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May 2nd, 2012
WOONSOCKET â€” Skipper John Marsella refused to let junior Brandon Rainville step into the batterâ€™s box after he suffered an injury to his right pinkie finger earlier in the season.
The hiatus: Two weeks, and Rainville was just itching to get back into the lineup.
â€śHe took some swings (Tuesday) and he looked OK; he said he felt OK, so we let him hit (Wednesday),â€ť Marsella stated. â€śStill, we batted him ninth (in the order) because we didnâ€™t want him to have too many at-bats.â€ť
PROVIDENCE â€” It seems like almost yesterday, but it was on Oct. 14, 2006 when Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc. presented a marquee intracity duel between Providence super middleweights and bitter rivals Peter Manfredo Jr. and Joe â€śThe K.O. Kidâ€ť Spina that generated a ton of buzz across the state and packed the Dunkinâ€™ Donuts Center.
BOSTON â€“ For Aaron Cook and the Red Sox, D-Day â€“ as in Decision Day â€“ is at hand.
With Tuesday marking May 1, the day in which Cookâ€™s minor-league opt-out clause officially takes effect, Boston must decide whether to promote the veteran pitcher and place him on the active roster or risk losing him to free agency. Reached Monday night, Joe Bick, the agent for Cook, spelled out a step-by-step process that included all involved parties.
BOSTON â€“ The sight of Josh Reddick sporting a green and gold Oakland Aâ€™s uniform inside Fenway Park Monday night only further augments the idea that not every drafted-and-developed Red Sox type has a seat waiting for him at the parent clubâ€™s table.
The checklist of what to keep tabs on during college basketballâ€™s offseason used to be simple and straightforward. You would look at the pool of underclassmen declaring to take their game to the next level by applying for the NBA Draft, which in turn sparks debate as to whether the decision made is foolhardy or correct.
PROVIDENCE â€” Americaâ€™s most successful and respected high school hockey coach will be presented with the R. I. Reds Heritage Societyâ€™s R. I. Native-born Hockey Achievement Award. Normand â€śBillâ€ť Belisle, the longtime schoolboy head coach at Mount St. Charles, will receive the honor at the organizationâ€™s 12th annual reunion at Goddard State Park in Warwick on Sunday, August 5.
WOONSOCKET â€” Woonsocket found the perfect way to top Thursday afternoonâ€™s big victory over the Prout School -- by coming back the very next day to soundly beat a Division II-North rival on the road.
The Villa Novans broke open a tight game by rallying for four runs in the top of the fifth inning and rode the splendid five-hit pitching of freshman ace Amanda Nunez the rest of the way to a windswept 9-2 victory over Burrillville.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” This one was almost too close for comfort.
Owners of a 7-1 lead just two innings into its Division II crossover contest with Middletown on Thursday afternoon, North Smithfield appeared to be well on its way to an easy win, and possibly one of the mercy-rule variety.
LINCOLN â€” Euphoria quickly gave way to frustration Thursday afternoon at rainy Chet Nichols Field.
Lincoln, which rallied for three runs in the home portion of the seventh inning to tie the game at 3-3 against visiting Toll Gate, watched as the Titans pushed across an unearned run in the top of the eighth to secure a 4-3 verdict.
PAWTUCKET â€“ If recent history is any sort of indication regarding the Red Soxâ€™s handling of minor league players with opt-out clauses written into their contracts, then expect pitcher Aaron Cook to head up to Boston next week.