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Homestand Photos, April 20-25

Although the PawSox fell short yesterday of what would have been a franchise-record ten consecutive wins, the team still has the top record in the International League at 15-6.

Since the PawSox have today off before leaving tomorrow morning for a ten-day road road trip, this seemed like the perfect chance to share some photos from the recent homestand where club went 5-1. Special thanks to PawSox contributing photographer Kelly O’Connor (@sittingstillsox) for these great images.

Will Middlebrooks did a lot of this over the last six games. The Red Sox No. 1 prospect finished the home stand with four home runs.

Middlebrooks wasn’t the only one to go deep often. Mauro Gomez received plenty of high fives following each of his five homers over the last six games.

The PawSox first-ever “Bark in the Park” was a huge succes!

Infielder Jon Hee showing off some Matrix ball skills.

Mark Melancon made his Pawtucket debut during the homestand. The righty made three appearances and collected his first save of the year.

We had a chance to see Alex Hassan make some great plays in the outfield with both his glove and his arm.

It was great to watch Rich Hill pitch for the PawSox as he continues to recover from Tommy John Surgery.

As his bat is heating up, outfielder Josh Kroeger made a couple of terrific plays defensively. 

So Will Rhymes doesn’s play for the PawSox, this was too good to pass up. Lots of credit goes to Kelly for noticing that Will shaved his mustache during the middle of the game! (This was later confirmed via Twitter.) I guess he wasn’t hitting well enough with the ‘stache.

Thanks once again to Kelly for these great pics. The PawSox open up the road trip tomorrow night from Columbus in Game 1 against the Clippers. First pitch it set for 7:05 p.m., we’ll be on-air with the pre-game show at 6:50.

Talk with you then.

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

Red Sox Sign 17-Year-Old Australian Pitcher

Sound the didgeridoo, the Red Sox have inked 17-year-old Australian southpaw, Daniel McGrath.  

The ace pitcher was mulling over the decision to sign a pro contract or travel to the States to play college ball.   The deal was reportedly made official at his Melbourne home in front of substantial gathering of Australian media.

One (unnamed) major league source stated that as many as 15 big league clubs were interested in the 6-foot-3 lefty whose fastball has been clocked at 91 mph.  Fortunately for Boston, “Red Sox Nation” extends to Australia. The Sox happen to be McGrath’s boyhood team which swayed him to turn down more lucrative offers to sign with Boston.

McGrath is believed to have drawn the most interest from major league clubs of any Australian teenager in at least the past 10 years. (foxsports.com.au)

Can you imagine trying to scout a 13-year-old kid?  Well, that’s exactly what Jon Deeble, the Red Sox scouting director for the Pacific region, did when he saw McGrath pitch four years ago. Fittingly, it was Deeble who represented Boston at McGrath’s signing Tuesday.

McGrath is scheduled to visit Fort Myers during Spring Training for roughly a week or so, but will return to Australia where he’ll graduate from high school in December (wonder if he has a hard time getting a date for the prom).

Some die-hard PawSox fans might be familiar with the name Shane Lindsay.  For what it’s worth, the Australia native previously pitched for the Melbourne Aces (like McGrath recently did) and has spent part of the past two seasons pitching in the International League against the PawSox.  First with Columbus (2010) and more recently with Charlotte (2011).

It’ll be some time before we see the Aussie here at McCoy Stadium, but he creates yet another intriguing minor league story for the Red Sox this season.

-AG

 

He’s an International Traveler, Home Run King, and a Perfect Pitcher

Gronkowski has 27 TDs is 32 career games (Geoff Burke/US PRESSWIRE)

Will he be 80%?  Maybe 70%?  Will he be able to do anything but run in a straight line?  These are just some of the questions everyone is asking on local sports radio and here at McCoy Stadium about Patriots’ tight end Rob Gronkowski who is trying to rapidly recover from a high ankle sprain suffered against Baltimore in the AFC Championship Game.

The real question I’m asking is whether or not the cable guy will get to my new house by Sunday’s kickoff to get my TV in shape to watch the game.

Makes Gronk’s ankle not seem like such a big deal all of a sudden.

While all of New England is thinking about this Sunday, myself included, the Red Sox are coming off a month of January where they signed four right-handers to a minor league contract.  One of them spent time in the International League last season and has a resume so unique that we have to give him his due.

Justin Germano joins the Red Sox system after joining the history books in 2011.  As a member of the Columbus Clippers (Triple-A, Cleveland), Germano tossed the fifth perfect game in the 128-year history of the International League.  It was the first perfect game since Bronson Arroyo’s in 2003 for the PawSox.

Despite being a pitcher, Germano is also in the record books for home runs.   The righty broke Mark McGwire’s Claremont, California Little League record for most home runs in a season.  But wait, it gets even better … He’s in the Baseball Hall of Fame!

Forget about Matthew Stafford, it's Germano when playing for the Samsung Lions.

A ball Germano pitched with is currently in Cooperstown because it was the first pitch ever thrown in an MLB game in China. Germano was the exhibition game starter for the San Diego Padres against the Los Angeles Dodgers on March 15, 2008.

A six-year major league veteran, Germano has pitched for the Padres, Cincinnati Reds, and the Cleveland Indians, but has also worked internationally.

In early August of last season he suited up for the Samsung Lions of the Korean Baseball Organization.  According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com,  Germano turned down a $1 million offer to re-sign with the Lions in order to sign with the Red Sox.

He spent the 2009 season with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of the Japanese Pacific League – the same league current Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine worked in. The Hawks offered the righty a contract for 2010 but he opted to return to the States.

It’s been a long road for Justin Germano but maybe inking with the Red Sox will be his path back to the big leagues.

-AG


 

 

 

 

 

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