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Back from Vacation, Fall League Begins

After a fun visit to my homeland of St. Louis, it’s back to work at rainy McCoy Stadium. A vacation is always nice, but a vacation after broadcasting over 150 baseball games is the best kind. I love my job and can’t imagine doing anything else, but there’s no doubt that those who work in sports sacrifice friends, family, and a social life in order to live out their dreams.

I love going home to my parents and their two dogs. Buddy (left) and Lilly (right) are Australian Shepherds I could play with all day!

Tuesday night was Opening Day for the prospect driven Arizona Fall League. The following Red Sox minor league farmhands are in the AFL playing for the Surprise Saguaros:

Additionally, Portland Sea Dogs’ hitting coach Dave Joppie is serving as one of the team’s hitting instructors. In the first game of the season, Brentz finished 1-for-4 with a triple while Huntzinger was dealt the loss (2 runs, 4 hits, 2.0 IP). It was 84 degrees at first pitch.

Last year the PawSox very own Arnie Beyeler managed Scottsdale in the AFL where he worked with players such as Alex Hassan,Will MiddlebrooksMike Trout, and Bryce Harper.

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
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Bryce Brentz entered 2012 as the Red Sox No. 5 prospect and seems destined to open 2013 with the PawSox. (Kelly O’Connor)

PawSox Players on the Mend

The PawSox have been a little beat up by injuries lately. Here’s an update on how some guys are doing:

  • Outfielder Ryan Kalish twisted his ankle sliding into second base against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and is in Pawtucket’s lineup (DH) Monday night for the first time since the injury on August 15. He was never placed on the disabled list.
  • Sunday afternoon against Buffalo, outfielder J.C. Linares was hit by a pitch that first struck his thumb, then his bicep. He is day-to-day and is out of the PawSox lineup Monday night.
  • First baseman Reynaldo Rodriguez was hit on the hand by a pitch on August 14 and hasn’t played since. He continues to be day-to-day but is not on the disabled list.
  • Knuckleballer Steven Wright was placed seven-day disabled list last week with shoulder soreness. He said today that things have improved and he’s feeling good.
  • Outfielder Alex Hassan recently had to go back on the disabled list as a result of the laceration on his left shin reopening. He said things are healing well but he needs to continue giving the injury rest so the cut won’t open up again.

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
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Combined between Double-A Portland and Pawtucket, J.C. Linares is tied with Jackie Bradley Jr. for the best average in the Red Sox system at .317. (Kelly O’Connor)

PawSox Roster Move – August 16, 2012

There was a delay Wednesday night before the bottom of the the third inning began as Ryan Kalish walked from his position in centerfield to the PawSox dugout and was taken out of the game.

Kalish, a former Red Sox Rookie of the Year and Red Sox Minor League Offensive Player of the Year, has tremendous talent but missed much of 2011 due to injuries (left shoulder and neck).

Fortunately, manager Arnie Beyeler told Brendan McGair (@BWMcGair03) of the Pawtucket Times that Kalish simply twisted his ankle when sliding into second base and is day-to-day.

A short time before yesterday’s doubleheader against Scranton-Wilkes/Barre, the PawSox had the following roster moves:

  • Outfielder Alex Hassan has been placed on the seven-day disabled list (retroactive to August 14). Although we haven’t been told the exact injury for Hassan, he did recently spend some time on the DL as a result of fouling a pitch off his left shin. The injury required five stitches and forced him to miss from July 31 – August 4.

Thomas (left) is batting .251 over 51 games with the PawSox with seven home runs and 21 RBI. Hassan (right) is tied with teammate Mauro Gomez for the fourth-best on-base percentage in the league at .377. (Kelly O’Connor)

  • Infielder Tony Thomas has been activated from the disabled list with a calf strain. Thomas spent time on the shelf this season from June 27 – July 31 with finger and wrist injuries, but days later was DL’d again with calf injury. In his first at-bat since being activated yesterday, Thomas connected on a hard-hit single and finished 1-for-2 in a rain-shortened 5-2 win.

-AG

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Kalish has appeared in 25 games this season with the Red Sox where he has hit .203 with three doubles and five runs batted in. (Kelly O’Connor)

PawSox Roster Moves – August 4, 2012

Tonight promises to be a special night at McCoy Stadium. At approximately 6:00, team president Mike Tamburro and former PawSox and Red Sox third baseman Wade Boggs will be inducted into the International League Hall of Fame.

In the meantime, the PawSox have two roster moves that affect tonight’s lineup:

  • Infielder Tony Thomas has been placed on the seven-day disabled list with a strained calf. Thomas had just been lifted from the DL – where he had spent over a month – after suffering wrist and finger injuries.
  • Outfielder Alex Hassan has been activated from the disabled list after suffering a laceration on his left shin that required five stitches. For Hassan, who bats sixth and plays left field, Saturday marks the first time he has played since his injury on July 26.

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

In his first full season in Triple-A, Hassan is hitting .268 with seven home runs and 46 runs batted in while playing a solid outfield. (Kelly O’Connor)

 

 

PawSox Roster Moves – August 1, 2012

At around 6:00 Tuesday night while prepping for the broadcast in Rochester, my phone rang with the caller ID displaying “Arnie Beyeler.” Although I’m sure Arnie would’ve loved to chat about his day with me, when I get a call from the PawSox manager an hour before first pitch it can only mean one thing: roster moves.

First the not-so obvious:

  • First baseman Reynaldo Rodriguez has been called-up from Double-A Portland. The 26-year-old Columbian set a Sea Dogs’ franchise record for the most homers in a single month when he went deep ten times in May. At the time of his promotion, the former Yankees’ farmhand was tied for second in the Eastern League in doubles (27), tied for fourth in home runs (16), and tied for ninth in total bases (165).
  • Second baseman Tony Thomas has been activated from the disabled list after suffering a finger injury during batting practice. In 47 games with the PawSox, the former Florida State Seminole is hitting .240 with seven home runs and 21 runs batted in. Thomas has not played since June 26.

Thomas hit a season-high four home runs and five doubles in June when he played in 19 games for the PawSox. (Kelly O’Connor)

  • Right-handed reliever Will Inman was been activated from the disabled list (right forearm strain). In his first season in the Red Sox system, Inman has gone 5-for-5 in save situations and has allowed just 6-of-24 inherited runners to score. Inman has not pitched since July 17.
  • Catcher Carson Blair has been called-up from High-A Salem for the second time (although he’s yet to play in a game with the PawSox). In 36 games with Salem, Blair is batting .210 with one home run and 12 runs batted in.
  • Hard-throwing righty Chris Carpenter has ended his Major League rehab assignment and has been optioned to Pawtucket. Part of the Theo Epstein compensation prior to Spring Training, Carpenter had surgery before the season began to clean up a bone spur around his elbow. On Tuesday night, Carpenter hit 99 mph twice while picking up his second save.
  • Outfielder Alex Hassan has been placed on the disabled list (retroactive to July 28) after suffering a laceration when fouling a pitch off his left shin. The injury required five stitches and forced Hassan to leave the game.

Now the obvious:

  • Lars Anderson was traded late Tuesday afternoon to Cleveland for 27-year-old knuckleballer, Steven Wright. Hear Lars’ reaction to the trade by clicking here.
  • Scott Podsednik was traded with Red Sox reliever Matt Albers to Arizona for Diamondbacks’ lefty, Craig Breslow. The Yale product, and New Haven, Ct. native, pitched for the PawSox in 2006 and ’07, and with Boston in ’06.

Diamondbacks’ manager Kirk Gibson said Tuesday that they have until Thursday to decide if Podsednik will be assigned to Triple-A Reno or the Big League team. (Kelly O’Connor)

  • Ryan Kalish and Clayton Mortensen have both been recalled by Boston. Kalish fills the void of Ryan Sweeney who is reportedly out two months after punching a door. Meanwhile, Mortensen pitched on a rain-shortened Tuesday night in the Red Sox six-inning win over Detroit and picked up his first win in a Boston uniform.

Get all that?

After a 5:00 arrival this morning in Allentown, Pa. where tonight the PawSox start a quick two-game series against the IronPigs, I’m off to a late lunch before going to the ballpark. I’ll talk to you tonight at 6:50.

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

Alex Hassan (Minor) Injury Update

After fouling a ball off his left shin in his second at-bat Thursday night, outfielder Alex Hassan hobbled up and down before quickly pointing to his leg.

“It didn’t really hurt that much, but then I saw some blood showing through my pant leg,” Hassan said from the PawSox clubhouse in Indianapolis Friday afternoon.

Although not a serious injury whatsoever, the wound required five stitches and, not surprisingly, Hassan is out of the lineup tonight for the series finale against the Indians.

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

In his first season in Triple-A, Hassan is batting .268 with seven home runs and 46 runs batted in. (Kelly O’Connor)

 

Alex Hassan Enjoying June

After a month of May that saw him hit .230 (20-for-87) with 12 runs batted in over 26 games, Alex Hassan has been surging through his first seven games of June. He has a team-leading 9 RBI this month and last night had his first four-hit game of the year.

Hassan, who has played in 53 games this season, has notched 11 of his 32 RBI over his last nine starts.   Currently riding a five-game hitting streak (9-for-22), the PawSox outfielder is batting .393 (11-for-28) this month.

Hassan, in his first Triple-A season, hit .291 last season with Double-A Portland with 13 home runs and 64 RBI. (Kelly O’Connor)

PawSox Notebook:

  • We had our second look at Daniel Bard last night, our first from the bullpen. He allowed a run on one hit over a scheduled one inning of work while striking out two. The righty did not hit or walk a batter. Regarding velocity, the McCoy gun clocked him a 94 on a couple of pitches, and 95 once. He climbed up to 96 on one fastball that nearly hit the batter.
  • Pedro Ciriaco’s ninth-inning double last night extended his hitting streak to nine games (10-for-37). The PawSox infielder already owns a team-best 12-game hitting streak that spanned from April 28 – May 14 (20-for-53, .377).
  • With last night’s 16-hit effort by PawSox batters, Pawtucket is batting a league-best .316 this month with 13 home runs.
  • There are a number of hitters leading the club’s offensive charge in June. Ryan Kalish is batting .500 (12-for-24) in his first six games, while Ryan Lavarnway is hitting .400 (12-for-30). Lars Anderson has eight RBI in nine games this month while batting .367 (11-for-30). Then there’s Hassan who, as mentioned above, is hitting .393 in June.
  • After hitting just .218 (17-for-78) in 21 games in May, Mauro Gomez is crushing the ball this month. He has three-straight two-hit efforts and is batting .351 (13-for-37) over his first nine games this month. Gomez did not play every day last month because of his first-ever Major League call-up.

Following a season-high eight strikeouts in his last start (his most since 2010), Brandon Duckworth (6-1, 4.22) starts in the series finale for the PawSox tonight against Gwinnett. All three times this season Duck has lasted six or more innings, he’s turned in a quality start. The right-hander will be opposed by righty Kris Medlen (0-1, 4.91).

First pitch tonight from McCoy is set for 7:05, pre-game coverage begins at 6:50.

Talk with you then.

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

Not only has Pedro Ciriaco been a solid lead-off hitter for the PawSox, but his defensive versatility has allowed him to take over at shortstop while Jose Iglesias is on the mend from lower back stiffness. (Kelly O’Connor)

Top-10 PawSox Moments in May

Between the late nights, early morning flights, bumpy bus rides, and countless other factors, a minor league baseball season can quickly become a blur. Today, as we flip the calendar to the start of June, we’ll begin by rewinding to the beginning of May to rank the Top-10 moments from the month that was.

#10 – Nava Gets Second Call-Up to Boston (May 10)

Even though there wasn’t a grand slam this time, Daniel Nava’s return to the Major Leagues was, to some, maybe as unthinkable as his historic slam in his big league debut in 2010.

Never mind the fact that Nava wasn’t invited to Major League camp, he wasn’t even in the PawSox Opening Day lineup. After a slow start to the year, Nava caught fire and has continued to produce with Boston.

#9 – Gomez Delivers in the Eighth Inning (May 10)

The PawSox trailed the Rochester Red Wings at McCoy Stadium by a run going into the bottom of the eighth inning. With two outs, Jose Iglesias singled, then Lars Anderson reached on an error by former PawSox second baseman, Joe Thurston. That’s when Mauro Gomez ripped a two-run double that bounced off the right-field wall to plate two runs and give the PawSox the lead and the eventual win, 7-6.

Gomez has had plenty to smile about this season. Not only has he received his first Major League call-up, but he leads the PawSox in home runs, runs batted in, doubles, and hits. (Kelly O’Connor).

#8 – Mathis Nearly Perfect, Youkilis Rehabs (May 21)

After struggling in April, Doug Mathis flipped the switch in May and dominated the Norfolk Tides in his ninth start of the year.

The former Texas Ranger had maybe the best outing of any Pawtucket starter this year by tossing seven-innings scoreless, allowing just one hit – a fifth-inning triple that was almost caught with two outs.

The PawSox blanked the Tides 4-0 and were aided by rehabbing Kevin Youkilis who finished 1-for-2 with an RBI double and a pair of walks.

#7 – Middlebrooks Gets the Call (May 2)

After thrashing International League pitching throughout April, PawSox third baseman, and Red Sox No. 1 prospect, Will Middlebrooks received his first-ever call-up to Boston.

Since joining the Red Sox, Middlebrooks is batting .316 (30-for-95) in 24 games with six homers and 21 runs batted in. Safe to say it’s looking less likely he’ll see Pawtucket again this season.

In 24 games with the PawSox, Middlebrooks hit .333 with nine homers and 27 runs batted in. Five of is home runs came with two men on base. (Kelly O’Connor)

#6 – Hassan Delivers on Mother’s Day (May 13)

On a beautiful Mother’s Day at McCoy, the PawSox and Columbus Clippers were tied 4-4 in the bottom of the eighth inning. With his mom in the stands, Alex Hassan homered to left-field with one out to give Pawtucket a 5-4 lead and the eventual win.

Hassan finished the day 3-for-3 with two runs batted in, three runs scored, and was a triple shy of the cycle.

#5 – PawSox and Bulls Take Center Stage in Japan (May 17)

In front of over 10,000 fans, plus thousands more watching on Japanese sports cable channel J SPORTS, two of the Pacific Rim’s biggest  baseball stars squared off at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

Rehabbing Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched for the PawSox as Hideki Matsui played his third-career game in the Tampa Bay Rays’ system. Although Pawtucket lost 5-0 and never moved a runner past second base, the media hype and overall buzz within the ballpark made it one of the more memorable games this season.

There were over 35 Japanese media members in Durham to report on Matsuzaka vs. Matsui. (Kelly O’Connor).

#4 – PawSox Homer Five Times (May 27)

Not only did the PawSox club five home runs, but three of the first four batters in the bottom of the first inning went deep.

Pedro Ciriaco hit a lead-off homer to left, followed by Nate Spears’ home run to right. After Darnell McDonald smoked a line drive to third base, Lars Anderson went deep to right field.

Anderson homered again to begin the sixth inning, followed by Alex Hassan’s 2-run shot in the eighth. For Anderson, it was his third-career two-homer game, his first since 2009.

#3 – PawSox Take Down Andy Pettitte (May 6)  

Originally scheduled to be played at Dwyer Stadium in Batavia, Ny., the PawsSox and Yankees dueled in front of a record crowd at Frontier Field in Rochester. Because of the media and fan interest, the Yankees, PawSox, and Red Wings all agreed to move the contest to Rochester where, in a matter of days, the Wings sold 13,584 tickets to watch Andy Pettitte.

With the Triple-A Yankees’ ballpark under season-long construction, the PawSox dealt the five-time World Series champion a loss. In fact, the first four PawSox batters recorded hits off Pettitte: Pedro Ciriaco (double), Jose Iglesias (infield single), Ryan Lavarnway (RBI double), and Lars Anderson (RBI single).

Iglesias went 2-for-3 with an RBI against Pettitte and the Yankees. Even more impressive, the PawSox shortstop hit .341 in May with his second-career homer and nine runs batted in. (Kelly O’Connor)

#2 – Lavarnway’s Bomb Caps Seven-Run Inning, and the Win (May 26)

The PawSox went into the bottom of the eighth inning trailing Toledo 5-1. When the inning was over, they lead 8-5. Ryan Lavarnway’s 3-run homer was the bow on top of  a 7-run, 7-hit inning – the most runs scored in a single frame this season by Pawtucket.

Not only was Lavarnway’s home run a first pitch no-doubter, it was his first home run since April 17 (99 at-bats).

#1 – Lars Anderson Makes SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays (May 29)

For the first time in the history of McCoy Stadium, a home run was hit of the HD video board in right-center field. As part of his third-career, five-RBI night, Anderson pounded a two-run shot in the fourth inning that blew out a small portion of the two-year old board.

Photo taken of the video board at McCoy Stadium seconds after Anderson’s blast. (Jillian Souza)

For his efforts, Anderson was among the Top-10 plays that night (and the next morning) on SportsCenter.

There were plenty of noteworthy moments throughout May for the PawSox, who ended the month 18-12. Tonight June begins with Game 1 of a brief four-game road trip to Lehigh Valley to face the Iron Pigs. Brandon Duckworth (5-1, 4.22) will be opposed by righty Scott Elarton (5-2, 3.44).

First pitch tonight from Coca-Cola Park is scheduled for 7:05, we hit the air with the pre-game show at 6:50.

Talk with you then.

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

Tazawa, Hassan, and Iglesias Contributing

After soaking in their only off-day of the month, the PawSox are back home tonight where they open up an eight-game homestand against Toledo and Norfolk.

Pawtucket’s 5-3 rain-shortened win Tuesday against the Tides salvaged the recent road trip at 4-4, keeping the PawSox with the top record in the I.L. at 29-18. Their 15 road wins are also the best in the league.

PawSox Notebook:

  • Because he spent time behind Tim Federowicz in Portland and Luis Exposito in Pawtucket, Ryan Lavarnway appeared as the designated hitter in 62-of-133 (47%) games he played in last year. Now a full-time catcher, Lavarnway DH’d for just the second time all year on Tuesday.
  • Junichi Tazawa has surrendered five runs over his last two appearances – all unearned. If you combine his work with Pawtucket and Boston this year, Tazawa has allowed just two earned runs over 25 1/3 innings (0.71 ERA). Since both his earned runs came in the same outing (May 6 at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre), the right-hander has not allowed an earned run in 15-of-16 appearances.

Tazawa has been lights out for the PawSox – and Red Sox – this season. Unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be much room currently in the Red Sox bullpen. (Kelly O’Connor).

  • In his first season in Triple-A, Alex Hassan continues to lead the PawSox in on-base percentage (.373) despite ranking 7th among current batters in hits (29), and 8th in batting average (.234). He’s tied with Lars Anderson for the team-lead in walks (24), and paces all PawSox hitters by getting plunked by four pitches. Hassan lead the entire Red Sox farm system with a .404 OBP last season.
  • After an April batting average of exactly .200 (17-for-85) with one extra-base hit, Jose Iglesias is batting a club-best .360 over his first 18 games in May. He already has four extra-base hits (including his second-career home run), and is the active monthly leader in OBP (.375) and on-base plus slugging (.828).
  • In 22 games with Triple-A Lehigh Valley, former major league All-Star Scott Podsednik was batting a slim .203 with no homers, one extra-base hit, and four RBIs. The Red Sox then purchased his contract from the Phillies and assigned him to Pawtucket. In nine games with the PawSox Podsednik hit .323 with a home run and six RBIs and was called-up the the bigs on Tuesday. Yesterday the “Podfather” played in his first major league game since 2010 and hit a home run for the Sox in Baltimore. Sometimes you just never know what can happen.

Podsednik’s solo homer in the eighth inning helped the Red Sox edge Baltimore 6-5 Wednesday. Notice former PawSox Luis Exposito catching for the Orioles. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

The PawSox are not only back home tonight, they’re also back on TV. I’ll be joined by former PawSox and Red Sox reliever Ken Ryan for tonight’s game aired in Rhode Island on the Ocean State Network. Righty Ross Ohlendorf (3-3, 4.64) will be opposed by lefty Adam Wilk (2-3, 2.64). First pitch from McCoy is set for 7:05.

Talk with you then.

-AG

agoldsmith@pawsox.com

PawSox Players on Twitter

If you’re not on Twitter yet, what are you waiting for? (New Media Blog)

Although the PawSox have dropped the first two games here in downtown Toledo, I’m sure many of you might be interested in knowing what the guys are up to day-in and day-out. With that in mind, what better way to get to know the PawSox than by following them on Twitter? Of the club’s 25 players, here are the socialites chatting on Twitter.

Daniel Nava (@dnavs33): One of the nicest guys in all of baseball, Daniel has over 7,000 followers.

Justin Germano (@JustGerm): With over 1,000 tweets, Justin is one of the most active PawSox players on Twitter.

Jose Iglesias (@JoseIglesias_SS): Jose announced his recent call-up via Twitter, “Got the call to the Majors! Thanks to all for your well wishes. Looking forward to help the #redsox put up more W’s.”

Will Middlebrooks (@16WMBrooks): Yeah, yeah, I know. Will is with Boston now, but come on!

Tony Thomas (@GoldGlover2B): Not only is Tony active on Twitter, but he posts plenty of pictures.

Alex Hassan (@AEHassan27): A Milton, Ma. native, Alex is a must-follow for all New England Red Sox fans.

Let me know if I missed anyone, and be sure to give these guys a follow. By the way, the PawSox Twitter account (@PawSox) is approaching 10,100 followers.

Pawtucket has dropped six of its last seven games and looks to turn things around with Tony Pena Jr. making his first start of the year tonight. First pitch in Game 3 of the series is set for 6:30, we hit the air at 6:15

Talk with you then.

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

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