Archive - Sports Article
May 7th, 2012
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.
WOONSOCKET â Two teams heading in opposite directions met up Friday with Mount St. Charles maintaining its winning ways courtesy of a come-from-behind 5-3 triumph at Lincoln Highâs expense.
Now winners of three of its last four, MSC hung on a four-spot on visiting Lincoln in the home portion of the sixth, erasing what was a 3-1 deficit. The inning began innocently enough with Taylor Sutherland reaching on an error with Dan Glod singling to make it first and second.
WOONSOCKET --- Mount St. Charles got a âDâ for its defense on Thursday afternoon.
The Mounties committed a half dozen errors in its Division I crossover showdown with North Kingstown, and while those miscues led to only two unearned runs, that turned out to be the difference in the visiting Skippersâ 7-5 victory that gave the Division I-South leaders their sixth straight win.
This game was a neat back-and-forth affair until the Skippers (8-1) rallied for three runs in the top of the fifth inning to claim their two-run lead.
Call it a case of allâs well that ends well as Aaron Cook is officially a member of the Boston Red Sox.
Reached Wednesday night, Joe Bick, Cookâs agent, says he went ahead and filed the necessary âopt-out notificationâ paperwork shortly after the clock struck midnight and the calendar read May 2, one day following the May 1 opt-out clause that the veteran pitcher had written into the minor-league deal he signed back in January.
WOONSOCKET â Skipper John Marsella refused to let junior Brandon Rainville step into the batterâs 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.
âHe took some swings (Tuesday) and he looked OK; he said he felt OK, so we let him hit (Wednesday),â Marsella stated. âStill, we batted him ninth (in the order) because we didnât want him to have too many at-bats.â
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 âThe K.O. Kidâ 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 Cookâs 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.