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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.

McGair: Bryant University completes next step toward NCAA Division I certification

March 7, 2012

Per the Bryant University athletic department:
SMITHFIELD -- Bryant University announced Wednesday it has successfully completed the self-study process for NCAA Division I Certification.

McGair: Cumberland's Patrick signs on with South Florida baseball program

March 5, 2012

Cumberland High School senior Justin Patrick recently signed a letter of intent to accept a baseball scholarship to Division 1 Big East power, the University of South Florida.

McGair: Thoughts on Jim Baron; Mike Akinrola enjoys big outing in final game at RIC

March 4, 2012

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer

A little of this, a little of that …

The leaders currently in place at the University of Rhode Island did not hire Jim Baron, who on Sunday was relieved of his head coaching duties with two years left on his contract. School president David Dooley and athletic director Thorr Bjorn were years away from taking their respective jobs at Rhody when Baron was lured away from St. Bonaventure in 2001.

McGair: Big East unveils 2012 Big East Tournament field; PC to face Seton Hall on first day

March 3, 2012

Per the Big East Conference:

FIELD SET FOR 2012 BIG EAST MEN'S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
PRESENTED BY AMERCIAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS

PROVIDENCE – On the heels of a historic regular season in which it won 30 of 31 games, including a 17-1 mark in conference play, Syracuse has earned the 2012 BIG EAST regular-season title and the No. 1 seed in the 2012 BIG EAST Championship presented by American Eagle Outfitters.

McGair: Cumberland's Roose raves about culture new Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine has created

February 28, 2012

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
Hopefully the passion and enthusiasm that Cumberland native Mike Roose has for his new venture with the Boston Red Sox – that of strength and conditioning coordinator of the entire minor-league system – came across loud and clear in an article that ran earlier this week. Here’s the link in case you missed it: http://www.woonsocketcall.com/node/4707.
Given Roose’s gun-ho/take-charge nature, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he’s a big believer in the bubbly enthusiasm first-year BoSox manager Bobby Valentine has brought to the organization.

McGair: Getting to know Cumberland native Mike Roose

February 26, 2012

Editor's note: This story about Cumberland's Mike Roose first appeared in The Call on July 7, 2010. To follow what Roose is up to nowadays, click here: http://www.woonsocketcall.com/node/4707

Title: Finding inner strength: Roose keeps PawSox in tip-top shape

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer

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