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Crawford hitless, goes home early

July 16, 2011

PAWTUCKET – The second and final game of Carl Crawford’s 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 PawSox’s 11-8 loss to the Durham Bulls on Saturday at McCoy Stadium wasn’t 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.

Lavarnway, PawSox top Durham

July 15, 2011

PAWTUCKET — 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 Pawtucket’s 3-2 win over Durham on Friday night. He blooped a single over the second baseman’s head in the first, walked in the third, and reached on a fielder’s 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 “Who is this guy?”

CNLL girls win state title

July 15, 2011

RIVERSIDE – 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.

Randall takes Valois to 21st hole before losing

July 14, 2011

EAST GREENWICH --- Jamison Randall has already proven in his young career that he’s 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 wasn’t able to advance to today’s 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's Rodriguez ready to climb back into ring

July 13, 2011

WOONSOCKET — Will the third bout in Reynaldo Rodriguez’s comeback be the charm?
It’s 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.’s “Heat Wave” 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 that’s sure to grab the attention of the Rhode Island fight fans that will make the short trek to the casino.

Cumberland's Randall holding his own at R.I. Amateur

July 13, 2011

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.

CALL, Lincoln advance to District 4 title game

July 12, 2011

LINCOLN — On their way to posting undefeated records in pool play of the District IV Little League All Star Tournament, Cumberland American and Lincoln combined to outscore their opponents by an 87-12 margin.
After their respective semifinal games on Tuesday night at Hien Field, the two powerhouse teams kept their records unblemished.
But it wasn't quite that easy.

Time to talk about Red Sox and Yankees

July 11, 2011

If you’re not a baseball fan, stop here. It’s time to talk baseball.
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The All-Star break isn’t just a respite for players. The short vacation gives baseball fans a few days off to think about the second half of the pennant race. That’s what we fans do. Can’t play so we sit around mulling schedules and statistics while the grass turns brown in our front yard.
In New England, when you mention pennant race, that can only mean one thing – Red Sox vs. the Yankees, with a little dose of the Tampa Bay Rays thrown in.

Rich Sauveur is a savvy pitching coach

July 11, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Know those acceptance speeches an Oscar recipient gives upon being presented a solid gold statuette? The ones that begin with “I’d like to thank …”
Some speeches turn out sappy bordering on cringeworthy. Those falling in the melodramatic category tend to feature the winner crying to point where you can barely make out what’s being said. Bottom line? It’s about extolling credit where credit is due.

PawSox prefer to platoon catchers

July 11, 2011

Some thoughts designed to close the books on the first half of the 2011 season for the Pawtucket Red Sox …
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For the past several seasons the PawSox have sworn by a platoon situation at catcher.
“We run a 2-2 split,” manager Arnie Beyeler explained. “They get their work, so that’s what’s important.”

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