â To many Red Sox fans, Daisuke Matsuzaka has always been a man of mystery. Granted, the language barrier has made it next to impossible for the American populous to get a firm handle on the Japanese import, yet judging by the heavy media turnout for Matsuzakaâs rehab outing for the Pawtucket Red Sox Monday, the right-handed pitcher is still very much a big deal in his native land.
NASHUA, N.H. â North Smithfield native Marissa Mercier recently put the finishing touches on a tremendous junior season for Rivier College.
Mercier, who was a 2009 graduate and former standout at North Smithfield High, was named a First-Team All-Conference catcher in the GNAC (Greater North American Conference) after batting .450 (49-for-109) with eight home runs and 35 RBIs in 37 games for the Raiders.
She also had 17 doubles, 37 runs scored, 21 walks, 90 total bases, an .826 slugging percentage, and a .541 slugging percentage.
In the year-plus quest that has taken Ryan Kalish to the far reaches of dealing with injuries and back again, the Red Sox outfield prospect has learned that itâs best to not get his spirits up too much or sink too low. On the subject of looking ahead, i.e. placing a definitive date on when he might return to game action, Kalish prefers to stay in the moment.
When team officials inform Kalish that heâs passed every single checkpoint, only then will he be allowed to vacate the Fort Myers, Fla. premise thatâs served as his holding cell for some time now.