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“Small mechanical adjustment” backfires on Dice-K

August 16, 2012

PAWTUCKET — If Daisuke Matsuzaka made what he dubbed a “small mechanical adjustment” prior to taking the mound for the fifth inning Wednesday night, it’s news to both PawSox pitching coach Rich Sauveur and catcher Dan Butler.
“Whatever tweak he made, he made on his own,” stated Sauveur on Thursday, one day after Matsuzaka delivered what could be coined a mixed bag of an outing.
There was good Matsuzaka – four scoreless innings in which he retired 12 of 13 Scranton batters – following by bad Matsuzaka, the damage pertaining to the five runs (four earned) he yielded in the fifth.

Greenway Challenge prepares for 12th annual race

August 16, 2012

WOONSOCKET — 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.
“This is how bizarre it was that first year,” 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.

Elizabeth Beisel still doesn’t see herself as 'big deal'

August 15, 2012

PAWTUCKET – The Elizabeth Beisel Welcome Home Tour made a stop at McCoy Stadium Wednesday evening, as the North Kingstown native and Olympic medalist threw out the first pitch and signed autographs at the ballpark’s Cox Fan Center.
Standing on the field in her Team USA jacket and a PawSox cap, Beisel was presented a Pawtucket team jacket by General Manager Lou Schweichheimer and infielder Tony Thomas, who took the occasion to tweet the following after catching the ceremonial toss: “Not a bad arm for a swimmer; thanks for keeping it close so I could catch it!”

Despite dismal outing, Bard receives reassurance from Sauveur

August 15, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Stop if you’ve heard this before, but PawSox pitching coach Rich Sauveur feels that embattled reliever Daniel Bard is closer than the numbers suggest.
Sauveur provided words of reassurance on Wednesday afternoon, one day after Bard had a devil of a time locating the strike zone. You probably know the grizzly numbers by now, but here they are again: On his way to recording one out Tuesday night against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Bard walked four and allowed two runs. Just 10 of the 27 pitches he recorded were strikes.

Tamburro, PawSox share memories of Johnny Pesky

August 14, 2012

PAWTUCKET – Pawtucket Red Sox Team President Mike Tamburro will never forget the phone call he received from then-Red Sox General Manager Lou Gorman in June 1990.
“How would you like Johnny Pesky to be your new manager?” was the message Gorman relayed to Tamburro. “I said, ‘We would love to have Johnny (pilot the PawSox).’”

High school football opens for business on Monday

August 12, 2012

Don’t tell area high school football coaches that these truly are the dog days of summer. They don’t want to hear about such talk.
Monday marks the commencement of preseason training camps across the state and to suggest that teams are seeking to hit the ground running would be a gross understatement. The importance of the coming week cannot be underscored – albeit for a myriad of reasons.

Navigant eliminated from Northeast competition

August 11, 2012

OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Me. — By no means should Navigant Credit Union Post 85 feel blue after the local ball club saw its season come to an end Saturday in the Northeast Regional American Legion Baseball Tournament.
Sure, no one wants to lose, but even after a 4-2 setback to Barnstable, Mass., Navigant has much to celebrate. For a team that a week ago came out of nowhere to capture the R.I. Senior Division championship, the local lads enjoyed a storybook ride that saw them put forth quite the fight right up to the bitter end.

Errors cost Navigant dearly in Northeast Regional tourney opener

August 9, 2012

OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Me. — The R.I. American Legion Senior Division champs from Navigant Credit Union/Fairmount Post 85 picked the wrong time to play kick the can.
Navigant committed six errors that led to three runs for the opposition in a disheartening 4-1 setback to Portland, Me. Thursday in the opening game of the double-elimination Northeast Regional tournament at The Ballpark.
Post 85 will look to remain alive when it faces Essex, Vt. Friday at 9:30 a.m.

Bailey records stellar inning of relief for PawSox, wants return to parent club

August 9, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Andrew Bailey doesn’t know when he may return to the Boston Red Sox, but he’s more than anxious to do so.
In Pawtucket’s 6-3 loss to the Syracuse Chiefs at McCoy Stadium on Thursday afternoon, Bailey relieved starter Billy Buckner in the sixth inning and allowed just one hit (without a walk and fanned a pair in his one-frame stint.
That, coupled with a solid outing the night before when he hurled one inning of flawless ball (with a strikeout), the 28-year-old from Cherry Hills, N.J. likes how he’s feeling.

Add Valencia to PawSox's logjam at third base

August 8, 2012

PAWTUCKET – On his first official day as a member of the Pawtucket Red Sox, Danny Valencia found himself out of Wednesday’s starting lineup. His placement under the “extra hitters” portion of the lineup card only furthers the argument that it’s 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 he’s 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.

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