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July 20th, 2011
As a Hall of Fame second baseman blessed with the ability to influence the game's outcome with his bat and glove, Ryne Sandberg appreciates the intangibles that present day second sackers Dustin Pedroia and Robinson Cano bring to the ballpark.
To Sandberg, Lehigh Valleyâs first-year manager, Pedroia and Cano are chips off the old block. For good measure, so is Chase Utley, who unlike Pedroia and Cano operates outside of the A.L. East caldron.
PAWTUCKET -- Hideki Okajima tossed two spotless innings Monday, his first appearance since July 8. The lefty lowered his ERA to 1.47 in 21 appearances, yet it hasnât been all fun and games, at least according to the pitcher himself.
âItâs been very unsatisfying,â said Okajima through interpreter Jeff Cutler when asked how he would quantify the season to date. âI havenât been able to enjoy baseball the way I would like to.â
PAWTUCKET â The Pawtucket Red Sox are in a pennant race.
Just donât mention it to PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler.
âI get excited about all of our wins,â Beyeler said Wednesday after his PawSox moved to within one game of International League North division leader Lehigh Valley with a 2-1 walkoff victory, their third win in as many games with the IronPigs this week.
Pawtucket can move into a tie for first place with a win over Lehigh Valley in tonightâs series finale.
EAST PROVIDENCE â There were more than a half dozen birdie putts that either lipped out or just missed the mark. There were two holes that he probably wished he could have had back.
But after an opening round of 3-over 73 at the 82nd annual New England Amateur Championship on Monday, Pawtucketâs Kyle Hoffman was perfectly content with how he shot the ball at the challenging and tricky Metacomet Country Club.
PAWTUCKET â The second and final game of Carl Crawfordâs rehab assignment with the Pawtucket Red Sox left much to be desired.
An 0-for-3 showing at the plate and no action in left field in the PawSoxâs 11-8 loss to the Durham Bulls on Saturday at McCoy Stadium wasnât the evening Crawford envisioned before rejoining the Boston Red Sox. Nonetheless, the left fielder departed Pawtucket with at least one reason for optimism: a healthy left hamstring.
PAWTUCKET â The fans came to see Carl Crawford and went home talking about Ryan Lavarnway.
Crawford, in his first of two rehab games with Pawtucket, reached base in all three of his at-bats during Pawtucketâs 3-2 win over Durham on Friday night. He blooped a single over the second basemanâs head in the first, walked in the third, and reached on a fielderâs choice in the fifth, scoring one batter later when Lavarnway crushed a home run down the left field line that cleared everything, bouncing around in the parking lot as the crowd collectively murmured âWho is this guy?â
RIVERSIDE â Their pitchers might not have thrown as hard and their batters might not have had the same pop, but when it came to throwing strikes and make plays in the field, no one was better than Cumberland National.
Cumberland was spotless defensively and pitchers Sydney Provencal and Katerina Kent allowed only seven base runners the entire game as the offense took advantage of two errors in a 3-0 win over East Greenwich to claim the Rhode Island Major Division Softball Championship Friday night.
EAST GREENWICH --- Jamison Randall has already proven in his young career that heâs a golfer with unlimited potential.
On Thursday afternoon at the R.I. Amateur Championship, he also proved he has the heart that goes with it.
Randall wasnât able to advance to todayâs quarterfinal matches, but the recent Cumberland High grad gave two-time champion Brad Valois all he could handle during match play of the Round of 16 at the Potowomut Country Club.
WOONSOCKET â Will the third bout in Reynaldo Rodriguezâs comeback be the charm?
Itâs been more than seven years since Rodriguez experienced the thrill of victory, but the Woonsocket super middleweight will try to end that dry spell on Friday, July 29, when he appears on the undercard of Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc.âs âHeat Waveâ show at the Mohegan Sun Arena.
Rodriguez (5-2, 2 KOs) will contest Keith Kozlin (6-2, 4 KOs) of West Warwick in a six-round showdown thatâs sure to grab the attention of the Rhode Island fight fans that will make the short trek to the casino.
While most kids his age were down at the beach soaking up some rays the past two days, Jamison Randall was at Potowomut Country Club playing with some of the top amateur golfers in Rhode Island.
And, after a shaky opening start, the recent Cumberland High grad and individual state champion has manufactured a pair of solid rounds at the 106th annual R.I. Amateur Championship.