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The Governors’ Cup Returns to Rhode Island

After waiting 28 years, PawSox fans have been rewarded. With a 4-1 win over the Charlotte Knights Thursday evening, the Pawtucket Red Sox proved they were the best team in the International League in 2012 and won their first Governors’ Cup in nearly three decades.

Not only was the win over Charlotte the club’s first championship since defeating the now defunct Maine Guides in 1984, it was also the first post-season series sweep in franchise history. You could make a strong argument that the PawSox played some of their best baseball of the entire season during the playoffs. Here’s the proof:

  • Pawtucket finished the post-season with a 6-1 record.
  • The pitching staff combined for a sparkling 2.01 ERA (14 ER/62.2 IP).
  • In the last six games, Pawtucket starters combined to go 4-0 with a 1.37 ERA (6 ER/39.1 IP).
  • In seven playoff games, PawSox batters combined for 10 home runs, 10 doubles, and three triples.
  • The PawSox outscored the Knights 13-3 in three games.

Here’s what it looked like on the field Thursday night following the final out.

Enough can’t be said about the work of manager Arnie Beyeler. The second-year PawSox skipper constantly dealt with a changing roster that, in total, featured 69 players — one shy of the franchise record.

In two years in Pawtucket, Arnie has won a North Division title and now a Governors’ Cup. From my time spent around Arnie and our 1-on-1 conversations (both on-air and off), I can tell you that he is the perfect example of how hard work pays off.

After more than five months and 150 games, it’s awfully difficult sum up a season and fully appreciate all that happened. Let’s face it, there has been plenty to celebrate in 2012 in addition to a Governors’ Cup championship:

  • Mauro Gomez was named International League MVP.
  • Jose Iglesias and Ryan Lavarnway were named post-season All-Stars.
  • We were able to watch Will Middlebrooks crush it for all of April.
  • People in Pawtucket fell in love with Pedro Ciriaco before anyone else.
  • PawSox team president Mike Tamburro was inducted into the International League Hall of Fame.
  • Lars Anderson and Jason Repko each made SportsCenters’ Top-10 Plays.
  • The beautiful statue Ben Mondor was unveiled inside Mondor Gardens.
  • Big Leaguers like Jacoby Ellsbury, Clay Buchholz, Carl Crawford, and Cody Ross all wore a PawSox jersey.

The remaining members from the PawSox Opening Day roster (left to right): Tony Thomas, Che-Hsuan Lin, Alex Wilson, Will Inman, Alex Hassan, Jason Repko, Nate Spears, Tony Pena, Jr.

The PawSox have a chance to add another highlight to the list with a win Tuesday night in Durham in the Triple-A National Championship Game against either Reno or Omaha.

Both on-air and in this blog, it has been a pleasure bringing PawSox baseball to you in 2012. Your loyal readership always gives me a reason to type and constantly reminds me how fortunate I am to be in this position.

Over the years you’ve listened to some of the most talented broadcasters in baseball come through Pawtucket, and living up to the standards they set has been the greatest — and most fulfilling — challenge of my career.

Thank you for making PawSox baseball on the radio part of your summer and for bringing me with you in the car, in your home, and everywhere else in between.

What a way to start my stay in Pawtucket.



Arnie Beyeler, Mike Tamburro, and PawSox general manager Lou Schwechheimer getting drenched during the trophy celebration on the field.

Recent Roster Moves Strengthen Outfield

In his first rehab start with the PawSox Thursday night, Carl Crawford played five innings and finished 2-for-3 with a run scored and a pair of singles. With all of the focus on the Red Sox outfielder last night, a number of PawSox roster moves were overlooked.

  • Left-hander Will Latimer was assigned back to Double-A Portland where he actually started last night and tossed four innings.
  • Outfielder Jason Repko, who had homered in each of his last two games, has been placed on the disabled list with a hamstring injury.

Kalish has 15 hits and 11 RBI in his first 10 games this year with the PawSox and hit .217 over 18 games with the Red Sox. (Kelly O’Connor)

  • Although the moves sending outfielders Scott Podsednik and Ryan Kalish had officially happened prior to the break, both played in their first game for the PawSox last night.
  • Righty Clayton Mortensen, the 26th man for the Red Sox day-night doubleheader last weekend against the Yankees, was sent back to Pawtucket and pitched Thursday.

After a disappointing loss last night against Buffalo, the PawSox and Bisons play game two this evening with Billy Buckner (1-3, 6.43) getting the start. First pitch is set for 7:05, pre-game coverage begins at 6:50.

Talk with you then.



Carl Crawford Rehabs with PawSox

Following the three-day All-Star break, the PawSox are back at it tonight versus the Buffalo Bisons from McCoy. Joining them this evening will be Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford who begins a new 20-day rehab assignment.

Crawford rehabbed from June 23-30 with the Gulf Coast Red Sox and continued from July 3-5 with Portland before suffering a left groin strain while running out a triple on July 5 in New Hampshire. Having not played for the past six days, Crawford is eligible to begin a new rehab assignment.

Originally a second-round pick by Tampa Bay in 1999, Crawford is yet to suit up for the Red Sox this season after suffering wrist, elbow, and groin injuries. (Kelly O’Connor)

The second-year Boston outfielder went 3-for-14 with five walks in five games for the Gulf Coast Red Sox, and 4-for-10 with a triple, RBI, and two walks in three games for Portland.

PawSox Notebook:

  • Ryan Lavarnway, Pawtucket’s lone mid-season All-Star not in Boston, finished last night’s Triple-A All-Star game 1-for-2 in front of a sell-out crowd of over 18,000 in Buffalo.
  • Red Sox pitching prospect Matt Barnes needed just two pitches to record two outs Sunday evening at the Futures Game in Kansas City.
  • Barnes’ Salem teammate, shortstop Xander Bogaerts, suited up for the World Team and finished 1-for-4 with two strikeouts as the designated hitter.
Doug Mathis (6-6, 4.05 ERA) starts tonight for the PawSox and will be opposed by Jeremy Hefner (4-2, 2.50). First pitch is set for 7:05, we hit the air at 6:50 with the pre-game show.

Talk with you then.



Jacoby Ellsbury Rehabs with PawSox

Following two rehab outings with Double-A Portland, Red Sox All-Star Jacoby Ellsbury begins a rehab stint with the PawSox tonight from McCoy Stadium where he will leadoff and play center field.

Friday night Ellsbury went 1-for-4 with a double and scored a run in what turned out to be a play at the plate. Prior to a scheduled day off Thursday, Ellsbury went 1-for-5 Wednesday night with the Sea Dogs. Before his time with Portland, he played in seven games in Ft. Myers with the Gulf Coast League Red Sox.

Ellsbury, who hasn’t played since April 13, finished second in the 2011 A.L. MVP voting after hitting .321 with 32 homers and 105 RBI. (Kelly O’Connor)

It seems like forever ago, but in a two-hit effort on Fenway Park’s Opening Day, Ellsbury suffered a dislocated shoulder after Tampa Bay shortstop Reid Brignac landed on his shoulder. He’s been sidelined from Boston ever since.

Carl Crawford was speculated to join Ellsbury in Pawtucket, but a tweaked left groin has delayed his rehab assignment. According to, Bobby Valentine has “characterized the decision to stop Crawford’s current rehab stint as preventative.”

Meanwhile, yet another All-Star, Clay Buchholz, is scheduled to start Sunday’s game at McCoy against Syracuse. According to the same article,  Buchholz “is on track to return to Boston’s rotation during a three-game series on the road vs. the Rays that begins on Friday.”

Buchholz last pitched for the Red Sox on June 19 before suffering a stomach illness which resulted in a short stay at the hospital and being placed on the disable list.



Daniel Bard’s 1-2-3 Inning

It was only six days ago when Daniel Bard put together an efficient 1-2-3 inning against Charlotte using 10 pitches (seven strikes) to retire the Knights in order.

However, his next two outings were anything but a model of efficiency. A combined 12 batters faced in 1 1/3 innings with five walks, a hit batter, a blown save, one wild pitch, and a total of 47 pitches (18 strikes).

In a 1-1 tie last night against Rochester, Bard’s number was called in the seventh to do something he had yet done with the PawSox: pitch in back-to-back nights. Needless to say, the Bard we saw last night was nearly a carbon copy of the one six days ago.

Bard has now made 11 appearances with the PawSox and is now 1-0 with a 6.75 ERA. (Kelly O’Connor)

The right-hander needed just 10 pitches (eight strikes) to induce three ground ball outs to the right side of the infield. Following a sacrifice fly from Che-Hsuan Lin in the bottom of the seventh, Bard was awarded his first win of the year with Pawtucket.

Joe McDonald (@ESPNJoeyMac) of covered last night’s game and wrote a nice piece about Bard’s results:

“He turned it loose,” PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler said. “It was like, ‘Hey, I quit caring and I’m just going to throw it.’ His arm action tonight looked a little bit like we’ve seen in the past where he got away from the mechanical, robotic look and just reared back and threw the ball.”

Brendan McGair (@BWMcGair03)of the Pawtucket Times does a terrific job covering the PawSox and writes about not only last night’s outing, but a conversation between Bard and teammate Andrew Miller.

In other Red Sox news, Carl Crawford is scheduled to play tonight for Double-A Portland as he recovers from left wrist surgery. Sea Dogs’ broadcaster Mike Antonellis did a video interview with Crawford yesterday you can watch here.



Red Sox Farmhands Selected to Futures Game

The Red Sox will be represented by two young promising prospects at the 2012 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game held on July 8 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.

Right-handed pitcher Matt Barnes (U.S. Team) and shortstop Xander Bogaerts (World Team), both with High-A Salem, have been selected to represent the Red Sox organization at the game. The PawSox will also be represented at the event by manager Arnie Beyeler who has been selected as one of the coaches for the World Team.

“I’m very excited,” Arnie said from the visiting clubhouse in Syracuse today. “I feel honored to be selected. It should be a lot of fun to get to a big league ballpark and spend time with some real talented young players.”

Barnes, 22, was taken by the Red Sox with the 19th overall pick last June out of the University of Connecticut. He began the season with Single-A Greenville where he flat out dominated. He went 2-0 in five starts and compiled a microscopic 0.34 ERA (1 ER/26.2 IP) while walking four and fanning 42. Numbers that resembled a video game more than anything else, he allowed just 12 hits.

Barnes has struck out 95 batters in 72 2/3 professional innings pitched (Kelly O’Connor).

Barnes was then promoted to High-A Salem where in eight starts he’s gone 5-1 with a 1.37 ERA (7 ER/46.0 IP) with eight walks and 53 punch outs.  With the Salem Red Sox he’s been paired with the 19-year-old Bogaerts who hit .293 over the first half of the season.

One of only two 19-year-olds in the Carolina League, some argue that Bogaerts should be the Red Sox No. 1 prospect because he may have the highest ceiling. At 6-foot-3, he could wind up being too big for a shortstop, but for now that’s the only defensive position he’s played in his young pro career.

Ranked by Baseball America as the Red Sox No. 2 prospect, Bogaerts clubbed 16 homers as an 18-year-old with Single-A Greenville in 2011. (Kelly O’Connor)

For the complete rosters, click here. Current Red Sox players to suit up in the Futures Game include:

  • Josh Beckett
  • Clay Buchholz
  • Aaron Cook
  • Carl Crawford
  • Jacoby Ellsbury
  • Adrian Gonzalez
  • Kevin Youkilis
  • Will Middlebrooks

Enjoy the game, and keep an eye out for Arnie who will probably get an inning or two coaching third base.



Darnell McDonald Rehabs with PawSox

After straining his right oblique earlier this month, Red Sox outfielder Darnell McDonald joins the PawSox and tonight starts his rehab in Pawtucket.

Maybe most known this season for taking the mound – and the loss – in the Red Sox 17-inning affair with Baltimore on May 6, McDonald is batting .179 with two home runs and eight RBI in 26 games for the Sox this season.

A former 1st Round selection by the Orioles in 1997, McDonald hit soft toss on Tuesday, followed by batting practice Wednesday. He’s eligible to come off the disabled list as soon as Sunday.

When McDonald suffered the loss to Baltimore DH Chris Davis, it marked the first time two teams used position players to pitch in the same game since Oct. 4, 1925. Then, Hall of Famers George Sisler of the St. Louis Browns and Ty Cobb of the Detroit Tigers worked in the second game of a doubleheader on the final day of the season. (Steven Senne/AP)

Although no Red Sox or PawSox fan ever wants to see a Boston player placed on the disabled list, one bright spot surrounding McDonald’s injury was that it resulted in Pawtucket first baseman Mauro Gomez receiving his first career Major League call-up. Recently back with the PawSox, Gomez went 0-for-2 in two games with Boston.

The Red Sox outfield has been saddled by countless injuries this season. Jacoby Ellsbury (shoulder), Carl Crawford (wrist/elbow), Cody Ross (foot), and Ryan Sweeney (concussion) are all currently on the mend. Don’t forget about fan-favorite Ryan Kalish who continues to work back from neck and shoulder surgeries as well.

The PawSox play Game 2 against Toledo tonight from McCoy where righty Justin Germano (4-3, 2.98) will be opposed by Mud Hens’ righty Jacob Turner (0-0, 4.76). First pitch is set for 7:05, pre-game coverage begins at 6:50.

Talk with you then.



March Madness: Opening Day Must Be Close

There are a number of indicators each year that remind me Opening Day is just around the corner.  There’s always more activity around the office, the weather begins to warm up, and the day-to-day excitement of Spring Training dies down slightly. However, to me the most obvious – and enjoyable – sign that Opening Day is fast approaching is the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

The Cinderellas, upsets, brackets, and buzzer beaters are all staples of March and help make this time of year so much fun.  According to Darren Rovell of CNBC, the odds of filling out a perfect bracket is 9,223,372,036,854,775,808 to 1. There are 9.2 quintillion combinations in a March Madness bracket. If all the people on earth filled out 1 bracket per second, it would take over 43 years to fill out every possible bracket.  Out of the 5.9 million brackets filled out last year on, only TWO brackets had the correct Final Four.

Now that Darren and I have squandered any hope and optimism you previously had for your bracket this year, let’s shift our focus to what’s going on in Ft. Myers.

Report From the Fort 

  • According to Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, Aaron Cook is on pace for 17 or 18 innings of work in the spring.  However, Valentine wouldn’t rule out the possibility of Cook breaking camp with the Sox in the bullpen.  Alex Speier of raised some interesting points today on this subject:

“Since 2004, [Cook] has made just one big league relief appearance, and that came last September when the Rockies were trying to give him some work in September, at a time when he hadn’t pitched in a game in roughly two weeks. His contract is structured with incentives for starts made, rather than appearances, suggesting that is the role in which he was primarily considered when he signed.” Read the rest of Alex’s article here.

  • The biggest buzz here at McCoy Stadium is whether or not promising shortstop Jose Iglesias will open with the season with us in Pawtucket or if he’ll break camp with the Red Sox.  When Spring Training first opened up, all the talk surrounding Jose was that he was on track to open 2012 as a big leaguer.  However, now that most people have come back down to earth, it’s once again looking possible that he’ll start with season in the great state of Rhode Island.

“It may be three months or whatever, but I think he does need those at-bats in the minors,” said the one-and-only Peter Gammons on WEEI’s Mut & Merloni show Friday.  “What’s he started, 160 [actually 171] games in the minor leagues? That’s the equivalent of one season. He’s still a ways away in terms of getting the experience and seeing the balls out of pitcher’s hands to recognize breaking balls.”  However, when asked if Iglesias would be the best defensive shortstop in the major leagues if he started with the Sox on Opening Day, Gammons said, “Very close to it.” Read the rest of the article here.

  • I just started talking to some co-workers about Gammons and was clued into this fascinating discovery:

  • Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported earlier this morning that outfielder Carl Crawford will throw 90 feet with the trainer.  He should then be ready to progress mid-week with monitored swings.  He is also reporting that Valentine said this of Iglesias’ sore right groin:

“[He] is going to do some of the drills but none of the quick-action drills. We’ll be ultra conservative and hopefully get him back on the 15th with no ill effects of his right groin.” Read the rest of Cafardo’s article here.

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  • Finally, last Thursday I spoke at a career day in Fall River and was thrilled to meet an actual subscriber of the blog!  All this time I thought it was just my mother making up different email addresses, but apparently there actually are real-life people who subscribe.  Furthermore, some of them wear a suit to work each day! That’s the case with Tom Perreira who introduced himself to me at the B.M.C. Durfee High School career day.  Thank you, Tom, for stopping by and saying “hi.”

Enough baseball for a bit.  Get busy on your bracket.



Baseball is Back

There are many notable dates leading up to baseball season, but one that certainly ranks near near the top of the list is today, March 1st.  With March comes Spring Training games, players competing for jobs, and reporters dashing around trying to get the latest scoop on such topics as Carl Crawford’s new-found bunting skills.

The first pitch of 2012 came yesterday at 1:07 pm. The Phillies' Austin Hyatt to Florida State's Sherman Johnson. (Jayson Stark's cell phone)

Sure, Spring Training games are exhibitions, but they give major leaguers the chance to get back into the routine, and minor leaguers the opportunity to absorb a major league atmosphere.  For fans, Spring Training signals a return to the ballpark, collecting autographs, and enjoying overpriced hot dogs along with the novelty that never seems to wear off, Dippin’ Dots.

In case you missed it, there was already an “exhibition” game played. Yesterday, the Phillies topped Florida State University’s baseball team, 6-1. Jason Stark (@jaysonst) of ESPN even did the baseball world a favor by snapping this high-resolution cell phone picture of the first pitch of the 2012 season.

For those PawSox fans who enjoyed rooting for Hector Luna last season when he manned third base at McCoy Stadium, you’ll be especially happy to learn that it was Luna – who now plays in the Phillies’ system – who hit the first home run of 2012.  I wonder if Vegas saw that coming?

Baseball is back, and we couldn’t be happier.




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