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PC's Kofane heads to Monmouth; Henton to fill leadership void

April 27, 2014

PROVIDENCE – All Brice Kofane has ever yearned for is the opportunity to showcase his abilities on a regular basis. The chance to do just that has apparently arrived, though it won’t take place in a Providence College uniform.

With one year of athletic eligibility remaining, Kofane decided late last week to transfer to New Jersey’s Monmouth University. A 6-foot-8 forward who will graduate from PC next month with a degree in business management, Kofane is taking advantage of an exemption that permits fifth-year players to move on to a new school and play right away.

PawSox 3B Cecchini striving to become complete ballplayer

April 27, 2014

PAWTUCKET – Much has already been said about Garin Cecchini’s ability to understand the strike zone and his propensity to get on base. Case in point, the PawSox third baseman entered Sunday ninth in the International League in on-base percentage (.415) while his .329 batting average has him just outside the top 10.

Opponent's arrest leads to cancellation of Soukhamthath's MMA fight at Twin River

April 26, 2014

Andre Soukhamthath’s opponent on Friday night’s “CES MMA XXIII” show at the Twin River Event Center left the Lincoln casino a loser.
And while that may be good news to Soukhamthath’s fans who were unable to attend the Woonsocket bantamweight’s fight, the real news was that Soukhamthath also didn’t leave Twin River that night a winner.

Nava reports to PawSox in good spirits

April 25, 2014

PAWTUCKET — The Daniel Nava that reported to McCoy Stadium Friday afternoon appeared to be in good spirits.

For the former independent league ballplayer whose rags-to-riches tale has been well documented, the fact the Red Sox shipped him to the minors after 67 at-bats is not going to yield fits of rage. Sure, Nava is disappointed with his .147 start at the plate and the .240 on-base percentage he compiled in 17 games with the Red Sox, but this is someone who has already beaten much bigger odds.

Barnes goes five solid innings, helps PawSox top Rochester in series finale

April 25, 2014

PAWTUCKET — If there was rust, Matt Barnes didn’t appear to show any in first start of the season.

Standing on a mound in a “juices following” setting for the first time since facing Boston College on Feb. 27 in Fort Myers, Barnes navigated his way through five innings in Pawtucket’s 6-2 conquest of Rochester on Friday night before 7,680 fans. A native of Connecticut, Barnes had been in extended spring training until earlier this week after right shoulder tenderness grounded him for the majority of the exhibition slate.

Middlebrooks goes hitless again in third rehab game; PawSox fall to Red Wings, 8-1

April 24, 2014

PAWTUCKET — Other than Will Middlebrooks expressing confidence that he was able to put some nice swings on the ball and that his strained calf survived several demanding tests at third base, there’s not much to take away from Thursday’s matinee at McCoy Stadium.
Anthony Ranaudo struggled on the bump and Pawtucket’s bats went cold as Rochester ran away with an 8-1 victory. Middle-brooks concluded his three-game rehab stint with another hitless day, going 0-for-4. In 10 minor league at-bats, the third baseman failed to collect a single base knock.

Boles prepares to fit Nava into PawSox's fray

April 24, 2014

PAWTUCKET — At first blush, it would seem PawSox manager Kevin Boles has a dilemma on his hands.

His team already flush with options at first base and the corner outfield spots, Boles will have another warm body at his disposal when Daniel Nava finally reports to the Triple-A ranks on Friday. Since Nava isn’t on a rehab assignment, his stay with Pawtucket figures to cut into someone’s playing time.

Cumberland rallies past Lincoln for fifth straight win

April 24, 2014

LINCOLN — It’s very safe to say Cumberland High skipper Paul Murphy had hoped Thursday afternoon’s intense winds would affect rival Lincoln’s pitchers and fielders more than his own.
Through the first four frames of a Division I tilt at Chet Nichols Memorial Field, he didn’t get his wish.
The Lions rushed out to a quick 5-2 lead after the third, but Cumberland’s fortunes changed on a dime in the fifth. Behind only two hits but a pair of Lincoln errors, Murphy’s crew manufactured five runs and raced to what had seemed an improbable but satisfying 7-5 victory.

Middlebrooks: Nava 'is going to land on his feet and be fine'

April 23, 2014

PAWTUCKET — Will Middlebrooks can relate to Daniel Nava.

A year ago, Middlebrooks scuffled so badly that the Red Sox were left with little choice but to send the starting third baseman to Triple A. Looking back at his minor-league penance, Middlebrooks says that he was able to weather a turbulent stretch thanks to his ability to quickly put the grief behind him.

Northmen superb in 4-1 triumph over Tolman

April 21, 2014

NORTH SMITHFIELD – Almost everything he witnessed on Monday morning/afternoon, North Smithfield High skipper Jon Leddy liked – a lot.
His starter, junior righty Ian Pascoe, allowed a mere four hits in his five-inning stint as the Northmen remained perfect on the Division II-North campaign with a 4-1 drubbing of always-pesky Tolman.

The tilt took place before perhaps 70 fans basking in the springtime sunshine at the school’s diamond.

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