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August 24th, 2012
WOONSOCKET â€” The time of the year has changed and so has the location, but the YMCA Race Against Racism 5K is coming back to Woonsocket for a second running and looking to improve on its success from a year ago.
Last yearâ€™s event became the first road race in nearly two decades to hit the streets of Woonsocket. Held on a sunny April 10 at River Island Park, over 200 people signed up for the race and 181 finished it.
Starting Thursday, a series of chess matches will break out on high school football fields across the state.
By definition, scrimmages are akin to shifting pieces around on a square board. Some moves work while others produce less-than-desirable results. Regardless of what transpires during these low-pressure yet highly valuable tussles on the gridiron, coaches understand that the time has come to embark on the next phase of preseason camp following a period of steadily bringing the unit along.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Monday saw the R.I. Interscholastic League Principalsâ€™ Committee on Athletics officially welcome St. Patrickâ€™s School of Providence into the fold for boysâ€™ and girlsâ€™ basketball, along with boysâ€™ volleyball.
BOSTON â€” Thereâ€™s bringing a player up to speed after heâ€™s been out for a lengthy stretch due to injury. Then thereâ€™s the term that Angels manager Mike Scioscia used in describing the heightened state of urgency Chris Iannetta finds himself in after missing 2 1/2 months with a broken bone in his right hand.
â€śYou can study and simulate stuff all you want, but when you get behind the plate, youâ€™re like that jockey on a saddle,â€ť Scioscia explained prior to Tuesdayâ€™s Red Sox-Angels game at Fenway Park. â€śThatâ€™s the feeling you need and thatâ€™s where Chris needs the time in order to come together.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” If the Washington Nationalsâ€™ decision to pose an innings limit on ace pitcher Stephen Strasburg was debated and haggled over in a court of law, itâ€™s quite possible the rendering would be a hung jury.
Such a case involving a high-profile player and a playoff-starved franchise that has October baseball in its sights poses a provoking conundrum that can be argued and debated from both sides of the equation.
On one hand, Washington can be viewed as looking to protect the investment they have in Strasburg, a star at age 24 who underwent Tommy John surgery nearly two years ago.
PAWTUCKET â€” Daniel Bard admits thereâ€™s somewhat of a weight of his shoulders, knowing that regardless of how heâ€™s fared with the Pawtucket Red Sox â€“ 7.45 ERA in 28 appearances â€“ he remains very much on Bostonâ€™s radar.
Asked to respond to an item in Sundayâ€™s Boston Herald in which an anonymous Red Sox source clarified that he will pitch again for the big-league team in 2012, Bard took the occasion to explain how he can use the remaining few weeks in Pawtucketâ€™s season to his advantage.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Who better to clarify any myths regarding the perceived toxic environment that is the Red Sox clubhouse than a player who spent a hearty amount of time inside the ropes?
Ladies and gentlemen, we give you Darnell McDonald, the former part-time Boston outfielder whose access to the team was short-circuited upon getting designated for assignment in late June. Fortunately for this particular exercise, McDonald is seen as the perfect go-to guy to set the record straight in a Red Sox season that has taken on the tenor of a soap opera in terms of firestorms and drama.
PAWTUCKET â€“ At this point, you have to feel for Daniel Bard.
The Red Sox can point to the fact that Bard was not touched for an earned run in his inning of work Thursday night, but make no mistake: it was another tough night at the office for the struggling reliever. In case youâ€™re just joining us, Bardâ€™s latest attempt to get back on track provided a nice, tucked-in capsule of what has plagued the reliever during his two-plus month stint with the Pawtucket Red Sox.
PAWTUCKET â€” If Daisuke Matsuzaka made what he dubbed a â€śsmall mechanical adjustmentâ€ť prior to taking the mound for the fifth inning Wednesday night, itâ€™s news to both PawSox pitching coach Rich Sauveur and catcher Dan Butler.
â€śWhatever tweak he made, he made on his own,â€ť stated Sauveur on Thursday, one day after Matsuzaka delivered what could be coined a mixed bag of an outing.
There was good Matsuzaka â€“ four scoreless innings in which he retired 12 of 13 Scranton batters â€“ following by bad Matsuzaka, the damage pertaining to the five runs (four earned) he yielded in the fifth.
WOONSOCKET â€” Barbara Dixon will never forget the first-ever Blackstone River Valley Greenway Challenge, held in late September of 2001.
In fact, she and other organizers questioned whether they'd be able to take care of the logistics in time.
â€śThis is how bizarre it was that first year,â€ť noted Dixon, who works closely with the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor Commission, located at the old train station near Main Street.