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McGair: One step at a time for Daniel Bard folllowing his first outing with the PawSox

June 8, 2012

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
PAWTUCKET – Here’s what Daniel Bard had to say following his one-inning outing for the Pawtucket Red Sox Friday night:

Bard’s general reaction to the three runs he allowed on 25 pitches, 16 for strikes:
“The best thing about throwing down here (in the minors) is that you can kind of throw out the results and not worry about wins and losses too much. I’m trying some tweaks mechanically and I think they were really good on some pitches and that’s what I was looking for, to get some feel.

McGair: North Smithfield-Woonsocket baseball playoff game moved to Tuesday

May 29, 2012

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
WOONSOCKET -- In an apparent last-minute scheduling change due to a school trip at North Smithfield that's on the books for Wednesday, the North Smithfield-Woonsocket Division II baseball playoff game will now take place Tuesday afternoon at Barry Field. First pitch is scheduled for shortly after 4 p.m.

McGair: Expect Brown to have a new hoops coach in place by next Thursday

May 25, 2012

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
PROVIDENCE – Memorial Day weekend on Brown University’s campus means one thing: Biding graduates adieu.
Come next Thursday, that same campus will roll out the welcome mat for its new men’s basketball head coach. Those same sources say that the two remaining candidates for the job include Pawtucket native and current Brown interim coach T.J. Sorrentine along with Mike Martin, who played at Brown (Class of 2004) and is presently an assistant coach at Penn.

McGair: Talking football with New England QB Ryan Mallett

May 21, 2012

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
Besides talking about his childhood friend and current Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks in a piece that ran in Monday’s edition (here it is in case you missed it: http://www.woonsocketcall.com/node/5302), Patriots third-string quarterback Ryan Mallett weighed in about a few pigskin-related topics.

On what Mallett’s offseason dance card consisted of leading up to the start of Organized Team Activities:
Ryan Mallett: “I’m just going to work every day and grind as hard as I can and see where it takes me.”

POLITICS AS USUAL (By JIm Baron) It's very unlikely that Pleau will be executed

May 13, 2012

Let’s face facts: The fight between Gov. Lincoln Chafee and U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha is about where Jason Pleau is going to spend the rest of his life — in a federal prison or at the ACI. It is not — I repeat not — about Pleau getting the death penalty. That’s because it is extremely unlikely that Pleau is going to be executed, no matter how the current legal wrangling plays out.
The family of David Main, the Lincoln man gunned down by Pleau as he was making a deposit at a Woonsocket bank, would be spared a lot of anguish if someone would tell them that.

McGair: Friars look to max every ounce out of Desrosiers' 7-foot frame

May 1, 2012

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
On Nov. 11, 2011, Carson Desrosiers blocked eight Loyola (MD) shots, a high sum that undoubtedly warmed the heart of Wake Forest head coach Jeff Bzdelik. It was unrealistic to expect that Desrosiers would be able to swat away that many shots on a nightly basis, yet it wasn’t out of bounds to expect that the seven-footer would emerge as some sort of bruising force for the Demon Deacons down on the blocks.

McGair: Aaron Cook's agent talks about the process behind May 1 opt-out date

April 30, 2012

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
BOSTON - For Aaron Cook and the Red Sox, D-Day – as in Decision Day – is at hand.
With Tuesday marking May 1, the day in which Cook’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.

McGair: Rich Hill will pitch Saturday and Sunday for PawSox

April 20, 2012

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
PAWTUCKET – Rich Hill will take another important step in his rehab Saturday when the lefthander pitches in relief for the Pawtucket Red Sox.
“I’ll pitch an inning (Saturday) and another inning Sunday,” Hill noted following Friday’s 15-10 win against Durham.
Pitching on consecutive days represents the next hurdle for Hill, who is not even a year out from undergoing Tommy John surgery. The 32-year-old passed his tests with Single-A Greenville and Salem, totaling six innings over five appearances.

McGair: Mark Melancon hopes to straighten himself out with PawSox

April 20, 2012

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
PAWTUCKET – Friday saw Mark Melancon begin what he hopes is a short stint with the Pawtucket Red Sox.
“I’m just excited to get out there and throw strikes and kind of get on a roll,” Melancon said. “I haven’t been able to do that.”
Truer words have never been spoken. Melancon was demoted by Boston earlier this week, his ERA an unsightly 49.50 (11 runs on 10 hits in just two innings). The hope is that by pitching in a less stressful environment, the 27-year-old Melancon can get himself in order and back up to the Red Sox.

McGair: Locals partaking in postseason hoops

March 14, 2012

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
It might not be the glitz and glamour of NCAA Tournament, but a pair of local Division I players – two seniors, mind you – find themselves involved in postseason play.
Woonsocket’s Tyrone Nared and his Oregon teammates rocked LSU, 96-76, in Tuesday’s opening round of the National Invitational Tournament. Playing 19 minutes off the bench, Nared registered two points (both coming on free throws) along with three rebounds and three assists. Next up for Oregon is a second-round matchup with Iowa, set for Sunday night in Eugene.

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