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August 8th, 2012
PAWTUCKET â On his first official day as a member of the Pawtucket Red Sox, Danny Valencia found himself out of Wednesdayâs starting lineup. His placement under the âextra hittersâ portion of the lineup card only furthers the argument that itâs going to be tough for the 27-year-old to carve out regular playing time.
Valencia is a third baseman by trade, a position where heâs logged 2,281 innings in 262 big-league games. Coming over from the Minnesota Twins via trade on Sunday, Valencia joins a PawSox ballclub that's pretty well stocked at the hot corner.
WOONSOCKET â Less than 48 hours after stunning the McCarthy Field crowds by earning the R.I. American Legion Baseball Tournament championship as the eighth seed, Navigant Post 85 co-coaches Buster Perrault and Jim Gauthier chose to conduct a low-key, elective practice at Renaud Field on Tuesday afternoon.
The skippers did so to ready their troops for the Northeast Regional American Legion Tournament, a double-elimination event slated to begin Thursday at The Ballpark in Old Orchard Beach, Me.
Tuesday may have been a rare day off for the PawSox, yet the baseball chatter never ceases âŠ
For the point of this exercise, letâs start with the definition of the word âmanageâ â to bring about or succeed in accomplishing, sometimes despite difficulty or hardship.
Or to take charge or care of represents another form of usage. Or, finally, someone in a position to manage conducts business by the following means â to handle, direct, govern or control in action or use.
WEST WARWICK â Shortstop Will Andino just couldn't stop staring at the prize.
The Woonsocket High junior-to-be stood in front of home plate at McCarthy Field late Sunday afternoon embracing the Anthony J. Lombardi, Jr. Trophy, one given to the Rhode Island American Legion Tournament champion, and spinning the baseball attached to it.
Nights like the one that transpired at McCoy Stadium Saturday night donât come around too often âŠ
PAWTUCKET â As much as he enjoyed his two-year stint with the Pawtucket Red Sox, Wade Boggs wanted no part of the Triple-A ball club upon reaching the parent team in 1982.
Any ballplayer will tell you that his goal is not just to make the majors, but to make it and stay there, leaving the minor leagues in their rear-view mirror for good. When Boggsâ promotion came after almost six years in the minors, he felt he had learned everything he needed to begin his big-league career.
WEST WARWICK â Navigant Credit Union Post 85 will try to become the first eighth seed in the state tournament in recent memory to capture a R.I. championship this afternoon when the Woonsocket-based squad clashes with fourth-seeded Senerchia Post 74 at McCarthy Stadium.
Navigant earned the right to play for the title on Saturday afternoon by posting a 6-2 victory over New England Frozen Lemonade/Shields Post 43 in the losersâ bracket finale back at the West Warwick complex.
WEST WARWICK --- If Navigant Credit Union plans to win the first state championship by a Woonsocket-based ballclub in 23 years, it will need to play some of its best baseball over these next 48 hours and produce three victories over the next two days.
Eighth-seeded Navigantâs marvelous drive through the state playoffs, which featured four straight wins and included victories over the tournamentâs No. 1 and 3 seeds, hit a speed bump on Friday night in Post 85âs winnersâ bracket final against fourth-seeded Senerchia Post 74 at McCarthy Field.
PAWTUCKET â You really have to reach a certain age before taking part in some deep-rooted retrospection. Trying to size up lifeâs journey along the way is simply too tall an order, not to mention how distracting it can be from the pursuit of reaching what each individual interprets as the zenith.
WEST WARWICK --- Itâs been a number of years since Navigant Credit Union Post 85 enjoyed a postseason run like this one, but on Wednesday night, the Woonsocket ballclub moved closer to a state championship by nailing down another impressive victory.
The eighth and lowest seed remaining in the R.I. playoffs, Post 85 rode the strong arm of Brandon Rainville and held off a late comeback by its third-seeded rival to produce a 4-3 triumph, its fourth straight tournament âWâ, at McCarthy Field.
Itâs easy to get swept up with the sentiment that for Lars Anderson, Tuesday was Liberation Day.
The moment the Red Sox brought Adrian Gonzalez into the fold in December 2010, Andersonâs path to reach the big leagues with the club that drafted and developed him became infinitely harder. The deal with the Padres made Gonzalez a rich man while simultaneously poured cold water on the notion that Anderson was Bostonâs first baseman of the future.